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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: 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: 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: 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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Category: Silicon Valley

A small backroom in a sex toy shop on Polk Street in San Francisco contains a real treasure of strange machines. Not far from the Austrian bar Leopold’s lays Good Vibrations, a franchise that Silicon-Valley-locals know. Life is more than just about technology and making a dent in the universe. The carefully lit backroom reveals …

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Category: Mindset, Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is undoubtedly the most innovative region on the planet. Many people visit the valley every year to get an understanding of what makes this region so different. Is it the air, the water, the landscape? Or are people genetically different? Not so, because the 3.5 million people include 60.000 Germans, Austrians and Swiss …

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Category: Automotive, Silicon Valley

Apple acquired a fleet of cars for its map service. On Apple’s website is a list of information when and where those cars will drive to map the streets. Initially it was not clear who’s behind those then unmarked cars with an unusual rack full of sensors. Today while driving back south from San Francisco …

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Category: Culture, Mindset, Silicon Valley

The Silicon-Valley-Mindset is this mythical thing that many people from outside the Bay Area try to understand. But what is it? Is it the air, the water, or genetic differences of people living here that make them so innovative? Not really. In fact, with so many foreign-born entrepreneurs and innovators ruling Silicon Valley, the mindset …

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Category: Visit

It’s fashionable that companies and governments visit Silicon Valley to understand how it works. How does Silicon Valley do innovation? How come that so many companies com out of Silicon Valley. And why does Europe not succeed with that? And those questions are good and important. A delegation typically consists from a handful of executives …

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