Peter Hinssen

Conclusion of the day

Peter Hinssen

Chairman and co-founder nexxworks

Connecting the dots

Peter is a serial entrepreneur, Forbes contributor, LinkedIn Influencer, best-selling author and one of the most sought-after thought leaders. If there’s one person who could explain quantum physics to a toddler, it would be Peter. With his crystal-clear discourse and vivid humor, he crystalizes even the most abstract of concepts into understandable and relatable insights. At Fuel, he’ll have to do that trick with ALL the delivered keynotes and chats as we have asked him to do this year’s round-up talk. (You can do it, Peter!)
Fuel at Fuel18: Peter had the “easy” task of making the bridge between Dietmar Dahmen’s chain saw and the burning hot topic of blockchains. His first piece of advice: “Spend more time with criminals, because they always use the best technology”. But technology, now more than ever, is putting the internet in crisis. Hacks, break-ins, breaches… Trust becomes essential. And if we can’t fix these trust issues, we’re not going to survive. Weapons of mass distraction are turning into weapons of math destruction. Black Mirror is becoming the new normal. And if you want to see the new normal, go to China. “There is a new Cold War. Artificial Intelligence is becoming the new electricity and digital a new geopolitical game. With China as the aggressor.” This is something we have to watch and really understand. Are we there yet? We haven’t even begun…
Peter at Fuel18: Fuel18 was a cornucopia of great new ideas… and now it’s up to people to see opportunities for change, and to show a willingness to change. The emergence of new technologies is accelerating, and there is no time for typical European ‘Yes, but’-hesitations. If Elon Musk had been European, say from Belgium, would he even have dared to try and land rocket stages on a pontoon, dancing on ocean waves? Companies must learn and do what is essential, and even more, what is relevant for customers. Your main competitors are not your peers, but outsiders. True, today it is also a matter of trust, and technologies are not fully crystallized yet. “We’re but at the beginning!” and yes, it can be both “scary and wow” at the same time. So, get to the people in your company that don’t have a clue about what they’re doing, because what they do is unprecedented. Because what they do is so new, there are no rules to follow. Unleash these people, so they don’t have to battle the 99% ‘others’ that know what they do (and do it the way ‘it should be done’). Innovate like crazy and try things! Start from your strengths! And prepare for the new era of urgency, because changes will come faster, and even faster yet.