Why we need to rethink market research in a business plan

Every now and then I can read, or even write, a business plan about an idea, a product or a startup. One part of it always bewilders me since I never trust the numbers: Market and competitive research. On the one hand, most business plans do cover the topic only very superficially by either stating … Continue reading Why we need to rethink market research in a business plan

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What makes a smart city smart

After making mostly critical comments on the reports published by consulting companies, I have also to point out truly good articles. One of those is certainly the recent McKinsey article on Smart Cities in South East Asia. What we generally understand nowadays as a smart city is a connected city, where monitoring allows dynamic adapting … Continue reading What makes a smart city smart

Railway Maintenance going predictive? – or why you should not ask consulting firms

Since everybody with any useful degree, such as myself with a simple business degree, can raise his or her opinion about some basic mechanics, I can do that too, with this simple comment on a report that was recently published. Railway maintenance is a topic that is very dear to me, hence I often read … Continue reading Railway Maintenance going predictive? – or why you should not ask consulting firms

Why Transportation does not attract relevant Startups

A thing that is bothering for over twenty years is that transport does not seem to attract significant investments and innovations in its sectors. While the IT industry still follows Moor's law (respectively an abrevation of it), transport does not seem to evolve and attract disrupting new players. The role of private players in transport … Continue reading Why Transportation does not attract relevant Startups