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Charles Genschke

In the US I had an extensive interview with Charles Geschke. Together with Dr. John Warnock he founded Adobe in February 1982. It became one of the world’s largest software companies. Up till now, Adobe has a major impact on how we create and consume content on all our devices. The annual revenue is more than 4 billion dollars, 7 months ago they introduced Adobe Creative Cloud, their own cloud service.

Extensive interview with Charles Genschke

I talk with Charles Geschke for 45 minutes about the start of the internet, his time at Xerox Labs and the founding of Adobe in 1982, together with John Warnock.

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2015 review

It was a good year! And for you English follower here is a playlist of my best English spoken videos in 2015.
My favourite events like Mobile World Barcelona, Websummit Dublin, CIOday Amsterdam. Interviews of people like Vint Cerf, father of the internet, Charles Genscke founder of Adobe and master reorganiser and the latest gadgets en Tesla movies. First let me introduce my top 10 selection of the 2015 english videos here.

My review of the best english 2015 videos


Complete list of the highlights of English videos 2015


Big Apple Circus

When you are in New York and you want to have a great time with your kids you have to visit the circus, the Big Apple Circus! We watched the show and afterwards I talked to the artistic director Guillaume Dufresnoy. Born and raised in Bordeaux. How do you run a circus in New York in 2015? I edited 3 videos, each in a slightly different way. You can watch them here.

With editing software

Editing software on my phone

Cut and published on my phone


Jojanneke van den Bosch Westernorphans.org

At the Websummit I met Jojanneke van den Bosch. She was 14 years old when her mom passed away, five months after she already lost her dad. SShe and her sister were unable to find a foster family because her sister was 18 years old. Fighting for their home because they were not on the lease, they had to sell nearly all of their belongings. It was as if they were walking a tightrope and hoping to make it to the other side without falling off.

It motivated her to help other kids in these situations, kids all over the world which often remain invisible. Every day, 5760 kids all over the world lose their parents. She launched Westernorphans.org and recently gave a TED Talk in Delft.


On the Westernorphans.org platform you can read chapters of her book ‘So, you’re an orphan now.’ This book is an collection of 24 short stories of her live as an orphan with practical tips. She wants to inspire kids, encourage them to help each other out and and offer them support. Orphans often find it hard to ask for help, for example on social media. Teenagers are really busy with their own image to the outside world and for them it’s really important to be seen as one of the cool kids and not as an orphan. It’s really hard at that age to reveal their vulnerability, especially in the jungle that we call high school.

TEDxDelft TED Talk

Watch Jojanneke’s very passionate TED Talk in Delft here, where she explains her motivation and goals:

Vint Cerf

I met a lot of really interesting people at the People Centered Internet Conference at Stanford University. I made a total of 16 interviews including an interview with Vint Cerf (the father of the internet). But also with CEO of the Estonian E-health Foundation Madis Tiik and the initiator of the San Diego medical records hub Ted Chan.

You can watch all the 16 interviews in this playlist:

Vint Cerf explains why the ‘people centered internet’ is essential for healthcare innovation

Vint Cerf, better known as the father of the internet, is co-organiser of the ‘people centered internet’ and explains why integrating the health care date through the internet is essential for innovation. He talks about the Estonian example I also talked about with Madis Tiik.

Madis Tiik, CEO of the Estonian E-health foundation explains the Estonian central health records system

Last month I visited Estonia, a country ran as a startup. It has a centralised healthcare records systems, founded in law, where all health care providers work together. For a total of $10 million it was implemented between 2004 and 2010 and it has been working now for 6 years. What are the experiences and lessons learned? What about professional rivalry? The mistrust of citizens? IT problems? CEO Madis Tiik discusses it all.

Ted Chan, Department chair of the Emergency Medicine department at UCSD about their medical records hub

San Diego has 3 million people and 100.000+ health care workers. They share a medical records hub with millions of interactions per month for only 3 million dollars a year. Ted Chan is a medical doctor who worked on it for 5 years since 2010 and it went live in 2013. What are the lessons learned? How to overcome trust en business competition? Where will it go from here?

Pier 9 Autodesk makers lab

I’ve spent 5 years of my life being an AutoCad dealer and another 5 years as a dealer for third party software called AutoManager WorkFlow, the document management solution, at BlueCielo. It turned out te become a 20 million euros company.

Autodesk Gallery

Now I returned to The Valley and had a tour at the Autodesk gallery where they show of cool products they design. A lot of 3d printing and other manufacturing skills. A very nice showcase:

Makers movement

They also want to be a part of the Makers movement. Anna Waldman-Brown tells more about this network. She advises policy-makers on supporting local hardware ecosystems through the Maker Movement— including government representatives from the United States, India, Taiwan, Iceland, Ghana, Colombia, and Germany. She has co-organized Maker festivals in Barcelona, Boston, and Ahmedabad:

Autodesk Makers Lab

So Autodesk created a very cool makers lab with expensive gadgets and machines at Pier 9, the hottest place in San Francisco. Again a lot of 3D printing gadgets but also an ultimate CNC machine that has to connect the Autodesk software and networks. Hans gave me a tour, he works for the CTO office of Autodesk:

Solarus Venlo

Just landed from San Francisco and I was already on the move to Venlo where the head office of Solarus is based. It’s a solar factory that moved to The Netherlands after 10 years of R&D in Sweden. They chose Venlo because of our amazing manufacturing skills. Normally solar cells have an efficiency rate of 20% but by creating both heath ánd electricity these solar panels have an efficiency of 75% which makes them very unique.

Take a look at the tour through the factory and hear more about the background of this project from their Swedish chairman Göran Lundgren. He explains how the project started at Vattenfall, the Swedish enery giant owned by the state that als bought Nuon. And how they now want to conquer the world.

In South Africa they need one of these panels (500 euros) for their heat and electricity. In The Netherlands we will need 4 of these panels for 60% of our annual electric juice.

The Tour

Solarus gave me a tour at their factory in Venlo.


Alok Batra is een super slimme Indiase engineer die zowel zelf bedrijven heeft gestart als bij grote corporates als Google en Cisco aan het werk is geweest. Hij heeft zich nu met zijn bedrijf Atomiton volledig op the internet of things gestort. Hij heeft een IOT platform ontwikkeld waarmee je hele grote aantallen IOT devices kunt beheren en met elkaar kunt laten communiceren, een Facebook for things maar dan veilig.

De grote kick-off is in Chicago waar onder meer slimme lichten, parkeerplek sensoren en sensoren die voetgangersstromingen meten met elkaar geconnect worden.


I visited Altschool, a startup with the goal to refrom elementary education with $140Million in funding from Sillion Valley giants like Mark Zuckerberg. See this 5 minute documentary.

My impressions after I spend 2 hours inside the school and with the CTO Dan in dEnglish (dutch english)

In juni  I interviews Dan en Hillary Barber when they were my guest at the Steve Jobsschool in Amsterdam. Dan is Head of Teacher Satisfaction bij AltSchool, the american version Steve Jobsschool.

140 miljoen aan funding

Op het eerste gezicht ziet het eruit als een startup van 3-5 miljoen en niet als een van 140 miljoen, met grote investeerders als Mark Zuckerberg. Op de school zitten 33 kinderen en 40 personen werken aan digitale tools. Ze hebben vier scholen en gaan binnenkort twee nieuwe openen in New York.


De school is enorm luxe, en dan heb ik het niet over spullen. De school heeft namelijk 10 kinderen per leraar, op deze school zaten dus 33 kinderen en er waren maar liefst vier leraren. Ieder kind heeft een eigen playlist met onder meer de leerdoelen dat wordt gecontroleerd door de leraar. De leraar kan hier ook lesmaterialen in stoppen. Ook kunnen ouders tussentijds communiceren met de leraar aan de hand van een soort Facebook for Schools.

Van iPad naar Chromebooks

Wanneer de kinderen 8 jaar oud zijn stappen ze over van iPads naar Chromebooks omdat deze apparaten de kinderen meer flexibiliteit geven en zodat de scholen niet meer zo afhankelijk zijn van de wensen van Apple. Een Chromebook is veel makkelijker te customizen dan een iPad.


Bizarre regel van de New York Teachers Union. Ze hebben bepaald dat er in New York best computers in de klaslokalen mogen zijn. Alleen mogen het er niet meer zijn dan dat er leraren rond lopen, één dus! Ook is één leraar op 10 kinderen voor public schools totaal niet realistisch en dus moet er nog een hoop werk verzet worden voordat de werkwijze van AltSchool breder toegepast kan worden.

Alexa Amazon Echo

In Palo Alto ontmoette ik Steve Omohundro van Possibility Research en Self-Aware Systems. Een grote en enthousiaste denker over AI en autonomous systems. De hele Valley is bezig met autonomous cars en drones. De ontwikkelingen die je nu ziet op het gebied van zelfdenkende apparaten zijn aan de ene kant heel bijzonder maar het baart hem ook een beetje zorgen. Want hoe goed zijn deze apparaten en zijn alle beslissingen die ze maken voor ons ook de juiste?


Bij intelligentere apparaten komen er ook ethische kwesties om de hoek kijken. Het beste voorbeeld zijn natuurlijk de drones die het leger gebruikt. Nu zit er nog een mannetje achter een joystick die de keuze maakt om te schieten, maar wat als drones dit straks zelf gaan beslissen? En wanneer gaan we écht autonomous systems om ons heen zien?

Echo, mijn personal butler

Over AI en autonomous systems gesproken. Mijn nieuwste gadget is de Amazon Echo die ook bij Steve op de desk stond. Een apparaat dat met de week slimmer wordt. Het is een soort Siri voor in je huis die je alles kunt vragen, bijvoorbeeld om je Philips Hue lichten aan te zetten, te vertellen welke afspraken je hebt, muziek op te zetten of om iets op te zoeken op Wikipedia. Star Trek in je huiskamer!