Kim Dotcom’s Mega illustrates how innovation differs from invention

Bram van der Kolk (left) and Mathias Ortmann discuss technologies to protect privacy at NetHui

Bram van der Kolk (left) and Mathias Ortmann discuss technologies to protect privacy at NetHui

While reviewing notes made while talking to Mega chief technology officers Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, I was reminded of an earlier discussion about innovation and invention not being the same.

Kim Dotcom is Mega’s front man. Ortmann and van der Kolk do the background business development work.

Earlier this month the company released an Android app allowing customers  on the move to browse and otherwise deal with files stored in Mega’s cloud.

Like many other aspects of Mega’s technology, the Android app is innovative. But it wasn’t Mega’s invention. The company acquired the app from its developers and have since weaved it into Mega’s offering.

There’s no question Mega is an innovative business. Adding encryption to consumer cloud storage was a smart move. The company is also innovative about the way it talks to its customers.

However, as Ortmann and van der Kolk make clear, there is very little in Mega’s technology that was invented by the company. Their skill is bringing together other people’s inventions in new and creative ways, then getting it to market. That’s the essence of innovation.

 

3 thoughts on “Kim Dotcom’s Mega illustrates how innovation differs from invention

  1. So basically what I said about Apple, haha.

    Innovators are the chefs, the inventors are the guys who just spent hours peeling all the potatoes and chopping onions and brewing the broth before the chef put it into something wanted and consumer-facing.

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