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  • Case study: Innovation Leader’s Technologies Worth Watching

    Recently, the information service Innovation Leader published the results of a field study, “Collective intelligence: Trends and technologies worth watching”. The study asked fifteen executives which technologies they think will increase in importance over the next five years. Among the results of the study was a list of technologies the executives deemed worth watching.

  • Jawbone vs. Fitbit

    Recently, the wearable devices maker Jawbone went into liquidation. Some speak of “death by overfunding” (e.g. Business Insider). Using Mergeflow’s recently developed size-growth-matrix, which lets you track technologies and topics over time, I compared Jawbone to Fitbit, another wearable devices maker. I wanted to see whether our matrix shows the quite different development that these two companies have taken over… Continue reading "Jawbone vs. Fitbit"

  • Using weather forecasts in business models

    “It’s too cold, it’s too warm, it’s too rainy, it’s too windy”. How often do you hear people complaining about the weather? Everybody talks about it all the time, but nobody really does anything about it. At Mergeflow, we were curious to learn more about innovations in the area of weather forecasting.  Are there significant VC investments? What type of… Continue reading "Using weather forecasts in business models"

  • 3D printing in the dental industry

    In the recent years, 3D printing has increasingly being used for rapid manufacturing, a new method where the printed objects are not prototypes but the actual end user product. Since our new office is located on the third floor of a building with two floors of dentist’s office, our natural curiosity pushed us to further investigate into this topic.

  • In-silico: replacing lab dishes by chips

    “In-silico” is an expression used to run experiments simulating things on computers. This method, besides having the potential to speed the rate of discovery and reduce the costs of expensive lab work and clinical trials, has the benefit of avoiding animal experiments, for example in pharmacology. Inspired by Materials Project, which provides open web-based access to computer information on predicted materials,… Continue reading "In-silico: replacing lab dishes by chips"

  • Storytelling: how is it used in contexts outside education and media?

    Storytelling, “the activity of telling or writing stories”, is often used in education or media-related contexts. As we often do at Mergeflow, we talked about various topics, looking for a more unusual angle, off the trodden path. In this case, we wondered: outside education and media, what do people and companies do with storytelling?

  • Turning serendipity into business models

    The term “serendipity”, coined by Horace Walpole in 1754, means “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. In the past, the term has been used in literary and religious books, for example in the bible, where many circumstances in Christian life are considered serendipitous experiences. The main idea is that events which happen by chance can turn out to be extremely beneficial. In… Continue reading "Turning serendipity into business models"

  • New methods for malaria testing

    A few weeks ago, Siemens Healthineers were named finalists for the European Pantent’s Office‘s 2017 Inventor Award. They had developed a new, automated method for detecting malaria, based on their Advia 2120i hematology system. Malaria is a life-threatening disease, responsible for more than 1 million annual deaths globally. We were curious to see if there are also other new methods for malaria… Continue reading "New methods for malaria testing"