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Learning from our launch

A few weeks ago, we’ve finally launched Rankpanel to the public. The launch took place without a huge boom but we’re able to continually add active users. We have launched with an absolute MVP: The MVP was just as minimal as it could be including bugs in front and backend, no clear idea about who our customers will be, and an incomplete team. In this post I will elaborate on what I have learned from the launch. Continue reading

Twitter’s German adoption case

Recently Twitter announced to open an official Berlin German HQ. The time is right as
the Germans never really got warm with the global Service. The challenges are big, though, and only time will tell whether or not Twitter will succeed in driving German Twitter adoption. I, for sure, hope to find more Germans on Twitter in the future.

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Healthcare Innovation: Only in the US?

Almost any discussion related to improving healthcare, whether it implicates reducing costs or improving patient outcomes and satisfaction, usually has technology as a core component. Technology, in and of itself will not solve the problems, but used appropriately it will contribute to the transformation of healthcare, as it has in many other industries. Comparably to internet business where the US is leading it looks like the same thing could happen in healthcare, too. Obviously, the US is under the most pressure to change their healthcare landscape but that shouldn’t push us Europeans in the spectator / copy role where we find ourselves in E-Commerce and Social-Mobile.

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Online Food Market: The Case of Germany

Like national tastes, the online gorcery market differs vastly from country to country. Whereas, in the UK, Switzerland and the US online grocers could establish themselves as viable alternatives in Germany every move into online groceries so far has been unsuccessful. While all major UK chains including Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose, and Asda have established online delivery operations after Ocado pioneered the business a few years ahead and has ambitious plans in the future, looking at the online presence of German heavyweights ALDI or LIDL is like Internet@2004. Only now Kaisers, an upscale grocer, has opened an online service in Berlin and Munich.  Continue reading

Using the internet, books, and other sources for idea validation

Quick idea validation using reviews

This month I declined my final consulting job offer to pursue my dream of starting my own company. At that stage I only had my vision. As we all know, a vision rests on all sorts of assumptions that need to be validated. Obviously, the best sources to get validation are your customers. However, before launch prospective customers have to do the job. Fortunately, before spending hours asking people on the street the internet provides a very rich source of real customer feedback – found on review sites such as yelp / qype and foursquare. Continue reading