As mentioned before I quite like the platform thinking of Sangeet Paul Choudary. His approach is fresh and systematic. If you are interested on this area you should definitely take a look on his writings.
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.
This is good book. I knew some of this stuff already, but found the book to be an entertaining and informative read. If you are interested on this area I would recommend this book.
Nepton is moving to new ultra-modern office! Derby Business Park in Espoo provides us with excellent office infrastructure and transit links to all directions. Our new neighbors in Derby will be Siemens and SRV headquarters 🙂
This year I visited CES for the first time. Lots of widgets and things to see. I enjoyed the trip and even won a bit in casino. Feeling wealthy for a day I upgraded my return flight and got auto-upgraded further to first class. Lucky me 😉
Many big companies had a massive presence at CES. I was however most impressed with smaller players who had invented a nice new idea and implemented solid product around this. For example one company demonstrated a nice looking little device which allows you to put any mobile/tablet/phablet next to it so that it automatically boosts your mobile sound output. No cables, bluetooth or magic. Just a battery, microphone, speakers and bits of software in one package. Very nice!
I have never been an exhibitor at trade show, but it was sort of fun trying to analyze the sales and conversion processes going on. Some companies had a good presence and others failed utterly. Few companies clearly had unclear focus and no clear reason for being there. But the most prominent failure I encountered was an exhibitor alone in his stall who spoke only few words of English 🙂
My new Lumia 1020 phone really proved itself on this trip. Click the small images below and see for yourself how detailed images one can now take with a phone camera. Note that in most browsers you need to click again to zoom further. Simply amazing!
This was quite good year for Nepton. There are still various roadblocks on our journey to true scalability, but we finally seem to have working and scalable sales process delivering our HRM cloud product so that people are happy to buy from us. We also gained about the best reference customers we could have hoped for.
Company revenue grew 43% and went bit over one million euros. EBITDA reached 12% even though we are pushing about 20% of our revenue directly to new R&D efforts. Not so bad I would say 🙂
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
Fake Grimlock is my new favorite 🙂
ME, GRIMLOCK, AM GIANT ROBOT DINOSAUR.
ME ON ONE-DINO MISSION TO DESTROY SUCK ON INTERNET, REPLACE WITH AWESOME!
THIS MOSTLY INVOLVE PUNCH STARTUPS IN FACE WITH TRUTH UNTIL FAIL BEATEN OUT OF THEM. GET AHEAD OF GAME, PUNCH SELF NOW!