Assorted business links – End of October 2019

No one runs America. That’s the terror and the beauty of American life in a nutshell – Read HERE

Update on doing business in Pakistan – Read HERE

The five factors to determine the course of Greek bonds – Read HERE

Who deserves the Nobel for China’s economic development? – Read HERE

Master of the Universe Documentary – Read HERE

Transitioning to circular business models conference – Read HERE

Bitcoin price surge – Read HERE

 

Assorted links – September 2019

Nothing ages so quickly as yesterday’s vision of the future! – read HERE

The New Generational Divide: Screen Size – read HERE

Online Courses for Family Business Management (JIBS Sweden) – info HERE

Elon Musk: ‘A.I. will make jobs kind of pointless’ — so study this – read HERE

Starbucks, monetary superpower – read HERE

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New Clients & Projects in 2019!

Starting off 2019 very dynamically with new global projects assigned to our office:

  • Strategic Consultation, Product Development Management and Quality Assurance for a new mobile dating application (undisclosed version) to be launched in USA
  • Digital Marketing Plan for one of the most established and oldest running associations & NPOs for children protection in Greece
  • Brand Monitoring, Insights and Analysis for European politicians based on big data gathered from thousands of internet mentions
  • Server Hosting Services for companies in Cyprus

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Assorted links – October 2018

Some of the articles I have been reading lately. Have any comments? Share below! Let’s discuss current and future trends.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at age 65

Consulting, Funding, GDPR Services in Greece & Cyprus

Blockchain Explained

Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

Moovit app available in 23 Greek cities & islands and in Nicosia, Cyprus. Download free

Assorted links – September 2018

Elon Musk agrees to resign as Tesla chairman in settlement with SEC

Folli Follie Says Probe Found Asia Sales Overstated by 90%

The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order

Google Play Just Changed EVERYTHING

Apple acquires Shazam, offering more ways to discover and enjoy music

10 δωρεάν εφαρμογές που κάθε φοιτητής πρέπει να έχει στο κινητό του

A decade after the global financial crisis: What has (and hasn’t) changed?

Alibaba Puts the Brakes on U.S. Cloud Expansion

Best free Android apps of 2018: 100 you must download

Greece was never bailed out – it remains locked in an EU debtor’s prison

THE RISE OF THE COMPUTER-GENERATED CELEBRITY

IMF Damns Greece’s Post-Bailout Growth Plan With Faint Praise

Americans Own Less Stuff, and That’s Reason to Be Nervous

 

Assorted links – March 2018

Hello friends, here’s some of the online articles around IT, business, technology, finance, media, economics, politics, and other interesting stories I have been reading lately. Let’s launch your new web project together. Enjoy!

WhatsApp co-founder who made billions from Facebook now says to delete it

Automated trading platform AlgoTrader raises €1.1 million

Game Theory Scowls at Trump-North Korea Talks

Forget $100,000 bitcoin, says Kenneth Rogoff — try $100 instead

Time is FAST – Capture the MOMENT

Moovit raises another $50M led by Intel for its urban transit app, plans Mobileye collaboration

Trump Embarks on a Gigantic Fiscal Experiment: Debate

Stathis Kassios

My personal predictions for 2018 – tech & business trends in a globally connected world

It is this time of the year again to share my personal thoughts & predictions for how the world will change more in the new year with all the tech, business & economic developments taking place around the globe. Do you feel the world is a smaller place with all the direct global communications and consumption of media content? As we are bombarded daily with massive information through social media platforms, subconscious confusion is lurking in our rational thinking and we crush in perception walls of not understanding the events or the international forces that affect and shape our lives as economic entities & citizens. These global powers are aggressively shaping urbanization and the future which is now.

What a year for Bitcoin. There will be more excitement for cryptocurrencies as some financial institutions are starting to see opportunities where other bankers or governments see a growing threat for traditional currencies, trade and exchanges. History teaches us that when regulatory agencies tried to limit a new technology embraced by millions, they ended up strengthening these movements instead of stoping their activity. Just check the global news on Bitcoin to see that it is here to stay.

Bitcoin technology is hard to attack because of its decentralization core features making it less vulnerable to hackers and cyber attacks, in comparison to traditional online banking systems which are far more centralized as financial data stored or customer records can be broken (See Equifax). Cybersecurity therefore will be vital for customer trust and the IT infrastructure of banks needs to be updated, an opportunity for fintech startups. Goldman Sachs has decided to trade bitcoins which is a positive sign for potential investors of cryptocurrencies. The expected fluctuation of the Bitcoin price is normal because of its natural risk. Blockchain technologies supporting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be an attractive field for investors willing to pour money in startups that develop blockchain to secure these systems from hacking or create new business models. Blockchain will make sure that data communications and financial exchanges will remain secure across the manufacturing, processing, distribution chain in various industries.

The banking and finance industry has started adopting mobile applications to serve their customers where a physical presence is not needed. In Asia, more and more people are using their smartphones for various payments, a trend grasped by local banks to offer payment methods through fintech applications. China is leading online payments as millions of people are skipping credit cards, cash, choosing mobile online payments (see Alipay).

Artificial Intelligence: Chatbots are gaining ground and although still in experimentation mode for advanced usage, virtual assistants will start replacing customer support jobs as bots will evolve to serving more complicated tasks and interacting with customers in real time. Bots will soon process our health records, financial records and consult us to optimize our diet or purchases when exceeding our card limits.

Because we are at a critical point where we are closer to creating computer systems that will surpass human performance, marking the beginning of the Singularity era and a new industrial revolution, a wave of change will benefit the world and bring domestic & international problems at the same time. AI will be generating so much data that data analytics will become a new science already taught across universities of the world and through online seminars. Understanding big data means a competitive advantage in global sales, operations and growth for companies. Internet-of-services (IoT) will also produce vast amounts of data and information gathered through sensors applied in house devices connected to the web (See Amazon’s Alexa).

Back in the offline world, Brexit is still discussed and negotiated between UK and EU casting shadows for the unity of the eurozone in 2018. Catalonia is another example of separatist national voices supporting analysts fears for the possible long term collapse of the European Union. A neo-liberal EU where economic and monetary policies are mainly set by Germany and Brussels, find opposition from populist parties and far-right politics. Euro-skepticism and separatism is an important threat to Europe’s unity.

Greece is and will remain the weakest link across all member states of the eurozone with a striving economy and highly indebted. Presenting a budget surplus due to over-taxation and not through real growth prospects is clearly a negative sign for the future of its economy. If Angela Merkel’s coalition government weakens more, we might see a different picture in European politics.

According to the IMF, India will be the country with the highest growth in 2018 leaving even China behind. Asia is the hot bed for watchers of global economic growth. This is because China is focusing on consumer growth along with product innovation. Networking effects will take place as the fruits of China’s economy will positively boost the economies neighbor states. If the world does not face an armed conflict between NK and the West in 2018 (US, SK, Japan), analysts expect moderate economic expansion in Asia although more reforms will be needed to meet global trade policies. Geopolitical tensions of late 2017 in the Eastern world for Jerusalem led by Trump might not scare global markets but Syria is a field where powers will not easily withdraw. Climate change is already affecting our economies and cities, countries should collaborate to further reduce the carbon print.

Global firms, institutions, companies & people, need answers. The way to provide reasonable answers today for the immense changes shaping our lives is by leveraging the power of technology and especially big data generated by smart applications, AI, IoT, Blockchain, online payments, etc. Globalization expressed through technological progress, geopolitical tensions, and the free movement of capital also creates inequality in countries where governments are corrupted or unfriendly policies are imposed upon citizens and entrepreneurs. The global economy is a playfield of technological disruptions, geopolitical tensions and political fragmentation, which will become more intense in 2018. By working together and understanding domestic and international powers will fill us with hope for the future.

Happy New Year!

I dedicate this blog entry & analysis to my daughter, Jenny, who turned 2 in December 2017. 

-Stathis Kassios

Assorted links – October / November 2017

Technological predictions by Ray Kurzweil

AI Enters University. Your Move Humans!

Corporate Web & Mobile Development

Why the World Is (Still) Better Than You Think—New Evidence For Abundance

Do tight labor markets cause inflation?

New Mobility World 2017 — Nir Erez Speaking on the Moovit Future Of Mobility

Urban commercial transport and the future of mobility

Bitcoin is making banks nervous. Here’s why

Why Does Sweden Have So Many Start-Ups?

Inside the World of the ‘Bitcoin Carnivores

Yours truly
Stathis Kassios
www.stathiskassios.blogspot.com