Amazon goodness

23 Oct

Mit dem Kindle Paperwhite marschiert Amazon schnurstracks auf den ebook-Thron. Bereits mit dem 2011er Kindle bin ich hochzufrieden, auch wenn die Bildschirmauflösung und der dunkelgrüne Hintergrund auffallen. Beide Punkte hat Amazon souverän verbessert und schon die WiFi-Version sorgt für ausreichend Lesefreude: der neue Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (

Beim Design des passenden Netzteils hat sich Amazon alle Mühe gegeben, red dot und ähnliche Designawards die nächsten Jahre lang auf ausreichend Abstand zu halten. Der Tipp daher: für einen Euro weniger das Wicked Chili-Netzteil kaufen, das wie das Amazon-Vorbild 1A Leistung liefert. (


So you’re bursting with passion to work on this one idea that will connect people in new ways, utilizing all of the potential that we cognoescenti see in the world. Monetization? Sure, you can worry about that later. After all, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, tumblr and a bunch of others have figured it out (somehow).

That’s not even wrong. However, your real job then is not to build a platform, but to define the rules for your industry (however large or small that is) – if you succeed, these rules will simply include that your approach is the profitable one.

In my view, that’s not too daring. What I notice, though, is that technology is usually more decisive in this regard than many would expect, and I am not sure that startups outside the Valley and New York City (- the latter one of which has undergone a fascinating evolution, btw.) are playing the same game. Reading how Instagram successfully added 1m users within 24 hours shows how far ahead U.S. start-ups are compared to those in other parts in the world – Eyeem is doing a fantastic job in Berlin and has a somewhat different approach than Instagram but their infrastructure (for now) goes down when Leo Laporte promotes the service.


Every now and then, mobile payment pops back up in the news. I recently prepared a dossier for our member companies summarizing the state of mobile payment – in short: many angles, very few use cases, no widespread adoption in sight. I might be wrong but my impression is that this is due to all players in the market aiming to make their solution the dominant one. However, given that in Germany, people currently pay using cash, EC cards, credit cards and direct debit, it should be clear that mobile payments won’t be a single platform, either. Read the rest of this entry »

Das Blog.

14 Dec

Reading up on tech and startup news, I sometimes feel compelled to delve deeper into topics that interest me. Since a blog is also an excellent way of putting CSS and Webfonts into practice, I set up this WordPress installtion. Let me know what you find useful. If you are in Berlin, there’s a good chance of meeting up with me at one of the various events, too.