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Platforms 4 Future

Hello and welcome to Platforms 4 Future. This podcast is about building / scaling B2B platform ventures and to help you to accelerate and de-risks your journey with practical tips and insights. In our conversations we talk to founders, executives and experts uncovering what they experienced and learned building their ventures. But we also cover new trends like ecosystem strategies, IoT & data platforms, web3 and sustainability. This podcast is complementary to our platform innovation kit toolset and the Platform academy where you can find more tools and learning opportunities for you and your team. For more please visit platforminnovationkit.com And now, enjoy todays conversation... #platformsforfuture

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How to scale your business with embedded finance? with Christoph Schnettler, co-founder of DoKuMe, and Cyrosch Kalateh,
Embedded finance is a growing trend that has gained traction over the past decade. It refers to the integration of financial services into non-financial platforms or businesses. Traditionally, individuals or businesses would have to go directly to financial service providers to access services such as banking, payments, insurance, and collections. However, with embedded finance, these services are offered within platforms that users already interact with on a regular basis. One of the key advantages of embedded finance is its ability to simplify complex payment processes. As platforms grow in size and complexity, managing payments becomes more challenging. Embedded finance provides a unified solution for handling multiple parties, routing payments, and managing surcharges. This streamlines the payment process and reduces the burden on platform operators. The first guest, Christoph Schnettler, co-founder of the platform DoKuMe. DoKuMe is a platform that provides solutions for associations in the sports industry. Christoph explains that the platform initially started as a way to solve the problems faced by the German Judo Federation. Over time, they expanded their offerings to include various modules such as training documentation, license management, membership management, and project management. Today, DoKuMe provides a platform-as-a-service solution that can be customized for different organizations. The second guest, Cyrosch Kalateh, co-founder and CEO of GetPaid, a payment provider, shares his expertise in embedded finance. Cyrosch's journey in the fintech industry led him to realize the challenges faced by platforms when it comes to payments and finance. He highlights the complexity of multi-sided situations that platforms deal with, as they have business customers who, in turn, have their own customers. This complexity requires a tailored end-to-end payments solution, which is what GetPaid aims to provide. Another point highlighted in the podcast is the convergence and extension of business models enabled by embedded finance. The speakers discuss a customer who started as a wholesaler and then transitioned into a marketplace model. They explain how embedded finance has allowed this customer to further extend their business model by embedding payments into their software service. This demonstrates how embedded finance can facilitate business model extensions and enable platforms to offer a wider range of services to their customers. In conclusion, the podcast highlights the significance of having a strong financial model and scalability for platforms and marketplaces. It emphasizes the need to focus on solving relevant problems, iterate quickly, and get feedback. Additionally, it underscores the importance of correctly scaling platforms and being conscious of unit economic costs. By considering these factors, platforms can maximize their potential for success and drive the embedded finance revolution. 🎧 Tune in to "Platforms for Future" now and be part of the conversation that's shaping the future of B2B platforms. Learn, get inspired, and transform your business approach with us!
42:00 12/5/23
P4F #21 / SE2 with Jens Weghake, Platform Portfolio Manager from d.velop AG
Hey everyone! Exciting news! 📢 We have a new episode of the Plattforms for Future Podcast, and this time it's in German! 🇩🇪🎙️  This episode of the "Platforms for Future" podcast is about B2B pricing and monetization. This is one of the most crucial topics and every platform needs to crack it. Monetize one side, two sides, pricing differently, commission fee, subscription fee, and so on. There are a lot of options, but which one is the best choice? Our guest, Jens Weghake from D.VELOP, a German B2B platform provider, shares his knowledge and experience on this topic. Jens joined the platform team some years ago  after he finished his Phd on Pricing models. His job was to understand and implement the right pricing for d.velop - and this journey brought him a lot of insights - not only from a financial point of view, but also legally. Together with our host Matthias Walter, they discuss the special requirements that exist especially in the B2B area and how to successfully meet them.  If you're looking for practical tips, knowledge, and tools to help you on your platform-building journey, this podcast is for you! So, whether you're a platform enthusiast or just curious about the world of platforms, tune in to this episode of Platforms for Future Podcast. You won't be disappointed! Happy listening! 🎧😄
56:25 8/23/23
P4F #20 / SE2 with Martha Boeckenfeld, Top100WomenOfTheFuture, Founder MarthaVerse, Meta-Host
Step into the future with our latest episode featuring Martha Beckenfeld. We're exploring the fascinating world of the Web3 metaverse and its impact on platforms. One area where the Metaverse is already having a significant impact is in the platform economy. Platforms such as Amazon and eBay have disrupted and transformed industries, and now there are about 21 categories of platforms. The question is, how will the platform economy move and transform into the Web3 world? Here are three key takeaways from our conversation: 1. The metaverse is the new era of society. Martha shared her passion for Web3 AI and how it can revolutionize the way we interact with each other and the world around us. As platforms continue to evolve, it's important to keep up with the latest trends and technologies to stay ahead of the curve. 2. Purpose and values are crucial for platform ventures. As entrepreneurs, we need to think beyond just profit and consider the impact our platforms have on society. We should focus on creating a purpose-driven brand that aligns with our core values and represents the larger purpose of our company. 3. Ecosystem thinking is key to success. Martha and our team at Fastbreak.one emphasized the importance of taking a step-by-step approach when exploring new ideas and opportunities. This includes educating ourselves and our teams, thinking about the larger ecosystem, exploring use cases, and shaping them to fit our purpose and values. Overall, this episode was a great reminder of the importance of staying curious, being purpose-driven, and thinking beyond just our own platforms. We hope you enjoy listening and take away some valuable insights for your own platform ventures. As always, thank you for tuning in to Platforms for Future. Stay tuned for more exciting episodes to come!
44:23 6/8/23
P4F #19 / SE2 with Jens Knodel, Head of Platform Engineering at Caruso, and Matthias Naab, Co-Founder Full Flamingo
The Caruso alliance was formed 25 years ago by the Tech Alliance, a company dedicated to cataloging data for spare parts. Drawing on their experience and success, the alliance decided to create a platform for accessing and harmonizing car data. The goal was to make it easier for customers to access and use the data they needed. The Caruso alliance has achieved this goal by harmonizing the data and the technical way of accessing the data. For example, they have created a unified data catalog, making sure that the data items satisfy the use cases their customers have. In addition, they have harmonized the technical way of accessing the data, so that customers can consume the data in the way they need. This could be in the form of a full API, a streaming technology, or a webhook. The success of the Caruso alliance is due to the fact that the companies involved understood the importance of forming an alliance to achieve their goal. By pooling their resources, sharing their expertise, and leveraging the strengths of each member, they were able to create a powerful and sustainable platform ecosystem. Forming alliances is an effective way to create and sustain a successful platform ecosystem. By understanding the technology, data, and business models behind these platforms, businesses can pool their resources, share their expertise, and leverage the strengths of each member to create an unbeatable platform. The Caruso alliance is a perfect example of the power of alliances and serves as a great model for businesses looking to create their own successful platform ecosystem. Listen to the Podcast  and get the latest insights.
38:54 5/15/23
P4F #18 / SE2 with Martin Möller, CEO of DigiKoo
DigiKoo is a platform that is revolutionizing the way we look at data and its potential to combat climate change. The CEO of DigiKoo, Martin Möller, is a passionate advocate for using data to promote sustainability and mitigate the effects of climate change. In this podcast episode, we will discuss how data platforms like DigiKoo can help ensure a successful climate transition. DigiKoo is a subsidiary of Westenergie AG, the largest regional energy service and infrastructure provider in Germany, providing information for municipal utilities, local authorities, grid operators and energy supply companies to answer critical questions for a faster climate transition throughout Germany. Critical questions like: Where and how many charging stations for EVs need to be built? How is the need to renovate buildings for efficient heating developing? DigiKoo GmbH provides such insights to its customers with its in-house developed software, DigiPAD. Users can use it to process data to create reliable reports detailing the current state and forecasts in such areas as electricity, transport and heating. The operation of DigiKoo can be divided into three main steps: Data Collection: DigiKoo collects data from a variety of sources, including energy bills, transportation logs, and manufacturing processes. The platform uses sensors and other IoT devices to capture real-time data, which is then stored securely in the cloud. Data Analysis: Once the data has been collected, DigiKoo uses advanced analytics tools to identify patterns and trends in the data. The platform provides businesses with real-time insights into their environmental impact, enabling them to identify opportunities for improvement and track their progress over time. Reporting and Communication: DigiKoo provides businesses with customizable reports and dashboards that enable them to communicate their sustainability efforts to stakeholders and customers. The platform can also be integrated with existing reporting frameworks to streamline the reporting process. Data-Platforms like DigiKoo have the potential to play a critical role in ensuring a successful climate transition. By providing businesses with the tools and insights they need to reduce their carbon footprint. The podcast with Martin Möller will be a great opportunity to learn more about how data platforms can promote sustainability and mitigate the effects of climate change. Listen to the Podcast  and get the latest insights.
42:44 4/18/23
P4F #17 / SE2 with Gaétan Rougevin-Baville, CEO of Meero
Meero has grown into a successful global platform that connects professional photographers and videographers with clients looking for high quality visual content. The platform was founded in 2016 and has quickly grown to become the largest on-demand photography service provider in the world, with over 100,000 photographers and videographers in over 100 countries. Part of the success story is the investment into own AI driven image improvement capabilities and services. Today, Meero's ambitions go beyond being a service marketplace. The company's goal is to become an AI-powered platform that revolutionizes the visual content industry. So, how does a service marketplace like Meero transition into an AI platform? In our conversation with CEO Gaétan Rougevin-Baville he revealed some key steps: Building a Massive Database of images as the source for the AI training Developing AI-Powered Features based on the training database Integrating into your own platform but also build services to allow other platforms and networks to leverage the capabilities Strong commitment and investment in Research and Development Meero's long-term goal is to use AI to automate the entire visual content creation process, from shooting and editing to delivery and distribution. This would enable the platform to offer a more streamlined and efficient service, and ultimately revolutionize the way visual content is created and consumed. Meero's transition from a service marketplace to an AI platform is a first major pivot to the company's ambition and vision. By leveraging its massive database, developing AI-powered features, integrating with other platforms, and investing in research and development, Meero is positioning itself as a leader in the visual content industry. We can't wait to see what the future holds for this innovative platform. Listen to the Podcast and get the latest insight.
34:18 3/28/23
P4F #16 / SE2 with Peter Kraemer, Head of GaiaX
Data safety and privacy is a crucial topic around the world. We need to have sovereign options on the market that will allow us as consumers and as citizens to make self determined and well informed decisions on who can do what with my data, for how long and to what avail, to what purpose. Usually data protection is governed by nations and their legal bodies. But in digital ecosystems the boundaries are blurring more and more and therefore we need flexible technical solutions to go hand-in-hand with the legal frameworks. This problem has shaped the idea of GaiaX. It started to materialize through an interoperable, interconnected and scalable data infrastructure where you have cloud hosting and cloud computing and edge computing, which is all interoperable. So you can select whichever service suits you most amongst a variety of service offerings on the market. And you pick that because it makes you flexible and interoperable with other services in the market so that you can come up with a very modular and customized service that will fulfill exactly your needs and requirements. How is GaiaX bringing different data sovereignty policies together and building a united solution? Our guest Peter Kraemer, Head of GaiaX, is explaining in our new Podcast Episode. Jump in and get the latest insight about your personal data security.
43:21 3/7/23
P4F #15 / SE2 with Eric Mangin, CEO, and Paul Thiroloix, CFO, of NooS
Nowadays, it is very crucial to address the challenges around impact on the planet and society. But how to implement it and engage everyone inside of your organization? The answer: Network Effects. In our latest episode of the PIK podcast we talked to Eric Mangin, CEO, and Paul Thiroloix, CFO, from French platform NooS about that topic. The platform NooS helps organizations to activate and engage with their employees in three ways - raise the awareness - provide education - and create caring culture, for example through donations or fundraising. How? Typically, most of the companies that make donations to support social activities in their neighborhood, but they don't track the impact that has been generated by the donation. Here Noos comes into the game. Tune in to learn more and understand how you can leverage network effects to increase awareness and engagement within your organization.
43:06 2/14/23
P4F #14 / SE2 with Marc Geckeler & Dirk Voigt, Tech Lead & Biz Lead at Volkswagen
The story of DPP started 3 years ago. They went through a selection of partners, formed an alliance, listened to customers and onboarded a lot of plants. Transformation of a classical production company into a data driven platform is not an easy journey and therefore we have invited Marc Geckler, the Tech Lead and Dirk Voigt, the business lead from VolksWagen to share their success story. Data is always the most valuable asset and sharing it can be complex even among different plants of the same company. DPP has initiated a three platform approach to create a powerful cloud and build the applications on top. This approach will help to remove the borders between plants and allow exchange of innovative ideas. How did DPP go around network effects? “It all started like popcorn”. Do you want to hear more about building a cloud platform in the production industry? Listen to the episode on your favorite broadcast platform: Listen to the episode on your favorite broadcast platform. #platforms4future
40:20 12/20/22
P4F #13 / SE2 with Martin Peters, CEO of DropFriends
With dropfriends, everyone of us can become an independent parcel shop and make the delivery service much more comfortable and sustainable. How? Our guest, Martin Peters, the CEO of Dropfriends is going to explain to us in the latest episode of the “Platform 4 Future” podcast. Tune in to learn more about the multi-sided benefits for stakeholders and our planet. E.g. how you can become a paid parcel shop in seconds via mobile app to boost your household budget or how retailers can welcome more customers to their stores. Dropfriends and it’s leadership team are taking sustainability really seriously. As a special gift for our loyal listeners use the Code: PODCASTLOVE For free DropPoint bookings and make it a more sustainable xmas. *Code is valid until 31.03.2022 for free DropPoint bookings. To find out more, please visit Drop Friends ( https://www.dropfriends.com) Listen to the episode on your favorite broadcast platform. #platforms4future
44:13 12/6/22
P4F #12 / SE2 with Matthias Naab & Marcus Trapp of Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering
How can we make the Mittelstand and the SMEs competitive in the industry of platforms? Our new guests are coming from the largest research organization in Europe - Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering. The main task of the Fraunhofer organization is to keep the German and European industry competitive or make them competitive. Common thinking is that platform and ecosystem economy is for digital giants or startups, but our guests Marcus Trapp and Matthias Naab together with us disagree with this statement. SMEs have a lot of assets to leverage and therefore platform and ecosystem economy should be a “sweet spot” in their development path. The main problem lies within current thinking that building a platform requires a full transformation of the business model. But this is not true. A better way is a portfolio perspective where multiple business models should co-exists and a large portion is dedicated to transactional revenues. Marcus and Matthias have given a very broad overview of the industry, its struggles and opportunities. Their advice to SMEs is the following: “In order to achieve great things in the area you are currently working in, sometimes you need to look around and maybe have a look at the completely different business domain with the skill set that your company and your employees already have.” We are sure that you will be very interested to hear more valuable advices from our guests! Tune in and enjoy our thrilling Podcast about the latest possibilities in the platform economy. Listen to the episode on your favorite broadcast platform. #platforms4future
52:56 11/21/22
P4F #11 / SE2 with Tilmar Wilhelm Goos, Blockchain Expert
Web 3, Blockchain, Crypto, Decentralized Finance are currently the most discussed topics in the business world. To get some more understanding we have invited as guest of this Episode a specialist in this field - Tilmar Wilhelm Goos, Swiss based international tax and business specialist, speaker at conferences and universities an author of the book “Banking Bitcoins Taxation — The handbook of international money management and digital assets”. Nowadays, in Web 2, everything is client oriented, banking does the job for you. With a shift to Web 3 and decentralized finances, means a transfer of responsibility to the individual or company itself. Decentralized Finance provides the infrastructure to participate and act on your own. But there is still a big gap between generations that has to be filled in. Tilmar has shared with us his leadership advice: “Get involved. Play around within the technology, get a feeling of how this all works. Don’t trust, verify.” Do you want to hear more about the future of the financial sector and its transformation? Listen to the episode on your favorite broadcast platform. #platforms4future
47:09 11/6/22
P4F #10 / SE2 with Friedrich Fries-Henrich, Founder of Circulania
How to create interest from your target customers about your #marketplace? In this #podcast episode of #PlatformsForFuture, @Nathalie Dumas and @Matthias Walter interviewed @Friedrich Fries-Henrich, founder of @Circulania, a B2B platform for secondary raw materials, enabling companies to sell their industrial waste material as new products. When they started, Friedrich and his associate thought it would be easy to replicate an eBay for steel materials but they underestimated that the B2B market is a very different market. Now Circulania helps companies to have a place where they can trust the information and where they can match the quality, price and availability of the products they are looking for. In this episode we talk about : - Companies’ expressed and unexpressed needs - Creating a virtual value chain - Matching quality, price and availability Listen to the episode on your favorite broadcast platform. #platforms4future
46:19 9/19/22
P4F #09 / SE2 with Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
There are a lot of corporates exploring Blockchain and DLT technologies to enable new collaborative business models - but only a few are successful. In our conversation with Prof. Philipp Sandner from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, he reveals the latest trends of development of Blockchain in the B2B sector. Philipp is one of the leading heads in Germany when it comes to Blockchain, recognized speaker and advisor. As we see the rise of demand for NFT, Metaverse etc. it is important to understand the trends and learnings from the last 10years of Blockchain adoption and where the market is heading too. Tune in and enjoy our thrilling Podcast about the latest World trends. The complete episode can be listened on your favorite podcast provider. #platforms4future
43:10 9/7/22
P4F #08 / SE2 with Leo Michellier & Paul Beguerie, Digital Product Owner + Project Manager of Organix by SUEZ
A great example of how #platforms can support #circulareconomy : Organix by Suez is a #marketplace which connects producers of organic waste (farmers, food industry manufacturers, ports, municipalities…) with biogas plants, which transform them into energy. They combine two challenges: #wastemanagement and the production of local and #renewableenergy, with a huge market opportunity as almost 4 million tons of food industry biowaste is produced each year in France. In this episode, we interviewed Leo Michellier, Digital Product Owner and Paul Beguerie, Project Manager. They will tell you more about what Organix does, how they went against the cliché of being all digital by adding a human layer to improve the customer journey and why they are unique. The complete episode can be listened on your favorite podcast provider. #platforms4future
44:45 8/22/22
P4F #07 / SE2 with Kathrin Günther, Vice President at Business Solutions at Uhlmann PAC-Systems
Pexcite is a future-oriented ecosystem for intertwined software solutions alongside the entire value chain of pharmaceutical products – from raw material to the end customer. Our guest Kathrin Günther, the Vice President of Business Unit Digital Solutions in Uhlmann Pac-Systeme, has revealed a great history about how machine building companies have joined their forces to create a software solution. The most challenging part of Pexcite journey was to build up an awareness and sense that the world is changing also for a machine building companies, as Uhlmann Pac-Systeme. Despite “a luxury situation to start” there is still a long way to go and compete with a price pressure, other companies and to bring in a new understanding and mindset of digital business. Tune in to hear this amazing story and learn how to approach management to enter the new era of digitalisation. The complete episode can be listened on your favorite podcast provider. #platforms4future
52:58 8/9/22
P4F #06 / SE2 with Florian Klemt, Co-founder & CTO of Fashion Cloud platform
Fashion Cloud is a B2B platform, helping fashion brands and retail stores to work together through data sharing. In this episode, you will learn about: How they pivoted from a B2C application project into a B2B platforms used by the biggest German brands, How they manage to scale based on trust and company culture, The crazyness of their recruitment process. The complete episode can be listened on your favorite podcast provider. #platforms4future
47:11 7/25/22
P4F #05 / SE2 with Frank Mattes, Expert in corporate business-building. Advisor (up to Fortune 10). Author.
Scaling corporate start-up? Where to begin? Frank Mattes, experienced expert in corporate business building brought the major input to this topic in 2018 together with other 20 clients. The first book was called “Scaling Up Corporate Startups”, it focuses on one question: How can large companies generate business impact from non-incremental innovation? The complete episode can be listened on your favorite podcast provider. #platforms4future
48:57 7/11/22
P4F #04 / SE2 with Adrien Chaltiel, CEO & Co-founder at Eldorado
Do your stakeholders think that your business is legitimate? We often ask ourselves whether we are legitimate enough but we barely ask the same question at the company level. Eldorado, a french platform facilitating the connection between entrepreneurs and investors, managed to raise faster than other similar platforms by using growth hacking and legitimization methods. In just three years, they built a brand to look like a 10 years old expertise brand. In this episode, we give you a few tips from their secret sauce. #platforms4future
47:37 7/5/22
P4F #03 / SE2 with Katharina Hölzle, Director IAT, University of Stuttgart & Fraunhofer IAO & Marc Brechtel, PhD student
The latest emerging trends in the market of platforms is a creation of a platform by multiple companies together and data platforms, therefore for today's conversation we have invited two researchers: Katharina Hölzle a professor for Technology Management and Human Factors at the University of Stuttgart, leading the institute for human factors and technology management (IAT) as well as the Fraunhofer IAO and Marc Brechtel - Project Manager for Advanced Product Development in Freudenberg Filtration Technologies. To conclude, there is a huge potential in collaborative platform building, as well as downside and in order to achieve and be ready for the future changes, there are still many uncertainties that we need to centralize. #platforms4future
52:31 6/27/22
P4F #02 / SE2 with Denis Tischler, Chief Digital Marketing Manager of Wind-Turbine.com
Denis Tishler, Chief Marketing Officer at wind-turbine, unveils how the company went from a usual marketplace with no industry expertise, to being leaders of a niche ecosystem. When they started in 2012 in Germany, wind-turbine.com was pretty much as any usual online marketplace, helping sellers and buyers of second hand wind turbines to get in touch. Today they are the world's leading B2B platform in the wind industry, with 25K users a month in over 200 countries. #platforms4future
54:43 6/13/22
P4F #01 / SE2 with Alessandro Pistillo, Director Digital Strategy of BASF
Kicking of our series 2 of the “Platforms 4 Future” podcast with a chemical industry powerhouse and dinosaur - BASF. It’s the world leading chemical company with about 110.000 employees worldwide, 10% of them within R&D department spending 2 billion on innovation each year. More importantly, almost everything on our lives is based on chemicals so you can image the impact of such a company has on our lives and our planet. There is no better place to drive sustainability with a massive impact. But even for such a big giant, tackling sustainability is a too big task and you need to align even more players to create change. Together with Alessandro Pistillo, Head of Digital Strategic Projects, we explore how such a traditional company can use it’s footprint in the market to lay the foundation for a more sustainable collaboration among all the players in the ecosystem. Alessandro started it’s career 20 years ago and went through different jobs within BASF, which gave him a lot of insights into all facets of the value chain and chemical industry. In the last two years he is part of the Corporate Strategy Department driving digital innovation projects. #platforms4future
53:44 5/29/22
P4F #017 with Henrik Hahn, CDO of Evonik Industries & CEO of Evonik Digital
In our current podcast episode, we look at an aspect that doesn't come up so often in our conversations: the closing of a B2B platform. For this, we caught up with Henrik Hahn from Evonik Industries. Henrik is Chief Digital Officer of the Evonik Group and CEO of Evonik Digital. In his role, he initiated the development of a marketplace in 2017 - an absolute novelty in the very traditional chemical industry. 3 years later, however, the platform is already history. Why Evonik abandoned the idea, what hurdles Henrik had to deal with, and what he nevertheless learned from this journey into the startup world - that's what he talks about rather frankly with Natalie and Matthias.
48:08 11/11/21
P4F #016 with Thilo Kassen, Executive manager of Prisma
In our latest Episode we were very pleased to welcome Thilo Kassen, Executive Manager of PRISMA Capacity, the leading gas capacity platform in Europe. Together with Thilo we discussed the interesting shareholder model behind the company and how sustainability and climate change affect the future gas market in the long run. PRISMA Capacity is acting as the leading gas capacity trading platform in Europe. Within their marketplace they offer the possibility to easily auction transmission gas capacity at primary and secondary market level. Founded in 2005, PRISMA is currently connecting 45 infrastructure operators and over 600 shipper companies all over Europe. Although the number of players on the platform sounds quite small, PRISMA manages about 70% of the European gas market which is highly fragmented. What makes PRISMA so special is the shareholder model they operate. Founded and owned by many energy companies around Europe, this cross-country collaboration model of PRISMA could act as a role model for other industries and european wide platforms initiatives We are very pleased to discuss together with Thilo Kassen, Executive Manager of PRISMA Capacity, about the background of the company's foundation and the shareholder management that goes along with its business model. Henrik is Chief Digital Officer of the Evonik Group and CEO of Evonik Digital. In his role, he initiated the development of a marketplace in 2017 - an absolute novelty in the very traditional chemical industry. 3 years later, however, the platform is already history. Why Evonik abandoned the idea, what hurdles Henrik had to deal with, and what he nevertheless learned from this journey into the startup world - that's what he talks about rather frankly with Natalie and Matthias.
28:22 8/5/21
P4F #015 with Henrik Lauridsen - Founder & Managing Director of Gerbus Academy & Peter Evans - Managing Partner at PSI
Platforms are an important topic for each company strategy. But we see in our projects a big knowledge gap on executive / leader level but also on team level. Companies think they can build platforms just like they built products. There was a study from BITKOM in 2019 showing this gap -> only 5% of Executives understand this topic and have the skills to lead those initiatives. We want to explore what kind of roles and skills are required to build & scale a platform. How to educate future platform leaders & teams?
46:18 7/21/21
P4F #014 with Evangelos Avramakis, head of digital ecosystems R&D, Swiss Re Instiute
Evangelos Avramakis is a recognised thought leader and advisor in the field of insurance industry. At the Swiss Re institute he works with focus on digital and consumer related topics as the Head of Digital Ecosystems R&D. Within his position, he analyses the mid- and long term developments of emerging technologies and business models. Covering both digitization and business developments Evangelos has also huge knowledge and insights about the evolution of platforms and ecosystems which we are very pleased to learn more about.
36:06 7/2/21
P4F #013 with Prof. Dr. Julian Kawohl, HTW Berlin
Julian Kawohl is a Professor for Strategic Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. He is also the founder of the Ecosystemizer framework, a methodology - similar to the Platform Innovation Kit - which helps managers intuitively understand ecosystems, set up ecosystem strategies and position themselves in such ecosystems.
43:05 6/18/21
P4F #012 with Thomas Müller, Co-Founder & CEO of evan.network
Started in 2018, Evan GmbH is a german tech-start up operating the Evan Network as an enterprise blockchain infrastructure focused on manufacturing companies. With this blockchain technology, Evan provides a base for building trust in digital partner networks as well as enabling corporate solutions for the economy of things. Thomas Müller, CEO and co-founder of Evan, has spent a long time in the area of digital business and brings a lot of experience in blockchain technologies. That’s why we are very pleased to discuss with him the possibilities of decentralized infrastructure for different business and industry scenarios.
44:18 6/4/21
P4F #011 with Markus Schorn, Author of 10x DNA
Markus Schorn is a member of the Deutsche Telekom Think Tank with focus on emerging technologies, innovations and business models. Within this role, he asked himself how technologies will impact our future lives and society. His book “10x DNA - Das Mindset der Zukunft”, which he wrote together with Frank Thelen, also revolves around this topic. It’s focusing on the acceleration of the technological process and the upcoming changes but also kind of a “wake-up call” to make sure that we keep up with all the possibilities and novelties which come along with new technologies.
41:25 5/14/21
P4F #010 with Philipp Ortwein, CEO of Instafreight
Today, instrafreight is one of the leading platforms for B2B logistics in the european market. With focus on overland freight, instafreight matches the emerging transportation needs of shippers with the transport capacity of the carriers. Started in 2016 they faced an exciting journey from their first MVP to today's platform with about 2000 shippers on the demand side and 25.000 carrier companies on the supply side. In our conversation with Philipp Ortwein, CEO and Co-Founder, he gave us a lot of insights about the impact of a digital platform approach on a market which is vastly fragmented.
46:45 4/30/21

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