Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur almost all my business live and coming from an entrepreneurs family, it was obvious that one day I will support other entrepreneurs to become successful as well. After my wife and I decided to no longer run businesses ourselves, we decided to help young entrepreneurs build their companies, like we have been helped by mentors and investors to build ours.

Living for about 20 years in Silicon Valley, we started the Society3 Accelerator in 2014 in San Francisco and ran eight badges so far. Since the beginning we have been blessed with a 50% success rate, measured by external follow on funding of our portfolio companies. We are very proud of the companies we worked with and realize that the otherwise high failure rate of entrepreneurs can be reduced.

During these years, the direct correlation between innovation & entrepreneurship on one side and prosperity of the nations where entrepreneurship & innovation is embraced became very apparent. Highly innovative nations are the most prosper in the world. We founded the World Innovations Forum to contribute to the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in all nations, creating independent, self propelled economies.

Innovation

Innovation has captivated my interest since I was a boy. It never stopped driving me to innovate.

At age four, my father gave me a concertina. Being extremely curious, I cut it open to see what’s inside. It was interesting to see the metal pieces, but nothing worked. When my mother found out she was about to be very angry, I was told, but my father stopped her as he was very impressed about me trying to “sneak into this device to find out how it works. All that was left for me from this scene: It’s OK to find out everything. My very first ever written blog post was about innovation.

Innovation is the ART of technology. Creativity at its best – and when done right useful for millions of people. Most importantly, it is the CORE ENGINE of any economy on this planet. 

Eventually, I decided to find out what innovation really is, how it is made, where it comes from, and when innovation s really innovation. My first book about innovation, “Innovations Paradigm,” was more or less a collection of all thoughts, findings, relations, experiences, and effects from innovation I could find. On one side, it touches briefly on the 12,000 years of innovation history, and on the other side takes the latest understanding from neuroscientists how ideas get formed and composed in our brain. It became the base material for my second book (in the making), “Your Innovative Mind”.

Future

The future is the only timespan we can influence. And humans did so, for the past 12,000 years, once we understood to farm and harvest, built buildings, organized ourselves in larger groups, and later began with the industrial revolution. With an ever-deeper understanding of our mind, our neural network, our DNA, and more we are on the verge of an intellectual revolution.

When understanding our brain we understand the limits of our capacity. However since humans are designed to augment any of its limits through machines, we will also find ways to extend the limits of our mental capacity. AI is only a tiny fraction of that development. That future is more intriguing than anything any human ever experienced. With the new intellectual revolution, we will be able to consciously think through challenges and opportunities that we cannot comprehend today.

For instance, planet Eart will one day be vanishing away. Human evolution is nature’s best bet to let biological life survive beyond the lifespan of the planet it was created on. And the research for alternative inhabitable planets already began. Earth is our nest – one day we will learn to fly and explore the universe for all reasons we already know today, limited space on earth, population growth, risks from asteroids, energy consumption and limited availability, resource limitations such as water, fresh air, uranium, lithium, and so forth. Think big, think bold, and outside the nest (box).

Want to engage?

World Innovations Forum Foundation

Explore the World Innovations Forum Foundation and consider engaging to either help your country to thrive or help other countries to emerge.

BlueCallom Neuro Innovation Technology

We are rewriting the book of innovation. BlueCallom was founded to change the way we conduct innovation. Highly influenced by neuroscience, we initially developed methods to innovate. We are leveraging the new-found knowledge about how our brain composes and processes ideas, in particular radically innovative ideas. The results led to a need to use technology to compose the hundreds or even thousands of idea pieces that eventually represent a disruptive innovation. You may join the BlueCallom community as a supporter, scholar, partner, employee, or in other capacities.

“The Silicon Valley Podcast” by Shawn Flynn (Nov 2020)

“Makes you smart today” podcast by Douglas MacKevett (Aug 2019)

What’s on top of my mind these days?

Hanging out at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Maybe later at age 140 or so :)

  • Finding like minded people, helping get developing and emerging countries out of poverty through accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship keeps me up.
  • Because we are helping young entrepreneurs to become successful business people, we are neither seen as a development aid organization nor as an organization serving the public good. We are seen as an organization driving business and that is not considered a charitable activity.
  • Getting out of poverty requires all the newly graduating young people to get a job. Jobs however, can only be created by companies. Companies in turn are for profit and don’t get supported. As a result we produce well educated people and then send them into a non existing job market. The consequence is massive migration.
  • We all, have to learn that profitability is not a dirty thing for some big a** rich people but the mechanism to get prosperity and off of poverty.

Our politically, socially and religiously organized developed world actively produces poverty every day. Not willingly but distorted through our systems that prevent necessary actions, just because they appear to be not generally attractive.

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