Lisa Flieg

“Open dialogue is a must”: Eileen Mandir talks about setting up agile teams at moovel

Eileen Mandir played a pivotal role in the first stages of setting up agile project management and self-organization at Daimler. From 2012 onward, she provided the input of a transportation expert before shifting into the role of Head of Product & Lab in 2014 at what was then called Daimler’s “mobility brand”: moovel. The project was then spun off into a standalone subsidiary, a kind of corporate startup living by the principles of day-in day-out innovation and born with the DNA of agile working. Eileen’s role was to develop the moovel platform and keep it moving forward. The goal was clear throughout: to develop a mobility platform that would become the most popular app and companion for traveling around in German cities. Eileen now works as a freelance coach and consultant, advising a variety of clients – from startups to major corporations, travel companies, and regional authorities – on the topics relating to digital business models in the travel and transportation industry. In parallel to this, she also coaches clients on leadership and innovation.

We spoke to Eileen about her exciting work at moovel, a unique opportunity to hear first-hand about the challenges that arise when setting up and organizing agile teams. Eileen was also willing to share some of her insights into and lessons learned in leadership and hiring agile teams. Enjoy a paramount example in corporate innovation.

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Lisa Flieg

“Banks are at real risk of losing their power position”: FinTech feature part 1 with Meniga

Banks need to wrap up warmly – the upheaval across the whole sector has only just begun! Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are on a mission to revolutionize our monetary system, roboadvisors are superseding human financial advisors using sophisticated algorithms that predict the best personal investment strategy, or transfer money at the click of an icon on your smartphone. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is huge potential for disruptive concepts to take us off the beaten track into entirely new realms of banking and finance! The keys to the door for the promising FinTech startups now entering the market are customer service and automation. These two factors are defining current goals, as startups dare to challenge the hegemony of traditional financial services and the age-old banking system. How? By combining cutting-edge technology like blockchain systems, artificial intelligence and big data, and using them to create new and enhanced services for their customers. As part of our Future of Finance and Banking series, we will be looking at this fascinating topic and speaking to some of the “revolutionaries” in the sector. Their aim will be to predict developments in this rapidly evolving market from their standpoint, lifting the lid on visionary FinTech business and gaining insights into the kind of financial world we can expect to experience in the future!

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Lena Gaede

Status Quo and major challenges of digitalization for SMEs – and the solutions!

Digital transformation is only for the big players? What a persistent myth. In fact, digitalization holds great opportunities for SMEs and can even level out inequalities between small and big companies. Yet, not all small- and medium-sized enterprises embrace digitalization: A study by IDC from 2016 revealed that only 42% of small businesses worldwide are actively engaged with digital transformation to automate functions, derive real-time insights, and optimize processes for performance gains.

But there is so much to gain! The mentioned study also showed that there is a connection between the state of digital transformation and revenue growth: Whereas 52% of the most fast-growing SMEs stated a rather high progress in digital transformation, only 28% of companies with flat or declining growth declared the same. Still, it is understandable that smaller firms dread bigger investments and the risks that come with it. But standing still is also not an option. Instead, let us look at the major challenges of digitalization for small and medium-sized companies and how they can tackle it!

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Lena Gaede

Mobile workforce: what businesses have to watch out for

We recently highlighted the increased efficiency that remote working has on a business in our article the future trends of work for companies. The ability to work from anywhere is now commonplace and widely accepted thanks to new innovations, technologies and a change of working culture, which strives for efficiency. Consider for a moment how much time we waste on travelling to work, meetings, people not turning up on time etc. As we try to squeeze more and more into our day, time is arguably at its highest premium.

So the question is; how can we work more effectively with clients, suppliers and colleagues with the use of new technology?

In this article we review two very important aspects of connected collaboration: mobile collaboration applications and IT-security.

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Lena Gaede

How to: change business culture

Culture change is a vital factor for accelerating your business into the future. However, establishing a new mindset goes far beyond the adoption of new technologies: It’s more crucial, yet harder to achieve. As economist Peter Drucker once said: “culture eats strategy for breakfast” – if done right! So don’t worry, we got your back with a how to guide to business culture change. Let’s go through the key elements that drive cultural change in the era of digitalization!

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Lisa Flieg

“Share your journey with people” | Daimler X incubator, Project A and startup pitches

Get inspired by GFT! – for the second time, GFT invited guests to its Inspiration Day. This time the event was held on June 29, 2017 at the GFT Campus under the banner of impulse. inspect. ignite. The motto was a call for new, entrepreneurial mindsets and practices in a digitalized world. Inspired by art, culture, and design, genuine experts sketched out their vision of what the future holds. In addition to presentations by Google and Dropbox, one highlight of the event was the introduction of Daimler X with the new CODE_n resident Mercedes Benz LAB 1886 – Daimler Incubator Europe. For several weeks now, Matin Ebrahimchel and his team have been busy here at CODE_n SPACES, leveraging startup techniques in Daimler’s in-house innovation factory with the aim of bringing promising ideas to fruition. Another feature on Inspiration Day was also a special goodie for the startups located on the CODE_n Innovation Campus – the Berlin-based venture capital investor Project A was in town and gave the teams some valuable tips in an exclusive Office Hour. Find out all the fun details and background information on this exciting event – we hope you enjoy the read!

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Lisa Flieg

“What does collaboration need to succeed? Culture and consistency!” – Corporate-Startup event recap on June 22, 2017

Interested in a candid, behind-the-scenes look that steers clear of buzzword bingo? How about a discussion with like-minded people about the questions posed by digitalization? That’s what you’ll find at CODE_n themed events! In February, experienced leaders and entrepreneurs bounced around ideas on leadership in the digital age at “The Art of Guidance”. And the conversation continued on June 22, 2017 with “Corporate-Startup-Collaboration | Fuckups, Lessons Learned, and Cultural Differences.” The evening was all about sharing experiences, straight talk how things get screwed up, and exploring the keys to fruitful collaboration between a corporation and a startup. Taking “When worlds collide” as their motto, a couple of talks and a charged panel discussion offered expert insights into this highly topical issue. We hope you enjoy reading this event recap, complete with our impressions and a roundup of the evening’s encounters between two cultures!

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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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