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Consumer Development Trends

Laurent Haug is a French trendwatcher, public speaker, investor, entrepreneur, consultant and advisor. I talk with Laurent about consumer development trends: Will the future of retail be online or offline? Laurent thinks that blending both worlds is the way to go, but why? How does he see the distinction between offline & online disappear?

Future of robots

What about the future of robots? Are robots going to be hugely important? Will they take our jobs or will they create new jobs? What is his opinion on social intelligence of machines? We have an interesting debate!

Make sure you also take a look at his presentations on YouTube!

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

About Victoria Lonker

Victoria Lonker is Verizon’s Vice President of Global Products and Solutions for the Enterprise. They provide services and products in global connectivity, managed services, the hardware & installation services. Victoria tells how she went from being a poor college student, that wanted to be a biomedical engineer, to becoming the VP at Verizon. How did she experience the evolution in the telecom industry?

Verizon & the industry

What are the differences between Europe, Asia & the US? How is it that the European marketplace is more amenable to innovation? Verizon has a new CEO from Europe. How can a non-tech guy be the new CEO of Verizon? Verizon is introducing 5G for only $70/month! What else are they doing? How is it for women in the top of the industry? I talk with her about various subjects in the industry!

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

In this week’s newsletter:

  The reveal of Lightyear, the first electric car that can charge itself with sunlight! I am at the reveal today, to be continued! Also, Hugo te Kaat of the VGZ health insurance group explains how they use blockchain to improve maternity care in the Netherlands.

 And now Dutch: De Albert Heijn introduceert de Tap To Go, een supersnel concept voor betalen in de supermarkt dat ze binnen 1 jaar hebben ontwikkeld. Ik test het uit en interview de directeur van de Albert Heijn To Go .

Ook was ik te gast bij BNR waar ik driekwartier in gesprek ga met Jörgen Raymann en Marijn Elting over Smart Mobility. Hoe slim is onze mobiliteit nu en hoe wordt dat in de toekomst?

Verder spreek ik met Marja Ruigrok (ex-fractievoorzitter VVD & onderneemster) en we blikken terug op haar carrière in de politiek & het bedrijfsleven en wat er nog aan komt. Welke lessen kunnen we leren van beiden werelden?


– Vincent Everts, Nederlandse trendwatcher op het gebied van digitale innovatie | Meer over Vincent

In this update (links to full articles): 

Crypto Challenge Forum & TYKN

 I will lead a radical innovation session at The Crypto Challenge Forum in London from 28-30 October! Tykn, the blockchain startup working towards the future of resilient identity.

MisterGreen naar de USA voor Tesla

 Mark Schreurs van MisterGreen die in Nederland meer dan 1200 Tesla’s heeft uitgeleased was bezorgd na alle commotie rondom Elon Musk van afgelopen maanden. Hij vloog naar Tesla USA en sprak daar met officials. Wat vinden ze van Elon en hoe gaat het daar met de Model 3 productie? Een interview!

TomTom koersdaling, Albert Heijn blockchain en China payment trends

Bij Nieuwsuur sprak ik over de grote beurswaarde daling van TomTom door coalitie Google en 3 autofabrikanten (hoe nu verder?), Albert Heijn gaat gebruik maken van blockchain om de keten transparant te maken (hoe werkt dat?) en CM.com CEO Gilbert Gooijers over welke vele payment-lessen we van China kunnen leren!

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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David Birch (author, advisor and commentator on Digital Financial Services) is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money. I talk with him about the digital identity and payment trends across the world. Who are going to be the providers of digital identity? What is going to be the role of governments & banks? What threat are Amazon, Alipay and so on for them? The most important battle in payments is verifying the digital identity. If you know who everybody is, payments is just bookkeeping. How does that go together with the privacy of people? What about iDIN?

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

What do you do with 60 crypto miners that take up so much energy to create crypto currencies, but at the same time you also don’t want to waste the energy? Simple, you just place those miners at a tomato greenhouse! I am partner in a company called Greenmine and we are on a mission to make this a sustainable operations. We have a container where all the miners are stored under oil and the heat is used to grow tomato’s! 95% of the electricity used by miners is generated into heat and we put that heat directly into the heating system of the glass houses to help the tomatoes grow faster. This makes it the most sustainable mining operation. How does it look like? Take a look at the installation!

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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In the previous weeks, we highlighted John Holdren’s talk about climate change & how it was for him to be the Chief Science and Technology advisor of former President Barack Obama. This week, John Holdren and I talk about the Paris Agreement and the current U.S. President Donald Trump. The Paris Agreement was one of the biggest achievements of President Obama. John Holdren tells an interesting behind the scenes story of how the Paris Agreement came about. American and Chinese scientists and officials agreed on global climate change being real and that it is a problem mainly caused by the industrialized nations as they put their emissions in the air in the process of becoming rich. But how do you convince other less developed emerging countries that there is no more room left in the atmosphere for their emissions and that fighting global warming is a co-effort? How serious are the countries that were joining in? How is it now John left his position? How does it feel to see Trump acting like ‘a bull in the China shop’? What are his opinions on Trump? How are relevant organizations in the U.S. reacting on Trump?

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I am talking to Matthew (Matt) Fee, member of the Select Board in Nantucket, about the politics of Nantucket. What are the hot subjects in town? It is all about development! Nantucket is a small island and there is a 14 acre piece of land where developers are planning 250 houses. The average house price in Nantucket is around 1-3 million dollars! What does it mean to have social affordable housing in Nantucket? What are the issues regarding the big expansion on a small island? How do the islanders react? They expect an increase of traffic of more than 800 cars, which would cause a gridlock on the island. Moreover, there is also the issues of the cliffs as climate change is making the island smaller every year, resulting in a couple of feet disappearing into the sea, which upsets a lot of people. How do they plan to accomodate so many people on such a small space while keeping the living space still enjoyable? What else is going on in Nantucket? An overview of 2018:

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Last week, I had an interview with John Holdren, (the Chief Science and Technology advisor of President Barack Obama) on the issue of climate change. This week, John tells me all about how it is to work with Obama himself! John met Obama before his presidency when Obama was still a U.S. senator. John has a very interesting story on how it all started with a private dinner and how he eventually became the the Chief Science and Technology advisor of President Barack Obama. John was a professor at Harvard and the director of the Woodshole Research Center, but when he got the job in the Obama administration he had to abandon all of that. He says that you officially have no time off, no weekends & no vacation. How did it affect his work-life balance? How was it to be the Head of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy? What did John do every day for 8 years? What were Obama’s thoughts on climate science? How knowledgeable was Obama? Obama really cared about science & technology, which some argue is different with Trump. Next week I will talk about this with John Holdren and we will discuss the Paris Agreement & president Trump.

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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I am still in Nantucket where I reside in our house of 1927. It is a beautiful house but the internet here is too slow! In general, I could say that internet in America is extremely expensive and relatively slower compared to the Netherlands. Our house in Nantucket had Verizon for 28 years because we wanted to have broadband internet and, after all those years, I can say it was a disaster. The service often did not work, it was extremely slow (0.6 to 2.4 Mbps) and that for $84 per month! So this week I had enough of it and I called Comcast/Xfinity for cable and ordered a fast internet service. Two days later, everything was installed in an hour (because everything is above the ground) and now I have 10 times(!) faster internet for half the price. Verizon I’ve been a loyal customer but it has been enough!

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts