Darren Huston Firm: BlackPines Capital Partners

darren huston, blackpines capitalDarren Huston is the founder and CEO of BlackPines Capital Partners which is a private investment firm.

The mission of BlackPines Capital Partners is to help both owners and leaders of private and public companies improve their investment results.

Darren Huston BlackPines achieves this by deep and committed engagement in a select number of large-scale, high-profile, growth-oriented opportunities.

Darren Huston Journey:

Darren Huston grew up in Canada, where he spoke English at home. He learned French and Italian when he was a teenager, and after college, he worked in the Canadian government, where his boss was from Quebec and would only talk to him in French.

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After graduating from Harvard Business School, he joined McKinsey & Company. As a consultant, Darren Huston finds out that he aspires to lead a company and he prefers B2C businesses more than B2B businesses. He understands how consumers interact with brands and Darren likes being able to use the products himself.

When Darren Huston was working for McKinsey in Seattle, he saw Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz giving a speech. Huston found him and his company very compelling. At the time, a lot of McKinsey people were leaving to join dot-coms; He joined a coffee company instead. People thought Darren was crazy.

He spent five years at Starbucks working on new ventures and branded products. He led the acquisition of Tazo Tea, helped launch Starbucks concerts, arranged for Wi-Fi to be installed in all of the stores, and created a Starbucks card payment platform.

Hybrid Cloud Computing And The Cloud Monopoly Engineering

Cloud Computing happens to be more than a buzzword – it is more like a way to the future. Silicon Valley giants like Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, etc. rapidly broaden the scope for technological advancements, while smaller players like Facebook and Whatsapp take notes accordingly. Cloud-based companies like Byjus, Netflix, Engineer.ai, remain wholly reliant on industry standards, while themselves offering unique services to the consumers. Industry pros that engineer AI, develop apps, create websites, etc., all look to this axis of tech companies, who basically dictate the course of the world moving forward.

engineer.aiSo what about cloud services then? Well, cloud computing is indispensable – the ability to process, and store data off-site has elevated the medium of computing and technology in general, through the roof! One might avail of the benefits of a higher spec device, simply through remote access. Cloud services, however, are not for everyone – sure, you can develop apps, and engineer AI, but rarely can you ever own cloud-based service. The cost of operations for Cloud Computing is simply staggering. This has led to the accumulation of the available cloud, within the hands of a few usual suspects – e.g. Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and the like.

To better understand why cloud computing is changing through Hybrid Cloud Computing, we have to understand why these handfuls of players enjoy this privilege – and why that is about to change.

The Epoch Of Cloud Computing

Believe it or not, cloud-based services have been a thing since the 1960s, when IBM emerged as one of the biggest proponents of this tech. By the 1970s, cloud-based services had become available to large companies, through a progenitor service, called Remote Job Entry (RJE). By the 1990s, various companies tried dipping their fingers in this potentially breakthrough of a field, which was still largely incomprehensible for companies, and users alike. Few remember General Magic, one of the big emerging tech giants of the decade, who sought to claim cloud computing as a benchmark.

The market remained ho-hum, until 2006 when Amazon created its Amazon Web Services (AWS) flagship, and the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) platform. This was the same time that Google shifted the focus of its search engine, from basically manually indexing sites, to engineer AI-powered algorithms. Also, Microsoft releasing Azure in 2010 and IBM’s SmartCloud in 2011, rounded off the apex powers. These primordial versions of their existing services were a far cry from the SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) modules they would go on to become later in their lives.

Since the early 2010s, establishment monopoly has remained unchanged until now. They employ variations of the ‘pay-as-you-go’ model. Sachin Dev Duggal, CEO of Builder.ai(also engineer.ai), has remarked on the rise of cloud computing and the peripheral businesses it is helping boom (like edutainment, for example). India’s biggest learning app, Byjus, at $5.4 billion USD, is the world’s biggest Edutech platform, is still reliant on the whims of industry big wigs. This has caused major conglomerates, and small players alike, being relinquished of their money through unexpected operating costs, at the hands of the ‘Cloud Axis of Power’.

Hybrid Cloud Computing

To alleviate the need for expensive off-site Cloud Computing, Hybrid Clouds are rapidly becoming the norm. It is basically a composite of public clouds (AWS, Azure, etc.) and an in house server. These are operationally different but are linked together, offering the benefits of various cloud-based models.

The thing is, major cloud companies also happen to be existing tech giants of today. Their monopolization of the model leaves little in terms of competition. They fix prices as they see fit. This has curtailed the growth of Cloud Computing by 26% per quarter, due to pricing malpractices alone. Additionally, companies like Google have come under the radar for security breaches, and poor handling of user data – a lot of enterprises have no choice, but to store critical data off-site, while being in constant stress it being mishandled.

Hybrid Cloud Computing allows small to medium size companies that aggregate information, engineer AI, and the like, to remain cognizant of their personal data while availing public services that they would otherwise be enjoying – all in periodic bursts (which has led to the term being called Burst Computing).

Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI)

A United States Defence contract worth $10 billion given the aforementioned monopolists a chance to reclaim the status quo, through JEDI – which included Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Oracle, IBM, and Rean Cloud (a subsidiary of Hitachi Systems).

This would’ve been the final nail to cement the dominance of the tech giants in the field of Cloud Computing, if not for Jeff Bezos’s (owner of Amazon, the largest cloud-based service provider in the world) feud with President Donald J Trump, leading up to the deal. You see, Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post, which Is routinely critical of President Donald J Trump. Weeks before the deal was due to be signed, Amazon dropped out, leaving the military short of the largest market sharing platform, in August 2019. The deal went to Microsoft in October of the same year.

Suffice to say, the monopoly looks shaken (for now), but not over completely. The rise in Hybrid Cloud Computing is revolutionizing the market. It is only a matter of time, that cloud services would become a feasible necessity, thus letting startups (like Byju Raveendran’s BYJU’s, Sachin Dev Duggal’s Engineer.ai platform, and Netflix) to remain afloat and running while becoming independent through their own volition.

Engineer.ai: Builder.ai Fuels Middle East Digital Transformation with Dubai Office Opening

Engineer.ai, also known as Builder.ai helps Entrepreneurs and Enterprises Build Software without Understanding Code Marks engineer.ai’s Growing International Footprint, with Five Offices and 275 Employees Worldwide

engineer.aiPlatform Engineer.ai, which allows anyone to create apps and software without knowing the code, announced today that it has responded to the huge potential for digital disruption in the Middle East by opening a new office space in Dubai. Already known as Engineer.ai, Builder.ai is now helping its customers in the region easily and cost-effectively develop their software ideas and get to market soon with their AI assembly line is in an optimal state. The move is driving rapid international growth on the right-hand side of the builder, now operating in five locations including London, Los Angeles, Delhi, Tokyo, and Dubai, with 275 employees around the world.

Engineer.ai already serves a growing number of companies in the Middle East. In all verticals in the market for SMBs, startups, and enterprises, Builder.ai provides much-needed standardization and transparency in managing and scaling your app through software and application development as well as automation and built-in support teams.

The new office is located at Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC) and is headed by Varghese Cherian. This is with close inspection of Sachin Dev Duggal, co-founder of Engineer.ai. The team plans to grow rapidly to meet the high demand in the region. Once customers are on board, they are supported by customer product specialists and customer technical experts from the UK and India teams. Continue reading “Engineer.ai: Builder.ai Fuels Middle East Digital Transformation with Dubai Office Opening”

Darren Huston – Should Robots Ever look like us

Humanoid robots are a recognizable trope in popular culture, but do machines look a bit creepy and possibly harmful like us?

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Whether it’s the robotics books by Isaac Asimov, the 1980s film character Johnny 5, Hollywood’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron or the sci-fi drama Humans by Channel 4, there has long been a fascination with robots becoming sensitive in popular culture-humans who can experience emotions and human-like consciousness.

But how realistic is the prospect of robots that become almost indistinguishable from humans-and desirable?

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Ben Goertzel, the creator of Sophia, a Hanson Robotics-based social humanoid robot from Hong Kong, thinks that robots should look like humans to assist “break down doubts and reservations that individuals may have” about interacting with them.

“Because individuals like them, you’ll have humanoid robots,” he informs the BBC. “They’d rather give orders or complain about their girlfriend to a humanoid robot than to the Roomba [a vacuum cleaner robot].” “I think [Softbank’s] pepper robot is very ugly. It’s kind of like a rolling kiosk. Sophia’s going to look at you in the eye; it’s going to mirror your facial movements.

There are now 20 Sophia robots in existence, six of which are used worldwide to deliver speeches and show the technology.

Companies have approached Hanson Robotics with an interest in using Sophia to greet their clients, but, Mr Goertzel acknowledges, humanoid robots such as Sophia and Pepper are still very costly to produce.

~Darren Huston

Shiv Shankaran Nair reiterates his Group’s Commitment to The Blue Ocean Charter

Shiv Shankaran Nair, executive chairman of Suez Holdings Ltd, has reiterated his group’s commitment for funding and his own time to the success of the Blue Ocean Charter.

Shiv Shankaran Nair stated this in his meeting with Anote Tong, three-times President of Kiribati, who called upon him at the group’s head office.

Dr. Anote Tong is one of the world’s leading campaigners against global warming and climate change and sits on the board of many International organizations combating climate change.

Shiv Shankaran Nair who was appointed as Vanuatu’s Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Commonwealth has been instrumental in facilitating the UK-Vanuatu jointly chaired commission on elimination of Plastic Waste in the Oceans. Subsequently as Principle Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu, he initiated Vanuatu’s membership of the International Coral Action Group, based in Monaco. Continue reading “Shiv Shankaran Nair reiterates his Group’s Commitment to The Blue Ocean Charter”

Internship Scholar Program at Ronish Baxter Institute of Photography

ronish baxterWay to photography is increasing, and it has also become expertise. Areas of expertise require special knowledge of photojournalists, fashion photographer, wildlife photographer, microphotography, nature photographer, portrait photography, film photography, industrial photography, product photography, travel and tourism photography, editorial photography and glamour photography. Ronish Baxter Institute is providing the photography training and internship for the following photography streams. According to Ronish Baxter, the MD of Ronish Baxter Institute of Photography tells about various forms of photography:

  • Editorial Photography– Their job is usually to create a photo for the magazine and periodicals. Most auditoria photographers work independently. Editorial photographers make photos on the subject of article or report. Their area varies according to the report or article.

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Thomas Schumacher Disney brings Aladdin magic to Auckland

Aladdin is one of the most beloved animated movies of all time – and now, it’s one of the biggest musicals in the world.

The production launched on Broadway in 2011, and has quickly gone around the globe.

The production is the brain child of Thomas Schumacher, Walt Disney’s President of Theatrical and has been a key figure at Disney for the past three decades.

Before joining the theatrical side of the business, Thomas oversaw some of our most loved films – The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

He visited New Zealand ahead of the musical’s New Zealand premiere in Auckland on January 3rd.

Thomas Schumacher joined Francesca Rudkin to talk Disney, musicals and the power of theatre.

Watch the Interview with Thomas Schumacher below:

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Prahlad Advani Caravela Beach Resort Goa receives the coveted GO-MMT Customer Choice Award for ‘Independent Hotels in the Premium Segment’

Goa: Prahlad Advani Caravela Beach Resort Goa, which is owned and operated by Advani Hotels & Resorts (India) Ltd. was awarded the GO-MMT Customer Choice Award for ‘Independent Hotels in the Premium Segment’ at the glittering ‘Star Partners Meet’ in Goa. The awards are given to select leaders in the hospitality industry for service excellence and are decided by an eminent jury on the basis of the reviews and ratings posted by verified guests who stayed at the hotel.

The awards jury comprised of the Executive Committee of Go MMT. Winners are selected on the basis of the number of positive reviews. In addition, these reviews are verified (the guest needs to have stayed at the hotel and booked the hotel through Go MMT). This award has been a unique one for the Caravela Beach Resort as it was chosen the best hotel amongst the entire Premium Segment. Other categories included Upper-Mid segment and Mid-segment categories. Continue reading “Prahlad Advani Caravela Beach Resort Goa receives the coveted GO-MMT Customer Choice Award for ‘Independent Hotels in the Premium Segment’”

Ronish Baxter, Suncom Infotech CEO Builds Blockchain Powered Platform to Fight Poverty

Ronish Baxter CEO, Suncom Infotech believes that all this is made possible by bringing together decades of research into cryptography, game theory, distributed computing systems to mention a few of the key building blocks.

Apart from that, Ronish Baxter said that Suncom Infotech has developed and is launching the blockchain technology platform, keeping in mind that an economic identity is essential to break loose from this poverty cycle. In the coming months, the company is going to introduce a feature in the innovative application that his company is building which would help build a vetted, recognizable identity that would be a prerequisite to participate in any form of transactions or ownership in the global economy. The secure and established nature of the blockchain will provide a means to share sensitive data without the need to bother about the information getting altered along the way or getting lost.

We asked Ronish Baxter, CEO of Suncom Infotech for the core reason for this development to aid the poverty sector. Ronish Baxter said that it can help in many ways like:

  • Send aid without corruption
  • Economic Identity & banking
  • Allowing access to digitally secure and politically neutral ‘store of value’ as a means of saving
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Ronish Baxter – Ban on Cryptocurrency Means a Ban on Digitalization in India

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Cryptocurrency Future

Ronish Baxter, a specialist in cryptocurrency as well as CEO of Suncom Infotech communicated that since India is trying to move towards digitalization, virtual money or cryptocurrency can really encourage India’s digitalization want. They are definitely not hard to execute, steady and hold no covered cost or accuses when differentiated of banks or other money trades.

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Cryptocurrency Ban in India

On April 6, 2018 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) turned out with a declaration to all components under its area that they in a flash quit offering organizations to associations or individuals related to digital currencies. The notice has been tried in the Supreme Court alongside a couple of various petitions been archived at different high courts and the outcome is depended upon to proceed July 20 once the Supreme Court proceeds after its get-away..

Cryptocurrencies can Change the Scenario

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Crypto Wallet – Virtual Money

Speaking about the importance of cryptocurrencies, Ronish Baxter said, “What’s the thing that comes to mind instantly when we talk about digitalization? Of course, mobile phone connectivity, Aadhaar, Jan-Dhan accounts, etc. but how many of us think of crypto currency? Only a few maybe, but with growing popularity of this virtual currency, people in India are also slowly getting to know cryptocurrencies. It’s presently one of the most secure and independent exchange forms to trade and transact with.

Transactions at Low Cost

ronish baxterThe best thing about cryptocurrency is that, transactions can be done from anywhere almost instantaneously. Also, transactions can be carried out at a fraction of a unit, which means that for sending money to anywhere across the globe, it would no more be a burden on the pocket.

Secure and Safe

ronish baxterIt is a de-centralized model where data can be accessed from different computers. Thus, even if a single record is meddled with, it wouldn’t go un-noticed since the blocks are interconnected. This additionally means that, all the blocks need to be changed to get away with the crime. Whenever, a record is manipulated, its digital signature becomes void and users are immediately notified.

Cryptocurrencies are Far Reaching

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Cryptocurrency World

Not bound by any boundaries, cryptocurrencies are surely global. This means, easy transactions and secondly, absence of 3rd party dispels any threat of an account being blocked in case, it is being misused. The owner of a cryptocurrency holds its private key and a 3rd party cannot take money away unless the private key is been lost.

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Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology most effectively running over the new payment solutions like bitcoin will revolutionize the world. It has been suggested in the beginning there will always be people who will try to misuse it, however technology has always been and continue to be a double edged sword, it depends on us and the Indian government how to strike the right balance.