Control over the most important communication tools for #startups is now at the hands of 5 internet giants.
Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter may try to kick any serious competition out of business by collusion. Apple and Google may block access to their App Stores and Amazon may remove you from their servers.
They would then send out clear signals to anyone who still does business with you that if they try to help your suffocating start-up survive, they would face a similar faith. There is no need for anyone to book a holiday this year to Italy.
Sicily is here. Online, on your mobile phone, on you tablet. 5 internet giants acting like the gangsters where the only politics that matters is the politics of the mafia. Everything else is nothing but a heavy smoke screen.
I remember the idealism of the early users of the internet. I remember Twitter mission statement which was or might still is “to give EVERYONE the power to create and share ideas and information instantly WITHOUT BARRIERS”. Forget nostalgia though. This is LinkedIn here. The social media platform for the forward thinkers. We need now to reflect on recent events and begin planning ahead. Everyone must do this. This exceptionally powerful and funny TV panel yesterday was looking at what is coming. Watch it!