This blog is about the digital business era. The blog posts are brief, foods for thought. They comment on articles, events etc. with a personal touch.
Let my People go Surfing?
Half a year ago, one of my blog readers suggested me to read a book by Yvon Chouinard: Let my people go surfing. I bought the book right away, but it ended up in queue as most other books I buy, until this holiday.
Yvon Chouinard was a climber and surfer before it became fashionable. He started producing climbing equipment simply to fund his next trip. He believes that the word adventure should describe a journey from which there was a real risk that you would not come back alive. In the text there is a strong sense of authenticity in everything he speaks about.
Let my people go surfing is the one-liner describing the flexible hours policy of Patagonia, the company founded and owned by the Chouinards. The company was (and probably still is) very progressive in its way of conducting business. They essentially want to bring the best quality product forward to the consumer doing least harm. They want to be profitable to do well for nature through environmental causes. They want to become a company which everybody is passionate about and works passionately for.
I worked for 7 years for the LEGO Company, a privately held, Danish company which provides a toy system for infinite play and child development. I sense that the two companies, while working with completely different customers and products, share a common DNA in striving to make the best possible product for their customer. Also, they are both privately held, and their CEOs are not measured by an
Netflux? The demise of VOD 1.0
I was on the beach one early morning, watching a young girl jogging along the sand shore, with half-closed eyes, smiling, enjoying the warmth of the early sunrays. The jogging girl reminded me of Sense8, a recent show from Netflix, with an Islandic girl on some strange designer drug watching the sun rise over a London park. The jogger had the same blissful smile on her face and the same blond, half-long hair. But this time it’s not London, it’s Lanzarote.
Connected to Civilization
I’m on a holiday in the sun around 3000 miles from home, yet still connected to civilization with 4G/ WIFI and with all my regular gadgets. I somehow expected everything to work perfectly, but it doesn’t. Most of the time my smart phone is connecting through H+ or Edge, both technologies belonging to an ancient past with dead-slow mobile internet. The hotel WIFI has bandwidth which is miniscule or non-existent.
Having finally gotten through, I check my social media, news media and e-mail while my ultimate reward is getting visibly closer in the horizon; video on demand! I once read that the brain consumes fewer calories while watching TV shows than while sleeping, and intuitively I know why this is right: While sleeping, at least my brain is trying to sort out my life, organizing, removing and reinforcing knowledge. Some people call this dreaming, but recent neuro research suggests a more practical explanation closer to what AI researchers do to their neural network systems
A key goal is to give you inspiration on how to deal with the digital business era. Another goal is to get feedback on ideas and thoughts. Have a great digital business era!
Confucius – you cannot open a book without learning something - /jan