Happy 2018: Pulling the Bow Back


3 big items for 2018

1) Picking the right battles

2) Picking the big battles

3) Picking battles before it’s too late

The right battles are hard to identify. We are past year #4 and have enough ears on the ground – so it’s critical to ignore the noise by media companies, well meaning “advisors”, and smoke bombs by competitors. Focus on the problems to build capabilities, not on capabilities to choose problems.

The big battles are easy to identify, but hard to execute. I’ve set 10x goals for 2018, none of them are a walk in the park. In work life, the days are short but the years are long. What matters is seeing how every small piece fits into the big goal.

And this capital + technology driven business cannot afford baby steps. Some day, everything seems peaceful, the next day, if we’re not careful, we have lost the war. The arrow must be placed on the bow, ready to fire at a moment’s notice.


3 major markets we must address

1) Drone operators

2) Farming 4.0

3) Smart Cities

We start by ensuring we stay relevant to our (tech) community. We cannot tackle 2 and 3 without a passionate group 1. All ships must rise with the tide.

Next, we make sure our technology feeds us. We make it useful where it matters most. Edible oils like palm is only the beginning. When the sun and the rain meets the soil, we must be there.

Finally, we set the tech loose. We cannot S.I. the entire country’s problems, and thus we must be a connoisseur in choosing smart city problems to tackle, whether it’s a infrastructure or security.


The base from which we should build upon must address the plights of our own people. We should seek to inspire a technology driven society that is currently challenged by an uneven level of education and constant propaganda by global dominant powers west and east alike.

When a drone flies, it must mean something – be it a beacon of hope for currently dire economic circumstances, or maybe a threat. We have the power to direct this meaning for the betterment of the community for which our drones fly for.

When a community feels empowered by technology, drones or otherwise, they behave differently: they will seek to exploit it. Only when they believe that they have the power to curate this set of technology for themselves, would we rest and move on to the next community.

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