Lena Gaede

Chicago is proving to be a leading global tech startup hub: The city vibes show that early stage startups are gravitating to the ‘Windy City’

The US continues to lead the field in attracting tech startups as we reviewed in our previous article  “Pros and cons of promising tech startup hubs worldwide: Europe vs. US”. Digging a little deeper, Illinois, specifically the Chicago land area, is growing rapidly and has a hugely dynamic and supportive business environment suited especially well to tech startups.

Chicago is more than a world-famous musical title! Business friendliness, coupled with the fast-paced lifestyle, strategic location, relatively low cost of doing business, and healthy economic growth make Chicago an ideal city to start a new business.

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Anna Shaposhnikova

Guest feature | Transmetrics and Dirk Reich on Logistics Industry and Entrepreneurship

On the Transmetrics blog we want to engage opinion leaders from the logistics industry into the discussion about important aspects and trends in the industry. Our first attempt at doing so is this interview with one of the industry champions – Dirk Reich, that I had a pleasure of conducting. Dirk Reich is an active board member of Panalpina, Inc. and LSG Group, a member of Advisory Board of Transmetrics, a former CEO of Cargolux Airlines and a former management board member of Kuehne + Nagel. He has already founded two successful companies: R+R International Aviation which offers strategic advice in the fields of e-commerce and logistics in China and Log-Hub which is a marketplace platform for sharing warehouse capacity.

In this interview, Dirk shared his views on the different challenges of various transport modes, the potential of predictive analytics to resolve inefficiencies in the industry, and his wisdom on many other interesting topics.

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Lisa Flieg

Corporate Innovation | Hager Group: “Digitization is changing every aspect of our business”

Digitization, digital transformation, industry 4.0 – these buzzwords, along with their inherent opportunities, are currently on the minds of established companies from the industry. Yet how does one deal specifically with this digital transformation? What solution strategies are being implemented to propel traditional industries into the future? And at the end of the day, what has been proven to be successful? CODE_n shines a light into the darkness and talks with decision-makers from the CODE_n community. We ask about their lessons learned and actions taken off the beaten path in order to blaze new trails – Get excited about our exclusive insights into the world of corporate innovation! Today we are speaking with the CEO of CODE_n partner Hager Group, Daniel Hager. This family company is one of the leading providers of electro-technical installation solutions and has been an active partner in the CODE_n community with various innovation activities since 2013.

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Lena Gaede

3 ways for startups to start a business – funding solutions for low capital startups

Every business starts with an idea, that’s for sure. So far so good, but no business can be implemented without money. And as harsh as it may sound: there isn’t any magic and contrary to popular myth, nobody is waiting in the wings to throw money at you just because you have a new and exciting business idea. So, how then to find the money to start your business? Instead of collectively burying our heads in the sand, CODE_n examines three ways on how to fund your business.

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Lisa Flieg

Drones, autonomous driving or car sharing? What does the future of mobility and logistics really hold?

Let’s take a quick look at the year 2036: Bus stops have disappeared from the cityscape. Public transport now knows the schedule, the daily routes and the needs of every single commuter, who freely provides this information to the local transport network. Locomotion takes place by me stepping out my front door and getting into a self-driving car that knows exactly where I want to go. You don’t believe it? Numerous startups are already working on disruptive and innovative developments in the area of mobility that will make this vision a reality! The way we travel will change drastically. How will I get from point A to point B today? Will you have a car or will it have been replaced long since by an alternative? Will you dream of a self-driving vehicle or will you rather still stay in control at the wheel? And what will logistics look like? Will the nice UPS guy disappear and soon be replaced by drones delivering our packages? Mobility is a subject that affects us all and has an enormous potential for change! This is because everyone sometimes needs to get somewhere and our world is growing every more closer together – regional borders are no longer a hindrance. The transformation of this sector and thus entire industries, along with the urban planning of our cities, is in full swing. What and where do pioneering tech startups see the trends over the next few years? We asked!

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Lena Gaede

The future trends of work for companies: how working places will change due to the robotic boom

For a long time, it has been the topic of sci-fi thrillers – now, it’s becoming reality: the robotics revolution. No panic needed though, it looks very different to the way film directors envisioned it. Mechanical men don’t march among us, in fact robots are mainly used in the industry. So, what exactly does the future hold for us? What’s hot in robotics? And most importantly: how are working places going to change in course of the robotic boom? CODE_n got some answers for you and names 3 trends to keep an eye on.

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Lisa Flieg

Corporate-Startup-Collaboration: “When worlds collide”

More and more companies are partnering with startups when dealing with the subjects of digitalization and open innovation. But what would a successful collaboration between established companies and “young guns” really look like? How can they work together to conquer new markets, drive innovation and then effectively integrate it back into the company? And last but not least: How can startups then profit from such an alliance? CODE_n takes a look behind the curtain and has spoken with various players – stay tuned for some feedback from a large corporation, a startup as well as a program that brings both of them together. As an additional highlight, we will also be following up on this exciting topic with a thematically-related event on June 22nd in CODE_n SPACES: Get excited about exclusive looks at a successful player in lessons learned, along with challenges and cultural differences of real corporate/startup collaborations!

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