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

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

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Reading Time: 4 minutes 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?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes 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?

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Reading Time: 5 minutes 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 …

Online Directories – Will Booking Provide New Momentum?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Online directories are losing relevance – it is a well-known secret. Users searching for local businesses’ information do not necessarily start their journey by visiting an online directory’s website any more. The situation Google as the dominant global search engine does a great job in being an one-stop shop for any kind of searches, including SMB data. Google’s product “Google …

E-commerce – Content Integration is the Next Wave for E-commerce

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Reading Time: 4 minutes E-commerce (i.e. online retail) has a long history and is the foundation of the commercial Internet. Looking at that history, we argue that innovation in e-commerce comes in waves. First successful e-commerce business models were focusing on convenience of choice (e.g. generalist e-commerce player Amazon or specialist online shops for any specific segment, e.g. Zappos) or on price by cutting …

Online Travel – Non-stop Growth

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Online travel is one of the early success cases of the Internet and it is still growing strongly. The research firm eMarketer estimates in a recent forecast that online travel sales will total more than USD 481 bn globally in 2015 (up 13% from 2014). Strong demand in Asia-Pacific and Latin America is driving these growth projections. Research firm PhocusWright …

Why Kuoni failed (the digital transformation)

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Reading Time: 8 minutes The ultimate confession of failure On the 5th of November 2015 the Kuoni group announced that it would lay off 350 people and also replace CEO Peter Meier, just one and a half years after his appointment. This happened in the context of making public continuously bad figures, for which Meier is to be blamed far less than his predecessors. Rumours go that …