It is time to define success

Always remember that you are an individual and that there is no one on this Earth with its 7.6 Billion people that have the same DNA makeup as you. There may be many people that are similar, with aspirations that may be the same but no two people are exactly the same. It is vital to remember that when it comes to the notion of success. You need to define what success looks like in your life. You can use others as inspiration but do not simply follow someone else’s success path because it looks as though they are living a wonderful life. A great place to start when determining what gets you out of the bed in the morning and what you need to strive towards to be successful is the Japanese Ikigai. It is a great tool that you can use to determine your purpose and therefore what you should work towards to have success.

There are 4 areas of life to look at, these are:

What you love

What you are good at

What the world needs and

What you can get paid for.

Where three areas intersect you can have a great life but there is something missing.

At the Intersection of What you love, What you are good at and What the world needs You have great fulfilment but you have no way of making money which we all need to live.

At the Intersection of What you love, What the world needs You and What you can get paid for. You have excitement although uncertainty as you are not good at what you are doing

At the intersection of What the world needs, What you can get paid for and What you are good at, you are comfortable but you do not feel fulfilled

At the intersection of What you can get paid for, What you are good at and What you love, you will feel satisfaction but purpose is missing.

The intersection of all four of these areas is your purpose.

Take time to look at these areas, try different things, fail, make changes and move towards your purpose. Something that is quite important to understand is that there may be variations of this or different areas of focus at different times in your life. Having said that I do believe it is important to have a personal MTP (Massive Transformative Purpose) and the Ikigai is a great tool to help you determine what it should be.

IKIGAI

 

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.

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

The road is changing

Changing road

Shit is about to get real. I have made a decision that I am going to become more active in sharing online through this blog as well as through other mediums. The reason for this decision is that I have decided to move away from the certainty of a solid stable income (Working primarily with Wealth Migrate) to a life of more freedom to work longer hours… consulting in the Exponential and crowdfunding space and building a brand called PIONEERtribe. In the 21st Century business looks different from what many of us know and I know that I will remain within the ecosystem of sharing and abundance in which Wealth Migrate finds itself.

So you can expect to have regular sharing of exponential technologies, business strategies, travel, motivation, my life, my opinion, fun, etc. I am looking to grow a community of people that have the same values as myself and a vision of the 21st century that is good and focuses on benefiting the planet  with ABUNDANCE.

PIONEERtribe blue with black

PIONEERtribe is a community of 21st Century Entrepreneurs changing the way society functions:

  • We are people who love technology and what it is doing to make the world a better place
  • We are people who believe in abundance and look for the best in all situations
  • We are problem solvers
  • We are constantly learning
  • We are global
  • We are authentic
  • We love to travel
  • We are exponential thinkers
  • We live with purpose

If this is something that excites you then let me know and I will see you on the journey. PIONEERtribe will be launched later this year with a bunch of content and sharing. For now I am building that up.

Here is to an amazing future that is full of opportunity for everyone. A future in which African economies are robust and technology is ubiquitous. A future that is community driven and full of excitement and fun!

 

2017

What an interesting year I have had in 2017. Many exciting things that happened a few disappointments but most importantly understanding more about myself and what I am capable of as well as the fact that the world is full of people who want the best for themselves, their families and their community. In 2017 I started my own company with Rikki Jack and left the confines of permanent employment. I worked long hours and looked after my body, well at least for the first 9 months of the year. I was not as creative in terms of visual design work as spare time was at a premium. 2017 saw the birth of two more Nieces and sadly the passing of my Gran, an amazing woman who is such an inspiration.

I was privileged to end the year off with a great deal of travel, something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I visited 10 different countries (France and Switzerland don’t count I guess as I did not leave the airport) on 27 flights going around the world three times, flying for one week.

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All the Travel was for work with Wealth Migrate launching global offices and attending blockchain events. The travel was on three separate trips.

Trip 1

  • London for a week, flew in through Dubai
  • Dubai for 3 Days
  • Athens for 3 days where I spoke at a conference on Crowdfunding in Africa
  • London for 4 more days, the flight was through Zurich both ways but I did not get to leave the airport.
  • Athens for one day before flying back to Cape Town through Dubai

Trip 2

  • Atlanta for 2 days
  • New York for 3 Days
  • Connecticut for 2 days to visit my Aunt, Uncle and cousins there, some for the first time in many years
  • Las Vegas for 5 days
  • London for 2 days
  • Gibraltar for 3 days I actually stayed in the Alcaidesa Marina, La Linea de la Concepción, Spain
  • London for 2 days after which I flew home through Paris but unfortunately could not leave the airport.

Trip 3

  • Brisbane for 5 days
  • Sydney for 18 days with my Brother and Sister and two amazing Nephews
  • Tokyo for 5 days
  • This trip was with Emirates so went through Dubai on both ends of the trip

This travel was my first international travel so talk about starting off with a bang :-). Travel should be compulsory for people to do in order to get an understanding of the world that we live in, the fact that we are all more similar than we think and that a global viewpoint is so powerful. I would recommend to anyone to travel, the world is so full of opportunity and traveling abroad gives you massive perspective.

I read and listened to some amazing books for the first time in 2017: The Upstarts, Stealing Fire, The hard thing about hard things, Leaders eat last, Whats your moonshot and busy with Finding my virginity. I also reread some of my staple favourites such a Bold, Exponential Organisations, Anything you want, Positive Intelligence, The code of the extraordinary mind and Pitch Anything.

As part of my 2018 goal and vision setting I have made it a point to write more things down whether these are public in the form of this blog or whether it is just in private will remain to be seen.

Have a fantastic 2018!

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!!!