Twitter distributes software 75 times faster using BitTorrent

December 30, 2011 · Posted in innovation · Comment 

BitTornadoMy business associate developed the BitTornado software Twitter is using to solve their server update problem. It’s the same type of problem Apple had when I worked there in 1992. The solution approach similar.

A single distribution server is a bottleneck both for efficiency and reliability. A single server slows down as more clients are accessing it. If the single server fails the entire process stops.

Predictive Innovation defines 15 Alternatives for any problem. The 15 Alternatives are arranged into two dimensions of 3 scales and 5 directions. The 3 scales are Single, Multiple and Continuous (see “Predicting the Next Disruptive Innovation” for more details).

When I was at Apple we solved the problem by moving from a Single mainframe to multiple servers and clients. This spread the bandwidth across more computers and provided more flexibility for doing ad-hoc reports.

BitTorrent is a Continuous solution. It doesn’t just spread the bandwidth over more computers, it spreads it over all the computers using the torrent. It produces the maximum bandwidth with the least vulnerability. It also flips the concept of speed on its head. Instead of getting slower as more computers download a file, it gets faster. Any computer connected to the torrent can share pieces with any other computer connected to the torrent. This is also how it reduces vulnerability. There are multiple sources for the pieces of the file, even if none of them have a complete copy of the file.

Ron Paul Revolution: History in the Making. My new book.

January 11, 2008 · Posted in abundance, economics, innovation, strategy · Comment 

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My new book is just released. It goes into great details about what is driving the excitement for Ron Paul and how Freedom is the Ultimate Product for Evangelism Marketing.

During the pre-primary campaigning I’ve been able to meet Ron Paul and consult with the official campaign. I’ve been able to see the inner workings and I’ve been all over the world with the grassroots. Ron Paul’s success is a perfect example of evangelism marketing and the abundance society at work. Ron Paul’s campaign is the epitome of evangelism marketing. None of the success has been from anything the national campaign has done. The fund raising, the signs everywhere, the posts all over the Internet are all from individuals acting on their own to promote the idea.

Factors like the Long-Tail as described by Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine have enabled Ron Paul’s supporters to set records for fund raising. Open Source techniques are being used to propel ideas into action and even fund $300,000 projects. This type of free innovation overcomes the scarcity economics.

Few people understand what is going on with the Ron Paul campaign, not the media, not the competition, and not even Ron Paul’s staff. The new culture based on abundance is taking hold and its powered by freedom. I’ve talked with the top staffers in Ron Paul’s campaign many times, and even Ron Paul himself. They don’t have a clue about evangelism marketing, they just know something is working. I can only imagine how big this campaign would be if they had implemented the 22 elements for a complete evangelism system. Ron Paul himself does do the most important thing, he tells the truth.

Many of the 22 elements of a complete evangelism marketing campaign have been implemented by supporters. That is the power of evangelism, abundance and freedom.

Here is a sample chapter.

The Largest Minority

The industrial revolution focused on mass marketing. Success was achieved by making common items in the most cost efficient manner to sell to large groups of people. Standardization was the hallmark of the 19th and 20th century, but as the Information age emerged it became possible for the universal truth of individuality to move to the forefront. The potential for mass customization became reality and is totally revolutionizing every aspect of life. Oddly enough the information age, re-popularizes the ideas codified 230 years ago in the Constitution of the united States of America. The individual is King.

The Ron Paul Revolution benefits from a phenomenon described by what publisher of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson, calls “The Long Tail” In his article in Wired Magazine and his book of the same name, he pointed out that 98% of the Top 10,000 books carried by sell at least one copy per month. That means there is a market for every imaginable subject.

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Featured on BitTorrent Newsletter

June 15, 2007 · Posted in innovation · Comment 

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Russ Tolman from BitTorrent in San Francisco called me a couple weeks ago asking for an interview. A show I produced “How-to-Do Girls” is one of the most popular on the BitTorrent network. Russ didn’t know that my partner is The Shadow one of the developers of the BitTorrent protocol. We were involved in BitTorrent long before the company was created and received $28.75 million in venture capital.

I published my content using a Creative Commons license. BitTorrent included my content on their site without needing to ask or take up any of my time. Because of them putting my content on their site I get a lot more traffic and sales for my merchandise.

You can read the interview here.
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