The Quantified Self: October

This month I have been using my Hours app to track productivity during the day as well as sleep patterns during the nights. This has primarily been a way to follow project based work but I have indeed found that in observation comes an increased focus on making sure new initiatives are followed through. Visualised, this presents a good way of also showcasing the past months activities.

TQS_October

An ordered list for people centric companies

I have been an avid viewer of the Google Ventures video series Foundation for a few years. It blends an easy to watch interview style with tremendous stories from well-known founders in tech. In the above episode we have Biz Stone, one of the founders of Twitter. What I enjoyed most was when Stone described a simple ordered list for ‘anyone building large scale systems that allow people to express themselves and communicate.’

As follows:

<ol>
<li>People</li>
<li>Technology</li>
</ol>

This philosophy presented in HTML, for me is a wonderful expression in itself.

Putting people first when building a company extends outward. This begins with how individuals are treated within a team which in turn extends to how the company talk to users and consumers. What the UK tech clusters can learn from Silicon Valley is that this order has all too often been overlooked. This is especially true when enterprises grow and its systems grow with it.

It is the companies that seem to have understood the balance between empathy, resonance and technological innovation that are the ones that end up not just becoming successful but also much loved.

Internet Tax in Hungary

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, he who in July spoke of his intention to create an ‘illiberal state’ in the vein of Turkey and Russia, has now unveiled plans to impose a tax on internet usage in Hungary. Commentary has made it clear that this is a measure that will not only hurt small businesses, decrease access to information in poorer areas but is designed to restrict political opponents who mainly use online media.

The tax is the equivalent of 50 centimes on each transferred GB of data.

In the FT Neelie Kroes, the EU’s outgoing digital chief, spoke about the damage it will likely do to the digital economy in the country. This plan is thus not only illiberal but as Kroes puts it ‘not a very clever idea.’

Protests and rallies began over the weekend at (the still nationally popular) ruling party Fidesz headquarters. Protesters flung computer parts at the gates and called for the plan to be scrapped.

What is also worth pointing out is that Orban was a key ally in David Cameron’s failed bid to block Jean-Claude Junker’s ascension into becoming the European Commission President.

Here is more:

Hungary to impose world’s first internet tax – FT.com.

Hungary: Internet tax angers protesters – Euronews