Yup, I’m talking about Kim Schmitz a.k.a Kim Dotcom of Megaupload fame. Like him or dislike him, his persona has been built on persistence, adaptability, resilience, enthusiasm and passion. No, this isn’t a discussion in support of piracy or whatever other charges has been laid. The focus is on the persona.
SMASH! CRASH! BANG! KERPLUNK! SNAP!
He’s irritating, he’s LARGER than life, and remains masterful in the art of BIG IS BETTER and confirms that AGILITY is a key trait to success. For a large guy, he’s proven that agility and being abominable can help you rumble in the Bronx. Even Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States was ruffled if the story holds true. (See article)
He hasn’t stopped since his arrest with MegaUpload. He keeps on ticking like an Energizer rabbit! Heck, he even launched a music service called “Megabox”, according to GigaOM! (See article)
Look at his twitter profile. His most recent one?
I am an artist. • I take initiative • I do the work, not the job. • Without critics, there is no art. • I am a Linchpin. I am not easily replaced. • If it’s never been done before, even better. • The work is personal, too important to phone in. • The lizard brain is powerless in the face of art. • I make it happen. Every day. • Every interaction is an opportunity to make a connection. • The past is gone. It has no power. The future depends on choices I make now. • I own the means of production—the system isn’t as important as my contribution to it. • I see the essential truth unclouded by worldview, and that truth drives my decisions. • I lean into the work, not away from it. Trivial work doesn’t require leaning. • Busywork is too easy. Rule-breaking works better and is worth the effort. • Energy is contagious. The more I put in, the more the world gives back. • It doesn’t matter if I’m always right. It matters that I’m always moving. • I raise the bar. I know yesterday’s innovation is today’s standard. • I will not be brainwashed into believing in the status quo. • Artists don’t care about credit. We care about change. • There is no resistance if I don’t allow it to defeat me. • I embrace a lack of structure to find a new path. • I am surprising. (And often surprised). • I donate energy and risk to the cause. • I turn charisma into leadership. • The work matters. • Go. Make something happen.
— Linchpin Manifesto, Seth Godin
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Somehow, I think Kim Dotcom knows what he is doing.
- Is #crushing it Vaynerchuck-style.
- Is completely #unreasonable.
- And is a #linchpin.
Above all, he’s the abominable snowman because he’s scaring the begeezus out of a lot of folks. In Charlie Sheen-style, he may be #winning the platform wars!
The chatterbox tends to agree!
More on the Dotcom here:
- See Rick Veitch
Source: The New York Times
When I managed a games portfolio product for Bell, I learned about “windowing” as a content industry mechanism to “squeeze out” as much profit from core IP (content assets) as long as the industry could do it.
At the start of 2006, the gaming industry’s windowing system was just as intense as Hollywood’s film creators. Games followed a lengthy distribution/release model of console (Xbox/PS2), PC, portable game players, online full digital sales, game rental, flash-based game for online portals, subscription products (like Bell’s GamesMania - similar to the Netflix model) and if we were lucky, Apple’s Macintosh platform.
Note: I give some flexibility to the theory that the game publishers were open to online digital (retail) sales (e.g. EBGames Online), game rentals and subscription services. They were nasty as hell in licensing this stuff out easily — especially publishers with FPS hit titles that were unbelievably old (2-3 years, average age)
So it was to my surprise when I saw the following trailer on Apple.com’s trailer site:
Stuck right underneath the film’s enhanced title (Last Ride), I saw:
In theatres and available on iTunes JUNE 29
WOW! They did talk about this a few year’s back. However, it is finally here! This is ground-breaking.
- People are busy.
- Long hours at the office.
- Families to feed and care for.
- The expense of time and cost to “get out”.
Now in the comfort of one’s home, individual and family filmgoers can forego the travel and cost and stay home to watch a current release film through entertainment portals like iTunes.
But denying customers the films they want, on the devices they want to watch them, when they want to watch them is not a great business model. It leads to piracy, as we have discussed here many times, but more importantly it also leads to the loss of a transaction to a competing form of entertainment.
I’ve argued this point many times with film executives. They insist that they need their windows. They argue they need to manage access to their films to extract every last dollar from the market. That just doesn’t make sense to me. If they went direct to their customers, offered their films at a reasonable price (say $5/view net to them), and if they made their films available day one everywhere in the world, I can’t see how they wouldn’t make more money.
Fred Wilson, VC, Union Square Ventures (article here)
Hollywood “thinks” it can control distribution today. It cannot. Either Hollywood gives consumers the options they want today or they run the risk of revenue loss (through piracy!) from gated, old paradigm, monopoly world views that serve no one. Operating principles which focus purely on greed through control and thus profit maximization may keep your shareholders happy… for a while. Then piracy changes the numbers. Consumers won’t be happy. Shareholders won’t be happy. Film companies and publishers won’t be happy. The studios won’t be happy.
So embrace technology and enable choice that customers want. Give them what makes sense to them in these complex, modern times. Shift with the trends or the trends will force you to shift.
Personally, I am not sure how long iTunes (Apple) has been involved with current release content but I think it is a great move by Hollywood. Afterall, most people probably would have not considered the movie in the theatre until the rental window. Now, they can see it sooner than rental.
Game-changing. Better late than never.
For additional views on content ecosystems, here’s a good article by Robert Tercek.
The subject of piracy is a complex one. Old world views dictate the matter as a copyright problem. However, in a recent engagement with Robert, he correctly suggests that the industry faces a business model problem. It is a point of view that I’ve been completely aligned for more than a decade.
“My view on piracy remains the same: when content is made available at a reasonable price in the format that consumers desire, piracy immediately declines. The problem that the content industry faces in the digital network is a business model problem, not a copyright problem. The outdated practice of “windowing” content simply doesn’t work in two-way networks.”
No doubt about it. Available cheaply, easily and with less restrictions, MORE people would pay for instant, streaming, less windowed content. Alex.