There used to be a day when applying for a mortgage was dead-on nerve-wrecking. The tighten-up, 50-something banker in a dark dress looked over the desk at the diminishing applicant with the eyes of a head-principal. No? Yes? No? Maybe. The sound of paper. The keyboard. A claustrophobic room.
If the computer said yes, you’re in heaven. Dreams will become true (as soon as stacks of papers difficult to understand has been processed and signed). If the computer said no…
Digitalization is often seen as challenging and a bit loose. Is digital technology relevant to our business? Do we address digitalization and necessary changes correctly? Do we even understand digitalization and what to prioritize? How do we create a relevant digital agenda and strategy for our company with our specific circumstances and how do we secure a higher return on our initiatives?
Excuse the heading but that’s how it feels. During the early years of internet in the mid-late 1990’s Yahoo was quite something. Together with Netscape it was the world’s new and hot user-friendly web directory used to access the internet, and it had come to market with a really cool name. To many, Yahoo and Netscape was the iconic entry doors to an entirely new world. The internet.
Often the “digital” falls on the CIO only, sometimes a Digital Chief is appointed, a “innovation lab” is started and the topic “digital” is emphasized at management conferences, while at large business continues as usual. But don’t worry, it’s a good start.
Only a year ago anyone wanting to set up a meeting on BitCoin with a major bank would have received a hand colder than the absolute subzero freezing point. Today not only banks but also venture capitalists and entrepreneurs are flocking around the pound like Canadian gooses, loudly advocating their presence and showing off their feathers.
King shareholders has just recently been offered a whopping $5.9 billion for this Stockholm based unicorn. Activision Blizzard, the French owned U.S. video gaming company behind games like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty seemingly has decided it need to go mobile.
GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt recently stated in a post in the Business Insider UK: “Let’s finally end the debate over whether we are in a “tech bubble. There has been talk of a bubble going back to 2011 and it continues to rage today.
Last year World Championship finals of the online game League of Legends were broadcasted live in 19 languages. The grand finals were watched by 27 million people globally when played at the Seoul World Cup Stadium were 45.000 spectators joined the event live. As a comparison the U.S. 2014 NBA-championship topped with 18 million viewers.