Both topics dear to my heart


My thanks to my friend Louis for sharing this link … which is called ‘Why Tesla Is Worth More Than GM’. It mentions Tesla 12 times and the word platform 3. The whole article centers on how platforms will / are going to rule the world .. no argument there … yet … though I do have my preferred approaches to how platforms should work – that I have started to write about here – and also this was an interesting read from Doc Searls just yesterday.

Here’s what’s going to happen when the whole cryptocurrency / ICO / token / blockchain / distributed ledger / distributed-everything finishes going down: We will each have far more command of what and how we pay for everything, how we remember what we paid, how we run our personal and social lives online, and how we control our relationships in an open marketplace no longer dominated by giant corporate silos and fiat currencies.
That’s my bet, anyway. Because I see the pendulum swinging away from platforms, and up the stack to new protocols. Union Square Ventures illustrates it this way:

Alas – I can’t provide a link to this post because it now seems to have gone away
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It’s The Wrong Way To Look At It

I read this in the UK’s Independent newspaper yesterday.

The 44 year-old tech billionaire, actively involved in the mission to get to Mars and potentially live there, is said to be working an impressive 85 to 100 hours per week to achieve its goals.

It’s a good article – and indeed I am a big fan of Mr. Musk (though I do not always understand why he does certain things – like starting his own streaming music service built right into every Tesla.) That said, who am I to judge, I am sure he has his reasons (Variety certainly thinks so.)

But take a read of that quote …. why is it ‘impressive’ that Mr. Musk works 85 to 100 hours per week?

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elon-muskI wrote the piece at the bottom of this post on May 13th of this year (ok – since the FOURTH article was written before Christmas of last year – I admit it – I am catching up. I stumbled on My post this morning, for another reason, and thought I would link to the rest of the articles.

Part Two – How Tesla Will Change The World

Part Three – How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

Part Four – The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce

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Elon Musk 2016 … (my bold)

The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn’t all that complicated and basically consisted of:

  1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
  2. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
  3. Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car
  4. Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years.

That link is his post from August 2nd 2006.

elon-muskNot sure if you spotted that Elon is seeking to merge Tesla and Solar City, which has been met with all kinds of commentary. If you read the mainstream press can be summarized with a single comment … “It’s official – Elon is off his trolley.”

Separately I recall seeing somewhere that Elon himself has seen that exact kind of commentary form Financial watchers – and totally opposite comments from ‘Product people’.

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‘Beauty’ is just one of the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears this past week that I wanted to share with you.


Aerial - - 07WWDC

You might not know what this is, but this is an annual conference that essentially provides early commentary from Apple about their technical direction. Ok – the World Wide Developers Conference is a whole lot more. But for you and me it is exactly that. This is a list provided by Brent Simmons, that he in turn had extracted from a group he belongs to in Seattle. It is a collection of ideas and thoughts and needs and requirements that at least one group of people think is important for Apple to be working on – and ideally announcing. Three that caught my eye as being very interesting.

+ Trials on the iOS and Mac App Store
+ Run iOS apps on Macs.
+ ARM-based MacBooks.

… but do click through for the whole list – remembering it is really a wish list – but damn – some of them will make it.

Your personal view into a future

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Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are working on models that will be competitive with Tesla on technology, and thee U.S. company will soon be just one of several players with similar offerings

… well – it depends if you think that Tesla is a car manufacturer – or battery innovator … and Volkswagen might not be so focussed on this right now ….

[ Source : Tesla Should Be Afraid of German Carmakers – Bloomberg ]