The story behind the start of Mozilla is intriguing and inspirational. They went from a failing product to a whole new organization that helped the software industry change gear from closed source to a more open-source collective.
Scott Galloway, the author of The Four recently wrote in Esquire about the power of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. It’s a great read, and he makes some solid arguments.
I’d like to make an addition to the list and argue that Microsoft should be part of the list.
Microsoft has a $708B market cap as of 18 February 2018, they still are enormously dominant in the desktop market and have recently taken a strong position in the social media market by acquiring LinkedIn.
It’s called “Project Things” and works via a gateway installed on a Raspberry Pi which controls all your devices. This makes it less accessible for consumers, but over time as developers build extensive applications and products, it might get more mainstream.
Using adapters and the “Web Things API” developers can build their additions to the platform. The platform includes functionalities for voice control, ‘If this, then that’ logic and an OAuth implementation for third-party applications.
I’m looking forward to seeing some exciting applications; then I might consider setting it up myself.
I’ve recently started writing more, and it has certainly helped me get more clarity and improved my thinking process.
About visionaries from the article: “Along with preserving a record of their ideas and experiences, journaling might have helped them make sense of stressful experiences, focus on their goals, and achieve success.”
I just watched the AlphaGo documentary about the AI that beat the best Go player in the world two years ago. I love the message of the film that machines like AI will empower humans to do more, just like they’ve always done.