Last week Business Insider ran an article about companies that JP Morgan thinks could be "the next Apple". It's worth a read if you are looking for companies to invest your money in (Apple's 10-year return has been about 5000%, the article references companies poised to do the same).
But let's face it, companies like Disney, Comcast and Qualcomm are not the next Apple - they're just big companies with stocks that will likely go up over time. Apple has of course done much more than provide good returns on stockholders' investments - it has provided good returns because it changed the way people interact with their world. Multiple times.So then who is The Real Next Apple? When we look back twenty years from now, who will we point to and say "that company changed everything"?
Square. Aside from the fact that Jack Dorsey seems to resemble Steve Jobs more with every passing day, Square is a real contender for The Real Next Apple. As Apple did with computing, Square has extended the places in which credit card transactions can occur to include pretty much anywhere on earth. And they're moving into specific verticals too, as with their recent pilot project to put Square in the back of NYC Taxis. When Square was first looking for money, a VC who had heard their pitch said to me "They wont be the next big thing". How wrong he was.
Cartographie abstraite, territoires lumineux, émotions pulsantes, les Urban mobs dessinent et donnent corps aux paysages de nos échanges.
Développé par Orange Labs et faberNovel autour d'une création graphique de Paul Coudamy, Urban Mobs témoigne de la place fondamentale que prend aujourd'hui l'information, qui revêt ici une valeur artistique à travers une "data-visualisation".
Pour découvrir Urban Mobs et les coulisses de la métamorphose du Palais de Tokyo, rendez-vous 13 avenue du Président Wilson jusqu'au vendredi 13 Avril à Minuit.
Last Thursday, we were very lucky to welcome Cameron Tonkinwise for our first OuiShare Talk at Mutinerie.
Instead of a long and exhaustive report of his inspiring talk, I would like to share with you 3 ideas that I have kept in mind since Thursday. (Please note that the rephrasing is mine)
1) Hey you, French people, keep on collaborating, it’s your greatest strength !
First thing Cameron Tonkinwise told us on Thursday was that he had noticed a fair amount of collaboration in our growing French collaborative economy. Not that evident according to his experience of American start-ups. Running for investors can drive you away from a genuine collaborative workstyle.
2) Once they have reached critical mass, start-ups should think carefully about their next step of devopment.
Most start-ups in the collaborative economy need to gather enough users to become functional. Critical mass is thus their very first key objective. What Cameron pointed out is that contradictions can appear when they have reached this critical mass and investors begin to be interested in their business model. Most investors are likely to settle turnover objectives so that they can get a sufficient return on investment. That means moving up to the next level of scale, which could result in changing the initial purpose of the project. Or move the enterprise from a social economy, based on trust, to a money economy, compensating a loss of trust.
3) Sharing economy begins when you enter the arena
That means when you are personnaly involved in a collaborative operation, be it for or non-profit, and related to objects, activities, knowledge or whatever. When people “enter the arena” with their own personnality, opinions, experiences, it can create social friction. For Cameron, social friction should be preserved, because it means society is still alive. However, business is more likely to encourage smoothness. Let’s hope it will be by promoting mediation rather than standardization.
Pour cette première session du OuiShare Talk, Cameron Tonkinwise, responsable design thinking et sustainability à Parsons The New School for Design de New-York, est invité à prendre la parole à Mutinerie Coworking. Les débats seront animés par Maxime Leroy (OuiShare, faberNovel). Inscriptions et informations sur la page facebook de l'événement.
A demain !