Sjur Usken

Views on new technologies and business opportunities from Sjur Usken

Grunnpilarene for skaperevne og entreprenørskap


Etter 13 års erfaring med å jobbe med grundermiljø både i Trondheim, Oslo og Stavanger har jeg erfart at det er to viktige faktorer for å lykkes med entreprenørskap; Et godt miljø og “just do it” innstillingen.

Et godt miljø består av mennesker med en passion for det de holder på med, som ser løsninger og knapt noen utfordringer. …Forskning viser at det som skal til for at team skal fungere optimalt og ……. tillit til hveandre og terskel for å kaste ut ideer, feile etc. (Husker ikke kilden her, men finner den nok)

“Just to it” er innstillingen jeg jobber etter. Fokus på å bare sette igang og ikke analysere for mye. Lean startup tankegangen. Dette har jeg sett og jobbet etter både i SW setting og nå i Creator sammenheng.

Norge har gjort et kvantesprang i antall oppstartsselskap siste årene og det er fantastisk å følge med på! Hva er noen av faktorene som har påvirket dette?

Alt grunner i at en eller flere personer har en ide, og bare gjør det. Som Nils D. Christophersen, professor ved Institutt for Informatikk ved Universitetet i Oslo som bare sendte seks studenter til Silicon Valley tilbake i 1999. Han spurte ikke så mange om lov, men følte det var riktig. Jeg fikk være med på dette i 2002 i Singapore, og nå er det over 100 studenter hvert år som får internasjonal erfaring med startups og tar denne med tilbake til Norge! Les mer på http://grunderskolen.no/

Startup Weekend ble startet som en test i 2007 om 70 entreprenører kunne starte noe over en helg (54 timer). Dette konseptet spredte seg raskt og er nå en global organisasjon i 135 land. Tom Haugeplass og jeg hørte om dette i begynnelsen av 2010 og syntes det var et interessant konsept og gikk i gang med å kjøre det i Oslo. En av deltakerne var Maja Adriansen som ble ildsjel for konseptet videre i Oslo, startet Startup Weekend Norway og spredte det til flere byer i Norge.

Jeg flyttet tilbake til Rogaland i 2011 og så at det manglet noe her i distriktet. Karen Elisabeth Ohm Heskja og jeg kjørte i gang første Startup Weekend Stavanger i april 2012. Vi organiserte første event på under 6 uker og John Sechrest var fasilitator. Sitater som “jeg trodde ikke det fantes så mange entreprenører som meg her i området” var det mange av på første arrangementet.

Etter det første eventet kjørte vi følgende:

Startup Weekend
2012 – april, BI Stavanger. Arrangør: Sjur & Karen-Elisabeth
2012 – november, IPark . Arrangør: Sjur & Karen-Elisabeth
2013 – april, IPark. Arrangør: Sjur & Karen-Elisabeth
2014, januar, Vitenfabrikken Arrangør: Jeremy og Andrea
2014, oktober, Mess & Order. Arrangør: Natalie og Nina
2015 april, Innovation Dock. Arrangør: Natalie og Nina
2015 oktober, Innovation Dock. Arrangør: Maria og Natalie
2016, mars, Creator Makerspace. Arrangør: Sean og Pia

Det har resultert foreløpig i over 50 bedriftsideer som er blitt testet ut og flere bedrifter har også blitt startet i etterkant og.

Og i 2013 dukket inkubatorer på rekke og rad her i distriktet.

 

Det har vært en gøy reise så langt, og ser virkelig frem til neste Startup Weekend og!!!

 

 

 

The Honeynet Workshop in Stavanger in May 18-20 2015


I am really looking forward to the most interesting security conference happening in the Nordic contries in recent years! The Honeynet Project is having their annual workshop right here in Stavanger!

Honeynet Project is is organising their Annual Honeynet Security Workshop this year from 18th to 20th May in Stavanger, Norway. The conference, expected to be attended by over 300+ participants from across the world, will be fully focused on various paradigms of IT Security and will be divided in to multiple focused tracks where technical track will cover latests security threats and solutions whereas CXO track will discuss and try to provide solutions for the challenges faced by the senior management.

The Honeynet Project is a nonprofit global organisation with a large global pool of people focused on Information/IT security and research. There are total of 44 honeynet chapters spread across the world. HP members consists of Entrepreneurs, representing various international universities to add a solid academic research angle, working in National security base organisations and private corporations like Microsoft, Facebook and other similar organisations.

The members meet once a year at a different locations to share their experience and to work towards convergence of security knowledge they possess. Previous workshops have been hosted in Warsaw, Dubai, Facebook HQ in San Francisco , Paris , UN’s Cyber Security Headquarters in Malaysia to name a few. In 2015 all this amazing group of people will be at Stavanger to share their knowledge.

In these cloud times…. trucrypt eases your worries


The cloud services are all over the place. From files to your social life is beeing served through the cloud. And then you read about several information thefts from several of these companies and wonders, what would happen if my files were stolen? Would a break into my dropbox, google drive or others make it very easy to do an identify theft as well? What other things could follow? Dropbox is a great service, but to ease your worries, trucrypt comes to your rescue!

Trucrypt makes a virtual file system within an encrypted file (it can do a lot more as well!) You need to have a very good password, but then all the files are protected!

The only drawback is that if you have very large files, and you edit parts of it, you need to upload the complete file every time. Solution could be to divide it into several encrypted files (and if you have several encrypted files, which files should the bad guy try to brute force first…..  but don’t use the same password in case)

Good luck securing your digital life!  (and of course you have enabled two-factor dropbox authentication???)

How one man is bringing VoIP, ‘Net access where telecoms fear to tread


Arstechnica has a great article about a man coming home and no telcos manages to deliver decent services. And then he knew about the MeshPotato and it did what it was designed for, bringing communications to those who has none. Read the full article at arstechnica.

MeshPotato featured on Australian radio


David Rowe explaining the MeshPotato and Paul Gardner-Stephen telling about the very cool Serval project on the national radio in Australia. They had focus how to bridge the digital divine.

You hear it here (mesh potato from 17+ minutes and onwards)

VoIP and other presentations from the Honeynet Project


The yearly Honeynet Workshop has been great every time!

This year we also had a public day for those not a member. The presentations are publicaly available here.

Enjoy!

My Internet enabled coffe machine


OK, I was tired of the coffee machine at work. The coffee was no good.
And we were not allowed to buy another machine, since we already had two (of same kind, same terribly coffee)

What do you do?

You make the coffee machine as part of one of your projects. I’m working on smart houses, so that part was easy. The harder part was to find a cheap coffee machine with an Ethernet plug. I dismissed that quite fast and did it the hard (wired) way.

Part 1.

Get an automatic machine that does the most things (I did not find one with automatic cup dispenser)
I found a quite cheap one, approx 500 USD (3000 NOK). It had electronic buttons in the front which I presumed I could modify.

Part 2.

The harder part. Get to the circuit board to the buttons. Of course, these are compact machines and the circuit board are not made for being “serviced” easily. I had to unscrew approx 30 screws and dismantle most of it to get the right part out of it.

I soldered 4 wires, two for the button for single coffe and two for the double strength. The switch just needed a short-circuit to activate.

Then I connected the wires to a relay (capable of 230V, but I just use it as a switch). This was again connected to a smart controller from Sensio.

Now I order coffee through my iPad. Great!

 

 

Using social media to organize Telephone Denial of Service (TDoS) attacks


Mark Collier has been blogging a long time and put up this about using social media to coordinate TDoS attacks. It remined me about another “joke” that ended up in a lawsuit

The rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, tweeted on his account Twitter.com/thegame that fans could call a given number and apply for an internship working for him, but the number given was the Compton area of Los Angeles‘ equivalent of the ‘999’ number and took callers straight through to the Sheriff’s department.

Also recalls an SMS that went around last time in 2007 in Norway, but also happened around year 2000.

Please call 22xxxxxx and ask for Harald, he needs technical assistance

Where this number was to the King of Norway, so they ended up with a lots of calls. (article in Norwegian)

Google Powermeter and now MS Hohm are shutting down their services


Last week Google announced they were shutting down their Powermeter service which would give you a nice view if you had one of the supported powermeters installed at home.

Now Microsoft does the same, shutting down their Hohm service.

The reason?

Not enough people interested and the utilities does not want to share their data…

Ubuntu Cloud not ready for mass market


I had two blade centres that I wanted to run virtualization on. Then it was timely that Ubuntu released their 11.04 version, cloud ready.

I read myself up on the Cloud controller, Cluster controller and the Node controller and started installing.

The first problem was when I did a PXE boot for the Node Controller. During the setup, the Node Controller contacts the Cluster Controller and the PXE server value is overwritten with the Cluster controller IP. The network configuration stopped further OS installation. I mounted the CD through the ILO management on the server instead, worked like a charm.

But the process of handling the images is not straight through. To setup a new image, you either need to do command line and remember IDs of the different images, or pay for the Landscape service.

I spent quite an amount of time to get the Ubuntu Cloud up and running, but dropped it and installed VMWare ESXi instead since I already used it for several years.