So what are Exponential Technologies anyway?

In 1965 Gordon Moore wrote a paper in which he described the phenomenon that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years. This is what has become known as Moore’s Law. We have all seen the picture of the IBM 5MB Hard drive in in 1956 vs an SD card. This doubling has resulted in exponential growth.

 

data stprage evolutionThis exponential growth is now happening in a number of technologies, and these are exponential technologies that we are talking about. Singularity University describe these as below:

Exponential technologies are those which are rapidly accelerating and shaping major industries and all aspects of our lives.  For a technology to be “exponential,” the power and/or speed doubles each year, and/or the cost drops by half.

Exponential technologies include artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR), data science, digital biology and biotech, medicine, nanotech and digital fabrication (3D printing), networks and computing systems (incl. IoT, cloud), sensors (incl. wearables and insidables), robotics (incl. drones), blockchain, energy,  and autonomous vehicles.

As described above there are a number of technologies that are on exponential growth curves and when these are combined it is providing extremely disruptive products and services which are changing the way that we live.  For examples the winners of the Tricorder X Prize have leveraged the exponential growth in sensor technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, networks, etc. to develop handheld devices that can diagnose multiple diseased better than a doctor.

Having an understanding of these exponential technologies and how they are affecting the world that we live in is vital to be relevant in the 21st century. If you are running a business now or are looking to start something new it is more important than ever to understand what exponential technologies you can leverage.

David Rose quote

I look forward to sharing more on this topic and many others.

A Growing Passion | Crowdfunding | It’s History

As the Internet becomes a more prolific force in the lives of more humans we are definitely going to see greater collaboration using internet enabled platforms. Peter Diamandis speaks of the rising billions in terms of the emerging world’s citizens who are gaining access to the internet. This is extremely exciting as greater access to the internet allows people to collaborate more efficiently. Essentially crowdfunding is human collaboration enabled by Technology. Crowdfunding gives people opportunities that may not have been possible prior to the internet. It is extremely exciting to think about how this can positively affect the emerging world.

If we take a closer look at crowdfunding we will see that this is not a new idea, humans have been collaborating for centuries. Examples of pre-internet crowdfunding are:

  • Praenumeration: Subscription business model used to gauge demand before printing books in the 28th century. Not exactly crowdfunding but similar in terms of getting the crowds approval.
  • War Bonds: This is essentially the crowd funding war
  • Statue of Liberty Base: Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, raised $102,000 in 1885 from 120,000 donors, with 80 percent of the total received in sums of less than one dollar.
  • Rotating savings and credit association’s, or ROSCA: There are many examples across the world where groups of people get together to pool money for particular purposes.

The foundation of crowdfunding via the internet though can be traced to the British rock group Marillion who in 1997 used donations from fans to pay for their US tour. In the same year writer/director Mark Tapio Kines designed a website to raise funds for his then-unfinished first feature film Foreign Correspondents. It was not really until 2003 when Brian Camelio, a Boston musician and computer programmer, launched ArtistShare that crowdfunding really started gaining traction. Maria Schneider’s jazz album “Concert in a Garden.” was the first project on ArtistShare and the campaign raised about $130,000. She won a 2005 Grammy Award for best large jazz ensemble album. This was the birth of rewards based crowdfunding and sites that we know such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter  launched in 2008 and 2009.

Debt Based crowdfunding saw its roots prior to the establishment of these rewards based platforms with the establishment of Zopa in the UK in 2004/5 and Lending Club in the USA in 2006.  The use of the internet to facilitate the collection of donations was in place long before donation based crowdfunding emerged in 2010 with the launch of  GoFundMe, which has raised over $2Billion to date.

In terms of Equity crowdfunding most information you can find focuses on the Jobs Act and America’s process to equity crowdfunding, EquityNet was founded in 2005 for accredited investors. You may not know that ASSOB took equity investing online in 2005 in Australia or that Crowdcube (founded 2010) and Seedrs (founded 2009) out of the UK are two of the most successful platforms for every man on the street.

This was a quick history and I have tried to make sure that it is as factually correct as possible. If I have made mistakes please comment about it.

This is most likely a good place to mention that I an working for a real estate crowdfunding company and together with some others based in Africa we have established the African Crowdfunding Association (ACfA) as a way to educate more and ensure that crowdfunding can impact Africa in a positive way!!!

 

 

Striated Skies No. 52 – Nothing to be scared of

52. Nothing to be scared of

The Banghoek (meaning “scary corner”) valley is located over the Hellshoogte pass and an area in which I will own an estate one day. The picture for this striated sky was taken on the Oldenburg wine estate (in the Banghoek Valley) looking up at the Drakenstein Mountain Range. Banghoek Valley, got its name due to the dense forest, leopards, steep ravines and other dangers encountered by settlers.

Hellshoogte is the oldest pass in South Africa. The original Pass was built in 1692, in order to make ones way to Franschoek (where the Huguenots settled after arriving in 1688).  It was the main road to Franschhoek and for many years was regarded as a dangerous route, especially in the dark. The origins of the name is likely from the steep gullies (“hells”) on the ridge. In 1854 the road was greatly improved and used until being replaced by the new/current road in 1972.

A left turn off the R310 onto Zevenrivieren road will put the Mountains in front of you, the road winds and becomes gravel. The road is well sign posted and finding Oldenburg estate is a cinch. On arrival you are greeted by the spectacular new Cellar Door. The building was designed by architect Simon Beerstecher, and the interior design is by Kelly Hoppen.

Oldenburg is owned and run by Adrian and Vanessa Vanderspuy. Adrian was born on the neighbouring farm but his family left South Africa in the 1960’s. He would return to visit Oldenburg yearly for Christmas. Dorothy Vanrenen, Adrians grandmother, lived at Oldenburg with Helmet Holmann. In fact it is Helmet who named the farm Oldenburg in memory of his German roots in the city of Oldenburg. Visit the Oldenburg Vineyards Website for more history.

It was in 2002 that Adrian decided to pursue the possibility of bringing Oldenburg Vineyards back to life given that the farm had fallen into a parlous state. The vineyards were replanted from 2004-2006 and the maiden vintages of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were produced in 2007. In 2010 the first whites were produced, the reds were launched (all were included in the SA Top 100 wines)  and in 2011 the cellar door opened.   In 2014 Philip Costandius joined as General Manager and Winemaker, later that year The Homestead was opened.

Visit the Oldenburg Vineyards Website to find out more about this amazing place and the people who make it happen or go one step better and visit them in person, you will not regret it. The views are amazing, the wine terrific and the atmosphere spectacular.  As I said at the beginning, one day I will own a property in this valley.

oldenburg logoI have to end off this blog by saying Thanks to all the peole who have followed me and my 52 Striated Skies Project. My next big step is going to be figuring out how I can exhibit this in 2016. Here is to an awesome 2016!!!

Striated Skies No. 51 – Namesake

51. Namesake

The St James Catholic Church building in this weeks Striated sky was opened in 1901. The church building was designed by George Ransom and built by Father John Duignam and his Filipino parishioners. The Parish of St James started in 1859 to serve the Filipino community of Kalk Bay. Given the spanish legacy of the community the name St James was chosen in honour of the apostle and fisherman, Patron saint of Spain.

The original building stood where the current station stands. When the train made its was to Kalk Bay in 1883 the church became a stopping point for the train known as St James Church Halt. By 1893 a platform was built known as St James’s. The suburb (which was part of Kalk Bay) took on the name St James. The builsing at the station building grew too small and thus was sold to Cape Government Railways for £2000 in 1900. It was with these proceeds that Fr Duignam was able to build the current building.

In 1924, the Golden Jubilee of Fr. Duignam, the stained-glass window behind the high altar was unveiled to celebrate his service to the parish.  In 1947, under the direction of Father Harold Doran, substantial alterations, including moving the entrance to the current configuration the main road, were completed. Below is a picture of the building before alterations were made.

St James has been a popular beach for many years and still retains its numerous colourful victorian bathing boxes. The suburb is a very trendy place to live and is well worth a visit together with its neighbours on the false bay coast. For more history check out KALK BAY, ST. JAMES – A brief history illustrated with postcards of a bygone era by Michael Walker.

Random Piece of information 

George Ransom also designed the Markham Building, which when completed in 1897 was the tallest building in Johannesburg (Cnr of Eloff and Pritchard). The large clock imported from Scotland has four faces North, South, East and West.  The building was known as Markham’s Folly as it stood out in the centre of Johannesburg with the clock visible for miles. The building housed the second store of Henry William Markham who arrived in Cape Town from England in 1873, setting up a successful outfitter’s business. Markhams was bought by the Foshini Group in 1968. In 1979 the building was saved from demolition

More Information on St James

Cape Town Tourism

Cape Point Route

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Striated Skies No. 50 – This is South Africa!

50. This is South Africa!

The photo that inspired this Striated Sky was taken from inside one of the boulders on the Logies Bay promontory, north of Llandudno Beach, looking towards the Mountain. Llandudno is a small residential suburb off Victoria Road just before Hout Bay. It is named after Llandudno on the Welsh coast. The area was known as Kleinkommetjie Bay until 1903 when Mrs Wege, wife of one of the directors of the Camps Bay Extension Estates, returned from a holiday to the UK and was struck by the similarity between Llandudno in Wales and Kleinkommetjie Bay.

Llandudno in Wales has rocky promontories on either side of their bay, known as Orms. These are reminiscent of the promontories at Logies Bay on the northern end and Sunset Rocks to the south, and so it was decided to christen the new township Llandudno.  The Logies Bay promontory, is made up of Cape Granite that was forced up between the surrounding sedimentary Shale by volcanic action. The rocks are weathered, some into caves, like the one from which the photo was taken.  Logies Bay also has an approx. 40-metre wide dolerite dyke alongside the granite (dark brown rock in the picture), Dykes are formed by molten lava that was squeezed between fissures in the granite before cooling. This dyke is the widest in the peninsula.* For all the Geologists out there check out this Thesis by Nils Bakeberg, it is a little over my head 🙂

Llandudno beach is absolutely stunning and in 2012 was used “by mistake” to represent the French North coast in London billboard adverts. The French tourism ads were trying to get people to go on holiday to France during the Olympics.  A London based fashion photographer, Bradford Bird, picked up that the photo was Llandudno given that he had grown up there.  According to a Telegraph article the ad agency had made a sorting error, apologised and changed the picture to one of France. I am sure that they just adored the beauty of the South African coast and had to use the picture ;-).

If you would like to own a piece of this beautiful seaside suburb you will need between R8.5 – R50 Million. If you earn a currency other than Rand now if the time to buy as you could scoop up a stunning 4 bedroom on the rocks for US$2.8M (£1.86M) or if you are on a budget and don’t mind a walk to the beach you can buy a stunning 5 bedroom family Villa for US$812k (£533k). You will not regret having your own spot on a piece of the most beautiful coastline in the world, what are you waiting for….

 

More information

* History of Llandudno

Cape Town Tourism

Llandudno Map