January 15, 2021
Round 2 with Hans Uszkoreit on the SPEED CHANGE REPEAT Podcast.
After having Hans on our Podcast a year ago we took the opportunity to once again have him on the show to talk about the many interesting things that have happened since the last time we talked.
On this episode among many things:
- we are talking about the different approaches governments in Europe and China used to tackle the Corona crisis with technology
- as well as the opportunities to digitize the vast amount of information that is created in our personal lives
- and the opportunities for European enterprises with Artificial Intelligence
January 12, 2021
It was a pleasure hosting Feiyu Xu on the SPEED CHANGE REPEAT Podcast.
Fei since last year is responsible for developing the AI strategy and capabilities of global software powerhouse SAP.
Despite being born in China, Fei actually started her career in Germany within academia. After completing her phd in computational linguistics she spend many years at the german research center for artificial intelligence (DFKI), where she also was entrepreneurially involved in a spin off.
Before joining SAP in May 2020, Fei spent 3 years at Lenovo in China building out the AI Lab at Lenovo Research. On this podcast we talk about her experience within academia, her time in China and the differences she experiences in both cultures when it comes to technology adoption. Beyond that we also talk about her current role at SAP and how she plans to establish AI as a core competence within the organization, introducing into the existing product portfolio and beyond.
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January 5, 2021
On this episode of the SPEED CHANGE REPEAT Podcast we are talking with Joerg Hellwig who at the time of this recording holds the position of Chief Digital Officer of the chemical company Lanxess, with an annual revenue of over 7 billion €.
Joerg is a great guy who is keen on trying things out and is not hesitating to test the unknown.
We talked about the set up of his team and the different initiatives they pursue but also about what it means to transform an organization that operates within B2B.
For this we also talked about the amazing story behind CheMondis, which is a venture that has been started by Joerg and his team and became the biggest european online marketplace for chemical products. This is a great success story as CheMondis is the perfect example of a corporate attacking their own traditional business model. We dive into the story, set up and learnings from building this ventures.
December 19, 2020
On this episode of the SPEED CHANGE REPEAT Podcast we are hosting Tobias Fausch who at the recording of this podcast acts as the CIO of BayWa, a 17 billion € company operating in the agriculture, building materials and energy sectors. The business model of BayWa integrates the trading, distribution, logistics and services within the three sectors.
Taking into account the size and different verticals the company is operating in we though it would be interesting to dive into the different applications of digital technologies and especially to dive into the existing use cases at BayWa when it comes to AI.
We sat down with Tobias and talked about the different challenges within the CIO domain when it comes to balancing baseline infrastructure and simultaneously boost and support innovation within the organization. We are talking about the different use cases and the work that Tobias and his team are providing in order to technologically enable the creation of new business models.
December 4, 2020
Ralf learnt writing code at the age of 6, and started his first software company at the age of 16.
He studied nanotechnologies and system theory and wrote his doctoral thesis on human cell research.
Currently he is a Managing Director at Hapag-Lloyd leading the global digital business and driving the global digital transformation and change in 144 Countries.
On this episode Ralf is sharing his rich experience from being an advisor for a number of large corporations such as Daimler or Phoenix Pharma as well as the Federal German government.
We are talking about the digital transformation journey of the shipping industry and what it takes to get digital initiatives of the ground with a maximum return inside large corporations.
December 2, 2020
On this episode we are talking with Susanna Schneeberger a experienced C-Level executive.
Currently Susanna is on the board of a number of large industrial corporations and previously ended her role as Chief Digital Officer at KION the European market leader and world second largest supplier of forklifts.
Here are some of the things we are talking about:
- Susanna´s experience in leadership within large industrial corporates
- breaking down the role of a Chief Digital Officer
- Status Quo and future outlook for digital transformation in industrial sectors
- Myths, pitfalls and positive example of new business models
- Leadership in the 21st century and how it changes in a fast moving digital world
November 23, 2020
The uvex group is all about protecting people and on this episode we talk to its Chief Digital Officer who is responsible for leading the digital transformation of the family owned company.
With previous leadership positions at IBM and Schwan-Stabilo Bernd brings an interesting perspective from diverse industries as well as insights from the lens of being a CIO as well as a CDO. We talk about using sensors and other types of digital technologies within the safety industry and how technology is helping nowadays and in the future to keep people safe!
November 6, 2020
Daniel Theobald is the founder and CEO of Vecna Robotics, which delivers Automated Material Handling, Hybrid Fulfillment, and Workflow Optimization solutions featuring self-driving vehicles. An MIT graduate, Daniel quickly started out as an entrepreneur after university.
He is also the Co-Founder and President of MassRobotics, a non-profit organization with the mission to help create and scale the next generation of successful robotics and connected device companies by providing entrepreneurs and innovative robotics/automation startups with the workspace and resources they need to develop, prototype, test, and commercialize their products and solutions.
Tune in as we speak on the status quo within robotics and A.I. and what it means to tackle difficult challenges and build deep tech products.
October 23, 2020
On this episode of the SPEED CHANGE REPEAT Podcast we talk with Philipp Blome who is the CEO of METRO Markets. The company is wholly owned subsidiary of METRO, a leading personal specialist in the wholesale and food trade with an annual revenue of over 27 billion€.
Metro Markets is a B2B online marketplace aimed at HoReCa customers (hotel, restaurant, catering) and a perfect example for a successful corporate venturing initiative.
Together with Philipp who has spend his time over the past years in various positions within the company as well as building out real.digital, we are talking about the different aspects to building out a digital marketplace within the B2B space. Furthermore we dive into the challenges when it comes to building a corporate venture from scratch and what it takes to do so.