“Doomsday” glacier or Thwaites Glacier perhaps holds crucial clues about the planet. More than 1,000 miles from the nearest research base, battered by storms that can last for weeks, with temperatures that hit -40C in winter. Working on Thwaites is very much compared to working on the moon.

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In 1895, the Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius discovered that humans could enhance the greenhouse effect by making carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. He kicked off 100 years of climate research that has given us a sophisticated understanding of global warming[1].

Measuring individual impact on global warming as a result of the way…


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When Satoshi Nakamoto first set the Bitcoin blockchain into motion in January 2009, he introduced two concepts. The first is the “bitcoin,” a decentralized peer-to-peer online currency that maintains a value without any backing, intrinsic value, or central issuer. The second part was ‘proof of work’ based on mathematical agreements of decentralized nodes. I call it the ‘trusted third,’ which brought the credible decentralized solution to this century. The trust in the system grew, and ‘bitcoin’ today is a currency without a central bank. The consensus protocol developed by Satoshi Nakamoto got a boost from next-generation researchers and pioneers in…


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“There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”

It just started a little early with Thomas Cook; a 178-year old British travel company declared bankruptcy on September 23'rd, 2019. Then flooded streets, squares, and landmark churches at Venice, and then Australian bushfires consumed 46 million acres (72,000 square miles) of land roughly the same areas as the entire country of Syria. Experts say the fires have killed at least half a billion animals, including Koalas, wallabies, wombats, and kangaroos. And then came the 🦠 virus. And now, a pause for thought.

We are stuck at home, fantasizing about the joys and freedoms of travel. Out there, economies that…


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This is the second in a series of posts exploring the changed dynamics of travel booking, its implications for consumers, and alternative business models outside of the large OTAs and search engine universe.

The travel industry has many layers of middlemen and brokers, and it’s very hard to remove or work around them. To make matters worse, the war between OTAs and suppliers have created new market segments for the middleman to compete in, and consumers are the ones left footing the bill. Despite the amount of working capital spent on marketing between competitors in the travel industry…


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Das Online-Reise-Oligopol (Expedia, Buchungen) und das Vertriebs-Monopol Goliath (Google)

Dies ist der erste in einer Reihe von Beiträgen, in denen die veränderte Dynamik der Reisebuchung, ihre Auswirkungen auf die Verbraucher und alternative Geschäftsmodelle außerhalb der großen Online Reisebüros (OTAs) und des Suchmaschinenuniversums untersucht werden.

Die Konsolidierung des OTA-Marktes ist nun abgeschlossen mit einem Oligopol von zwei großen Akteuren, Bookings und Expedia, die den Großteil des OTA-Marktes kontrollieren. …


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The Online Travel Oligopoly (Expedia, Bookings) and Distribution Monopoly Goliath (Google)

This is the first in a series of posts exploring the changed dynamics of travel booking, its implications for consumers, and alternative business models outside of the large OTAs and search engine universe.

The consolidation of the OTA market is now complete with an oligopoly of two major players, Bookings and Expedia controlling the majority of the OTA market. …

Sachin Narode

Sachin is the founder and CEO of Xeniapp. He previously created & sold Sovagen, a health monitoring wrist-band technology and founded Survive and Thrive Today.

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