What’s on top of my mind these days?

Hanging out at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? I think I will do that when I’m more like 130 or 140 years old. But my new project actually has something to do with the ocean – at least in an analogy.

I was blessed with having the opportunity to become a successful entrepreneur. I was following Confucius “Look for something you wholeheartedly love and you will never work a day in your life”. I found an activity that I loved very much – and still today – and actually never worked a day in my life. Now I feel obliged to do what all Silicon Valley people do – give back. Often even steer up projects much bigger than anything they did in their business life. And here in mine:

  • World Innovations Forum Foundation (wiforum.org)
  • Together with thousands of others, we try something,  what we were always told to avoid: “Boiling the ocean”. Here comes the relation to hanging out on an ocean beach. :)
  • Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship I fight for getting all nations at eye-level.
  • At the World Innovations Forum, together with founding members, we formed our VISION as follows:
    “We see a world, where prosperity is possible in all nations by accelerating entrepreneurship and innovation, leading to self propelled economies from within the respective nation. It will help eradicate hunger and poverty.”
  • It may take 50 or even 100 years. But that is faster than a blink of an eye relative to our development in the past 50,000 years.
  • And when we are there: we will need to permanently work on keep helping those countries who’s innovation and entrepreneurial power is declining and sliding far below the then leading countries.
  • We have seen Egypt and Mesopotamia fading from 5,000 years world domination into a less developed or at bet “re”-emerging country. We have seen the Roman empire vanish away, leaving a small and continuously struggling country behind. We have seen the British Empire imploding to an Island Nation and even that continuing to divide and struggle. And we are right now watching a newly endangered country, the United States, getting into bankruptcy, exceeding staggering 20 Trillion in dept, having lost nearly all the industry leaderships in heavy duty industry, automobile industry, medical industry, health care industry, architecture and construction industry, and on it goes.
  • Letting former leaders just go under is a terrible waste of energy. This is especially worst when the next generation or nation did not l;earn anything. Mankind never tried to stop the decay of a nation, therefor never found its reason, and always enjoyed the rise of an all new ear. We did not yet learn why nations go so far up and so far down for such a long cycle.
  • We were lead to believe it is a natural cycle. But it is NOT. A natural cycle is a birth and a death. All the nations we are talking about are still existing – but fell far behind. With billions and actually in aggregate trillions of donations over the past 40 years we kept those nations alive. It is only our current limitation to find a way to support even the “big guys” and our limitation in thinking that they should find their own way.

I know this is “boiling the ocean” – but seriously shouldn’t we at least try? Isn’t it worth exploring and finding the path to such a world for all of us and the generations to come?

I will. I started already. I’m not the only one. And I’m not the only one who cars. I’m not even the only one with that idea. I myself would never be able to make it happen – nobody could. But by the thousands we have not only a chance – there is a very good probability to make it work in the future. We don’t even care if we will be alive to see the result. But we started to set the foundation for what need to happen anyhow.

And guess what – it excites my a thousand times more than hanging out at a beach – possibly thinking why me and why not all of the 7.5 Billion people.

Innovation

Innovation is dear to my heart. It 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. There is a direct correlation between innovation & entrepreneurship on one side and prosperity on the other side. Highly innovative nations are the most prosper in the world. I founded the World Innovations Forum to contribute to the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in all nations, creating independent, self propelled economies.

Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur almost all my business live and coming from an entrepreneurs family, I can’t help support other entrepreneurs as good as possible. After my wife and I decided to no longer run businesses ourselves, we decided to help others build their companies.

We started the San Francisco Accelerator in 2014 in San Francisco and ran six 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.

Future

While millions of people constantly fight change, as they fear they get crushed in those changes, all I ever experienced has been amazing enhancements and a great evolution of the human mind. When I look into the future I envision changes that are even grander than anything I’ve experienced before. And yet again, I envision quantum leaps in terms of our life style, advancing humanity intellectually, mainly by learning from what we learned from building AI and the respect for our planet. 

My new book “Megashift.AI” will provide some scenarios and some possible development for the next 25 to 50 years. As we enter the new “Innovations Age”, we will experience something that no time period before us has shown. From the ‘stone age’, via the ‘bronze age’, all the way to our current ‘information age’, each time period was embossed by major, specific progress. Not any longer. The ‘Innovations Age’, has one fundamental difference never seen before in that intensity: Parallel innovations across all industries, across all society levels, across all countries all around the globe. In the next 25 years mankind will not just see yet another big technological shift, or paradigm shift with a new tool, we will experience a major change in the way we think, act, collaborate, create, learn, work, and experience life itself.

Join me and engage

We learned not to ask for help, to avoid creating any reciprocal obligations. This is very unfortunate and maybe we can begin to change this. Let me start.

I need your help to help others

I’m sure you are super busy and need to focus entirely on your business.
I know the feeling. But then I learned from an unexpected source, how important help others no matter how busy I am – I learned that from one of my investors.
No he was not worried to wast his money by wasting my time. He was worried that I loose the bigger picture by only focusing on my own world.

If you want to engage in any of my activities I would love to get to know you.

  • Spreading the word

    Help me spread the word for our work. Join our online meetings if you can to better understand what we do. Let us know what you would do to solve some of the grand challenges entrepreneurs have.

  • Contributing Content

    Do you have something to say that might be helpful to others? You may contribute to any of our blogs, maybe contributing to the books I write or events we run. You may want to speak here and there or otherwise shed some light in the mysteries of innovation,entrepreneurship, the changes in our world and the opportunities of our future.

  • Support & Mentorship

    We have more questions than answers. Maybe you can help in our forums or groups or you may want to mentor young entrepreneurs. We cannot get enough successful entrepreneurs who give back and help the generations to come.

  • Jack of all trades

    You can help – literally around the world – wherever you live. We need helping hands to organize events, connect with people, helping local startups thrive, helping governments get additional insights, helping executives bringing their enterprises in alignment with the future  —  and on and on and on. :)

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