When is the right time to disrupt yourself?

Well, the only correct answer to this question is: Right now! But it’s the wrong question. Yesterday we’ve been asked about the best timing for disruption for the second time this week (which was on Tuesday), by a senior manager of a large corporation. That’s why we’ve decided to share some thoughts on this. It seems to us that timing their …

German Company Builders have stopped company building – How can they evolve?

Since Rocket Internet has come to live in 2007, the model of a Company Builder or Startup Studio became increasingly popular – not only in Germany but also internationally, especially in the US. Often, these companies get formed by former entrepreneurs who invest their own money alongside with their investor’s. In a way very similar to many venture capital funds. However, a Company …

Digital Transformation explained – How does it impact your business?

Digital Transformation is a heavily used buzz word these days. In our daily work we realize that there are multiple views on Digital Transformation and what exactly it is. This often causes confusion. In the presentation attached, we would like to offer our perspective on what it is, what drives it, and how it impacts your business. The Stryber Digital Transformation …

FinTech – Digitale (R)evolution im Finanzsektor?

Eigentlich sollte man annehmen, dass die rasch voranschreitende Digitalisierung den Finanzsektor bereits auf den Kopf gestellt haben müsste, handelt es sich doch um eine Industrie, die vollständig auf der Informationsverarbeitung basiert und sich damit für die Digitalisierung mindestens genau so anbietet wie etwa der Tourismus oder die Medienbranche. Allerdings scheint sich, abgesehen von wenigen interessanten Ventures, vielen oberflächlichen Leuchtturm-Projekten der grossen …

KMU-Innovations-Update 2016

Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen sind das Rückgrat unserer Wirtschaft – sie sind Handwerksbetriebe und Dienstleister, sind wichtige Kunden für Telekommunikations- und Medienkonzerne und adressieren relevante Nutzerbedürfnisse. Nach frühen Internet-Geschäftsmodellen wie Online-Kleinanzeigen und Marktplätzen, gibt es spannende Innovationen in klassischen und neuen Segmenten zu beobachten. Hier unsere Auswahl für 2016…

Update on price comparison websites – Google and Amazon taking pole position

Price comparison websites are the darlings of many media companies’ investment arms, especially when they can invest with media-for-equity deals. Price comparison gives orientation in many different situations – whether you need a loan, want to book your next travel or a new mobile phone subscription. Hence, it seems to be a good way to monetize a media company’s audience. …

"What Shall We Do Next?" – From Corporate to Startup

Everything starts with the question: “what’s next in the company’s digital growth strategy?” We hear this question a lot in board rooms. Only very few corporates have a clear plan – and even if they have, markets and competitive ecosystems can change quickly. The best companies always challenge their plans and have a structured strategy process to update their plans continuously. Some companies …

The Strategy Divide – Or: Why you need to do strategy digitally

Digital Transformation, Design Thinking, Lean Business Model, Digital Change… Many such words are trending the corporate speech charts these days. Hardly a CEO who doesn’t have his own portfolio of digital pet projects or hasn’t yet hired a CDO, a chief digital officer. The ongoing hype vividly recalls the boom of the first dot com rush at the end of the 90s …

German Real Estate Tech Market in 2015 – A (R)evolution?

Germany is the largest country in the European Union by population and hence, its real estate market has a significant volume: in 2014 EUR 195 billion have been invested in the real estate market overall and in 2015 a total investment volume of EUR 230 billion is expected in the building sector. Despite of 245 thousand newly constructed buildings, the …

The Corporate Accelerator Program Flood – A Blessing or a Curse?

Starting a startup company is becoming an increasingly attractive career choice for graduates, although most startups will eventually fail. Depending on how failure is defined, according to Harvard Business Professor Shikhar Ghosh, we can expect 70-80% of startups end up being a failure. Startup Genome data suggests that 75% fail within the first two years – with or without venture …