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The State of Bitcoin Q1 2015 in 6 graphs

bitcoin-perfecthueCoinDesk, a bitcoin-watching news service, recently released their first quarter review of the cryptocurrency’s performance in Q1 of 2015. Overall the data provides a positive overview showing an increase in total wallets, and investments. However, there are a few signs indicating slowing growth in key bitcoin, and bitcoin-related areas. [Read more…]

Building Computers with Social Skills using Facebook “Likes”

3009374-slide-image-4Who’s a better judge of character: a human or a computer? Turns out, it’s the computer. Stanford researchers have found that computers can judge personality traits more accurately than one’s friends and colleagues. In fact, artificial intelligence can draw inferences about a person as accurately as a spouse.

The study (conducted jointly by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge) compares the accuracy of human and computer-based personality judgments, using a sample of 86,220 volunteers who completed a 100-item personality questionnaire. People’s judgments were based on their familiarity with the judged individual, while the computer used digital signals – Facebook “likes.” [Read more…]

50 Years On, Moore’s Law Still Pushes Tech to Double Down

history-moore-moores-law-graphic-3-1Over the last 50 years, Moore’s observation — that the number of transistors on silicon chips and therefore their processing power was doubling approximately every 24 months — has evolved from observation to market demand.

This April marks the 50th Anniversary of Moore’s Law. Three years before co-founding Intel, Gordon Moore made a simple observation that has revolutionized the computing industry. It states, the number of transistors – the fundamental building blocks of the microprocessor and the digital age – incorporated on a computer chip will double every two years, resulting in increased computing power and devices that are faster, smaller and lower cost. [Read more…]

The Future of Work in times of Disruption

Our Design to Disrupt research program deals with the forces that are radically reshaping the world of business as we know it. Disruptive innovations are creating new industries and business models and destroying old ones.

What does this mean for the future of work?

Many of the roles and job titles of tomorrow will be ones we’ve not even thought of yet. Think of jobs as social media marketeer, data scientist and API manager…These job titles were not existing 10 years ago. New technologies, data analytics opportunities and social networks will continue to change the way we communicate, collaborate and work.  [Read more…]

From Digital Darwinism to Digital Transformation

Schermafbeelding 2015-04-07 om 10.12.30Assuming that exponentially growing technology is an inevitable factor in the current era, it is imperative that organizations develop a structure and a matching culture in which accelerated change is the New Normal.

This places special demands on an organization’s corporate environment and strategy, in which room for experiment, pioneering and innovation are common daily practice. Too often, these conditions are absent from large, sluggish and bureaucratic organizations. Sometimes this is described as digital Darwinism: if you don’t change, you will ‘die’. [Read more…]

The Top 100 Most Scalable Organizations

1-PMpD8qY35THgE9GmZRXbBwIn our Design to Disrupt research program we talked about companies that are called Unicorns:  a company that rapidly gains to a valuation of a billion-dollars and beyond.

We also mentioned this book, written by Mike Malone, Yuri van Geest and Salim Ismail,  that  been explores, as well as crafts a guide to building Unicorns. The book refers to these companies as Exponential Organizations (ExO), companies that are able to scale their organization structures in a completely new way.  [Read more…]

Leading Digital in 9 graphs

We rounded off our second report on Design to Disrupt with an appeal to the CIO to take a offensive approach to digital transformation:

A. Take control. Lead the disruption.
B. Deploy technology to break constraints.
C. Lose out on efficiency and go for effective disruption.
D. Don’t be terrified, the odds are better than you think

That the odds are better if you come into action is confirmed by extensive recent research into the chance of success of digital innovations. A team from MIT, in conjunction with Capgemini, has made an analysis of the most successful organizations. The short version of the book Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation is that companies whose organizational and technological capabilities are functioning properly, show a 26% higher growth. [Read more…]

New Solutions to an Old Problem “Fraud”


anti-fraudFraud’ is not new and has been around for a very long time. Possibly, the earliest recorded cases were from ancient Greece (for an interesting view, check out this website).

I’ve been involved in developing solutions to combat fraud for some years now; so, I thought it might be useful to get some of the things I’ve seen and done, written down to receive comments / feedback from other like-minded people. In this article, I’ll explain how technology can tackle some of the key fraud-related problems that we see around us today, whether it’s in the Banking, Insurance, Healthcare sectors or within the Government bodies (practically, any industry, even Oxfam has had public issues). [Read more…]

5 Platform Disruption Design Lessons


We are witnessing the rise of platform disruption. Companies that redefine the relationship between producer, consumer and employee. These companies, the new digital competitors, form the heart of the platform economy. They derive their success from the network effect.Platform Market

It is clear that very few organizations are in a position to become a platform themselves. They can, however, embed themselves in existing ecosystems or just connect a specific part of the organization to a network. This takes us to the important question regarding the design principles for digital platform organizations. I wanted to share 5 of the 10 we present in our second Design to Disrupt report in this post. [Read more…]

9 graphs on how businesses are using the Internet of Things

Schermafbeelding 2015-01-12 om 09.29.09At VINT wrote extensively about the internet of things. We did four research reports and a lot of blogposts on this topic. The internet of things is also a numbers game; predictions on data volume, connected devices, estimated revenue etc. In this post I want to highlight the business potential for IoT. So have a look at these graph with data from Business Intelligence, the research service from Business Insider.

So what’s on the business agenda when it comes to the internet of things? Early adopters show a clear focus on customer services, followed by increasing single product revenue and efficiency optimization. [Read more…]