The Playlist

Epi Ludvik Nekaj / Crowdsourcing Week

By Epi Ludvik Nekaj November 7th, 2017

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— A smart list of startups, links, movies, books, art and wonders.

We sit down and talk to Epi Ludvik Nekaj, Founder and CEO of Crowdsourcing Week, the global forum and conference on the Crowd Economy and discuss some of the startups, companies, individuals and more that have inspired him recently.


Startups

Ethereum

Industry: Developer APIs, Bitcoin, Application Performance Management, Consumer Applications, Open Source.

Founded: 2014

Ethereum is a platform and a programming language that helps developers to build and publish next-generation distributed applications.


Slock.it

Industry: Parking, Internet, Internet of Things, Sharing Economy.

Founded: 2015

Slock.it brings the benefits of the blockchain - transparency, security and auditablity - to real-world objects.


B12

Industry: Small and Medium Business, Web Design.

Founded: 2015

B12’s Human-assisted A.I. approach combined machines and expert designers to build and manage beautiful and professional websites.


lvl5

Industry: Customer Service, Mapping Services.

Founded: 2016

lvl5 creates high-accuracy maps for self-driving cars.


DuoLingo

Industry: Language Learning, Internet, Education, E-Learning.

Founded: 2011

Duolingo is a widely used free language education platform that gamifies every lessons available in over 20 languages.

 



Books

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis.

A radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools. Bold consists of three parts which detail what President Bill Clinton called "A visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world"


How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie.

Guthrie details a story of technological achievement and ingenuity in the service of competition that is a biographical account of entrepreneur Peter Diamandis.


The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America's #1 Wine Brand by Bonnie Harvey.

This New York Times Bestselling Business Paperback the traces that history and tells the story of how an unknown novelty wine became an American icon. 


Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society by Alberto Alemanno 

Lobbying for Change tells us that by using our skills and talents and mobilizing others, we can bring about social and political change. Whoever you are, you’ve got power, and this book will show you how to unleash it.




Films

The Motor Cycle Diaries is a memoir that traces the early travels of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara across South America.


Braveheart is an epic war film depicting the struggle of the Scots when they were led by William Wallace against King Edward 1 in the first Scottish War of Independence.


Gladiator is an epic historical drama film centred on the vengeance of one fallen Roman general.


Troy, loosely based on the Iliad is a narrated tale that condenses the events of a decade long war into a few weeks. 


Argo recounts how the CIA used a fake Sci-Fi film to lead the six US hostages to safety during the 1979-1981 Iran Hostage Crisis.




People I admire

Mark Zuckerberg (balance, influence, powerful and simple). 


Elon Musk (boldness, courage and invention).


Jeff Bezos (experimentalist and realist).


Jack Ma (visionary, attitude and grit).

The end.