Work With People Smarter Than You!

Asked about his recipe for suc­cess in busi­ness, Richard Bran­son once said he hired peo­ple bet­ter than him­self, have them embrace his vision and let them work on it by them­selves. At a sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­er scale of suc­cess, I have applied his recipe since. And for our com­pa­nies Datarel­la, Baltic Data Sci­ence and the new­born RAAY RE this has worked out per­fect­ly. 

What holds true for employ­ees, is true for busi­ness part­ners, too. And this was the rea­son for me to agree with­out hes­i­ta­tion to tak­ing a more active role in devel­op­ing the Con­ver­gence Alliance, a brain­child of Jamie Burke, Founder and CEO of Out­lier Ven­tures, a London-based investor in tech­nolo­gies for an open data econ­o­my. I have known Jamie for quite a few years and we have had many encoun­ters in joint projects, work­shops and at con­fer­ences. In my view, Jamie is one of the best and bright­est minds in the tech space, espe­cial­ly in under­stand­ing com­plex mat­ters in dis­trib­uted sys­tems and the data econ­o­my.

Hav­ing also loved work­ing with Out­lier Ven­tures CTO, Aron van Ammers, and Lawrence Lundy, OV’s Head of Research, the deci­sion to devote a sig­nif­i­cant part of my time to sup­port the Con­ver­gence stack and become an Advi­sor with OV was a no-brainer. I am hon­oured and happy to work togeth­er with such great minds and I ‘m look­ing for­ward to joint­ly build­ing a sound frame­work for Web 3!

The Con­ver­gence Alliance

In June, Out­lier Ven­tures , Datarel­la and 16 other enter­pris­es and organ­i­sa­tions, launched the Con­ver­gence Alliance CA a group of lead­ing enter­prise part­ners, ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists, tech­nol­o­gists, start-ups and aca­d­e­m­ic Insti­tu­tions join forces to bet­ter lever­age blockchain to pio­neer the next phase of The Web.

Con­sist­ing of the three lay­ers Pro­duc­tion (IoT), Dis­tri­b­u­tion (Cryp­to) and Con­sump­tion (AI), the Con­ver­gence stack address­es the whole Web 3 ecosys­tem with high­ly spe­cialised, though inte­grat­ed, pro­to­cols and ser­vice providers. With Datarel­la, we sup­port Out­lier Ven­tures In coör­di­nat­ing and inte­grat­ing CA’s indi­vid­ual tech­nolo­gies and projects in order to pave the way for tye next gen­er­a­tion of smart dis­trib­uted appli­ca­tions.

At its kick-off event Dif­fu­sion 2019, 19–20 Octo­ber in Berlin, Con­ver­gence Alliance mem­bers work togeth­er with more than 500 devel­op­ers and 20 pro­to­cols on 50m+ lines of open source code.

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