Category: Examples

  • 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"

  • What can you do with microlenses?

    Microlenses are very small lenses. ‘Small’ means that they are less than 1mm in diameter, and sometimes as small as 10µm. According to an entry in Wikipedia, microlenses “can give good optical quality but sometimes unwanted effects arise due to optical diffraction as small features”. Microlenses are used in different sectors and for different purposes. We used Mergeflow to find out… Continue reading "What can you do with microlenses?"

  • Blockchain beyond finance

    I recently read an article on how digitalization affects the energy sector. The article was written by Fabian Reetz at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin-based think tank “at the intersection of technology and society”. Not very surprisingly, given the topic, the article talks about blockchain a lot. Now, I was quite surprised when I saw this screenshot in the article (“Suchergebnisse”… Continue reading "Blockchain beyond finance"

  • Waste disposal: using garbage as a valuable resource

    The average person generates 1,9 kg of waste per day, which multiplied by the world population is 13,6 billion kg per day. What could be done to process solid waste and use garbage as a valuable resource? In order to answer this question, we used Mergeflow to find out more about innovative waste management solutions.