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VZB Fireside Chat with Robert Jacobi: Grasp Blockchain in 15 Minutes

VZB Fireside Chat with Robert Jacobi: Grasp Blockchain in 15 Minutes

Sometimes it just helps to talk faster – up the speech tempo from Allegro to Presto at a short notice, especially when a highly complex, multi-facetted topic demands clarification in only 15 minutes. Do it in a way where even non-experts understand what it is all about and reach a real “aha” moment.

At the recent VZB Fireside Chat, our Managing Director, Robert Jacobi was asked to do exactly that. The name Fireside Chat is a bit misleading: no flickering flames were needed on this sunny summer day. The attendees were instead lured to the rooftop terrace of the Donner & Reuschel bank building to enjoy a fantastic view of Munich’s skyline – the ideal backdrop for our co-founder to accept this 15 minute challenge.

In an entertaining tour d’horizon, Robert Jacobi gave the attendees, most of whom are managers of Bavarian publishing houses, a practical insight into one of the most discussed technology topics today: blockchain, with an emphasis on its uses in the media industry. He underlined the fact that the technology is no longer an idea for the distant future, but rather an already determining factor in many companies’ plans across various industries… at least internationally.

A marketplace such as Civil for example could fundamentally change the rules of the game in journalism because blockchain offers new, direct compensation models for high quality journalistic content – just outside the traditional publishing structures. The platform Adchain already enables the purchasing, tracking and billing of ad impressions via a blockchain ledger. In this instance blockchain prevents ad fraud and ensures transparency to the performance contribution of all intermediaries. The NYIAX ad trading marketplace works in a similar sense and provides the same benefits.

Don’t be fooled, blockchain can do much more than legally transacting secure and transparent contracts. It has the potential to take digital advertising to a whole new level. In the future, the Basic Attention Token could play a key role. It monetarily rewards users for their attention with BAT tokens, in return, the technology enables a group-specific approach targeting… A win-win situation, and thus, an ideal starting point for a rapid breakthrough of blockchain technology in this segment.



Making business processes faster, more effective, more comprehensible and less prone to error? Conducting and verifying transactions between individuals, companies and public institutions almost in real time? Managing and documenting supply chains? The Blockchain technology appears in so many different business contexts and may often seem like an “all-in-one”-IT-solution. However, when it comes to specific Blockchain use cases, most are still in their infancy – if at all. Not only for some people but for most, the technology is completely uncharted territory.

In order to talk about the future of distributed ledger technology, we invited four Blockchain experts to our fifth Nunatak Networking Night in the Café im Vorhoelzer Forum in Munich along with around 150 guests from automotive, finance, FMCG, information technology, marketing and journalism segments. The most relevant statements of the evening:

Dr. Stefan Hopf, Senior Consultant at The Nunatak Group
Blockchain: No future scenario but already in action.
“Decentralized transactions without intermediaries: This is the underlying concept of Blockchain”

The evening started with Nunatak Blockchain Expert and Senior Consultant Dr. Sefan Hopf giving an introduction on the topic. By presenting a few practical examples, he demonstrated how the principle of forgery-proof, digital transactions over a public ledger are already in use today. For instance, the goal of Basic Attention Token is to record users attention to online advertisements with their own web browser. The project aims to use the measured attention as a currency within an extended ecosystem for advertisers.

Sasha Borovik, Blockchain legal specialist as well as CFO & General Counsel at CloudEO AG
Blockchain: New market for investors and business angels.
“This is merely the beginning of an entire movement.”

With this message, Sasha Borovik addressed one of the most important facts in the Blockchain world: we are still at the very beginning. Blockchain created an entirely new market and offers lots of potential for investors and business angels – a pioneering spirit similar to the one at the time, when the internet had its final breakthrough at the beginning of the millennium. Through his occupation at the Cryptology Asset Group the Ukrainian lawyer and political activist deals with Blockchain companies on a daily basis. The Cryptology Asset Group invests in companies like Block.One and Galaxy Digital and supports numerous Blockchain projects in different business sectors.

Robert Crozier, Blockchain expert and head of the global center of competence for Blockchain at Allianz Technology
Blockchain: Cost reduction and chances for international companies.
“There are many companies in the field of Blockchain that think, they will disrupt the insurance business. Actually, I think we are going to do it ourselves and we will do it with scale – what most of the disruptors are missing.”

Since early 2018, Robert Crozier has managed the global center of competence for Blockchain at Allianz Technology. For him, the future of the technology lies with big companies rather than start-ups and business newcomers. The primary reason is the scalability of systems within a Blockchain. International corporations especially, have the means and experience at their disposal to take full advantage of the technology´s potential. The reduction of costs is the central benefit of the implementation of distributed ledger technology, Crozier says:
“Blockchain, at its very core, is a device for cost reduction. And if we, in insurance, reduce the cost of processing, it means we can take our products to more people – for example in developing markets.”

Felix Haas, Crypto Aficionado, Investor, Serial Entrepreneur as well as Chairman and Co-Host of Bits & Pretzels
Blockchain: Entirely new applications and universal applicability.
“I think you have to completely separate the technology around Blockchain and the potential applications from cryptocurrency trading and speculation.”

Cryptographic payment methods often dominate discussions around the technology, much to Felix Haas’ displeasure, who sees the technology as more than that. The Host of Bits & Pretzels did however find some positive words about cryptocurrencies – last year he even tried to sell an apartment for Bitcoins. Nevertheless, in his view the real potential of Blockchain technology does not exclusively come in the form of digital currency. Actually, the technology is highly universal and provides the opportunity for completely novel applications with corresponding use-cases.

Curious? A video of the event is available on our Facebook site. Also, we demystify Blockchain in our current Update Paper and convey insights on the functions and implications of the technology.

Blockchain luminary Don Tapscott relies on the know-how of our colleague Stefan Hopf

Blockchain luminary Don Tapscott relies on the know-how of our colleague Stefan Hopf

Our senior consultant Dr. Stefan Hopf wrote a white paper on “Blockchain and Industry 4.0” for the globally recognized Blockchain Research Institute (BRI). In order to do so, Stefan analyzed concrete case studies and led interviews with industry experts in the fields of economy, law, technology and production. Among others, he talked to Dr. Reinhold Achatz, CTO of ThyssenKrupp AG, Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Arnold Picot, the late head of research for information, organization and management at LMU Munich, and Güngör Kara, Director of Global Application and Consulting at EOS GmbH.

The founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, Don Tapscott, took notice of our Blockchain expert during his time at Airbus, when he was working on a related project. The two have been cooperating with each other since May 2017. Don Tapscott represents for the worldwide Blockchain community, what famous conductor Kent Nagano represents for today’s classical music: pioneership and expertise. Initially he received attention in the professional public by establishing the think tank nGenera Insight in 1993. The entrepreneur and former mayor of Edmonton has written over 15 books, including best sellers such as Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. In 2016 he made noise in the world of Blockchain for the first time; in cooperation with his son Alex Tapscott, he produced the popular scientific publication Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. Subsequently, they initiated the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI). Since then the institute has been involved in over 70 Blockchain related projects.

Stefan´s article underlines once more: Blockchain is no longer just a pipe dream for teckies – it has also arrived in our global economy. Boeing, for example, is working on lifecycle data collection and storage through Blockchain. Maintenance companies will be able to access data on manufacturing, operations and upkeep of an airplane over a distributed ledger system.



Source: My IBM

Becoming curious? In our latest update paper, we demystify the blockchain and provide exciting insights into how the technology works and its effects.

Nunatak coaches Bertelsmann executives on digital trends

Nunatak coaches Bertelsmann executives on digital trends

How do you link the blocks within a blockchain? How many tasks can be taken over by chatbots? Our Nunatak experts Rupert and Stefan discussed these and other exciting, up-to-date questions with their participants at an interactive workshop in Amsterdam. As part of the Bertelsmann University’s talent coaching program, Nunatak coached international executives from Bertelsmann SE, Arvato, Gruner + Jahr, RTL and BMG on recent trends in the digital world.

In the workshop, our Nunatak experts not only imparted methodical digital knowledge, but also gave insights into the latest digital trends. Whether blockchain, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, social media or augmented/virtual reality – our experts and the workshop participants agreed that these digital technologies are fundamentally changing the rules of the game for more and more industries and companies. In particular, the impact of blockchain technology on advertising was a hot topic in Amsterdam.

Nunatak at the BIG DATA Marketing Day: How blockchain technology will transform advertising

Nunatak at the BIG DATA Marketing Day: How blockchain technology will transform advertising

“Blockchain technology will fundamentally change the digital economy” – A statement that is being increasingly seen in today’s media. The disruptive effect of blockchain often raises more questions than answers. Although cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin already demonstrate how blockchain can rattle the entire financial sector, building the bridge to other industries has proved to be challenging. Establishing and clarifying possible bridges was Dr. Stefan Hopf’s goal while speaking at the BIG DATA Marketing Day in Vienna on February 27th.

Figure 1: Blockchain based transactions work without intermediaries

Decentralized transactions without intermediaries: This is the basic idea of blockchain technology. It enables collaboration between two or more parties without a common basis of trust and without a neutral mediation authority. In a blockchain, the elements of “trust” and “authority” are taken over by a machine. The digital currency Bitcoin, developed and launched in 2008, is considered as first real implementation of the blockchain principle. The basic idea was to enable safe and forgery-proof monetary transactions without traditional banks or other intermediaries via a cryptographic currency. Security and counterfeit protection is ensured by a ledger: A digital register that contains the entire history of transactions. This register is distributed among all participating computers and is accessible to all parties. Therefore, a blockchain is also referred to as ‘distributed ledger technology’.

The use of blockchain technology for payment processing has long since ceased to be a prototype. In addition to financial transactions, blockchain also can enable any other transaction type and offers new solutions to numerous complex business problems. In the marketing world, for example, there a many blockchain platforms that face certain challenges in the advertising market: NYIAX is a blockchain-based trading platform for future advertising placements. The platform adChain deals with the growing problem of bot traffic and ad fraud. The goal of a Basic Attention Token is to capture users´ attention to online advertisements using their own web browser Brave. This project aims to use the measured attention as a currency within an extended ecosystem for advertisers.

Figure 2: Basic Attention Token

There is no shortage of ambitious blockchain projects in the field of advertising. But Dr. Stefan Hopf also made the audience in Vienna think outside of existing blockchain Start-ups. Among other things, he discussed the possibility of direct business between advertisers and publishers without intermediaries, the personalization of Ads via an advertising blockchain or the redundancy of expensive auditing processes due to the transparency of the technology.

How exactly blockchain will transform the advertising industry is still impossible to predict today – it’s almost certain though that we won’t get around the technology in the future.

Programmatic Advertising im TV und anderswo: The Nunatak Group auf den Medientagen 2017 #mtm17

Programmatic Advertising im TV und anderswo: The Nunatak Group auf den Medientagen 2017 #mtm17

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Programmatic Advertising – also der vollautomatische und individualisierte Ein- und Verkauf von Online-Werbeflächen in Echtzeit – ist ein wichtiges Thema auf den diesjährigen Münchner Medientagen. Wo liegen Vorteile, Herausforderungen und Risiken? Wie sollten sich Marktteilnehmer darauf vorbereiten? Und: Wer profitiert schon heute davon? Diese und weitere Fragen werden Managing Partner Robert Jacobi (@robor) und Principal Fabian Göbel am Dienstag, den 24. Oktober, in zwei Panels erörtern.

Auf Einladung von Google hält Robert einen Impulsvortrag und moderiert ab 10:30 Uhr in Raum 12 im Kongresszentrum die Diskussionsrunde um Matthias Dang (CEO IP Deutschland GmbH), Dr. Alwin Mahler (Managing Director, Global Partnerships DACH, Google) und Thomas Port (CEO Digital SevenOne Media GmbH) zum Thema „The Future of Programmatic TV“. Kernfrage hier: Wie sollten Broadcaster Programmatic TV einsetzen, um Werbung im TV nachhaltig relevanter zu machen?.

Direkt danach im selben Raum öffnet sich die Diskussion auf alle Mediengattungen, unter dem Titel „Game Changer Programmatic – Wie Echtzeitwerbung die Spielregeln im Media-Biz auf den Kopf stellt“. Nach einer kurzen Einführung durch W&V Nachrichtenchefin Petra Schwegler beginnt die Veranstaltung mit einem Impulsvortrag von Fabian. Im Anschluss diskutieren namhafte Köpfe aus Medien und Technologie im Panel, wie Programmatic die Gesetzmäßigkeiten im Werbegeschäft künftig verändern wird und worauf sich Werbungtreibende, Medien und Agenturen vorbereiten müssen. Unter den Diskutanten sind zum Beispiel Jutta Richter, Global Brand Management von MINI, Marco Dohmen (Commercial Director DACH FreeWheel), Dr. Andrea Malgara (Geschäftsführer Mediaplus Gruppe), Sena Rahma (Managing Partner Echte Liebe) und Joachim Schneidmadl (Vorstand virtual minds group).

Den Rückblick zur Veranstaltung gibt es dann natürlich auch wieder hier auf unserem Blog zu lesen.

Our new update paper demystifies blockchain technology!

Our new update paper demystifies blockchain technology!

Even among industry experts, the blockchain concept is still shrouded in mystery. Many are probably familiar with the basic idea of blockchain technology and its relationship to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, but only a few are able to explain it in just a few words. In issue eight of our update paper, we do just that.

This is a tremendous growth market that has developed rapidly in the past four years. Whereas investment in this segment amounted to less than $70 million in 2013, investment in the first half of 2017 alone totalled more than 1.2 billion dollars! And it is already becoming clear that the technology will have an impact on all segments of the economy. In the automotive industry, for example, blockchain initiatives are serving to simplify tracking of parts and verification of vehicle origin, while helping streamline logistical processes. In the financial and insurance sector, such initiatives are optimizing contractual agreements, clearing, settlement of claims and accounting. And in the media world, they are helping achieve transparency in pricing and shortening the value chain. As such, blockchain is quickly becoming a key driver of digital transformation. Our new update paper provides all the details.

In this series, we regularly convey knowledge in compact form on current trends in the areas of digital marketing, technology and communication. Past topics have included virtual and augmented reality , targeted content and native advertising. Oh, and one more thing! We had promised to explain blockchain in just a few words. The term quite literally refers to a “chain of transaction blocks”. These chains serve as special databases, which can manage transaction data in a fully transparent way without requiring a central supervisory authority or even mutual trust.

Rupert prämiert die innovativsten Münchner Unternehmen

Rupert prämiert die innovativsten Münchner Unternehmen

Foto: Stephan Goerlich / FMG

Wer meistert den digitalen Wandel am besten? Das Urteil darüber fällt unser Geschäftsführer Rupert mit vier weiteren Jury-Mitgliedern beim „Münchner Digital Innovation Award“.

Wie bereits vergangenes Jahr, ist Rupert Teil der Jury, die auch 2017 das innovativste Unternehmen mit einem entsprechend zukunftsgestaltenden Konzept prämiert. Bei der zweiten „Digitale Welt Convention“ DIGICON kommen Weltkonzerne und Start-ups am 23. und 24. November in München zusammen, um gemeinsam über die Chancen und Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung zu diskutieren und die Zukunft aktiv mitzugestalten.

Der „Münchner Digital Innovation Award“ wird im Rahmen der Messe an das innovativste Unternehmen vergeben – egal ob junges Start-Up, etablierter Mittelständler oder Weltkonzern. Beim DIGICON Pitch Battle treten die nominierten Firmen in den Kategorien KMU/Start-Up und Großunternehmen gegeneinander an. Innerhalb von nur drei Minuten müssen die Teilnehmer das Auditorium von einer Idee überzeugen und sich danach den Fragen der hochkarätigen Jury, bestehend aus namhaften Persönlichkeiten, aus Industrie und Wirtschaft stellen. Die vier besten Innovationen werden mit einem Award ausgezeichnet.

Aktuell haben Unternehmen noch die Möglichkeit sich bis zum 12. Oktober für den Award zu bewerben. Als Jurymitglied ist Rupert sowohl an der Auswahl der nominierten Firmen für das Pitch Battle beteiligt als natürlich auch an der Abstimmung selbst. Weitere Jurymitglieder sind Dr. Lothar Borrmann, CT Siemens AG, Dr. Ralf Schneider, CIO der Allianz SE, Daniel Wild, CEO von Ecommerce Alliance und Michael Zaddach, CIO der Flughafen München GmbH.

Robert Jacobi und Ellena Brenner entfesseln die „Digital Marketplaces“

Robert Jacobi und Ellena Brenner entfesseln die „Digital Marketplaces“

Digitalisierung und traditionelle Buchwelt schließen sich nicht aus. Im Gegenteil. Den perfekten Brückenschlag beschreiben Robert und unser Ex-Senior Consultant Ellena Brenner (jetzt Zeiss Digital Innovation Lab). Denn sie waren kürzlich als Gastautoren für den Sammelband “Digital Marketplaces Unleashed” tätig.

In ihrem 13-seitigen Kapitel „How Large Corporations Survive Digitalization“ beschäftigen sich Robert und Ellena mit den Herausforderungen, denen sich große Unternehmen in Sachen Digitalisierung stellen müssen und wie sie damit in der Praxis umgehen können. Als Spezialisten für digitale Transformation beschreiben die beiden hier gezielt Maßnahmen, die Manager dabei unterstützen, ihre Organisation zum digitalen Erfolg zu führen. Dabei konzentrieren sie sich auf die drei Erfolgsfaktoren „Leadership & Vision“, „Culture & People“ und „Corporate Processes & Structure“.

Das Buch umfasst insgesamt 81 Kapitel von über 100 Gastautoren wie Managern und Medienexperten und widmet sich den unterschiedlichen Teilaspekten der digitalen Transformation – angefangen bei Big Data, über Cloud- und Mobilitätstechnologie bis hin zu neuen Entwicklungen in der Finanz-und Versicherungstechnologie. Zu den weiteren Autoren zählen unter anderem Dr. Ralf Schneider (Allianz) und Michael Zaddach (Flughafen München GmbH). Herausgeber ist Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien (LMU).

„Digital Marketplaces Unleashed“ ist ab sofort als eBook verfügbar und erscheint am 13. Oktober als Hardcover Version. Im Rahmen der „Digitale Welt Convention“ am 23. November in München feiert es Premiere. Weitere Informationen zum Sammelband und eine Leseprobe finden sie auf der Seite des Springer-Verlages.

Yeah! Nunatak ist Bits & Pretzels Partner 2017

Yeah! Nunatak ist Bits & Pretzels Partner 2017

Dieses Jahr sind wir zum ersten Mal Partner von Bits & Pretzels, der Münchner Gründer- und Digital-Konferenz, auf der bereits Kevin Spacey und Richard Branson zu Gast waren. Das Event steht für drei Tage Networking mit Start-Ups, etablierten Unternehmen und Innovationsenthusiasten, für inspirierende Vorträge zu Unternehmertum & Digitalisierung und für ein außergewöhnliches Rahmenprogramm.

Neben zahlreichen Speakern, wie Stefan Raab, Philipp Lahm, Marc Samwer, Werner Vogels, Christop Keese, wird unser Managing Partner Rupert Schäfer live dabei sein und auf der Corporate-Innovation-Stage über das Thema “How to act successfully as a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) – Do’s / Dont’s?“ sprechen – und zwar am Montag, 25.09.2017, um 13 Uhr (Saal 4). Konzerne zeigen mit der Ernennung eines CDOs, dass sie die Digitalisierung ernst nehmen und können dadurch neue Talente anziehen. Intern kann eine solche Einheit als Ansprechpartner und strategischer Sammelpunkt für die digitalen Initiativen anderer Abteilungen dienen. Bei allen Vorteilen stellt die Integration einer CDO-Einheit Unternehmen noch immer vor enormen Herausforderungen. CDOs, mit denen wir zusammenarbeiten, berichten, wie schwierig es ist Veränderungen umzusetzen – selbst bei allgemeinem Konsens. Vor allem traditionelle Unternehmen tun sich schwer, ihre stark auf Hierarchien aufgebaute Unternehmenskultur für einen progressiven CDO zu öffnen. Generell müssen sich Unternehmen fragen, wie viel Budget und Einfluss der CDO benötigt, um tiefgehende Veränderung tatsächlich durchsetzen zu können. Rupert Schäfer wird anhand ausgewählter Beispiele auf diese und weitere Fragen Antworten geben.

Beim Event-Abschluss auf der Wiesn haben Teilnehmer zudem die Möglichkeit Rupert als Table Captain in einem persönlicheren Setting näher kennen zu lernen und mit ihm über digitale und andere Themen zu diskutieren.

Wir freuen uns, Euch auf der Bits & Pretzels zu sehen!

Näheres zum Programm gibt es hier.