Author: Florian Wolf

  • Introducing: mergeflow Workspaces

    Many mergeflow users are analysts, scouts, or other intelligence professionals who collect, edit, and share content with others.  However, while mergeflow Search helps you find content, so far we have not provided anything that lets you share your findings with others.  One “fallback option” then is to share findings via email, for example.  Below, I describe why this usually does not work.

  • Galilei-style innovation

    Open approaches to innovation have been around for hundreds of years.  The story of Galileo Galilei and the telescope from the 17th century is a great example of how connecting people and ideas led to significant scientific, technological, and business progress.

  • Seismic data technologies

    For this article we looked at the recent patent landscape for seismic data technologies (recent = roughly the last four years).  We simply searched for “seismic data” and narrowed down our results to patents (from worldwide patent offices). First we looked at the companies and people (inventors) network in this space.  There do not seem to be many connections between companies,… Continue reading "Seismic data technologies"

  • Smart grid software

    What companies are working on smart grid software? For this article, we first wanted to know what companies are working on smart grid software.  Smart grids use advanced metering, energy production and distribution methods in order to adapt to changes in energy demand or production (cf.  Smart grids heavily depend on (new) software solutions, for instance for…

  • Biochips

    Biochips are “miniaturized laboratories” that can run biochemical reactions e.g. for medical diagnostics (cf. For this article, we wanted to know: What kinds of diagnostics can biochips do?  I.e. what diseases can biochips diagnose? Who are innovative small companies in this field?

  • How to use heatmap matrices

    Heatmap matrices in mergeflow visualize how different objects identified by mergeflow (e.g. companies, experts, investors, technologies) relate to each other. Here we describe an example of a heatmap matrix. For our example, we wanted to know what companies are working on specific technologies related to smart grid systems. So we searched for “smart grid” and selected “company” as tag type.

  • Using mergeflow shortcuts

    mergeflow shortcuts simplify some search use cases.  Specifically, mergeflow shortcuts support four different search use cases for a given search query: startups — please show me startups and companies that are associated with them. experts — please show me names of people in R&D. research organizations — please show me names of research organizations and universities. patents — please show… Continue reading "Using mergeflow shortcuts"

  • How to use mergify!

    With mergify! you can add sources to mergeflow directly from your browser, without installing any software.  Possible sources include feeds as well as web pages or PDFs that you view in your browser.  Here is how mergify! works:

  • How to add more documents to your search

    For our example here, we run a search “anomaly detection” OR “intrusion detection” (i.e. documents containing either “anomaly detection” or “intrusion detection”).  Here is the result (click on the screenshot in order to see a larger version).  Notice that your results may vary, depending on the setup of your source repositories:

  • How to add a source

    You can add sources to mergeflow by clicking on “Add source” in the top menu: Then paste the URL of your source into the popup (currently, adding sources works for web feeds).  For our example, we want to add the feed of Bruce Schneier’s blog; Bruce Schneier is a prominent cyber security expert (click on the screenshot in order to… Continue reading "How to add a source"