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Watching commencement speeches is always a good combination of inspiration humour and thought provoking. Today I watched one by David Foster Wallace. In summary the speech is about consciousness and the importance of a conscious choice when thinking. Highly recommendable 22 minute watch

TransferWise needs to work with Airbnb

Airbnb is a fairly known start-up. Making anyone a kind of hotelowner, providing a platform for short term rental of rooms, houses, apartments or castels. They are growing rappidly. Transferwise has also entered as fairly large, with Sir Richard Branson’s investing in them. Essentially a service that makes international money transfers “fair and cheap”, the simple solution saves money for people who do international money transfers at any scale. Watch how it works here. Typically, the bank will firstly make you pay a fixed fee depending on which country you are sending money to, then they will use an exchange rate that benefits the bank at a few percent charge. It all adds up, and is not very transparent.

However, why these two startups are not integrated with each other I hope is only a question of time. Because, as I recently used Airbnb for the first time I really missed the transparency of Transferwise. I was required to pay a sum in Euros with my Norwegian card. So consequently I was charged 3% comparing Airbnb’s rates with Transferwise. This adds up. So thinking aloud, I would like to see a future where Airbnb uses Transferwise to conduct its payments. Essentially it would require some reworking of how Airbnb does its authentication and cancellations. But there are clearly many benefits of partnering with each other.

Going on an adventure

Going on an adventure

My friend Sven Ekert and myself have outlined a plan for a 55 day trip through Europe. We recently marketed this on social media (FB&Twitter) and consequently were placed on the Staff Picks ( http://goo.gl/3jYJsu ) , we would like to share our idea here as well. Any amount of help (in financial means or in kind ) are much appreciated, we believe this trip is more than a summer break and invite you all to please take a look at our plan and aim here
https://www.trevolta.com/travels/2-Backpacks-55-Days-over-16-Countries-19808

Workload, or a load of work

Previous semester was a breeze, 3 exams, no biggie. Well that means only one thing work has piled up. Significantly. 

I am taking modules of my interest and therefore they happened to land on this semester. I will be taking:

  • Management 3
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Sustainable Development 
  • Advanced Production Processes 
  • Solids, Structures & Integrity 
  • Design 3 
  • Strategy

And of course writing my dissertation on the feasibility of shipping water, due to the on set of climate change and growth in NICs and LDCs. 

I have decided to work hard from the start, so I can attempt to finish my dissertation asap, to enable my coursework and labs to go well when they start. I am almost scared of the work, as I have AIESEC too, and will be planning parts of my Gap Year. 

Methods to learn is by devoting time to study consistently, and while i have a range of goals they all need planning and monitoring.

 

I think this will be a semester I will remember throughout my life, and week 1 of 12 has already finished. I can not believe im graduating on 18th July. 

Winter Reflections

This post is to clear mind, soul and thought. Much expected after a trip to India. The “Meme”;  “Waldo goes to India, to find himself” comes to mind..

So how can one even come to the senses after an impactful and content-ful journey. With 4 days in Goa and 12 in Mumbai. Seeing family after 3 years. Missing two grandparents who have now gone to heaven, and now a cousin getting married. Words are not descriptive enough, and thanks to the 16GB SD card, pictures, well, there are too many.

My first reflection is that I have developed the sense of psychology. While reading Thinking, Fast and Slow. The topic of Priming, and Illusion aswell as the concept of cognitive ease. I will attend some MOOC’s in my gap year on these topics for sure. And hope anyone reading will be able to recommend any.

2) Is the whole idea of becoming the best. Why does a few percent of the population make it. And what does it take. Talent? Hard work? Smart work? i think and have been reading to reconfirm.this. I need to find a space where I can search more about my genuine strengths and weaknesses. Not ones that have come across due to an environmental response.

3) Physical struggle is subjective. To pluck strings of a guitar is painful to the one who does not play often. The feeling of thirst or hunger and the pains developed over longer time are similar, yet different depending on people experiencing them. 

4) if you celebrate each day as a new years eve, minus the alcohol consumption, what is there to learn. Perhaps you should start living the life one seeks, when you’re too busy writing the to do’s down. Then again, who am I to talk writing bullet points and mind maps about my gap year without a clear action to achieve these. Well, it’s my life and I’ll rather go bigger than stay thinking “what if”. 

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What I learned at Startup Weekend Manchester

First time going for something I have wanted to go for a long time. A hackathon/ “weekend launch.”

Sadly I cannot code, I know basic HTML and can see PHP code without going “Is this french?” but for contributing in a constructive manner, I can not.

But I have signed up for a hackathon this Saturday, to keep building more knowledge and more understanding where I fit in on the tech scene.

However, I have to say that we had a great buildup of business model and really would have been able to utilize the free space in the market. Inevitably it is that products count, not words.

I would like to mention that there are always many types of roles in a tech startup, and obviously a healthy mix of all makes the team stand out of the crowd when pulling on each other strengths. To be able to be quick light and fast, as a startup should. You can not have redundancies and people need to be doing what they are good at.

Motivation

Can everyone be motivated to do tasks/things that are in their own interest?

Seemingly yes. But if looking around me, I don’t see super fit, financially sound high achievers. As health and financial and personal wealth would be often categorized as an interest or desire.  

There is that component of talent, and I am quite convinced that everyone has their own talent, while some may be quick in naming FIFA or drinking. The real talents spur from doing what you like doing. Surely the golden rule in life is doing what you like doing. Steve Jobs reminded himself every morning that if today was my last day, would my outcomes of the day be worth it. I find it provoking that most are not aware of a simple “before I die I want to….”. 

The number one regret of people on their deathbed is: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” 

I am going to track my day, in 30 min segment to make time for doing what I really want to do, and urge anyone wishing they could do more by evaluating your current state. Stay productive, not busy. 

 (as read in http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229275 )