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Where accelerating technological Development will lead us in the next 15-20 years (André Cramer)

I would like to share some of my thoughts on key developments that I believe will determine our lives in the upcoming two decades. Almost all of this is fueled by ever more accelerating technological progress and there are a lot of opportunities in it. As well as significant challenges.

Looking back at the perceived principle of the industrial age, where growth occurred or seemed to occur in a linear function, today we know about Moore’s Law. We have been able to observe it for the last 50 years where over time it became clearer that we have a doubling of computing power roughly every 1,5 years.

Now how does that apply in our everyday life? Where do we actually see that technologies get more and more “disruptive”? To show that this is not about buzzwords, here are a couple of examples for “wow” type of developments: Continue reading “Where accelerating technological Development will lead us in the next 15-20 years (André Cramer)”

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AI is absolutely essential for the Messaging Platform Business Model to take over the World (of B2C) (André Cramer)

Over the course of the last weeks and months you couldn’t escape news and stories about messaging platforms going after B2C use cases à la “order me some food”, “book me a hotel room” or “I need a ride downtown in 30 minutes”.

Pioneered and taken to huge success in Asia by platforms like Weixin/WeChatLINE and Kakao, especially Facebook with its two behemoth platforms Messenger and WhatsApp is taking decisive actions to bring businesses and consumers together on their platforms. Kik is even faster, having just launched such a botstore for brands. In their launch line-up are 18 well-known brands such as Sephora, H&M or The Weather Channel. And with these moves, communications platforms will tap into significant revenue streams in the form of rev shares and commissions for being the facilitator between businesses and consumers in everyday Transactions.
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My SXSW 2016 key take-aways (André Cramer)

35,000 visitors from all over the world are yet another milestone in the ongoing rise of SXSW as one of the key events of the tech industry. A must-visit conference that this time even the president attended. In his speech at Austin’s The Long Center for the Performing Arts he made an impassioned and partisan plea to technology professionals and tech-minded citizens to apply their ideas and talents toward solving some of the country’s biggest challenges and philosophical divides.

But there was much more to SXSW 2016. Continue reading “My SXSW 2016 key take-aways (André Cramer)”

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Mobile World Congress 2016: Where are we heading with Smartphones – or where do we need to head? (André Cramer)

It’s Mobile World Congress time again. Not only the world of telcos and phone-related manufacturers meet there, but meanwhile it has become a colorful mix of everything technology related it seems. Still, the smartphones or mobile computing devices are in the center of attention.

The decade of the Smartphone as we know it is ending

Almost 10 years ago the iPhone has entered center stage and in fact did change everything in this industry. The revolutionary first iPhone was of course not the first smartphone in the market; in fact it came years after the term ‘smartphone’ had been coined for the first time. What is remarkable about it was therefore not the invention of a new category of device, but the combination of the right mix of technologies Continue reading “Mobile World Congress 2016: Where are we heading with Smartphones – or where do we need to head? (André Cramer)”

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What’s going on with Twitter and is it fair to call out the “End of Twitter”? (André Cramer)

 

Twitter has come under a lot of pressure recently. It seems they are being beaten by whoever feels like letting out a rant. In my opinion it is important to differentiate where the criticism is directed to.

I think there are two layers that need to differentiated:

  1. Twitter, the company, its management and executive leadership team
  2. Twitter, the product or service and the value it provides to its users

Lots of the ranting you can find all over the place seems rather undirected and I believe it is important and an imperative of fairness to look more closely towards what is wrong, what is not and what should change and what is pretty much ok. Joshua Topolski’s “The End of Twitter”, published in The New Yorker is a very good example for this. They way the company has been shuffling key people and responsibilities in their organization lets many of us justifiably raise the eyebrows. But the article in my opinion mixes those two layers of “company” and “product” and thus draws such a negative picture about the company & product that I do not share. Continue reading “What’s going on with Twitter and is it fair to call out the “End of Twitter”? (André Cramer)”

Wow! WhatsApp has passed the 1 Billion Active User Threshold. Which Telco has 1 Billion users… anyone? (André Cramer)

Congratulations and kudos to the WhatsApp team for achieving this remarkable milestone. The first messaging app/platform which has not been started by one of the internet giants but was born as a true startup.

I am stressing this despite no other messaging service, no matter if startup or bred by an existing tech giant, ever having reached this mark. Facebook Messenger, so to say the sibling service under the roof of Facebook, is closely behind WhatsApp, but then it had all the help and pushing power of the core Facebook service. The most significant support was certainly the forced de-coupling of core Facebook and Messenger and the need to install the dedicated app to continue using chat and messaging in the Facebook mobile experience. Continue reading “Wow! WhatsApp has passed the 1 Billion Active User Threshold. Which Telco has 1 Billion users… anyone? (André Cramer)”

WhatsApp’s official Opening-Up to a B2C Ecosystem is the logical next Step (André Cramer)

Facebook will remove the WhatsApp annual charge and introduce B2C features for brands to interact with their gigantic user base. This will make life more challenging for those service providers that have been exploiting loopholes and ambiguous terms & conditions to provide brands with communications channels to WhatsApp subscribers.

So now it’s official. The first significant news and updates from Facebook regarding the future of WhatsApp after the acquisition have been announced last week. WhatsApp will start removing its annual charge ($1 or local equivalent) across the different versions of its app. They also stress that in return for removing the annual charge there will be no introduction of 3rd party ads. Instead they open up their ecosystem and officially introduce business-to-consumer use cases. Continue reading “WhatsApp’s official Opening-Up to a B2C Ecosystem is the logical next Step (André Cramer)”

The Internet of Things and the pressing need to address Security Topics (André Cramer)

The Rise of the Internet of Things

We’re living in a time where it is difficult not to come across the industry buzzword of IoT, the Internet of Things. Generally, I don’t like buzzwords; i like getting things done, helping consumers and businesses by using the latest and most promising technology. But, no doubt, the Internet of Things surely represents a disruptive wave of possibilities that will affect everyone over the course of the next years. And as it is with so many other technologies, products and platforms which are currently setting out to change the world because they are based on exponentially developing ingredients, the Internet of Things is set for this exponential development, too. Continue reading “The Internet of Things and the pressing need to address Security Topics (André Cramer)”

On the Future of the Automotive Industry: tough Times ahead for the Incumbent Automakers (André Cramer)

Looking at the wave of disruption that is already happening right now or coming to industries that have not natively been part of the digital business, the automotive industry is surely one of the most interesting. Their products are what moves the world and what captures many people’s passion and materialistic desires. Even with the core use case being a physical one, transportation of people and/or goods, this industry will be disrupted, just like any other industry and way of doing business has been or will be disrupted by exponentially advancing digital technology (e.g. traditional retail, the media/newspaper industry, the music industry, books publishers and stores, travel agents, even the telco/communications players, etc.).

We are now in an era in which technologies such as computing, networks, sensors, artificial intelligence and robotics, to name a few, are advancing exponentially. Continue reading “On the Future of the Automotive Industry: tough Times ahead for the Incumbent Automakers (André Cramer)”

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