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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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Category: Innovation, Visit

Visitors of the innovation capital of the world have different reasons why they come. Most of them come to San Francisco to feel the city and dive into its atmosphere. Those are the tourists. But then there are those visitors, who come, because innovation is a hot topic. Not all of them have the same …

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Category: Robot

Robots dive into every aspect of life and replace humans. Literally. This week I visited the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and watched a demonstration of a diving robot, which was developed to operated below water surfaces. His task is to help with archeological and scientific research, but also maintain and service under water infrastructure such …

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Category: Design Thinking

Design Thinking is not just something for adults on their search for new ideas to innovate in their companies, but can also be applied by children. Gigi Read, my former SAP-team-colleague has been conducting Design Thinking workshops for kids aged 10 and older for the past two years. What originally started as a short program …

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Category: Co-Working, Organisation, Venture Capital

Shared office and living space provider WeWork has raised another $260 million at an evaluation of $16.9 billion. The total money raised so far is at $690 million. WeWork offers offices, desks and virtual offices in over 200 cities globally. Startups and small businesses use the service, as those need office space but want to …

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Category: Automotive, Self-driving

This past Thursday I encountered this red Ford Fusion on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. The car had two sensors attached to the top. It looks like these were camera-system that were operating, as light lights went on and off. Here is a video of the car that I took while driving: Any ideas what …

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Category: Innovation, Metrics

Clayton Christensen, Harvard-professor and author of the seminal book The Innovator’s dilemma, couldn’t foresee that within two decades a lot would change in how innovation unfolds. While in the past disruptive innovation and recessions only brought temporary job losses that were recovered within a few months, something fundamentally has changed. The economic crisis from 1992, …

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Category: Silicon Valley

It’s official: after many years of bugging visiting politicians and influencers from Austria, my home country opened a Consulate in San Francisco this month. In a joint effort, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the Chamber of Commerce created Open Austria to connect companies and startups from Austria with Silicon Valley and its ecosystem. Over the …

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