Endel has recently made headlines, when the app’s founders signed a deal with Warner Music to release more than a dozen albums this year, even though they wouldn’t call their service music. Instead, they prefer the term “functional sound”, which, when played in the background, helps its users relax, sleep or focus. European Business spoke with the company’s founders Oleg Stavitsky and Vlad Pinskij about the thin line between science and art, their ambition to use big data to improve their users’ lives and not sell them ads, and why their service has garnered much greater traction abroad than in the company’s native Germany.
Waste is everywhere and unfortunately, we cannot avoid producing even more. But it is time for a change, we are facing a worldwide waste crisis. US-company Loop has a solution: a global shopping platform to eliminate waste by transforming the packaging of everyday products into multi-use designs. We talked to founder Tom Szaky about the new service and hygienic standards coming along with it as well as his vision of a waste-free future.
Imagine how it would be if you were able to not just watch your favourite football team play on television but see all of the relevant player statistics at the same time. When Bayern Munich take to the pitch, you can read all about goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s vital statistics and use that information to score points with family and friends. With Augmented Reality (AR), the Munich-based start-up eyecandylab transforms two-dimensional information into interactive content. European Business spoke to Managing Director and co-founder Robin Sho Moser about how you can bring AR into your own living room, how it can improve the viewing experience and what the future of AR in Germany holds.
People need feedback. People care which company they work for. Work-life balance matters most. Would you agree with these statements? Author Marcus Buckingham does not. In his latest book “Nine lies about work” he reveals the truths behind stories and myths about work. In our interview he explains that company culture cannot be measured, that you should ask as many questions as possible during job interviews to find a job you like and why we all need to get more attention from our team leaders.
A wristwatch with just one hand on which you can only tell the time to the nearest minute? That is not a functional limitation, asserts Corvin Lask, Co-Founder and CEO of Blackboard GmbH, but an invitation to forget about time for a few minutes in our stressful lives. Behind this is an entire philosophy of “Slow living”. In an interview with European Business Mr. Lask explains how “slow” should not be confused with inefficient and talks about how his watch appeals to us to savour the quiet moments in a hectic business day.
Does an exclusive watch have to be expensive? No, says Claudio D’Amore, CEO and founder of the Swiss company CODE41. With CODE41, he wants to realize his own highly personal vision of high-quality watchmaking. In an interview with European Business, he cites transparency in production and the passion of the community as key success factors.
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.
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.
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.
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.