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Apple now makes 94% of the profits in the smartphone industry



Apple now makes 94% of the profits in the smartphone industry, according to recent research by Canacord.

This historical chart compiled by Statista shows how quickly and utterly Apple has dominated the smartphone market. Samsung is now the only other major handset company earning significant profits from smartphones.

Five years ago, the iPhone was still the top profit-maker, but a lot of other companies were in the game. Since then, the platform battle has become a two-player race between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, driving third-way competitors like BlackBerry and Microsoft/Nokia down into the loss zone. The fierce competition between Android handset makers, particularly with the rise of inexpensive Chinese Android phones, has also sucked a lot of profit out of the market.

Encryption Is Being Scapegoated To Mask The Failures Of Mass Surveillance


Well that took no time at all. Intelligence agencies rolled right into the horror and fury in the immediate wake of the latest co-ordinated terror attacks in the French capital on Friday, to launch their latest co-ordinated assault on strong encryption — and on the tech companies creating secure comms services — seeking to scapegoat end-to-end encryption as the enabling layer for extremists to perpetrate mass murder.

There’s no doubt they were waiting for just such an ‘opportune moment’ to redouble their attacks on encryption after recent attempts to lobby for encryption-perforating legislation foundered. (A strategy confirmed by a leaked email sent by the intelligence community’s top lawyer, Robert S. Litt, this August — and subsequently obtained by the Washington Post — in which he anticipated that a “very hostile legislative environment… could turn in the event of a terrorist attack or criminal event where strong encryption can be shown to have hindered law enforcement”. Et voila Paris… )

Speaking to CBS News the weekend in the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell said: “I think this is going to open an entire new debate about security versus privacy.”

“We, in many respects, have gone blind as a result of the commercialization and the selling of these devices that cannot be accessed either by the manufacturer or, more importantly, by us in law enforcement, even equipped with search warrants and judicial authority,” added New York City police commissioner, William J. Bratton, quoted by the NYT in a lengthy article probing the “possible” role of encrypted messaging apps in the Paris attacks.

Elsewhere the fast-flowing attacks on encrypted tech services have come without a byline — from unnamed European and American officials who say they are “not authorized to speak publicly”. Yet are happy to speak publicly, anonymously.

The NYT published an article on Sunday alleging that attackers had used “encryption technology” to communicate — citing “European officials who had been briefed on the investigation but were not authorized to speak publicly”. (The paper subsequently pulled the article from its website, as noted by InsideSources, although it can still be read via the Internet Archive.)

The irony of government/intelligence agency sources briefing against encryption on condition of anonymity as they seek to undermine the public’s right to privacy would be darkly comic if it weren’t quite so brazen.

Seeking to outlaw technology tools that are used by the vast majority of people to protect the substance of law-abiding lives is not just bad politics, it’s dangerous policy.

Here’s what one such unidentified British intelligence source told Politico: “As members of the general public get preoccupied that the government is spying on them, they have adopted these applications and terrorists have found them tailor-made for their own use.”

It’s a pretty incredible claim when you examine it. This unknown spook mouthpiece is saying terrorists are able to organize acts of mass murder as a direct consequence of the public’s dislike of government mass surveillance. Take even a cursory glance at the history of terrorism and that claim folds in on itself immediately. The highly co-ordinated 9/11 attacks of 2001 required no backdrop of public privacy fears in order to be carried out — and with horrifying, orchestrated effectiveness.

In the same Politico article, an identified source — J.M. Berger, the co-author of a book about ISIS — makes a far more credible claim: “Terrorists use technology improvisationally.”

Of course they do. The co-founder of secure messaging app Telegram, Pavel Durov, made much the same point earlier this fall when asked directly by TechCrunch about ISIS using his app to communicate. “Ultimately the ISIS will always find a way to communicate within themselves. And if any means of communication turns out to be not secure for them, then they switch to another one,” Durov argued. “I still think we’re doing the right thing — protecting our users privacy.”

Bottom line: banning encryption or enforcing tech companies to backdoor communications services has zero chance of being effective at stopping terrorists finding ways to communicate securely. They can and will route around such attempts to infiltrate their comms, as others have detailed at length.

Here’s a recap: terrorists can use encryption tools that are freely distributed from countries where your anti-encryption laws have no jurisdiction. Terrorists can (and do) build their own securely encrypted communication tools. Terrorists can switch to newer (or older) technologies to circumvent enforcement laws or enforced perforations. They can use plain old obfuscation to code their communications within noisy digital platforms like the Playstation 4 network, folding their chatter into general background digital noise (of which there is no shortage). And terrorists can meet in person, using a network of trusted couriers to facilitate these meetings, as Al Qaeda — the terrorist group that perpetrated the highly sophisticated 9/11 attacks at a time when smartphones were far less common, nor was there a ready supply of easy-to-use end-to-end encrypted messaging apps — is known to have done.

Point is, technology is not a two-lane highway that can be regulated with a couple of neat roadblocks — whatever many politicians appear to think. All such roadblocks will do is catch the law-abiding citizens who rely on digital highways to conduct more and more aspects of their daily lives. And make those law-abiding citizens less safe in multiple ways.

There’s little doubt that the lack of technological expertise in the upper echelons of governments is snowballing into a very ugly problem indeed as technology becomes increasingly sophisticated yet political rhetoric remains grounded in age-old kneejerkery. Of course we can all agree it would be beneficial if we were able to stop terrorists from communicating. But the hard political truth of the digital era is that’s never going to be possible. It really is putting the proverbial finger in the dam. (There are even startups working on encryption that’s futureproofed against quantum computers — and we don’t even have quantum computers yet.)

Another hard political truth is that effective counter terrorism policy requires spending money on physical, on-the-ground resources — putting more agents on the ground, within local communities, where they can gain trust and gather intelligence. (Not to mention having a foreign policy that seeks to promote global stability, rather than generating the kind of regional instability that feeds extremism by waging illegal wars, for instance, or selling arms to regimes known to support the spread of extremist religious ideologies.)

Yet, in the U.K. at least, the opposite is happening — police force budgets are being slashed. Meanwhile domestic spy agencies are now being promised more staff, yet spooks’ time is increasingly taken up with remote analysis of data, rather than on the ground intelligence work. The U.K. government’s draft new surveillance laws aim to cement mass surveillance as the officially sanctioned counter terror modus operandi, and will further increase the noise-to-signal ratio with additional data capture measures, such as mandating that ISPs retain data on the websites every citizen in the country has visited for the past year. Truly the opposite of a targeted intelligence strategy.

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill also has some distinctly ambiguous wording when it comes to encryption — suggesting the U.K. government is still seeking to legislate a general ability that companies be able to decrypt communications. Ergo, to outlaw end-to-end encryption. Yes, we’re back here again. You’d be forgiven for thinking politicians lacked a long-term memory.

Effective encryption might be a politically convenient scapegoat to kick around in the wake of a terror attack — given it can be used to detract attention from big picture geopolitical failures of governments. And from immediate on the ground intelligence failures — whether those are due to poor political direction, or a lack of resources, or bad decision-making/prioritization by overstretched intelligence agency staff. Pointing the finger of blame at technology companies’ use of encryption is a trivial diversion tactic to detract from wider political and intelligence failures with much more complex origins.

(On the intelligence failures point, questions certainly need to be asked, given that French and Belgian intelligence agencies apparently knew about the jihadi backgrounds of perpetrators of the Paris attacks. Yet weren’t, apparently, targeting them closely enough to prevent Saturday’s attack. And all this despite France having hugely draconian counter-terrorism digital surveillance laws…)

But seeking to outlaw technology tools that are used by the vast majority of people to protect the substance of law-abiding lives is not just bad politics, it’s dangerous policy.

Mandating vulnerabilities be built into digital communications opens up an even worse prospect: new avenues for terrorists and criminals to exploit. As officials are busy spinning the notion that terrorism is all-but only possible because of the rise of robust encryption, consider this: if the public is deprived of its digital privacy — with terrorism applied as the justification to strip out the robust safeguard of strong encryption — then individuals become more vulnerable to acts of terrorism, given their communications cannot be safeguarded from terrorists. Or criminals. Or fraudsters. Or anyone incentivized by malevolent intent.

If you want to speculate on fearful possibilities, think about terrorists being able to target individuals at will via legally-required-to-be insecure digital services. If you think terror tactics are scary right now, think about terrorists having the potential to single out, track and terminate anyone at will based on whatever twisted justification fits their warped ideology — perhaps after that person expressed views they do not approve of in an online forum.

In a world of guaranteed insecure digital services it’s a far more straightforward matter for a terrorist to hack into communications to obtain the identity of a person they deem a target, and to use other similarly perforated technology services to triangulate and track someone’s location to a place where they can be made the latest victim of a new type of hyper-targeted, mass surveillance-enabled terrorism. Inherently insecure services could also be more easily compromised by terrorists to broadcast their own propaganda, or send out phishing scams, or otherwise divert attention en masse.

The only way to protect against these scenarios is to expand the reach of properly encrypted services. To champion the cause of safeguarding the public’s personal data and privacy, rather than working to undermine it — and undermining the individual freedoms the West claims to be so keen to defend in the process.

While, when it comes to counter terrorism strategy, what’s needed is more intelligent targeting, not more mass measures that treat everyone as a potential suspect and deluge security agencies in an endless churn of irrelevant noise. Even the robust end-to-end encryption that’s now being briefed against as a ‘terrorist-enabling evil’ by shadowy officials on both sides of the Atlantic can be compromised at the level of an individual device. There’s no guaranteed shortcut to achieve that. Nor should there be — that’s the point. It takes sophisticated, targeted work.

But blanket measures to compromise the security of the many in the hopes of catching out the savvy few are even less likely to succeed on the intelligence front. We have mass surveillance already, and we also have blood on the streets of Paris once again. Encryption is just a convenient scapegoat for wider policy failures of an industrial surveillance complex.

So let’s not be taken in by false flags flown by anonymous officials trying to mask bad political decision-making. And let’s redouble our efforts to fight bad policy which seeks to entrench a failed ideology of mass surveillance — instead of focusing intelligence resources where they are really needed; honing in on signals, not drowned out by noise.

Disrupting automotive through adaptation of technology business model – How to attract MILLENNIALS

n the US 28% of cars are leased. While it is uncommon to lease inexpensive vehicles and family cars, close to half of all luxury cars are. That percentage is only higher in one other car-segment: electric vehicles (EVs): In the first 3 quarters of 2015 75% of new EVs have been leased!

The most common explanation is that EVs are still too expensive to buy. Another popular reason is that customers do not trust the durability of electric powertrains and lithium-ion battery technology. Finally, customers claim that driving range might be an issue and thus prefer leasing over buying (more on my thoughts on driving range anxiety)

All 3 reasons play a major role. All of them have been researched by J.D. Power back in 2010. However, they don’t sufficiently explain the high lease rates among EV customers today. Here are three insights why car leases are 3-4x more common in the EV segment and why car ownership is becoming rare among young customers.

GenY (Millennials) Adapts New Purchasing Habits


Average Earnings for Young Adults in $2013


Cars Sold in Millions per Generation

Car leases are already the most popular way of „purchasing“ a luxury and electric vehicle (EV). First, I documented why millennials/younger customers are more likely to lease. Second, I described why technology changes can lead to reduced interest in buying. Finally, I tried to proof that smartphones have given users the ability to experience freedom without owning a car.

These 3 points lead to an assumption: GenY, as the second largest car buying generation, is leading the ownership disruption in the car segment. They buy fewer cars per 1000 citizens, have the highest % of leases and have different expectations for cars (in terms of technologies and features). How can car manufacturers attract GenY and bring driving back?

Lets take a look outside the car industry. How are technology firms attracting young customers? The smartphone market, like the car market, has taken a hit in the last few years. The handset replacement cycle has slowed down significantly. It is the slowest since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. In 2014, 143 million mobile phones were sold in the United States (-15%). Of them ~90% were smartphones. 2007 users upgraded their phones every ~19 months; today they upgrade every 26+ months.


Mobile Phone Upgrade Cycle



Atieva fordert Tesla


Mitten im Silicon Valley entsteht mit „Atieva“ ein weiterer Tesla-Konkurrent, der 2018 sein erstes Elektroauto auf den Markt bringen will. Hinter dem Start-up stecken Investoren aus China. Ein Österreicher ist mit an Bord.

Woran im Gebäude hinter dem schwarzen Schild mit einem roten Logo und dem „Atieva“-Schriftzug am 125 Constitution Drive im kalifornischen Menlo Park – keine fünf Minuten von der Facebook-Zentrale entfernt – gearbeitet wird, kann man erahnen, wenn man auf die Webseite klickt. „Atieva designt und kreiert im Herzen des Silicon Valley ein Elektroauto, das den Durchbruch bringt. Wir definieren, was ein Auto sein kann und bauen ein Fahrzeug von Grund neu auf.“ Die Silhouette eines Fahrzeugs deutet an, dass das Elektroauto eine sehr sportliche Linie haben wird.

Die Arieva-Zentrale in Menlo Park – fünf Minuten von Facebook entfernt – Foto: futurezone

Investoren aus China

Bis dato hat Atieva 131 Millionen Dollar erhalten, die zwei Investoren sind Beijing Automotive und das chinesische Netflix, Leshi Internet Information & Technology, auch als LeTV bekannt. Anfang des Jahres hat deren CEO Jia Yueting Aktien im Gesamtwert von 1,6 Milliarden Dollar verkauft, 1,2 Milliarden davon investierte er in einige Projekte, an denen sein Unternehmen arbeitet – neben einem eigenen Smartphone und einem Smart-TV floß das Geld auch in die Entwicklung eines Elektroautos. Schon im vergangenen Jahr hat Yueting angekündigt, ein „Elektrisches Superauto“ bauen zu wollen. In Kalifornien arbeiteten bereits 200 Mitarbeiter an diesem Projekt – ein Drittel davon ehemalige Tesla-Mitarbeiter, weiters Ex-Entwickler von Audi, BMW und Bosch. Gerüchten im Valley zufolge soll LeTV auch bei einem weiteren Tesla-Konkurrenten, Faraday, beteiligt sein.

Hinter Atieva steckt Bernard Tse, der das Unternehmen bereits 2007 gemeinsam mit Sam Weng gegründet hat. Tse war davor vier Jahre bei Tesla, wo er auch im Vorstand des von Elon Musk gegründeten Unternehmens war und dieses kurz vor dem ersten Tesla Roadstar, der 2008 auf den Markt kam, verließ. Gemeinsam mit Tse verließ auch der erste Tesla-CEO und Tesla-Mitgründer Martin Eberhard das Unternehmen.

Von der Batterie zum Auto

Atieva wollte anfangs aber kein Auto bauen, sondern Software für das Batterie-Management in den Elektroautos programmieren. Im Zuge dieser Arbeit sei man drauf gekommen, dass man durchaus auch Autos bauen könne, denn bei Elektroautos stellten ja der Elektromotor, die Batterie und das Energiemanagement die Herausforderung dar und nicht die Karosserie. Im „Stealth Mode“ hat man in den vergangenen zwei Jahren das Konzept eines Autos entwickelt, im Frühjahr 2016 – nachdem Tesla das neue Modell präsentiert hat – soll auch das Atieva-Modell vorgestellt werden. Gerüchten zufolge gibt es ein halbes Dutzend Design-Entwürfe, aus denen eines gewählt wird. Unklar ist auch, ob das Auto unter der Marke „Atieva“ auf den Markt kommt oder ob eine neue Automarke kreiert wird.

Die Ziele von Atieva

Die Atieva-Elektroautos sollen günstiger sein als die Tesla-Modelle, sollen eine noch bessere Reichweite haben, Smartphones und Tablets besser integrieren und komfortabler sein. Einer der Gründe, warum sich Teslas in Asien nicht gut verkaufen, ist der Sitzkomfort im Fonds des Wagens – durch die Dicke der Batterie sitzt man hinten sehr hoch, bzw. ist die Beinfreiheit gering. Vor allem in China, wo sich Geschäftsleute chauffieren lassen, sind die Tesla ob des geringen Raumangebots kein Renner geworden. In China werden jährlich nur 4000 Exemplare verkauft.

Fotos der Modell-Entwürfe gibt es von Atieva freilich keine, angeblich gibt es ein halbes Dutzend, welches Modell gebaut wird, hängt davon ab, wie das neue Tesla-Modell, das im März 2016 vorgestellt wird, aussieht.

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Wie das erste Arieva-Auto aussehen wird, ist noch top secret – Foto: futurezone

Ausdauernder als Tesla

Bei den Ladestationen sind drei Szenarien möglich – es wird eine eigene Ladeinfrastruktur aufgebaut, Partnerschaften mit Firmen, die bereits erfolgreich im Ladestationen-Geschäft präsent sind, wie etwa ChargePoint oder Blink oder mit einem großen OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer/Erstausrüster) zu kooperieren, Ladestationen ankaufen und diese als Eigenbrand zu vertreiben. Tesla hat mit dem Supercharger eine Ladestation auf den Markt gebracht, die derzeit die wohl effektivste auf dem Markt ist, in 30 Minuten liefert der Supercharger eine Ladung für etwa 270 Kilometer Reichweite. Zum Vergleich: eine herkömmliche Ladestation schafft in einer halben Stunde nur etwa 135 Kilometer, steckt man das Auto zu Hause an die Steckdose, bringt eine 30-Minuten-Ladung 27 Kilometer.

Atieva zeigt Interesse für das gleiche Ladesystem, das Porsche auch für seinen Concep-Car „Mission E“ angekündigt hat. Die neue 800-Volt-Ladestation liefert innerhalb von 15 Minuten Energie für etwa 400 Kilometer.

Kooperation mit großen Konzernen

Was die Batterien anlangt, ist die Entscheidung noch nicht getroffen, Atieva will aber vor allem mit großen Elektrozulieferern sprechen, die Batterien in einer großen Stückzahl herstellen können. Auch die Möglichkeit, die Batterien so wie Tesla selbst herzustellen, steht noch im Raum. Tatsache ist, dass es einige große Hersteller gibt, die nicht mit Tesla kooperieren, gerne auf den Zug der Elektrofahrzeuge aufspringen würden. Panasonic ist bei Tesla an Bord, LG, Samsung, Mitsubishi, Wanxiang, Sony, Byd etc. interessieren sich sehr stark, ebenfalls mit einem Elektrofahrzeug-Hersteller zu kooperieren.

Der Österreicher Sini Ninkovic arbeitet bei Atieva – Foto: Ninkovic

Tiroler an Bord

Auch ein Österreicher ist bei Atieva an Bord, der 29-jährige Tiroler Sini Ninkovic ist seit August 2015 dabei.  Ninkovic war vor Atieva bei BMW, wo er u.a. auch für die i3 und i8-Serie verantwortlich war, bevor er nach Kalifornien übersiedelte und seinen MBA (Master of Business Administration) an der Universität Berkeley machte. Er schreibt einen eigenen Elektrofahrzeuge-Blog. Über sein Engagement bei Atieva darf er nicht sprechen, aber: „Elektroautos sind die Zukunft“, sagt er im futurezone-Gespräch. „aber nicht alleine wegen dem Antrieb, der Vorteile für die Umwelt mit sich bringen kann. Ein Elektroauto ist durchgängig an, durchgängig connected. Das erlaubt eine Zukunft in der das Elektroauto in seiner Funktionalität einem zukünftigen Smartphone ähnlicher ist als einem heutigen Auto.“


Der Erfolg des letzten US-Auto-Startups ist schon lange her. Vor Tesla schaffte Chrysler einen erfolgreichen Einstieg, aber das war vor 90 Jahren. DeLorean – jene Firma, die das Zurück-in-die-Zukunft-Auto baute – sperrte nach 9000 verkauften Exemplaren nach sieben Jahren 1982  zu. Das letzte amerikanische Elektroauto-Unternehmen war Fisker Karma, das nur zwei Jahre 2011 bis 2013 existierte und nach etwa 2500 verkauften Exemplaren pleite war.

Inspiring Quotes That Will Motivate Your Entrepreneurial Pursuits

21 Inspiring Quotes That Will Motivate Your Entrepreneurial Pursuits
Image credit: Ben K Adams | Flickr

There’s something about quotes that we all find irresistible. Maybe it’s that they tend to come from ordinary people who have gone on to do extraordinary things in their lives. Perhaps it’s the vast array of professions, circumstances, niches and places they come from that fascinate us. Or it could be that by reading their words we tap into something we feel is possible for ourselves as well. Whatever it is, there’s nothing like a great quote to get your revved up.

Here are 21 inspiring quotes that will get you hyped up and keep you motived as an entrepreneur.

1. I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying. — Michael Jordan

Just like the great Yoda once said, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” You may fail at some things in your life, but you’ll fail at life if you don’t continually try and do new things.

2. Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. — Stephen Covey

It is common to be in a rush to reach the destination called success. There’s success with a romantic partner, which usually means marriage or success with a business, which usually means an IPO or exit strategy. Success is often measured by the destination. However, if you can learn to be patient, and continually improve yourself while enjoying the journey, the trip to every success will be as pleasant as the destination. Improving yourself is always worth the investment.

3. In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. — Peter F. Drucker

Success takes a spirit of adventure and an aptitude for bravery. It isn’t that the brave don’t have fears, it’s that they chose to move forward anyway.

Related: 20 Quotes to Help Motivate You to Hustle Like Never Before

4. If you can dream it, you can do it. — Walt Disney

Every great success starts with a big vision. What’s yours?

5. We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist. — Vince McConnell

Investing in yourself means a continual assessment of self-improvement, and that process weeds out our weaknesses. It’s not about perfection, but if we focus on overcoming our inner obstacles to success, we can conquer the world within and then the world outside.

6. All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. — John Kenneth Galbraith

Leadership, like entrepreneurship, takes courage and the ability to remain comfortable in times of discomfort. The more you can cultivate being at ease during times of challenge, the greater your life and your leadership will be.

7. My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it. — Ajaero Tony Martins

Don’t focus on the failures. Focus on the journey toward results. It’s better to do something and fail than to not try anything at all.

8. Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. — Conrad Hilton

There is action required for all success. Success never means a lack of failures along the path, but always means your continue down the path even after stumbling or falling. It’s the old proverb that you might fall down nine times, but to be successful you must stand up 10 times.

9. Ambition is the steam that drives men forward on the road to success. Only the engine under full steam can make the grade. — Maxi Foreman

You need a big vision and some lofty ambition to change the world, even if the world you aspire to change is only your own local community. Dream big and take action toward those ambitions.

10. Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field. — Dennis Waitley

Never stop learning. If you aren’t learning, then you’re quickly becoming obsolete. Surround yourself with smart people who will always challenge you with new ideas, new technologies and show you new ways things could be done.

11. Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solved each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves and they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They kept going regardless of the obstacles they met. — W. Clement Stone

Failure is a theme with great quotes and great leaders because it’s so personal and also so universal. Rise up from challenges and move forward after your failures and you will meet with success.

12. Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you are generally better off sticking with what you know and the third is that sometimes, your best investments are the ones you don’t make. — Donald Trump

You should trust your inner voice and go with your gut, even when it’s telling you not to do something — perhaps especially when it’s telling your not to do something. Learning to trust your own judgment will take you far.

13. Failure isn’t failure unless you don’t learn from it. — Dr. Ronald Niednagel

Yes, you need to move forward after failure, but perhaps the most important thing about failure is the lesson you learn from it. What can you change in the future to not repeat the mistakes of your past? So long as you change a different variable every time you attack the same problem, you’ll find a way to overcome and reach a solution.

14. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand and the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. — Henry Ford

When you love what you do, you have the passion you’ll need to fuel the often intense road of entrepreneurship. Keep that passion alive.

Related: 10 Kevin O’Leary Quotes Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From

15. Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek. — Mario Andretti

Desire, like passion, fuels you forward during times of challenge to achieve your success. Every entrepreneur should have a healthy dose of desire to reach their big vision if they want to eventually arrive at success.

16. The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. — Pearl Buck

You should strive for excellence in all you do. It’s a hallmark of innovation and integrity to reach excellence in your work.

17. If you hear a voice within you saying ‘you are not a painter’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. — Vincent Van Gogh

This is a great quote because it emphasizes the importance of action. If you don’t know how to paint, the best way — really the only way — to learn is to pick up a paintbrush. You don’t need to be an entrepreneur to get started with your first endeavor. You need to get started with your first endeavor to be an entrepreneur.

18. You are to set your own value, communicate that value to the world, and then not settle for less. Sound daunting? That’s just because it takes you out of your comfort zone. You have got to stop being an obstacle on your own path to wealth and security and happiness. You must understand that valuing yourself is well within your control. — Suze Orman

One thing that is easy to do when you’re starting as an entrepreneur is to put yourself on sale. When you don’t have an understanding of your own value and worth, don’t expect others to either. This isn’t so much a dollar sum as it is a belief in yourself, in your innate ability to succeed and the drive to move your way forward to success. Know your worth and then act on it.

19. The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter their lives by altering their attitudes. — William James

The greatest single factor you can consciously decide to implement right now is your attitude. Be outrageously, contagiously optimistic and resilient. Decide now that your attitude is going to be amazing to be around for others.

20. Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. — Henry Ford

Learn from your mistakes and take each failure as an opportunity to begin again, but with a new knowledge to apply to the steps ahead.

21. The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen. — Robert L. Schwartz

When you have a big vision, and you combine that perspective with action, there’s nothing you can’t do.


eSIM ab 2016 bei Deutscher Telekom


Die klassische SIM-Karte ist am Ende. Laut Telekom wird sie schon ab 2016 von der sogenannte eSIM abgelöst. Diese ist fest in ein Mobilgerät integriert und kann beispielsweise für einen Anbieterwechsel umprogrammiert werden.

Nach 25 Jahren soll die klassische SIM-Karte vom Markt verschwinden. An ihre Stelle tritt schon ab 2016 die sogenannte eSIM, ist sich die Deutsche Telekom sicher. Dabei handelt es sich um eine fest in ein Mobilgerät integrierte, von außen programmierbare SIM-Karte. Das E steht für embedded.


Damit würde der Tausch der SIM-Karte etwa beim Anbieter- oder Gerätewechsel entfallen. Künftig müssten Kunden beispielsweise nur noch den Identifikationscode eines Mobilgeräts einscannen und es so aktivieren. Automatisch werde es dann bereits mit anderen eingebundenen Geräten vernetzt sein, so die Telekom im hauseigenen Blog. Kunden sollen so über einen Vertrag mehr Endgeräte verwalten können als bisher.

Erste Lösungen in Tablets und Wearables

Die Telekom arbeitet nach eigenen Angaben seit Jahren in internationalen Gremien unter dem Dach der GSMA an einem offenen Standard für die eSIM. Er soll die technischen Anforderungen bestimmen und die Regeln für die Profilverwaltung festlegen. „Wir sind überzeugt, dass der neue eSIM Standard ab 2016 in den Markt kommt und sich dann ab 2017 richtig durchsetzt“, heißt es im Blog des Telekommunikationsunternehmens.

Die ersten Lösungen sollen in Tablets und Wearables angeboten werden. Anfangs werde es Hybridlösungen aus eSIM und Plastikkarte geben, so die Telekom weiter. In zehn Jahren werde die klassische SIM dann völlig verschwunden sein.

Apple und Samsung in „fortgeschrittenen“ Verhandlungen

Bereits im Sommer berichtete die Financial Times von Verhandlungen zwischen dem Branchenverband GSMA, Mobilfunkanbietern sowie Apple und Samsung über die Einführung einer umprogrammierbaren SIM für Mobilgeräte. Der Branchenverband zeigte sich seinerzeit optimistisch, eine formelle Vereinbarung mit Apple zu erzielen.

Der US-Konzern führte bereits im vergangenen Jahr die sogenannte Apple SIM ein, die ebenfalls nicht mehr an einen Anbieter geknüpft ist. So sollen Apple-Kunden den Netzanbieter etwa im Urlaub oder auf Geschäftsreisen direkt vom iPad aus wechseln können. Auch in Deutschland ist die Apple SIM mit iPad Air 2 und iPad mini 4 erhältlich. Bisher haben Kunden aber keine große Anbieterauswahl. Zu den Partnern der Apple SIM gehören die Telekom in Form von T Mobile in den USA, EE in Großbritannien sowie GigSky