Email is still the king. 3.8 billion of us are now using email every day. This year we will send 100 trillion emails.
Master email and you will be the king. Or maybe the hand of the king. Definitely someone in the named cast.
The Platform Scale book gave me new insights into Centibel. Reading through the book I tried to understand everything in the context of Centibel. This proved to be quite fruitful approach indeed.
Now one key Centibel platform property has been clearly identified. Realizing this property would drastically assist in Centibel growth and scaling. First this seemed impossible to achieve, but now I believe otherwise.
Naval is at it again. His vision of bitcoin is comprehensive and compelling. In his mind he sees bitcoin and its myriad of descendants powering large sectors of our financial infrastructure. He sees a true revolutionary technology in the making, our multipass towards financial freedom and innovation. A true fifth protocol. But is he right?
I believe his vision points us towards right direction, but is not entirely correct. One major problem I see with cryptocurrencies is the creation of money by mining. This is straightforward in its’ way and for some purposes serves perfectly fine. But this does not map so well to the money creation people (or machines) might truly prefer. I see this mostly as an ethics and fairness problem. If compelling alternative with different money creation mechanism appears I believe many will choose that option instead (or alongside) cryptocurrencies
Platforms like classic Ripple tried to approach this problem from different perspective. They failed for good reasons and everyone moved their focus to blockchain. I still believe there is a third option. And on this belief I founded my startup Centibel 🙂
Bitcoin is interesting and even revolutionary in many ways. Bitcoin as money is only one aspect of the wider Bitcoin platform. Marc and Naval explain this quite well. I have taken a look into technology innovations behind Bitcoin and they are quite amazing indeed.
My vision for Centibel differs quite drastically from Bitcoin. As everyone and their grandmother is only looking at Bitcoin, Centibel is preparing to sail out to the wide blue uncharted ocean.
One of the best blog authors I follow is Sangeet Paul Choudary. Sangeet is interested on platform business models, how they came to be and what makes & breaks them.
Now Sangeet has published an excellent new e-book called Platform Power. Never seen this explained quite like this. Highly recommended.
My friends gave some frank critique on the recent Centibel teaser page launch. According to them both the message and benefits were quite unclear. I must agree with them on both counts. I’m quite happy that this came up, because it forced me to think more on this subject.Thanks to everyone who commented on this. Special thanks to Marc and Jukka.
After some thinking I came up with new message. The new message is made with 4P principles. Acronym 4P stands for Promise, Picture, Proof and Pitch.
If you read this far, can you please review the new teaser page? If there is anything which could in your opinion be improved please let me know via this blog or via direct mail.
Naming your baby is so hard. Name should be perfect, nuanced and clever. Parents can fret endlessly on tiny details. But ultimately you must act and select the name which moves your heart.
Centibel is the name for my latest startup
Maybe it’s just me but inventing names is hard. Painfully hard. After countless frustrated hours you find a good sounding name. But soon you discover it means something sh***y in another language. Or possibly someone has already trademarked your name. If all else fails you can be almost sure that someone has reserved your desired .com domain name long time ago and is willing to part with it – for a fee.
If you ever need to find a name for new company, product or brand I have some tips for you. I hope this helps you to speed up your naming process – drastically.
Today I read this book again. And my opinion has changed quite drastically.
This book is a “must read” for anyone planning to make a major impact on the world around them.