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What is Earth 2

Earth 2 describes itself as a futuristic concept of a second earth; a metaverse between a virtual and physical reality. Well with that most has probably been said. The platform has a clear long term vision. If any concept of a virtual world has ever been successful, it has probably not come as close to early success as Earth 2 has.

In a nutshell, Earth 2 is a vision of a game world that builds on the actual earth. Within it, users will be able to buy property, trade land and resources, and potentially monetize their property with real and virtual currency. …


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What is Clubhouse? If you have missed the hottest and most hyped social media app, you‘ve probably been too busy skiing. It is hard to escape the Clubhouse-madness that has been released at the beginning of this year.

Clubhouse is essentially a live podcast app. It allows its users to create rooms in which varies topics are discussed. Anyone can listen in to the conversation, and even raise their hand to ask the moderator if they can join.

But why has it become so popular in such a short amount of time? Is it really worth the hype, or just a great way to distract yourself when you’re stuck in your home offices. …


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A beautiful „side effect” of my work as a consultant and being my own „boss” is that I can fairly freely decide what it is I would like to work on. Focus is one of the key elements of any entrepreneur’s success. As my consultancy has started to grow in the last few years, I believe the only thing that is keeping me “sane” is a relentless focus on my long term vision.

There are so many relevant things I could do. There are so many things I need to work on. …


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I see every interaction with people around me as a singular relationship; one that needs attention, interaction and love to succeed. These interactions come and go, but I realize that I need to invest the time and effort to keep them up. At the end of the day, it is these contacts with others that make life worthwhile, precious and interesting.

Both my personal- and work life are intertwined; something I have come to love and cherish.

It is difficult to separate my work relationships from my personal ones. Frankly, I do not want to either. If certain people are important in my life, I want them to be a part of me and my daily routines. I want them to see how I work and what keeps me busy. I want to share successes and failures with those around me. …


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My last, substantial purchase of the year are a pair of headphones. Not just any headphones, but the ridiculously (over-)priced Apple AirPods Max. Yes, I really did it. I have shelled out a whopping 550 USD/599 CHF for a pair of cans that I have never had the chance to listen to.

You can call me a fan boy all you want, but I simply love being in one tech ecosystem. There is nothing more convenient than being able to switch between my iPhone, iPad and MacBook whenever I want. When I get a call on my iPhone and move over to my iPad, it hands the call off within mere seconds. …


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In only three weeks, we will be moving into a new office space with our GANDT-team. It is in the same building we are in right now, but there is one major difference, we won‘t have a dedicated kitchen area.

I have to admit that it is not ideal. But we have to make it work. The team has simply grown too much in the last few months and whereas we would have loved to move into a bigger space, that unfortunately simply did not work out as planned.

We had already quite the lease on our current facilities, and we will simply have to move and have to get creative. …


There is only one thing an entrepreneur needs more than a good idea, and that is cold, hard cash flow. For those of you who are in service businesses, you might want to check out these strategies that I‘ve deployed over the years.

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I do not know a single entrepreneur who would turn down more work in Q1. Everyone knows it is the hardest time of year to get commitments and the attention of your clients. The time between the holidays and new years is tough, let alone the first two weeks of January in which most employees much prefer to hit the slopes, than show up early for work.

Hence, it‘s important to use the momentum you‘ve build up in Q3 and sell as if your life depended on it in Q4. …


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I have been set on buying the new iPhone 12, as soon as it would support 5G networks. And this year’s iPhone finally does. But, after watching Tim Cook and friend’s presentation of the new shiny iPhone devices, I lost interest almost immediately. And I have decided, that I will not be buying the iPhone 12 (pro) this year.

I don’t need a better camera

The sole reason the iPhone 12 is arguably the best smartphone around, is the camera system. The phones look appealing, the color scheme is great and the chips inside the devices are good enough to keep it going for a couple of years. Yet, the one thing that everyone is talking about, are the photo- and video capabilities of this year’s iPhone 12 (pro, max).

No other smartphone manufacturer has come close to creating a camera ecosystem that measures up to that of Apple’s iPhone. …


Well, it is official, LinkedIn has rolled out its stories function in Brazil.

on its LinkedIn app. Right at the top of any user‘s app and feed.

LinkedIn might be an a-typical social media network, but they have decided that this product feature is a must-have. The demand for quick bite content, easy to consume that „self-destructs“ within 24 hours, continues to grow.

Snapchat started it

Whereas Snapchat started the stories hype, Instagram by Facebook took it to the next level. It could be said that it was the exact feature Instagram needed to grow to new heights.

Short video messages are an important part of all social media apps at the moment — but the content…


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I cannot believe what I am about to say: I am truly excited about the upcoming Canon live event on July 9th. Especially as a big fan of MFT cameras and an Olympus-lover, it pains me to say that this might very well be the start of a new era.

Oh Canon, if only all the rumors were true. The EOS R5 and R6 are said to be extraordinary. 8k in camera, non-cropped 4k video content and in-body stabilization, this is what (semi-)professionals have been longing for.

Full-sensor cameras are something special. Of course, a larger sensor needs a substantially larger body, but the EOS footprint is anything but huge. …

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Remco Livain

Dutch Digital Entrepreneur. Love to share thoughts on innovation and digitalization (ceo @gandt ventures) - writer @thestartup

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