Your Environment is a Product of You

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Ever since I was a young boy, I have always been a dreamer. I always wondered why I never felt like I completely fit in one set environment. I was the kid that always imagined the world different than my reality – I’m sure that was the case for many kids. I dreamed of a parallel virtual world, similar to the kid’s show Reboot and its game cube.

Growing up, as I got more familiar with the world of entrepreneurship and startups, I realized technology was the answer to not only dream about that world but to create it around yourself. Today, I strongly believe in the power of technology to empower individuals and their dreams. A few years ago, it would have been impossible for the common person to dream up an idea, find the adequate capital (financial, human, etc.) and sell the resulting product to a large scale audience. With the advent of many technological advances, it is now a reality.

For example, let’s take a look at the e-commerce platform! Last year, I made one dream come true thanks to the Shopify platform: giving back to my country of origin of Haiti. I partnered with the Haitian tablet company Surtab to create much needed jobs and promote education in the country. This is definitely the most significant project I ever took on. Although most of the selling activities take place offline, the Shopify platform allowed me to see the power technology has on making love projects a reality.

There are thousands of emerging tools today that allow you to get things done for yourself, your community or society at large – see 3D printing, virtual reality, AI, social media, solar energy to name a few. In my opinion, the answer is in tech products and services. Their reach, scale and impact is like nothing we’ve experienced before.

We all have a thing or two we’d love to get done in our lifetime. Now is the best time to do so!

Needless to say: today, I dream lucid!

Your Environment is a Product of You

Let innovation be

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The use of the words “innovation” and “disruption” should be taken more seriously from now on. Here’s why.

 

For tens of thousands of years before the 1700s, I could probably count on both of my hands the innovations that have truly affected the development of humanity and its principles. The evolution of women and men had followed a pretty direct line of progression since the time of the homo sapiens. All of this until the industrial revolution that started with the invention and refinement of the steam engine in the latter part of the 18th century. A few hundred years later came the burgeoning of the digital revolution with the conceptualization of antiquated calculators in the mid-1800s.

 

Since then, a lot of cool stuff has happened such as electricity, TVs, radio, telephones, video games, etc. To me, most of these latter inventions are only tiny steps towards what is going to happen to humanity in the next few years thanks to the emergence of the Internet a.k.a. the only other impactful innovation of the past one hundred years.

 

So when I hear the word innovation or disruption associated to products like the newest video game consoles, bigger screens on smartphones, voice controlled devices, cordless headphones, 99% of social networking apps, I cringe. Literally. I call death to the overuse of these two words. Let’s have respect for the creations that often take hundreds of years to reach consumers and hundreds of collaborating creators to refine.

Let innovation be

Our generation is making history

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I feel lucky to be a part of this generation and this time period. We are in a pivotal moment in the history of the world! This period in history is equivalent to the widespread use of tools by the early human, to the invention of printing by the Chinese in year 220, to the cusp of the industrial revolution in 1800’s, to the first conceptualization of the digital revolution in the 1800’s by Ada Lovelace. We’re currently building the tools of the 21st century and beyond!

 

I recently read a quote from the founding executive editor of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly that read as follows:

“If we were sent back with a time machine, even 20 years, and reported to people what we have right now and describe what we were going to get in this device in our pocket — we’d have this free encyclopedia, and we’d have street maps to most of the cities of the world, and we’d have box scores in real time and stock quotes and weather reports, PDFs for every manual in the world … You would simply be declared insane,” Kelly said.

“But the next 20 years are going to make this last 20 years just pale,” he continued. “We’re just at the beginning of the beginning of all these kind of changes. There’s a sense that all the big things have happened, but relatively speaking, nothing big has happened yet. In 20 years from now we’ll look back and say, ‘Well, nothing really happened in the last 20 years.” [Business Insider]

 

I believe this with the bottom of my heart. In the past 100 years, we’ve had to wait for the parallel developments of small but powerful enough microchips, a programming language, a functional operating system, a world wide network, an intuitive browsing interface for us to finally tap into the Internet as we know it today. But it’s just the beginning!

 

With the maturity of tech trends such as social networks, wearables, internet of things, mobile payments, etc., we’re slowly introducing the building blocks to a grander connected world. Technology is currently giving all of us very powerful tools to impact the world and change its course. And this generation and the next are the ones currently doing it!

Our generation is making history

Google Launches Google Drive!

Introducing the all-new Google Drive. Now access your files, even the big ones, from wherever you are. Share them with whomever you want, and edit them together in real time. Learn more at http://drive.google.com/start

In its pursoot to provide memory space to their subscribers, Google has launched its brand new service. The much buzzed-about service named Google Drive will allow users to store up to 5 GB of free space. This service will of course be integrated across Google’s multiple platforms on the Internet. This promotional video entitled “Go Google: Google Drive” explains the concept behind Google’s idea of “cloud” memory. This can’t be good news for the folks at Dropbox…

Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience. You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxesedit videos andcreate website mockups directly from Drive. To install these apps, visit the Chrome Web Store—and look out for even more useful apps in the future.

Will you drop whatever storage you’re using right now to join Google Drive?

Google Launches Google Drive!

Dell Introduces Its New PartnerDirect Mobile Channel App

Dell’s new PartnerDirect mobile channel app lets you provide fast, accurate service to your clients. Register a deal with Dell anytime you like, faster than ever before. Simply create a deal in Dell PartnerDirect from your Android phone, then enter deal information, add products and save it as a draft. Review your draft and change product details before submitting a final deal to Dell. From the Dell PartnerDirect dashboard, you can view the status of all the Dell deals in your pipeline. Dell PartnerDirect lets you search products in the Dell catalog or select from recently used products. Keep the details of all your Dell deals right in the palm of your hand.

In its pursoot to introduce their new mobile service to other companies, Dell has unveiled this video on their YouTube channel. Dell has provided a platform for other organizations to present their deals to their customers. This is Dell’s PartnerDirect mobile application available on the Android Market. This allows Dell to increase traffic to their app and to funnel companies to their products.

Dell Introduces Its New PartnerDirect Mobile Channel App

Under Armour Presents Its Newest Product, The Coldblack

Under Armour unveils its newest performance innovation, coldblack®. It blocks the heat of the sun so you feel cooler and more comfortable.

In its pursoot to introduce their most recent product release, Under Armour has released this video. The sports manufacturer is presenting its revolutionary technology that reflects the sun’s heat. It is called ColdBlack. It blocks the heat from the sun so you feel cooler and more comfortable. ColdBlack products retail for $34.99 to $99.99 US.

Extensive laboratory testing has shown that the Coldblack shirt keeps the body temperature an average of 9 degrees fahrenheit cooler than standard shirts when outside temperatures reach 20 degrees – reducing perspiration levels by up to 58%. The new designs also offer a minimum of UPF 30 protection. [Source]

This looks like a marketing stunt to me. If you have tested the product, tell us if it actually works in the comment section.

Under Armour Presents Its Newest Product, The Coldblack

PayPal Launches PayPal Here For Merchants

PayPal Here is the world’s first global mobile payments solution that allows small businesses to accept almost any form of payment. The service includes a free app and fully encrypted thumb-sized card reader, which turns any iPhone, and soon Android smartphone, into a mobile payment solution.

In its pursoot to provide an alternative way to take payments, PayPal has launched a new mobile application and credit card reader. The company has released PayPal Here to allow merchants to take payments using their mobile phones. To introduce their product, PayPal has unveiled this explanatory video on their website and media channels: “How It Works”.

Unlike other mobile payment solutions, PayPal Here comes with an encrypted card reader and is backed by PayPal’s world class risk management capabilities – secure, reliable and easy transaction processing and fraud protection for you and your customers. [Source]

PayPal will attempt to grab some market shares from Square, the other mobile phone payment company.

PayPal Launches PayPal Here For Merchants