Should Your Company Accept Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrency Payments?


This is a valid question – and the buzz around it is huge. I found this article at to be an extremely good read.

ShareIQ was acquired by Cision – Congratulations to the team!

The unique Image Intelligence Company ShareIQ, which I supported from the very first days, has been acquired by Cision. With it, ShareIQ becomes part of a bigger eco-system and I must say: it is a fantastic fit. My thanks goes to Brian Killen and his tremendous team for all the effort they put into ShareIQ – you made me a proud investor, Guys! And, needless to say, my congratulations go to them as well and to Cision for making a great decision.

Read more here.

On my way to become an e-resident of Estonia. Why?

eresidentcyI have been a citizen of the Digital Planet for quite a while now – and now I applied to become a resident of the Digital Nation Estonia. Why? Most importantly, because this needs support. And then, because I believe this can be made good use of.

Read some experience from one of the first e-residents of Estonia here. Maybe something to consider for you, too?


Intelligente Kunden-Selbstbedienung für besseren Service – Guter Beitrag im Bank-Blog

Prof. Nils Hafner - Quelle:

Prof. Nils Hafner – Quelle:

Jeder von uns kennt es – Ansprechpartner werden reduziert und durch angeblich Nutzbringende digitale Dienste ersetzt und dann heißt es: Wir haben die Zahl der Filialen reduziert, um den Service für die Kunden zu verbessern. Oft genug ist dies aus Sicht des Anbieters gedacht im Sinne der Kostenreduktion. Aber die digitalen Services sind dann nicht sehr gut gemacht, vor allem nicht vom Kunden her gedacht, der sie ja nutzen soll. Mich hatte insofern der Beitrag von Prof. Nils Hafner im Bank-Blog sehr gefreut. Ich empfehle die Lektüre. Denn gut gemacht sind digitale Services für die „Selbstbedienung“ einfach Klasse!

WEF: How Europe can build a Silicon Valley

wef_0There is lots of intelligence at the World Economic Forum – but this piece I like in particular for many reasons. Mostly, because it is honest and realistic. It simply just does not work that some city or metropolitan area tries to be the „Silicon Valley of XYZ“ by proclamation. Too many ingredients make the actual Silicon Valley what it is and next to public-private partnership and the close-tied web of relations, the cluster, the special openness to change, itarations and – yes – failure. Adoption of change and embracing of change. And let´s be fair, also the Silicon Valley is subject to change and has been time and time again. Currently the hottest companies leave the traditional „Silicon Valley“, named after the Semiconductor-Companies there, to be headquartered im San Francisco. So really we should talk about the greater San Francisco Bay Area. There will not be two areas of this kind on this planet, because you simply cannot replicate everything AND fill it with life, just because it is a political will. And especially this won´t work for a city or even one single European nation. So I like the analysis provided in this great article of the World Economic Forum: How Europe can build a Silicon Valley.