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Cloud Computing in Finland – way ahead in the EU

No surprises really. Finland is a very advanced country when it comes to Internet use, but also building infrastructure to support it. This is why Monki Gras has a Nordic theme this year. You should come.

The Secret Scandinavian Ingredient That Makes Their Tech Good For The World

In putting together this conference i always knew I would find some great prior art. This 2012 post by Sarayu Srinivasan caught my eye for obvious reasons.

As a venture capitalist, I naturally spend large amounts of time thinking about business and technology models and their evolution and propagation. I also happen to be interested in culture and history. In the course of my reflections, I noticed a curious trend among many technology businesses that either materialized directly out of the Scandinavian region or were created by entrepreneurs of Scandinavian origin that had had exposure to their cultures in a meaningful way, even if they no longer lived in the region.

This trend consisted of a particular flavor of tech innovation, what I call “equitable technologies.” These are technologies that level social, technological, and commercial playing fields by decentralizing control and redistributing it to individuals. The businesses built on this innovation were articulated in many forms and industries but at their core operated on these same principles of distributed decentralization.

The underlying technologies making up this trend all echoed some of the same spirit of the early Internet: they began (and aimed to stay) free of charge; they were universally accessible and shared; they were driven and built by the larger community; were easily improved upon; and they were deeply divisive to existing businesses and models, weakening entire traditional industries as they gained momentum.

The fact that this technology phenomenon seemed to manifest itself in Scandanavia is not a coincidence. Nordic innovators and inventors were culturally predisposed to develop such technologies

Food for thought!

On SF and the Shared Craft bubble

It’s alive. Not much to blog yet, but we’re on the 2014 kick.

One recent blog that really set me pondering about Sharing Craft was this one, by my colleague Donnie Berkholz, DevOps and cloud: A view from outside the Bay Area bubble. Do we need to be in the same city or location to share craft?

“In the Bay Area, I saw the same thing that’s endemic of the area. There’s a clear best way to do things, pretty much everyone is aware of it, and that’s what everyone does. Thanks to the heavy startup presence, there’s much less inertia in terms of existing cultures or infrastructure, so changes are easier. When you’ve got a next-door neighbor doing something amazing, it’s very hard to resist the peer pressure and the local culture, so everyone’s doing The Right Thing™. Very similar things hold true in the open-source world, where neighbors may be virtual but they’re still highly visible.

In Austin, it was an entirely different story. I saw yet another example of how the rest of the IT world, at least in this country, lives. I’ve seen it in places like Minnesota, Maine, and Oregon. It’s a world where trendy software vendors and startups don’t represent any meaningful part of the tech community, where businesses mostly don’t yet realize that software is eating the world.”

San Francisco is able to have a Right Way because everyone knows each other. There are events every night of the week and everyone is socialising and hacking together. Craft is shared in bars, coder dojos, and startup spaces. This intensity of network is one of the reasons so many entrepreneurs around the world want to go to SF – its still the best place in the world to learn about building web sites at scale. But things are changing, as we code more, and the future becomes more evenly distributed.

I want to get under the skin of these issues at Monki Gras 2014.