I was going to make this announcement on my 40th birthday. Many of you know that since I was 17 years old, I have been creating and investing in promising projects. I was at the origin of the first Internet agency in Russia, one of the first mobile casinos in the world, building geo-social networks, and even tried to implement a free mobile operator. Something was successful, something not so much. For 23 years I was building companies that relied on outdated economic models, where the winner takes everything.
Over the past few years, I have become more interested in open systems, economies, where everyone benefits from participation. It would seem impossible, but a lot of what surrounds us is the product of enthusiasts who went together towards common goals, without wasting themselves on shareholder relations, management structures and subordination, marketing, finding financing and so on. People, and it is here that the key are the people, not even the teams or the companies, worked at will, giving everything for free to the world. It is impossible to almost compete against products that do not require payment and where everything is based on enthusiasm that cannot be bought. This is the last mile that corporations often cannot go through in their projects. To go, to think, to finish, not to give up.
Wikipedia, Unix, Android and so on - you all know this software, protocols, services, apps, use them every day, do not pay a cent, and it only gets better. The network effect that strengthens products with each new user has recently become a catalyst for the development of all top companies in the world - from Facebook and Google to App Store and AirBNB. Almost all of them are completely dependent on both users and creators, participating in them according to the rules of the old economy.
I have been thinking a lot about what I would like to devote my next 10-20 years to, and I realized that there is no task more ambitious than creating a new economic theory that fully meets the following requirements:
- Absolutely all participants benefit
- Contributors give all their work for free
- Their participation strengthens the system as a whole, increasing the benefits for all
- No centralized decision-making bodies
- All key decisions are made by different types of economic majority
We are on the verge of new economic models and systems, where everyone's contribution creates benefit for all. Where even competition leads to win-win, and there are no losers. I have called my economic theory - Dichtinomics - a network economy. Aristotle, who was the first to define the economy as a management of a household, would not have been able to imagine that someday models of the common good would be possible at the expense of uniting the forces of all households combined.
Dictinomics will be able to solve such problems as equal access to the world's capital, the realization of people as professionals regardless of race, place of residence and origin, universal basic income and many other important issues.
To our common shame, humanity, under the influence of political decisions, prevents the introduction of effective economic theories around the world. That is why the stratification of society into rich and poor has not only a country by country-specific effect, but also within developed economies such as the United States.
The economy is not about money, but about the relations of the participants. And the main thing here is still a man, although countries and corporations do everything to keep these individuals as staff members, figures in the reports.
The currency of the future is the talent and hard work of each of us. My task is to think of a way to remove all restrictions on their global distribution, if to speak outdated language.
Yes, I have to develop a new economic theory, prove it and implement it. But this is much more interesting than building businesses that will win where others lose. And there is every chance that dictinomics will become a driver for my native country, Russia.