Recently I was a guest at ’s podcast hosted and organized by Baris Kavakli and Waleed Siraj. The podcast is about innovation, digitization, and the emerging digital society we currently live in. We talked about gambling, lawnmowers, diving, burning money, and long hours drive with Eric Woolfson, the co-creator of…

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Imagine standing on the beach with a board in your hand, staring at the sea, staring at the sand, zipped into a wetsuit, taking a deep breath and jumping on your board paddling away from the land. Flat on your board, the surf looks like intimidating, furious grinding waves determined…

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Imagine Mike, let’s say Mike Wazowski, has a whiskey bar. Better, an exclusive whiskey bar, he is known for his expertise and rare brands of whiskey. The price of a 33 cc glass of whiskey varies between € 8,- for a Nikka Coffey Grain or Caol Ila 12yr and €…

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Imagine you suddenly had to pay 10 cents per message you post on WhatsApp. It would stop the continuous flow of movies, memes, photos, video and voice calls, activity updates and group chats. Wouldn’t it? But how is WhatsApp making money? And why paid Facebook $19 billion in 2014 when…

The innovation files 4

Imagine running a company that takes care of the transportation of sheets of papers from A to B. Your business model is based on the stamps that you put in the top right corner. You sell these stamp and only transport sheets of paper that carry a mark. You give…

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Imagine you are standing in the bakery and can only order by answering true or false, yes or no, on or off, zero or one. How would you order four cheese croissants, one loaf of bread, and three baguettes? Even better, how would you start? What would the initial question…

Jan van Boesschoten

As an educated historian, entrepreneur and self taught technologist I like to connect the dots of technical, social and economic developments.

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