The New Integration begins; Travel, Coupons, Gaming, and Currency
Each stage of humanity’s social evolution did not replace the prior social order; rather, it integrated the tools created during the prior social order. The agrarian economy is going strong and feeding the world. The industrial revolution integrated the tools of the scientific revolution – both still exist. The knowledge economy integrates the tools of the information age as we speak. The next economic paradigm will result from the integration of tools developed from the technologies of the knowledge economy. So what’s happening out there now?
Travel: Nothing economic can happen until people get together an build something.
Tripit acquired for 120M
, DoJ Mulls anti-trust suit for purchase of ITA
, Travel sites gang up against ITA Sale
, American, Expedia, Orbitz in 3-way dispute
, Facebook buys Nextstop
Coupons: Hey, who exactly is subsidizing all that discount value?
2 y.o. Groupon rejects 6B offer, mulls IPO
. 50 top Groupon Copy cats
, “Google Offers” Groupon Competitor
, Groupon Bachlash builds
, Foursquare and Groupon go after “Local Social”
Games: A business as old as money.
Zynga valued at up to 5B. Zynga goes on a buying spree
(8 acquisitions in 8 months); Google buying spree in mobile gaming
and invests 100M in Zynga, 8B in virtual goods sold worldwide – china leads
. Facebook Credits become mandatory for games.
Currency: storage and exchange of social value.
Google buys Social Gold for 75M – social gaming/virtual currency pl...
. Alternate Currency Movement gains popularity
, Zeitgeist Movement goes on the defensive
. Symbionomics to organize the “new value” conversation
. Facebook rolls out new currency
. AMEX launches “social currency” with “geolocation”
Bringing us back to the beginning: Travel:
Unveiling The Catalyst
The Value Game
developed by The Ingenesist Project
will be unveiled at The Future of Money and Technology Summit
on February 28th
2011. We will demonstrate how a high value asset such as an aircraft, zipcar, renewable power, or even public infrastructure can be massively leveraged to create New Social Value
. This represents a new class of business methods designed to integrate the tools of the knowledge economy and produce a closed-loop prototypical innovation economy.
Leveraging fixed assets, socially
The Value Game
uses the example of how entrepreneurs can leverage an under utilized asset such as a corporate jet fleet and match routes to the Geographic Social Graph at small airport (Travel)
instead of competing with an inefficient Commercial Airline model. Vendors could join social networks to subsidize airfares with contingency (Coupons)
for related products and services. A true value calculator would compare door-to-door social value of private travel with the financial value proposition of commercial airlines. This comparison creates a conversion factor between social currency and financial (Currency)
which monetizes social value. The resulting interactions between traveler, vendor, and 3rd party entrepreneurs creates an “Intentions Game” in social media where it is in everyone’s best interest to create social value and deploy it to the (Game)
The game starts and ends with money, but all the “New Value”
is created inside the game and denominated in social currencies. Entrepreneurs will game the game, the planes will get bigger, the coupons will get stronger, and the social currency will out-perform the financial currency in new value creation. This business method is now being tested in a live venture. What we learn from this may help catalyze a new and more sustainable economic model called Social Capitalism.