Janik Vonrotz


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Success is collaboration

The public perception of success seems very wrong to me. if media and the public discuss the success it is often referred to an individual that single-handedly built a fortune. “He/She is a successful person, because he/she funded a successful company”. Wealth and power are the keys to success and being an outstanding person. Seeking power and wealth is part of the human nature.

But where does one draw the line between success and exploit? To me these two terms are very much related. I tell you why.

An exploit is a vulnerability of a system that allows an individual with limited resources to compromise the whole system. This definition is true in the context of IT systems and economic systems. In the economic sense a company is able pass its competitors by exploiting a lack of regulation in an established market.

Every disruptive business model is an exploit

Let’s talk this through with some examples. In the public eye AirBnB and Uber are successful companies and share an innovative business model.
To me AirBnB and Uber are not innovative business models at all. What combines them is the lack of responsibility to comply with regulations.

In short this are not sustainable business models. With the help of software AirBnB and Uber were able to deploy their business model globally in short time. They did not have to endure the slow progress of regulations being updated.

So what is true success? What is the definition of being successful?

True success is sustainable and collaborative

Building success in most cases is a joint venture. People, institutions and companies collaborating and solving problems on a horizontal scale. If you or your enterprise is able to inflict a change that benefits multiple actors it is a success.

Being rewarded for finding an exploit is still legitimate under one circumstance. It is disclosed publicly and fixed in a timely manner. In IT an exploit can be fixed on the same day, in economic markets regulated by governments it can take years. This must be taken into consideration.

I like to finish this post with wishful thinking. We often have personal utopias and hope that they become reality. Here are my wishes for the future regarding the understanding of success:

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Tags: success , perception
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