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Vint Cerf

I met a lot of really interesting people at the People Centered Internet Conference at Stanford University. I made a total of 16 interviews including an interview with Vint Cerf (the father of the internet). But also with CEO of the Estonian E-health Foundation Madis Tiik and the initiator of the San Diego medical records hub Ted Chan.

You can watch all the 16 interviews in this playlist:

Vint Cerf explains why the ‘people centered internet’ is essential for healthcare innovation

Vint Cerf, better known as the father of the internet, is co-organiser of the ‘people centered internet’ and explains why integrating the health care date through the internet is essential for innovation. He talks about the Estonian example I also talked about with Madis Tiik.

Madis Tiik, CEO of the Estonian E-health foundation explains the Estonian central health records system

Last month I visited Estonia, a country ran as a startup. It has a centralised healthcare records systems, founded in law, where all health care providers work together. For a total of $10 million it was implemented between 2004 and 2010 and it has been working now for 6 years. What are the experiences and lessons learned? What about professional rivalry? The mistrust of citizens? IT problems? CEO Madis Tiik discusses it all.

Ted Chan, Department chair of the Emergency Medicine department at UCSD about their medical records hub

San Diego has 3 million people and 100.000+ health care workers. They share a medical records hub with millions of interactions per month for only 3 million dollars a year. Ted Chan is a medical doctor who worked on it for 5 years since 2010 and it went live in 2013. What are the lessons learned? How to overcome trust en business competition? Where will it go from here?

Pier 9 Autodesk makers lab

I’ve spent 5 years of my life being an AutoCad dealer and another 5 years as a dealer for third party software called AutoManager WorkFlow, the document management solution, at BlueCielo. It turned out te become a 20 million euros company.

Autodesk Gallery

Now I returned to The Valley and had a tour at the Autodesk gallery where they show of cool products they design. A lot of 3d printing and other manufacturing skills. A very nice showcase:

Makers movement

They also want to be a part of the Makers movement. Anna Waldman-Brown tells more about this network. She advises policy-makers on supporting local hardware ecosystems through the Maker Movement— including government representatives from the United States, India, Taiwan, Iceland, Ghana, Colombia, and Germany. She has co-organized Maker festivals in Barcelona, Boston, and Ahmedabad:

Autodesk Makers Lab

So Autodesk created a very cool makers lab with expensive gadgets and machines at Pier 9, the hottest place in San Francisco. Again a lot of 3D printing gadgets but also an ultimate CNC machine that has to connect the Autodesk software and networks. Hans gave me a tour, he works for the CTO office of Autodesk:

Solarus Venlo

Just landed from San Francisco and I was already on the move to Venlo where the head office of Solarus is based. It’s a solar factory that moved to The Netherlands after 10 years of R&D in Sweden. They chose Venlo because of our amazing manufacturing skills. Normally solar cells have an efficiency rate of 20% but by creating both heath ánd electricity these solar panels have an efficiency of 75% which makes them very unique.

Take a look at the tour through the factory and hear more about the background of this project from their Swedish chairman Göran Lundgren. He explains how the project started at Vattenfall, the Swedish enery giant owned by the state that als bought Nuon. And how they now want to conquer the world.

In South Africa they need one of these panels (500 euros) for their heat and electricity. In The Netherlands we will need 4 of these panels for 60% of our annual electric juice.

The Tour

Solarus gave me a tour at their factory in Venlo.

Atomiton

Alok Batra is een super slimme Indiase engineer die zowel zelf bedrijven heeft gestart als bij grote corporates als Google en Cisco aan het werk is geweest. Hij heeft zich nu met zijn bedrijf Atomiton volledig op the internet of things gestort. Hij heeft een IOT platform ontwikkeld waarmee je hele grote aantallen IOT devices kunt beheren en met elkaar kunt laten communiceren, een Facebook for things maar dan veilig.

De grote kick-off is in Chicago waar onder meer slimme lichten, parkeerplek sensoren en sensoren die voetgangersstromingen meten met elkaar geconnect worden.

AltSchool

I visited Altschool, a startup with the goal to refrom elementary education with $140Million in funding from Sillion Valley giants like Mark Zuckerberg. See this 5 minute documentary.

My impressions after I spend 2 hours inside the school and with the CTO Dan in dEnglish (dutch english)

In juni  I interviews Dan en Hillary Barber when they were my guest at the Steve Jobsschool in Amsterdam. Dan is Head of Teacher Satisfaction bij AltSchool, the american version Steve Jobsschool.

140 miljoen aan funding

Op het eerste gezicht ziet het eruit als een startup van 3-5 miljoen en niet als een van 140 miljoen, met grote investeerders als Mark Zuckerberg. Op de school zitten 33 kinderen en 40 personen werken aan digitale tools. Ze hebben vier scholen en gaan binnenkort twee nieuwe openen in New York.

Luxe

De school is enorm luxe, en dan heb ik het niet over spullen. De school heeft namelijk 10 kinderen per leraar, op deze school zaten dus 33 kinderen en er waren maar liefst vier leraren. Ieder kind heeft een eigen playlist met onder meer de leerdoelen dat wordt gecontroleerd door de leraar. De leraar kan hier ook lesmaterialen in stoppen. Ook kunnen ouders tussentijds communiceren met de leraar aan de hand van een soort Facebook for Schools.

Van iPad naar Chromebooks

Wanneer de kinderen 8 jaar oud zijn stappen ze over van iPads naar Chromebooks omdat deze apparaten de kinderen meer flexibiliteit geven en zodat de scholen niet meer zo afhankelijk zijn van de wensen van Apple. Een Chromebook is veel makkelijker te customizen dan een iPad.

Barrières

Bizarre regel van de New York Teachers Union. Ze hebben bepaald dat er in New York best computers in de klaslokalen mogen zijn. Alleen mogen het er niet meer zijn dan dat er leraren rond lopen, één dus! Ook is één leraar op 10 kinderen voor public schools totaal niet realistisch en dus moet er nog een hoop werk verzet worden voordat de werkwijze van AltSchool breder toegepast kan worden.

Alexa Amazon Echo

In Palo Alto ontmoette ik Steve Omohundro van Possibility Research en Self-Aware Systems. Een grote en enthousiaste denker over AI en autonomous systems. De hele Valley is bezig met autonomous cars en drones. De ontwikkelingen die je nu ziet op het gebied van zelfdenkende apparaten zijn aan de ene kant heel bijzonder maar het baart hem ook een beetje zorgen. Want hoe goed zijn deze apparaten en zijn alle beslissingen die ze maken voor ons ook de juiste?

Drones

Bij intelligentere apparaten komen er ook ethische kwesties om de hoek kijken. Het beste voorbeeld zijn natuurlijk de drones die het leger gebruikt. Nu zit er nog een mannetje achter een joystick die de keuze maakt om te schieten, maar wat als drones dit straks zelf gaan beslissen? En wanneer gaan we écht autonomous systems om ons heen zien?

Echo, mijn personal butler

Over AI en autonomous systems gesproken. Mijn nieuwste gadget is de Amazon Echo die ook bij Steve op de desk stond. Een apparaat dat met de week slimmer wordt. Het is een soort Siri voor in je huis die je alles kunt vragen, bijvoorbeeld om je Philips Hue lichten aan te zetten, te vertellen welke afspraken je hebt, muziek op te zetten of om iets op te zoeken op Wikipedia. Star Trek in je huiskamer!

Karen Stanton Vincent Everts

In het vliegtuig van Amsterdam naar New York kwam ik in contact met Karen Stanton, een geweldige marketingdame die verantwoordelijk is voor de internationale marketing van IFF.

IFF maakt smaakstoffen die je terug kunt vinden in allerlei producten zoals paprika chips en vanille yoghurt. Hiermee verdienden ze vorig jaar 3 miljard aan inkomsten. Een interessant feitje is dat ook smaakstoffen straks organisch worden.

We raakten aan de praat en ik vertelde haar hoe ik video inzet om mijn verhaal te vertellen. Ik gaf haar als tip hoe ze incrowd kan gebruiken om bij grote corporates video’s bij het juiste publiek op de juiste manier onder de aandacht kan brengen. En ook hoe krachtig video is in de communicatie. Als eerste video interviewde ze mij over dit onderwerp en leg ik haar uit welke middelen ik nog meer gebruik om mijn verhalen over te brengen:

Jacquie McNish

I had the honor to talk to Jacquie McNish from Toronto. She is the co-auther of ‘Losing the signal’, a great book about the rise and fall of BlackBerry. I reviewed this book last week (read in Dutch) and now I had to chance to talk to the writer. I talk with her about the influence of the rise and fall on the Canadian psyche and how dramatic even the number one young marktleaders need to pivot when Silicon Valley is eating there lunch.

About Jacquie McNish

Jacquie McNish is a senior business correspondent with The Globe and Mail, a national newspaper in Canada. She started here career at the Wall Steet Journal. She wrote a lot of books but calls ‘Losing the Signal’ the most interesting story because both the enormous rise and the tragic fall of Blackberry happens in a very short time period.

Charles Geschke

Nantucket is a great place when you want to talk to interesting people. The first I am interviewing is Charles Geschke, the founder of Adobe Systems, the graphics and publishing software company. I had a long talk with him which will be published in 4 parts, ARPA, his time at the famous Xerox labs and the story about Adobe.

Talk with Charles about the history of the internet

When Kennedy took over the presidency in 1961, former president Eisenhower gave him the advise to retain their military power. His advisers told him that in order to do this it was unrealistic to continu with analog communication, they had to switch to digital to share all their information. Kennedy took Eisenhower’s advice seriously and gave his team of smart engineers the order to fix this quickly: ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) was founded. Charles was as a computer science student introduced to this program, since the team worked together with a lot of universities. The rules for the participants were clear: every member of these projects had to share their findings and studies with the others and they had to communicate with each other about their progress. There had to be meetings and seminars on a regular basis and students had to build a communication network. This network was called ARPANET and it’s technologies (TCP/IP eo) became the technical foundation of the Internet.

Adobe founder Charles Geschke says the future of driving is electric

Charles and his wife both drive a Tesla and he explains why they bought it and why they switched from hybrid to full electric. He is convinced that in 10 years electric will be the standard in the car industry.

Nantucket tour by electric van

Nantucket is the island where the 0.1% of rich America has vacantion. Were houses of 25 million dollar are normal and at where on the 4th of juli 100+ private planes land.

Matt Fee is the owner of Something Natural, a sandwich shop where I lunch every week a couple of times. Great sandwiches made of natural ingredients. And no surprise, it’s always busy!

He is also a member of Nantucket’s Townhall and he loves electric cars. Matt drives the only electric truck on the non-electric island of Nantucket, it’s a rebuild Ford Transit Connect van. He invited me for a test drive and gives me a tour downtown.

We talk about Something Natural, (the lack of) electric cars and of course (the transformation of) Nantucket now and in the past 32 years. When he took over Something Natural (he is the second owner) Nantucket was completely different from now. It was the time before the Tommy Hilfiger’s and Eric Smith from Google’s discovered the island and before they started building multimillion dollar houses. Enjoy the tour:

The off islanders are here only 2 month a year. All business needs to be done in juli and august and the rest of time it’s quit and only 12.000 people instead of 60.000 people are here.

How do the islanders deal with the billionairs? Do they always get there way? Nantucket has strict rules how houses should be build & look. The notorious Linda is the person who keeps the rules enforced even.

Matt talkes about traffic developments, how energy is created and if solar is allowed. An inside view.