Disrupting the Customer Interface

I read an article on Tech Crunch this morning, where the author made the point that Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Clearly,… Continue reading Disrupting the Customer Interface

How Start-up Valuation Works

Last week Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock. WhatsApp Inc. was incorporated in California in the summer 2009, which makes the company less than  five years old. It has hardly left the start-up phase. The transaction is the largest purchase of a company backed by venture capitalists ever and the deal… Continue reading How Start-up Valuation Works

Great Inventions – The Internet

For the first time in history people and machinery working together on realizing a dream, a uniting force that knows no geographical boundaries. – Warriors of the Net narration This morning, my ten year old son Raphael asked me why he could not print a drawing of a dinosaur from his computer to the home… Continue reading Great Inventions – The Internet


On the 4th to 6th December 2013, the Bearing team attended the successful EBN (European Business Network) Tech Camp 2013 event in Rovereto, northern Italy. The three day event was organised by EBN for Business & Innovation Centres, Incubators, Accelerators and similar organisations whose clients are new or early-stage companies growing innovative businesses. Providing innovation… Continue reading EBN TECH CAMP 2013

Innovation in Education – Online vs Offline

The 2u founder Jeremy Johnson may be on to something. Recently voted as one of the 30 most innovative, entrepreneurial and disruptive forces under the age of 30, he has quietly started an online revolution for higher education. Partnering up with renowned universities such as American University, Duke, and the University of Southern California, you… Continue reading Innovation in Education – Online vs Offline

The History of the Internet

AVG is an online security company from the Netherlands, providing software and services to secure devices, data and people. Recently they published an infograph that covers the history of the internet, including all of the most important milestones since 1969: from the first virus to the birth of Google and 2.4 billion Internet users. Below… Continue reading The History of the Internet

Digital Collaboration Arenas

“The strength of the enhancing system depends greatly on an array of intangible assets. These include the internal dynamic of the regional, socio-cultural, and political assets; the informal flow of knowledge between different parties generating the bulk of territorialized externalities; and the opportunities for the region to build and keep its distinctive competence” (Michael Storper… Continue reading Digital Collaboration Arenas