Tech Digest
15 June 2014

June 15th, EYIF Weekly Tech Digest

Spent a busy week? Grab a coffee and catch up on what’s going on in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Here is our weekly reading, with the best writing that caught our eye during last week. Don’t forget to pre-register for the UnConvention 2014

On startups. How to make it in America? “British startups are breaking into America in bigger numbers than ever”, says Courier Magazine. And so, they dedicate their issue to profile seven startups and their strategies to break into the big american market. Worth a read!

On disruption (and Uber). On Wednesday, there were cab strikes in various european cities (London, Madrid, Berlin, Paris…). Drivers protested “against” Taxi app Uber, which was, once again, on the news during the whole week. Vice-president of European Commission Neelie Kroes wrote her view on the protests and what it means for sharing economy, while we came across Dan Hill’s opinion column on the Uber taxi app and civic services. Hill is CEO of Fabrica, an Italian communications research centre and design studio, and he examines whether public enterprises can adopt the popular dynamics of private enterprises. It was published last December, but given the news it is worth reading it again – in case you have not, yet.

On Tesla. On Thursday, electric car manufacturer Tesla released All Our Patent Are Belong To You: a note confirming that the company will be opening up its patents to other manufacturers. “Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters”, he wrote. “That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology”. Nicholas Thompson writes Why Elon Musk opened up all of Tesla’s patents? at The New Yorker.