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Interview with Aat van der Meer, Managing Director Benelux

Fast delivery: “Who knows how fast we can ship within 10 years?”

DACHSER Benelux is part of the family-owned company DACHSER SE, founded in 1930. DACHSER, headquartered in Kempten, Germany, is one of the leading logistics providers and has its mission to create the world's most intelligent combination and integration of logistics network services. The DACHSER business model comprises transport logistics, warehousing, and value-added services in two business fields: DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics and DACHSER Road Logistics. We talked to Managing Director Benelux Aat van der Meer about cultural differences, technical developments and how logistics will look like in ten years.

Interview with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

FC Bayern doesn’t do things just to follow the crowd

FC Bayern has long been more than just a football club. The Munich-based club has enjoyed a high standing on the international stage for many years. Despite this, comparisons with Google or BMW are still misplaced and e-Sport is looked on with a critical eye as Board Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explains in an interview with European Business that also examines the future of the sport.

Interview with Anne Mellano, Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations at Bestmile SA

Seamless mobility for every mile

Bestmile is sure it can deliver an optimal vehicle-agnostic transportation solution to every logistics problem, be it a taxicab company or a delivery service – and in so doing, the firm provides a glimpse into the future of traffic itself. European Business spoke with the company’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations Anne Mellano about the most common inefficiencies her service encounters and fixes, how Bestmile keeps its data safe from intruders, and what major changes the near future will hold in store for the transportation sector.

Interview with Eva Gouwens, CEO at Fairphone

175,000 sold Fairphones: Sending a strong signal to the industry

The Fairphone 2 is sold out – this is the latest news from the Dutch company Fairphone, which hit the headlines with its ecological, sustainable and modular approach on smartphones thereby creating an alternative to the common market players. European Business talked to CEO Ewa Gouwens about the past, present and especially the future of Fairphone.

Interview with Joanna Kirk, Co-Director of StartHer

Encouraging a more inclusive approach on technology

Support of women in start-ups and technical trades and an extended offer of equal opportunities to both sexes in the sector – that is what the France-based organization StartHer put on its agenda. Co-Director Joanna Kirk talked in an interview with European Business about the fact that men are part of the solution and the way to the future must be shared.

Interview Patrick Thévoz, CEO and Founder of Flyability SA

Flyability: To go, where no man should go at all

With their ability to access confined spaces in dangerous locations, Flyability’s drones save lives. The Swiss company’s highly specialized devices are bristling with sensors and cameras. They have been flown into nuclear reactors and Alpine glaciers, but are easier to operate than most toy drones, as Co-Founder and CEO Patrick Thévoz is eager to point out. European Business spoke with Mr. Thévoz about the future of drone technology, his responses to public concerns about drone safety and potential misuse, and Flyability’s proudest achievement.

Interview with Wojciech Radomski, CEO and Founder of StethoMe®

StethoMe® scoping new opportunities for the stethoscope

In the two hundred years since it was invented, the stethoscope has undergone very little in the way of overhauls – until Wojciech Radomski and the other co-founders equipped it with a recording device and artificial intelligence to detect abnormal sounds in the respiratory systems of children. His start-up company, StethoMe®, has even been successful in obtaining the world’s first medical certification for AI algorithms. European Business spoke with Mr. Radomski about the future of telemedicine, how his device uses state-of-the-art technology, but still lets physicians call the shots, and how the medical community and regulatory bodies have reacted to his company’s invention.

Interview with Henrik Fisker, entrepreneur, designer and visionary

An SUV is a great fit for the Fisker brand

An emotional design is the leitmotif of all the cars Henrik Fisker has designed in his long career. Originally, the first vehicle he wanted to launch with his new company Fisker Inc. was supposed to be a splashy sports car, the EMotion. However, the rapid advancements in the solid-state battery technology his company is developing have prompted him to change gear and introduce an emotionally designed SUV first. European Business spoke with Mr. Fisker about his visionary technological developments, the ways in which the hallmarks of his design will also feature in his SUV, and how he plans to make his company profitable within a year.

Interview with Julian Lechner, founder and CEO of Kaffeeform

Kaffeeform: Turning coffee grounds into a commodity

Coffee mugs from used coffee grounds: Behind this lies more than just a clever product idea, namely the claim to be making a valuable contribution to environmental protection by making use of a problematic waste resource. European Business spoke with Julian Lechner, founder and CEO of Kaffeeform, about his environmental ambitions, the technological challenges he faced in the development of the product and the various target groups he wants to address.

Interview with Lauri Jouhki, Managing Director of Metz mecatech GmbH

E-scooter: moover scoots to new heights at Metz

For a long time, Metz mecatech was known for its camera accessories. Today, however, the medium-sized company is making a name for itself with an e-scooter that aims to provide its users with clean, uncomplicated and independent mobility in metropolitan areas. European Business spoke with Managing Director Lauri Jouhki about the key developments in the company's history, the potential uses of his electric scooter, and why, despite his ambition, he does not want to replace the bicycle.