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Category: Silicon Valley

When the automobile appeared around 1900, it was foreseeable that some people will lose their jobs. Carriage drivers, stable owners, carriage makers, or horse breeders weren’t required in those numbers anymore, or even not at all. Those professions almost disappeared. Instead, new jobs were created. Chauffeurs, mechanics, or construction workers building all those roads that …

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Category: Culture, Silicon Valley

Not least the revelation of the sexually predatory behavior of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein done to many many women in the film industry, the discussion about sexual harassment has reached Europe. The #MeToo-campaign by too many women talking about their own experiences with sexual harassment by men has surprised many of them. “I had no …

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Category: Visit

Innovationis the result of a complex interplay between ideas at the right time, drive, and culture of the surrounding ecosystem. Those elements may seem barely palpable, and some may even think they are impossible to learn or change, because others – namely coworkers or society – have to change first to allow innovation. Culture is …

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Category: Uncategorized

Every 12 to 24 months the number of transistors doubles, and with this the speed of microprocessors. This is what Intel co-founder Gordon Moore discovered in the 1960s. Dubbed quickly Moore’s Law, this also became fact. The exponential development of computer and memory chips is still valid today. Gordon Moore himself didn’t consider this a …

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Category: Uncategorized

Yu prepared, you learned that you are not getting a Silicon-Valley-Blueprint, but instead many new and fundamental questions, and despite that – or rather because of that – you had a good time in Silicon Valley with a lot of new impressions and inspirations. The time here motivated you with a renewed will of getting …

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Category: Digital, Silicon Valley

Once Germany got obsessed with the digital revolution, one can get easily the impression that an insurmountable force is pounding at European companies. Some industries are already hit more than others. The media industry has been in the middle of an ongoing disruption for years. Other industries are at the crossroads, but may not want …

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Category: Maker

For the 12th time the annual Maker Faire took place in San Mateo, in the heart of Silicon Valley. And like the other years it was extremely inspiring and exhausting at the same time, but in a positive sense. From light installations, music, big-ass battle robots, Steampunk fashion, food workshops, drone fights and fire installations …

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Category: Innovation

Incremental and disruptive innovation are two of the raw distinctions how we categorize innovation. Incremental innovation comes in steps. Examples are the improvement of a production process, or the step-by-step reduction of exhaust emissions in a Diesel engine. Disruptive innovation seems to come in big jumps. Horse carriages that were pushed aside by cars, film …

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