The tech ecosystem has a “problem’s problem”, I mean, is it a real problem that we can’t order food 24/7 and in real-time track our wasabi? Isn’t the real problem growing waste mountains, global warming, ageing population and children dying in wars and of starvation? We can’t afford to think that someone somewhere will solve our global challenges. The positive-problem-solving-drive of the tech communities should be directed to building technology with real global impact. In short we need to redefine success as impact as well as financial, investors need more patience and allow big solutions to take longer than 3-5 years and not the least we all have a responsibility to encourage the brave ones who dare dream to solve our biggest challenges. Will Elon Musk free the world from carbon dependency? I don’t know. But he’s taking us closer to a solution and that’s more than most of can say.
For full article published in SvD sept 2016
“Social Media? No, the world doesn’t need to know what I had for breakfast!”, answers the important CEO when I ask about their social media strategi. Wake up – this is no longer the new economy and it’s embarrassing how many big cheeses still don’t get technology or social media. Hiring a CDO – Chief Digital Officer – feels good I know, but it’s borderline misconduct not the take the time to understand technologies that might soon underpin and transform your entire industry. The higher you are on the career ladder the harder it seems to be to-go-back-to-school even only figuratively. The only rational action for top management should be to ask questions until you get it. The important CEO would have been able to answer most questions about margins, procurement, logistics and same needs to be true for tech.
How will blockchain transform payments and contacts? How will Machine Learning effect efficiency and profit margin? What cyber security dangers are lurking in the ether?