We spawned a beast in 2017 with a vision to make a real difference in frontier and emerging markets. Ammbr began with a seemingly simple goal — affordable Internet access. On closer inspection it turned out to be a multi-facetted problem that required a range of products assembled into a…

My business partner Raj and I have done a lot of different things in twenty years. We have launched and participated in business ventures in technology, manufacturing, mining, commodities, wholesale and distribution. We have even dipped our fingers into retail, although each time it’s been akin to petting piranhas. …

I was a newcomer to tech entrepreneurship in 1998, and within a few years I was one of the thousands of survivors of the massive Internet Bubble that saw mass devastation of the sector globally. I was left broke, but the education I received was probably worth the fee.

One…

Samal Island is located in the southern Philippines, off the largest island in the archipelago, Mindanao, and is about the size of Singapore. Samal lies across Davao Bay from the largest city in Mindanao, Davao City, and is largely dependent on tourism. However, like much of the Philippines outside Manilla…

Two years ago my colleagues and I made a big pivot in our business plan. We decided to ignore the clamour for financial technology (Fintech) that dominates the Blockchain space, and instead focus our efforts on telecommunications; specifically broadband connectivity.

While one is embroiled in creating products and a business…

The cryptocurrency and Blockchain space is a beauty to behold as it takes its passengers on a wild and unpredictable rollercoaster ride. But is it unpredictable? It seems everybody has an opinion, and that ranges from skeptics and naysayers one comes across in odd places like checkout lines and airports…

On July 7, 2018, we watched as a hack of our ERC20 token smart contract unfolded. What followed over the next few days cast light on how close the hacking activity lies to the booming industry of security reviews and vetting of smart contracts in the Ethereum space. …

Abstract: A proposal for an implementation of blockchain, inspired by Satoshi Nakamoto, that may be useful during a post-apocalyptic period when electricity is unavailable.

If we make the assumption that an event has occurred (massive and recurrent EMP type events) that makes the generation and general availability of electricity impossible…

“The truth is multi-faceted, a lie is polymorphic” ~ Mr. Churchill I believe

When my team and I bought into the idea of changing the status quo for the bottom half of the human pyramid, we were faced with a fairly binary choice.

  1. Follow conventional wisdom, listen to VC’s and…

Derick Smith

Technologist and dabbler in cosmology to aquaculture.

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