Dutch Digital Economy Worth €182 Billion

On behalf of Nederland ICT, The METISfiles recently researched and analyzed the size and growth of the Dutch digital workforce and its associated value add to the Dutch economy. The study shows that 1,57 million people in the Netherlands use ICT for more than 50% of their working hours to execute their primary business tasks. […] Read more »

Scale Up – to Cross the Chasm

Over the past 2 years The METISfiles has published the Tech Fab 30 and 50. Looking beyond the cool factor we wanted to take a more thorough look at the scalability of these cool tech vendors, in particular software vendors. Especially as the Ministry of Economic Affairs in September announced an additional fund of €100M […] Read more »

Rhino in the Room

Privacy breaches, information dragnets, darknet, hacks, cybercrime, leaks, sometimes it makes you wonder what good information technology actually brings to human kind. Sure, media has always focused on things that can go sour; our first interest is in what disasters or negative effects inventions and innovations bring to us. And, they usually do. Alfred Nobel’s […] Read more »

Partnering for your Defense

During the opening day of the Dutch Parliament (Prinsjesdag) the government announced significant investments for the Ministry of Defense to be spend on cybersecurity. These investments consist of tangible resources as well as more strategic initiatives. To mention a few: An additional annual budget of €26 million to be invested in cybersecurity. This budget will […] Read more »

Betting on the Blockchain

With the Bitcoin exchange rate going skyhigh (1 XBT = € 2232 at 4/7/17) one could easily forget about the underlying technology: the blockchain. The Bitcoin blockchain technology can be regarded as a distributed ledger system in which the transactions are permanently time-stamped and stored on many computers simultaneously and made secure by cryptographic means. […] Read more »

Is Money Too Tight To Mention for Tech-Startups?

For a small country the Netherlands has some well recognized and well ranked technology universities. These universities, in turn, spin off some very interesting technology startups. Especially for these spin offs, a new venture fund was announced last week, Innovation Industries, which specializes in funding university tech-startups. The universities of Wageningen, Enschede and Eindhoven will […] Read more »