Bright teams do amazing things

Bright Pixel tussled and did it again!

There are moments to be proud of what we are able to accomplish…

This year I did not manage to help a lot in the team effort to prepare another edition of Pixels Camp! One week has passed and I am still amazed of how managed to pull it off…

We had our biggest and best Pixels Camp ever and still managed to help host the first SONAE IM Investors Day on the first day and a great INSERT COIN LIVE on the second day of the main event, that closed with a bang with the traditional but always exciting hackaton pitching session!

I think it’s all about team effort and specially a true joy and commitment of all involved in making and sharing with the tech community the greatest event possible in three 24/7 packed days of fun and hard work.

Only with really great bright and passionate people can we make this type of event happen with so little resources and time to do so!

It’s the anti-fyre event! 😉

Where genuine breadth, content and work surpasses any type of hype and social media frenzy to make some noise…

This is also only possible because ALL the sponsors and partners are truly involved in the process of making the event a great experience for who comes by…

Now, we are thinking about guaranteeing that Pixels Camp and all the relevant side events that we promoted, namely Insert Coin, have a way of maintaining the momentum going during the whole year, until it’s time for another great edition of Pixels Camp! (if you want to contribute in any way of fashion, send us ideas!)

Bright & Proud!

 

 

 

Ill wind

My music for this week


Maybe we should do the opposite in our life and risk a little of more harm in the pursuit of more happiness and joy…


Keep your distance
Then no harm will come
No ill wind
Will blow
Will blow
Sudden words
Must never be spoken
All ill wind
Will blow
Will blow
Keep your cool
Do not give into emotion
An ill wind
Will blow
Will blow

A good life related quote

“Since the danger of living in wretchedness is greater than the danger of dying soon, he is a fool who refuses to stake a little time and win a hazard of great gain.”

Seneca the Younger (a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and satirist)

Impressive Lyft!

It’s perhaps a good day to say that there are some things in the world that sometimes just Lyft off and defy gravity, for no good nor sound reason at all!

Lyft, the winner in the ridehailing race to the public markets, has debuted on the NASDAQ in the year’s biggest listing so far.  The company has priced its shares at $72 apiece, valuing its IPO at roughly $20.6 billion—a significant jump from the $15.1 billion valuation it reached in its latest funding round last year.

The company’s latest S-1 filing notes that Lyft’s co-founders, Logan Green and John Zimmer, will hold all of the company’s class B shares, which carry 20x the regular voting power. With nearly 49% of Lyft’s voting shares between the two, Green and Zimmer could reportedly hold respective stakes in the company worth $569 million and $393 million with a top-end pricing.

Junk Food VC

Funny enough, we looked at Dynamic Yield in the past and now it was swallowed by McDonald’s… 

junk food VC

SUPERSIZE ME: McDonald’s will spend more than $300 million to buy Dynamic Yield, an Israel-based decision-logic company. McDonald’s plans to use the new technology so that its restaurants can personalize their drive-thru menu boards appropriately. For instance, the menu would display certain items depending on factors such as the weather…

More coffee on cold days and McFlurries on hot days.

Dynamic Yield has raised more than $83 million in venture funding from investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Viola Growth, Naver Corporation, Vertex Ventures, and Innovation Endeavors. According to the deal terms, Dynamic Yield will continue to operate as a standalone company.
This is McDonald’s largest acquisition in 20 years, and it’s the latest in a series of deliberate technology-focused moves for the company. In January, the fast-food chain announced a new “growth plan” that emphasized convenience and personalization through digital efforts like its mobile app and kiosks that allow customers to skip the front counter entirely.
“With this acquisition, we’re expanding both our ability to increase the role technology and data will play in our future and the speed with which we’ll be able to implement our vision of creating more personalised experiences for our customers,” McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement.

ANTSreadthis in a cool newsletter – Fortune TERM SHEET

Game Plan

10 Steps To Become A Millionaire In 5 Years (Or Less)

There are titles that are created precisely to catch one’s attention.

This one worked on me.

Not that I long avidly to become a Millionaire but I do fancy having my independence to do what I like, when I want to, without having to rely that much on everyone else… 🙂

So, if that equates to being a Millionaire, why not? At least, I think I’ll enjoy the ride of trying to become one, even if I just reach halfway… I would suspect that the process is fun and fulfilling already… to be worth a swing at it!

1. Create A Wealth Vision

2. Develop A 90-Day System For Measuring Progress-Future-Pacing

3. Develop A Daily Routine To Live In A Flow-Peak State

4. Design Your Environment For Clarity, Recovery, And Creativity

5. Focus On Results, Not “Habits” or “Process”

6. Identify Ideal Mentors/Partners

7. Become A Brilliant Listener And Observer

8. Focus On “Who” Instead Of “How”

9. Continually Update Your Values-Definition Of Success

10. Don’t Wait Too Long When You Know It’s Time To Change

Full read of article right here

Beta Future

A great post from an inspiring builder studio that I had the privilege to visit some years back. before co-founding Bright Pixel.

John Borthwick, betaworks founder and CEO, just shared recent a post that I am still processing… I’ve read and re-read it a couple of times now… It’s truly worthwhile…

Next things we are thinking about at betaworks

next things
next things

A distributed layer of trust

ML and human machine collaboration

Next gen mobile and compute

New cities

New ways of living and working

New generation, new tribes = new brands

Synthetic media

Participatory media, gaming, and live

 

 

Mad world

All around me are familiar faces

Worn out places, worn out faces

Bright and early for their daily races

Going nowhere, going nowhere

Their tears are filling up their glasses

No expression, no expression

Hide my head, I want to drown my sorrow

No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad

The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had

I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take

When people run in circles it’s a very very

Mad world, mad world

Children waiting for the day, they feel good

Happy birthday, happy birthday

Made to feel the way that every child should

Sit and listen, sit and listen

Went to school and I was very nervous

No one knew me, no one knew me

Hello teacher, tell me what’s my lesson

Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad

The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had

I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take

When people run in circles it’s a very very

Mad world, mad world

Enlarge your world

Mad world