I’m sitting here watching the live webcast of the Digital Future Summit. A friend IMd me an said;

this needs blogginghow are we going to bat above our weight in a digital economyI replied; i know – but it’s such a big problem – starts with education but touches all parts of the economy – my answer personally is to create some businesses that give me the ability to push some of this change

To which he challenged me to blog on just that – my personal strategy to help facilitate change.

Rod’s quote sums it up – we need to be able to “build billion dollar businesses from the beach”.  He’s right, but the changes to be able to keep creating them are massive and are needed at every level.

So in my own personal treatise on how I’m going to help these things eventuate here’s my plan;

  • Do half a dozen create and exit startups to build a tidy capital base
  • Using that base have a multi pronged strategy;
    •  build several create and hold companies (yes a la Rod’s stragtegy with Xero) to employ, train and build our national skill and resource
    • champion  a grass roots change in education
    • champion domestic micro finance and angel investment
    • facilitate widespread discussion – both vertical and horizontal to obtain buy-in to a long term vision of where we want to be and how we’re going to get there

Maybe it’s all a dream but if we want to succeed as a nation we need to be all draming and executing some of those dreams….

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.


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