How I started smiling and what it changed for me

Today is the last day of our very interesting SMILE! program. Over a period of 5 days, participants receive tasks in the explore app. The tasks are simple, but not easy: each day I have to make five people smile. On the first day, it was easy: I could “choose” five people I would meet…

A very simple post-privacy manifesto

In our daily work, we are regularly confronted with privacy issues: since our company Datarella provides data analytics based on external third party data and internal behavioral data gathered via our app explore, we know what it means to comply with national data protection regulations. And since we are based in Munich and most of…

Practical, socially relevant technology

People use the word  technology for  “everything that doesn’t work yet.” Danny Hillis, a computer scientist and entrepreneur, pointed out that the best technology is unseen: once technologies works, they simply become computers, telephones. cars, etc. People accept technologies, when they regard them as providers of reliable routine solutions of problems, most of them belonging…

A Reply: You can learn something from somebody and everything from all.

This is a guest post by Janine Pfahl, a communications and learning expert. Janine replies to my earlier post., which you might read first. While pausing for a moment in the spring sunshine to read Michael’s text „You can learn something from everybody and everything from all“, our dog positions his snout on my keyboard…

You can learn something from anybody

I hear gossip about colleagues everyday – in the subway, during lunch, etc. . I don’t really listen to people chitchatting  but interestingly those people around me seem to always be the ones being in the right to complain about others. Until today I have never overheard a conversation in which somebody told her peer…

From data to your heart’s desire

Isn’t that fantastic? 50,000 women have – voluntarily – got pregnant in the last 18 months with the help of an app! At least this is what fertility startup Ovuline‘s CEO Paris Wallace said this week. The Ovia fertility app has been downloaded 300,000 times and users are adding 1 million data points every two…

Hack Schooling – A Better Education Model For Our Kids?

If you are a parent of school kids like me you’re most probably wondering whether this kind of schooling is the best possible way of education. Most of us would agree that there’s a lot of improvement potential in nowadays western school systems. Ok, there are private schools – but, in most cases they are…

A simple recipe: Success is the absence of defeats, not a victory.

What are you as an entrepreneur focusing on in your daily struggle to success? Are you looking for a victory or are you making sure not to be defeated? Be aware of this simple recipe: Success is the absence of defeats, not a victory. A victory is the inevitable result of preventing defeats. This is…

Entrepreneurs – The Can-Do Guys

Having been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, I did not have to think twice to agree becoming a mentor of Founder Institute’s Munich chapter in 2013. When FI director Jan Kennedy discussed the first semester with me, I had a flashback to the times of my first startup: a travel agency which morphed into…

Speak positive!

Today, I stumbled upon an article by Tom and David Kelley, from IDEO. It’s an excerpt from their book ‘Creative Confidence‘ in which they describe the effects of positive language not only in corporate environments, but on human beings in general: Language is the crystallization of thought. But the words we choose do more than…

Times, they are a-changin’ – looking at the bright sides of life

After having blogged rather less than more during the last five years – and without a real focus, I’ll change my writing habits in two ways: First, I will write in english, because it makes much more sense to communicate in a language that all of my friends and readers are familiar with. And, writing…

Über die Startup Hochburgen Berlin und München

Die Sendung Notizbuch des Bayerischen Rundfunks ist heute im Thema "Startup Hype in Berlin" dem Grund für den aktuellen Run nicht nur deutscher, sondern auch internationaler Firmengründer und Investoren auf die deutsche Hauptstadt nachgegangen. Und da man als Münchner Sender nicht wirklich ausschliesslich über Berlin sprechen kann, ohne die eigentliche Hauptstadt, München, zu erwähnen, durfte…

Eine neue Geschäftsidee pro Tag

Eine neue Geschäftsidee für Firmengründer – dieses Experiment starten wir auf idee.vc am morgigen 9. September. Knapp formulierte Ideen – 140 Zeichen müssen ausreichen – sollen potenziellen Startup Gründern auf die Sprünge helfen. Zusätzlich dient das Experiment als Zeichen gegen die gerade in Deutschland häufig anzutreffenden Bedenken, seine Ideen mit anderen zu teilen- aus Angst,…

Show Your App Award 2013 mit Rekordzahlen

Das Interesse an Apps wächst ungebrochen von Jahr zu Jahr: Während dem erste Show Your App Award mit 90 App Nominierungen im Jahr 2011 noch zögerlich begenet wurde, waren es letztes Jahr mit 140 Teilnehmern schon wesentlich mehr. Und zum diesjährigen App Wettbewerb schicken App Entwickler und Markenunternehmen nochmals mit über 170* nochmals mehr Apps…

AppInvest Projekt WordPuzzle erfolgreich

In Rekordzeit hat das WordPuzzle Team die Android App entwickelt und gestern in Google Play veröffentlicht. WordPuzzle ist ein Denkspiel für Liebhaber von Kreuzworträtseln, Sudoku oder Dr. Kawashima Gehirnjogging. Es gibt zwei Versionen, das kostenlose WordPuzzle Free mit 15 Levels für Einsteiger und die Profi-Version WordPuzzle mit 36 Levels.  Mit AppInvest haben wir mit dem…