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Technical Arrogance As A Dark Force

Darth VW<<First Name>>, I am not your father. But the Volkswagen-scandal around cheat software tricking test station into believing the exhaust emission of a Diesel engine is much cleaner shows just how technical arrogance can lead to the dark side. In a conversation with a German founder and VC we concluded that believing your old technology to be superior to others with nobody else seeing that - especially those Americans who want to tell "us Germans" about clean air when they drive all their gas guzzlers, puuleeeaazzzeee, give us a break - can lead to a situation, where technical arrogance quickly turns ugly. The VW-scandal really is an innovation-scandal, but this may have been the best service to date to promote electric vehicles. There is a large and interesting article on that here.

And the dark side had a blast this week with another decision taken by the EU. The EU parliament passed a bill on net neutrality that allows ISPs and telecommunication providers to discriminate against content types. Content that they deem 'important' or where the company creating the data pays a premium is getting a priority treatment. And German Telekom already takes action targeting specifically startups to pay a premium. Yes, startups. The very same cash-strapped startups are asked to pay more, while the big corporates are getting discounts. So much about supporting entrepreneurs and innovation in Germany and Europe. Europe's not getting their shit together. Read more here (in German) from Die Zeit.


Silicon Valley MindsetGetting ready for the publishing date of my book "Die Silicon Valley Mentalität" I wanted to start giving you a sneak peak to some of the elements that form the SILICON VALLEY MINDSET and which you can apply yourself regardless of where you live.

The first one is Paying-it-forward. This is about helping others without expecting anything in return. This may be just 5 minutes on the phone that you spend, or a meeting in a café to give feedback on an app, or connecting somebody to an acquaintance who may be able to help. The expectation is that if everyone is paying-it-forward, in the end everyone will profit. It will come full circle back to you, when you need somebody to give you feedback on your website or connect you to someone. This is what givers do. And this is what you'll find in the Silicon Valley people doing.

Articles I liked around SILICON VALLEY MINDSET:

  1. Startup Grind: Steve Blanks Guide to the Real Silicon Valley
  2. Wired: Silicon Valley Success Goes to the Fastest, Not the First
  3. Business Insider: The idea that hard work doesn't matter is complete and utter nonsense
  4. Business Insider: 16 Silicon Valley landmarks you must visit on your next trip
  5. Minding bridges and avoiding bullshit: A chat about the European tech industry with Alberto Onetti

CreativityThe CREATIVITY-technique of the day is Explore the Future. This means imagine yourself traveling five years into the future and imagine that you've succeeded beyond your wildest dreams.

What is your life like as a result? How has your success changed your circumstances? Write down as many details as you can think of. Write an imagined history.

A list of more creativity techniques can be found here.

Articles I liked around CREATIVITY:

  1. Medium: Fintech is sexy and it knows it
  2. Business Insider: Why Smart People Make Bad Entrepreneurs
  3. Stanford Business: Jonathan Bendor: Why Criticism is Good for Innovation

StartupsWhat is a STARTUP? Well, a not so serious definition describes it as not knowing what its product is, who its customers are, and oblivious of how to make money. But there is some truth to it. Startups are charting unknown territories and need to iterate and pivot.

I have a PhD in chemical engineering and when a new compound was created, the scientists tried to create it by 'cooking' with different ingredients and approaching it through different paths. Like you can travel to Rome from the North, South, East and West. With one difference: they don't know where Rome is or what it is.

Articles I liked around STARTUPS:

  1. Entrepreneur: Researchers Find Uber Use Leads to a Decrease in DUI Deaths
  2. Economic Times: What 146 startup pitches says about the next wave of technology companies
  3. Teten: Corporate Venture Capital: Obligatory or Oxymoron?
  4. Intrapreneurship Conference: Keep up with your consumers – collaborate with startups
  5. Medium: Silicon Valley Lets You Scale-up not Start-up

GamificationSAP's GAMIFICATION Service is now generally available! Michael Ameling and his team have worked diligently to get the platform finally out. Read more in Michael's announcement.

I also added a new category with new Gamification examples. The category is Warehouse and Inventory. Check the examples out.

Read more about Gamification by following the links below.

  1. Get my books
  2. Browse through several hundred examples
  3. Select a gamification technology (Sales platforms and General platforms)
  4. Get consulting

Articles I liked around GAMIFICATION:

  1. Quartz: The videogame that teaches business strategy better than professors
  2. Enterprise Gamification: The Candle Problem Or How Rewards Stifle Creativity [VIDEO]
  3. Gamification Wiki: U of Nine - Sexual Harrassment Training App


Design ThinkingDo you still distinguish between soft and hard skills? Hard skills being something like programming, or knowing how to solder some electronics? While Soft skills are those things like making a button prettier or being able to speak in public? Also meaning soft skills a re nice to have, while hard skills make the real money?

If you still believe that, then please wake up. Now! Apple has shown that a seemingly soft skill such as Design is in fact a very hard skill in every sense. You can learn it, you need to work hard to master it, but when you are successful you can benefit a lot of people AND your bottom line. DESIGN THINKING is one of those hard skills that you should learn, practice, and apply.

Articles I liked about DESIGN THINKING:

  1. Innovation Excellence: Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Innovate
  2. BRW: How one decision in 1996 turned Samsung into a design powerhouse
  3. Wall Street Journal: Design Thinking: More Than Just Good Design
  4. Wall Street Journal: The Evolution of Design Thinking
  5. McKinsey: Building a design-driven culture

NSFW - I am a Robot [KRAFTWERK]

Ich bin ein RoboterToday's NSFW - internet lingo for Not Safe For Work - pays tribute to the electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. First graders in a German elementary school in Lemmchen built robot costumes and performed to the music for Die Roboter. It's just too adorable!

Watch the video here.

Ich bin ein Roboter!


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