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Drew Bartkiewicz

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Since the very beginnings of trade and commerce, it has been a commonality that most information exchange between buyer and seller, customer and business, was treated as a discrete, confidential, and almost intimate affair. Trust was earned, not given. Consider the not so distant history of the local American bank. Banks have been collecting personal information about their customers for decades, harkening back to consultations over a notepad, paper deposit slips, and hand-written applications. The reputations of applicant and banker, buyer and seller, were local reputations, with personal and professional references limited to the confines of the community and the reality of proximity. Banks large and small managed piecemeal, disconnected snapshots of personal information in random, unstructured, and ultimately inefficient processes that took place without fanfare... (more)

Risk Evaporation: Cyber Risk Visibility for Cloud Computing Futures

Financial Risks Patterns in Cyber Space Every aggregation industry in the world involves risk transfer and substantial (in the billions) insurance markets for catastrophic financial or legal events - except for cloud computing. Traditional industries that leverage insurance markets range from banking to property to energy to transportation- yes, even rental cars. However the cloud computing industry is an emerging aggregator industry with enormous promise and equally large unseen risks. Prediction: a massive risk transfer market for cloud-computing will soon take hold through the... (more)

The Web of APIs = the Web of the Future

In 2009 I attended an event with the World Economic Forum on the future of the Internet, both from an economic and technical perspective. Over the last 12 months two trends are becoming even more apparent: (1) the Internet will require more innovative forms of risk hedging beyond just security, and new concepts like CloudInsure will emerge for businesses depending irreversibly on digital technologies. And (2), the cost and complexity of Internet technology will be massively transformed downward by this little known technology advancement called APIs (application programming inter... (more)

The New ROI: A Return on Innovation, and Using Data to Do It

What do you get when you mash - for an entire weekend - the innovators of a globally respected brand like American Express with companies like Foursquare, Etsy, Mashery, Hyperpublic, NYC Open Data, Ordr.in, Constant Contact, and General Assembly? You get innovation. What do you get when you add roughly 100 freelance developers to the mix, spinning up new data and application concepts in amazingly social, self-organizing teams? You get the business of innovation. And that is why American Express OPEN Forum launched its first Open APIs at the "Reinventlocal" Hackathon this past wee... (more)

API Strategy 2012: For the Cloud, by the Cloud

In 2010 Delyn Simons, formerly the head of eBay's highly successful developer program stated, "Behind every good app is an API." In 2012, the projection is that "behind every successful app there will be a number of APIs that power it." Apps are becoming big business, with more than 250 million app downloads on Christmas day alone and a record number of Android, iPad, and iPhone sales during the holidays. The world has been mobile for a decade, but now the mobile world is so omnipresent and dynamic that it is altering business and culture at impressive rates. With the explosion o... (more)