Dutch Software Innovation – We’re Scaling Up!

The Netherlands is scaling up its investments to become a true (software) innovation country. We initially thought we were half way there, but new research suggests we are skidding past that half way mark. First of all we rank as an innovation leader on the European Innovation Scoreboard 2016, placed on a fifth position, following […] Read more »

Digital Transformation in the Netherlands

A recent study from Oxford Economics and Accenture (Digital Density Index) looks at how digital technologies can be used to unlock faster economic growth. According to the study, The Netherlands lead in Digital Transformation and The UK ranks second. Another recent study from Oxford Economics and SAP SuccessFactors  (Leaders 2020) shows a different view. This […] Read more »

The Dutch Digital Economy: Death of Retail

Retail has always been a good indicator of the state of the economy and consumer confidence. The economic crisis following the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 saw a sharp decline in consumer household spending on consumer goods. Even in 2015 spending on consumer goods was still 4% under the all time high of € […] Read more »

Rise of the Machines Part 4: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In our series on the future work we watch the development of innovative robotized functions hitting the market. So far we covered the robotized prison guard, burger flipper, order pickers and cars as innovations where robot technology redefines an existing function. But innovations that really captures people’s imagination are drone based appliances; for the sake […] Read more »

The EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index: Reasons to be Cheerful?

February 2016 The European Commission released a press bulletin on the digital state of its European members. Apparently The Netherlands climbed two positions on the European digital ladder and now holds a second place after Denmark. Reasons to be cheerful? Figure 1: Pillars of DESI and IDI The index is based on 5 pillars: Connectivity, […] Read more »

The Startup Delta: Ready, Steady, Exit

StartupDelta is almost at the end of its planned time to exist. In June the platform should have attracted a sufficient  amount of traction to make it self sustainable. StartupDelta has had a very brief time to achieve very big goals. Within 18 months it aimed to move up the ranking scale and become part […] Read more »