Here Comes Technology

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We had one of the most interesting conversations of our trip today with a serial entrepreneur who is currently on his third startup. He knows dozens of languages (most of them computer languages) and gave us a broader, longer term view of our world. We discussed the long-term impact of the current startup movement. One of the unintended consequences of innovation is that while they create jobs for people who...
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Renaissance 2.0

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The core feature of technology is that it is scalable, that it can be used almost anywhere by anyone with a baseline level of financial resources. What people decide to do with that technology and how investors view it is an entirely separate story. Today in Paris, we discovered startup hubs like TheFamily and Blue Factory. After two dozens interviews so far between Helsinki, London and Paris, we’ve noticed that...
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Friends

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Today, we met up with a local friend who helped us film and photograph landmarks around London. It is still both pleasantly surprising and wonderful that in just the past two months Ympact has grown from just an idea into an international collaboration between 6 people living in 5 cities in 4 countries (Italy, Spain, Finland, and the U.S.). In addition, over 50 people have answered our call and have...
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Ultimate Network Effects

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Network Effects is a fancy term to describe the simple phenomenon of people wanting to jump on the bandwagon. Sure, there are nuances to the concept, but essentially companies gain network effects by making a product that becomes exponentially more valuable with each incremental user joining. The now classic examples include Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Snapchat, etc. The ultimate network effects industry, however, is the startups sector itself. Today, we visited...
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Mind The Gap

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London, like some of its other cosmopolitan cousins such as New York and San Francisco, is a city that is constantly evolving. The city is so diverse that at each office, restaurant or landmark that we went to, we saw it in a new perspective. What didn’t change was “Mind the Gap”. It is a phrase shown on the ground and repeated on speaker systems at every tube station. Tourists...
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Free and Wild

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After some intense days at Slush, we took a brief timeout to enjoy a walk through a forest and went into a sauna on the rooftop. Walking through Helsinki, you get to breath in some of the cleanest air on the planet. Buildings and objects in this city are designed to let you have your own physical and mental space. Even the university buildings stand far apart, separated by grass,...
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