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Digital Skills – What is behind it all?


Digitization is constantly progressing. Work has also changed fundamentally and is now increasingly taking place online. But this new way of working under the buzzword New Work, with all its advantages, also entails challenges.

Not all employees can organize themselves equally well at home, for example, and do not have the necessary skills to find their way in the digital world of work. Therefore, it has become all the more important to deal intensively with the necessary skills to work healthily and effectively in the virtual environment. But what are digital skills?

At first glance, most people only think of digital skills as using new technology or new media. However, this is only partially true. Of course, this view is not wrong per se, but it is not complete. In this article, we would like to give you an understanding of what exactly is behind the term digital competence and what challenges this entails for employees and employers when working in the digital space.

At CONET, we don’t just see that Dealing with new technologies or media as an important change process, but we also face the challenges that arise from digitization in the field of Autonomythe Communication and in the social-emotional aspects result.

Digital skills for the new world of work

Companies around the world recognize that, for example, autonomy, which is essential in digital work, also has its downsides. Not all employees see themselves in a position to cope with the high degree of flexibility and to organize themselves in this new world of work. Therefore, employees can be overwhelmed by their superiors or employees can overwhelm themselves. Even when using new communication channels and types of communication, it is important to always consider and assess the personal skills of the employees. Whether everyone has the necessary skills to use the new technology effectively, to exploit the full potential and to avoid being overwhelmed, must always be carefully checked in each individual case.

self-management skills

An important competence for dealing effectively with the challenges of digital work is therefore the self-management skills This can help to find your way around better in the newly gained autonomy and thus avoid being overwhelmed. Managers can provide support here by not overwhelming employees with the full flexibility of new working models all at once, but instead gradually introducing them to the new way of working.

Technological competence

Furthermore, the technological competence is an important factor. Only those who know how to use the new technology effectively can prevent an emerging overload and use the technical advantage to increase work efficiency. In the future, it will become increasingly important to deal with new collaboration and communication technologies in order to also satisfy social and emotional aspects. Because people have a need for exchange, experiences and social contacts. When used correctly, new technologies can help to reduce the effect of social isolation, create a moment of experience and enable location-independent social exchange.

Personal Competences

Nevertheless, despite a high level of self-management skills and technological competence, overwork, excessive demands or social isolation can occur. In order to be able to deal adequately with these situations, the personal skills existential. At CONET, we understand this to mean both resilience, which represents mental resilience and improves the handling of defeats and stressful situations, as well as the ability to reduce stress and deal with it better.

Digital skills are essential

The three key competencies described are essential both for professional life today and tomorrow and for social participation in general in order to act effectively and healthily in the digital context.

At CONET, we have made it our task to accompany and support companies on their way to sustainable, successful digitization. We have developed training concepts for this, for example to learn how to use different technologies and get to know methods for self-management in digital work. In addition, we increase the resilience of your employees in workshops and show you strategies for dealing with, coping with and avoiding stress.

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Michael Vogel works as a consultant at CONET Solutions GmbH and advises partners and customers on the topics of work & experience, new work and digital transformation with a focus on the future of work, organizational development and transformation support.

Source: https://www.conet.de/blog/digitale-kompetenzen-was-steckt-alles-dahinter/

How to use fuel-efficient routes on Google Maps


With the end of the tank discount, petrol and diesel prices in Germany are slowly but noticeably increasing. That’s why we explain in our “how to” how you can save diesel and petrol with fuel-efficient routes on Google Maps. Do you already use the function?

The grace period will soon be over: on August 31, 2022, the three-month artificial recovery at gas stations throughout Germany will end. From the deadline of September 1, 2022, state funding or relief for German drivers will no longer apply.

And just a few days before the end of the tank discount, fuel prices are rising again throughout Germany. Therefore, more and more people want to save diesel and petrol. This is exactly where the online giant Google wants to support them.

Fuel-efficient routes: save diesel and petrol with Google Maps

Just a few days ago, Google announced that it would finally roll out the so-called fuel-saving routes on Google Maps in Germany. Google cites three aspects as the official justification:

  1. More and more people are interested in more sustainability in everyday life.
  2. More than every third German wants to focus on more sustainability through electric and hybrid drives when buying a new car.
  3. The search volume for “save petrol and gas” has increased by 338 percent compared to the previous year.

Whether these reasons were really decisive in the end is irrelevant. In fact, Google is making it easier for its users to navigate from one place to another by car in a more environmentally friendly way.

But how do you activate the fuel-efficient routes on Google Maps? This is exactly what we want to explain to you step by step in “How to”.

In the first step you open Google Maps on your smartphone.

How to turn on fuel-efficient routes on Google Maps. Step 1.

Use the arrows under the heading to go back and forth.


Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/08/28/benzin-spareni-google-maps-aktivieren/

Crypto exchange FTX emerges as the winner of the crisis


CEO Sam Bankman-Fried reveals in an interview what he did differently from his rivals. Also: Uber has trouble with a hacker and SpaceX is testing a new business area at an altitude of 10,000 meters.

Billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried has a good laugh: his crypto exchange FTX has emerged strengthened from the crypto winter.
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Good morning! Even during the weekend, work in the digital scene continued in many places.

The top topics:

The crypto exchange FTX has survived the crypto market crash relatively unscathed so far. CEO Sam Bankman-Fried even looked for bargains in the midst of the crisis. He also said he has other money to spend if the opportunity arises. Other multi-billion dollar crypto companies have gone bankrupt this year. The shares of the main competitor Coinbase have fallen by 70 percent. At the same time, FTX has continued to develop stably.

In an interview with the US broadcaster CNBC, Bankman-Fried attributed this to the fact that he stashed plenty of cash, kept general costs low and avoided debt. In addition, as a private company, FTX has been able to move quickly. In the weeks surrounding the cryptocurrency implosion Terra USD and the collapse of the crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital Billions of dollars have been wiped out in the crypto industry. Bitcointhe world’s largest cryptocurrency, has lost more than half of its value this year. [Mehr bei CNBC]

on Founder scene: At the end of the year, the federal government will cancel the Funding for plug-in hybrid vehicles, i.e. combustion engines with batteries. That’s a boon for the environment, says our torque columnist Don Dahlmann. After all, the cars would hardly be charged. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

And here are the other headlines of the night and the past few days:

Uber investigates a cybersecurity incident. Apparently, a hacker gained control of the ride-hailing company’s internal systems after breaking in through an employee’s Slack account. Slack, a workplace messaging service, is used by many tech companies and startups for day-to-day communication. A Washington Post report said the suspected hacker told the newspaper he attacked Uber for fun and could reveal the company’s source code within months. [Mehr bei CNBC und Washington Post]

SpaceX would like via its Starlink satellite system Netflix and Youtube offer on the plane. The US company held a demo aboard a jet operated by its first airline customer, regional carrier JSX. CEO Elon Musk wants the on-board business of the satellite providers Intelsat and Viasat attack. [Mehr bei Bloomberg]

Bytedance plans to spend $3 billion to buy back shares from investors. If the shareholders approve the plan, it will be valued at approximately $176.90 each. The latter would value the Chinese company at around $300 billion. The buyback is being offered to allow investors to cash in on cash after there is currently no clear timeline for the Tiktok parent to go public. [Mehr bei Reuters]

Intuitive Machines goes public. The company, which develops lunar landers and other technology to enable lunar exploration, plans to list on the US tech exchange Nasdaq via a Spac deal. Intuitive Machines, founded over nine years ago and based in Houston, will merge with Inflection Point Acquisition Corp. merge. Upon completion of the merger, the total value of the company will be approximately $815 million. [Mehr bei Techcrunch]

Daimler Truck presented an electric truck for long-distance transport. The commercial vehicle manufacturer announced on Sunday evening that the “eActros LongHaul” would be ready for series production by 2024. The new model has a range of around 500 kilometers, and three battery packs are expected to deliver a total installed capacity of more than 600 kilowatt hours. [Mehr bei Handelsblatt]

Our reading tip on Gründerszene: Came during her design studies Alina Eynck the idea for new types of dildos. But it wasn’t until eight years later that it became a business. Now she sells sex toys made of porcelain. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

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These are the 10 biggest data breaches of all time


Both on the smartphone, on the computer in our e-mails: we deal with data everywhere. But despite many precautionary measures, data theft occurs again and again. In our weekly ranking, we show you the ten biggest data leaks of all time.

The best protection against data leakage is and remains a strong password. The so-called two-factor authentication also ensures more security. But no measure or setting offers 100 percent protection.

These are the 10 biggest data breaches of all time

Have you ever been hacked? You can do that with the Have I Been Pwned? Find out by entering your email address or phone number. The platform also categorizes and ranks the biggest data thefts of all time, which we would like to present to you in the following ranking.

Platz 10: Wattpad

In 2010, cybercriminals have more than 268 million sensitive data stolen from e-book platform Wattpad. Authors can publish their own stories on the site and offer them to other users to read.

10th place: Wattpad. (unsplash.com / Markus Spiske)

Use the arrows under the heading to go back and forth.


Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/08/28/datendiebstaehle-das-sind-die-10-groessten-datenlecks-aller-zeiten/

This pinwheel is processed into gummy bears after operation


Researchers from Michigan want to develop a wind turbine that will one day be processed into gummy bears after its operating time. Other products are also conceivable.

In the coming years, the expansion of renewable energies will become increasingly important. The Ukraine war in particular shows how dependent we are on fossil fuels. A circumstance that politicians want to change soon.

But in addition to their many advantages, solar and wind power plants also have a decisive disadvantage: What to do when the solar cells or rotor blades have had their day? Researchers around the world have been dealing with this problem for several years.

Only recently, the Siemens Gamesa group presented recyclable rotor blades, a concept that could set a precedent in the coming decades. Another new approach now comes from Michigan State University. The turbines of wind turbines should be given a second life in many products after their service life.

New wind turbine rotor blades open up huge potential

In theory, many companies could use previously available wind turbines as building materials after they have been used. In practice, however, the huge constructs usually end up in landfills. In addition to the raw materials that can no longer be used, this is also a problem due to the space requirement.

However, a newly developed resin made from glass fibers and polymers could soon change that. Rotor blades based on this solution could be mixed with minerals after use. As a result, products such as toys or other plastic products are created. Other possible uses are plastic discs or even gummy bears.

Everyday tests should show the stability of the new rotor blades

Gummy bear? Yes, you read that right. During further processing, potassium lactate is produced, a raw material that can be used for gummy bears. So maybe one day we’ll eat a pinwheel. Due to its diversity, the process opens up almost infinite potential.

In the next step, the researchers want to produce the first rotor blades and test them in everyday use. Because it is not yet entirely clear how the material will fare in snow, rain and wind. If the rotor blade withstands the conditions, the process can be scaled up to industrial level within a short period of time.

Also interesting:

Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/08/29/windrad-gummibaerchen/

SAP-Kompetenz bei CONET – CONET Technologie-Blog


The SAP PartnerEdge program certifies companies with special competencies

In recent years, SAP SE has partner companies with the title as part of the SAP PartnerEdge program Recognized Expertise excellent. This was awarded to companies that have proven expertise and experience in a selected solution or industry. Each assessment was based on rigorous training and certification requirements coupled with customer reviews outlined in SAP’s program policies. SAP partner companies had to meet the following criteria to receive the award:

  • Product Competence: The company must have a defined number of certified consultants. Depending on the solution or industry, there are different specifications.
  • Evidence of successfully completed projects: Using questionnaires on successfully completed projects, customers must confirm the quality of the services provided directly to SAP.

On September 1, 2022, SAP SE presented a new system for partner categorization for the future. Competence and customer satisfaction are also the central evaluation elements here. The new “Competency Framework” consists of three levels: Essential, Advanced and Expert. Each competency allows for specializations at product or process level, and each partner competency is evaluated in the areas of expertise, customer success, and performance.

The ratings will therefore continue to distinguish particularly competent and experienced service providers in certain subject areas. They offer customers transparency and make it easier to select a partner for a specific SAP project.

CONET continuously demonstrates comprehensive SAP know-how in a wide variety of areas

Since the introduction of Recognized Expertise CONET can continuously demonstrate its expertise in all aspects of SAP topics and services. In addition to numerous awards, CONET has in 2022 Recognized Expertise Certificates in the areas of Business Intelligence, Defense & Security, Insurance, Public Sector, Financial Management, Enterprise Asset Management, Talent Management and SAP S/4HANA.

In addition, CONET is a “SAP Gold Partner” and in 2022 received the award for “Public Services Partner of the Year” for the fourth time in a row.

SAP Diamond Award 2022

SAP competence and the faces to go with it

At CONET, the long-standing and successful partnership with SAP and thus also the SAP competence is lived on many levels. Starting with the junior consultant, through experienced SAP project managers, to the partner manager who pulls all the strings together in the background.

We would like to introduce you to two SAP faces at CONET in more detail below:

Junior Consultant at CONET: SAP certification as the basis for a successful start

Susanne Klassen, Junior Consultant  CONET Business Consultants GmbH

Susanne Klassen, Junior Consultant CONET Business Consultants GmbH

Susanne Klassen has been working as a junior consultant at CONET Business Consultants GmbH since autumn 2021. In an interview, she introduced us to her work in the SAP environment.

Susanne, how did you start at CONET?

After my part-time degree in Business Administration (BA) I was looking for a new challenge after ten years with my former employer. In October 2021 I started as a junior consultant in the accounting business unit of CONET Business Consultants. I hadn’t worked with SAP before, but thanks to the good on-boarding and the very helpful colleagues, I was able to familiarize myself with it. After a short time, I attended my first extensive SAP training course: a total of four weeks on site in Walldorf.

What does your area of ​​responsibility look like in detail?

I am currently working on two projects. At a German state capital, we oversee the switch to the latest version of SAP S/4HANA. We create the conditions for the changeover, clarify which requirements have already been met and what still needs to be adjusted. This always includes checking which processes we can improve. At the same time, we conduct customer training courses and workshops for requirements assessment.
The second project is also thematically about the switch to SAP 4 HANA – this time for a large public client at the federal level. The challenge here lies in the fact that the customer has a very specific SAP system and therefore also has its own framework for the changeover.

What SAP certification do you have?

I have certification this year SAP S/4HANA for “Financial Accounting associate” purchased in the 2020 version. The content is about external accounting, general ledger, balance sheet preparation and financial statements – all of course based on SAP. After a basic four-week training course, which imparted all the knowledge, I was free to choose the exam date so that I had more time to prepare for the exam. This was very time-consuming – I had to work through a total of four books with 400-500 pages. I found the preparation together with my CONET colleagues, who also took the exam, very helpful. We also have a junior study group together.

At Easter 2022, the time had finally come: the exam ran online via a SAP center on the Indian subcontinent. After a strict identification process, 80 multiple-choice questions were asked in three hours, which were really tough.

Why is SAP certification important?

Although I was technically prepared for my current area of ​​responsibility through my studies, I lacked the SAP-specific knowledge. I was able to acquire this with the extensive four-week certification training and in exchange with colleagues and prove my expertise through the exam. From my point of view, this is fundamental for the operational entry into projects. Especially for newcomers, it also ensures a better assessment of what you can do and gives you self-confidence for future work.

With regard to our customers, certification is of course important in order to demonstrate expertise in individual subject areas and thus stand out on the market.

Are further certifications planned?

Constant knowledge building and the acquisition of further certification are part of CONET LIFE – our corporate philosophy. Choosing suitable further training courses is part of the annual employee dialog and ensures that we have a broad range of topics and close gaps in knowledge. My certification is a standard certification for the area of ​​accounting – other SAP training courses build on this and deepen individual key topics.

Depending on the area, the certification is valid for 3 to 4 years – so that for this reason alone, regular refreshment and checking of knowledge is required.

How do you personally rate the SAP certification you have earned?

From my point of view, the energy and time required for the certification is worthwhile. SAP is a growing field that will keep us all busy for a long time.

In addition, it was a great experience to do the training on site in Walldorf and to get to know the SAP cosmos.

SAP-Partnermanagement bei CONET

Elisabeth Justinger, Bid Manager | CONET Business Consultants GmbH

Elisabeth Justinger, Bid Manager | CONET Business Consultants GmbH

The successful long-standing partnership with SAP is carried by many shoulders at CONET. In addition to committed and certified consultants and project managers, the partner manager Elisabeth Justinger is an important key person. She also told us about her work in an interview:

Lisa, what are the tasks involved in the field of SAP partner management?

All new colleagues are registered by me in the SAP system and receive S-user access, which allows access to a wide range of information from SAP and participation in internal training courses and information events. For colleagues who have already worked in the SAP environment, I ensure that the existing certificates are transferred to the new S-User.

In day-to-day business, I keep an eye on the current SAP topics – these can be newly identified strategic topics or new or changing certification offers. As an international corporation with correspondingly different contact persons, the information offered by SAP is very diverse and is aimed at a wide variety of target groups. My job is to bundle the offers that are relevant to us and make them available internally.

Certifications as a basis for awards

I regularly exchange information with colleagues about current and possibly expiring certificates and am available as a contact person for all questions about certifications. Especially for receiving the previous award Recognized Expertise it was important to keep an eye on which certifications colleagues have in which SAP subject areas.

To receive the SAP awards, I select customers together with my colleagues, who we ask for an evaluation. In addition to the certifications, these customer ratings were the second requirement for obtaining the Recognized Expertise and will certainly also be in the new one Competency Framework have great importance.

What else matters?

SAP is currently converting its topics to cloud products and adapting services accordingly. This results in regular changes in the SAP portfolio and certificates may be updated several times a year. This also has an impact on our choice of training courses. After all, we always want to be up to date for our customers.

Another topic related to the growth of the CONET group is the bundling of all CONET companies in the SAP partner landscape. My job here is to establish contact between the individual companies and SAP and to manage this shared account.

Last but not least, regular exchange with the specialist departments is important for SAP partner management. Who uses which areas of SAP, where is there still a need for information, where have not all possibilities been exhausted? My job is to maintain this exchange and make relevant news accessible to everyone.

How do you rate your task?

“The job as a SAP partner manager is fun because it has both organizational and operational content. SAP never stands still, software and solution offerings are constantly evolving, so it never gets boring.”

view in the future

Even with the conversion of the partner program, CONET will be successful with satisfied customers, committed employees and a high utilization of certifications Competency Framework take part. We look forward to the new challenges!

SAP Competence at CONET

As a SAP consultant for many years, CONET offers holistic SAP consulting – from process consulting and strategy development to architecture and technology consulting to implementation and continuous optimization. With CONET you can rely on the expertise and experience of certified SAP consultants in times of digital transformation.

Our SAP services

Antje Gerstenberger has been Senior Communication Manager at CONET since January 2022.

Source: https://www.conet.de/blog/sap-partneredge-programm-bescheinigt-conet-kompetenz/

Elon Musk wants self-driving Teslas on the road by 2022


Tesla boss Elon Musk wants this year Put autonomous e-cars on the streets – both in the USA and Europe. Musk announced this at an energy conference in Norway.

Spaceships and autonomous electric cars are currently the focus of Elon Musk. At an energy conference in Stavanger, Norway, the Tesla boss said loudly Reutersthat he wants to put one of his SpaceX spacecraft into orbit by the end of 2022.

He also wants to optimize the so-called Tesla autopilot. In the USA and Europe, self-driving Teslas are expected to be on the roads before the end of this year. According to Musk, however, the respective extent depends on official approval.

Elon Musk fires Tesla Autopilot employee

The plan to bring autonomous e-cars onto the market by the end of 2022 seems ambitious. Because recently, the Tesla autopilot was in a series of involved in accidents. In addition, as recently as June, Musk fired 200 employees in the United States who had been working on autopilot.

He also said at the Energy Conference in Norway that the world must continue to produce gas and oil to sustain civilization. At the same time, however, sustainable energy sources must also be developed further.

Advertising for autonomous cars should be banned

Until recently, it was also unclear whether Musk would be allowed to advertise his autonomous electric cars in Germany. Because the headquarters for combating unfair competition in Frankfurt am Main had filed a lawsuit against Tesla with the Federal Court of Justice.

However, this was ultimately rejected. In Norway, Elon Musk again pointed out that he wanted to build a new gigafactory in Canada. The final decision should be made by the end of 2022.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/08/29/tesla-elon-musk-will-autonome-autos-ende-2022/

SAP Analytics Cloud: Custom Widgets im Analytics Designer entwickeln


With the Analytics Designer, it is possible to create analysis applications in the SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). However, there are scenarios where the capabilities of the Analytics Designer are not enough. The solution is custom widgets, which offer an almost unlimited range of functions. In this blog post, you will learn how an Analytics Designer custom widget is structured and what advantages you benefit from.

SAC und Analytics Designer

Within the SAP Analytics Cloud, the Analytics Designer is a component for complex reporting applications. With the help of ready-made report elements, interactive applications can be designed and expanded with individual functions thanks to extensive scripting options. Compared to the classic on-premise report applications from SAP, the Analytics Designer is the successor to the SAP Lumira Designer. While not all of the functionalities from the Lumira Designer have yet been integrated into the SAC, SAP is clearly focusing the development on the Analytics Designer and preferably provides it with new features.

In the event that the previous functions of the Analytics Designer are not sufficient in an individual application, SAP also enables the Development of own custom widgetsthat can be integrated into the SAC. These enable the free development of your own logic and visualizations in JavaScript and are subject to only a few restrictions in terms of their possible range of functions. In the following, the basic structure of a custom widget for the Analytics Designer is shown as an example.

Structure of a custom widget in Analytics Designer

A custom widget for the SAP Analytics Cloud consists of the following four components:


The custom widget metadata is represented by a simple JSON file containing the basic properties and configuration parameters. Only this metadata file is uploaded to the SAC. The other three components are only linked in the file and must be hosted externally on a dedicated web server. For development purposes, external hosting can be implemented using a local web server or a Github repository with Github Pages, for example.

application logic

The actual logic of the custom widget is developed in JavaScript and stored in a single file. But he can Full functionality of JavaScript used so that the integration of external libraries or data queries on third-party systems is also possible.

Styling (optional)

Here the styling panel is implemented for configuration in analytics designer to do that Appearance of the components via the graphical interface of the Analytics Designer.

Builder (optional)

This is where the builder panel for configuration in Analytics Designer is implemented. The panel is relevant when a Data source connected to the custom widget shall be.

sample application

A custom widget is shown below as an example use case, which integrates a SAPUI5 control for displaying a calendar in the SAC. The already available SAPUI5 framework is used for this and addressed in the custom widget. While in principle any SAPUI5 controls can be integrated in this way, the SAPUI5 version currently used in the SAC must be checked beforehand. Otherwise, newer controls may not yet be compatible. The integration looks as follows within an Analytics Designer application:

On the one hand, the application logic contains the XML view of the components, which is translated into HTML at runtime. The basic structure can be adopted for various SAPUI5 controls from the Samples Library at ui5.sap.com and can look like this:

Screenshot: SAP Analytics Cloud Custom Widget Konsole

In addition to the XML view, a SAPUI5 control requires logic that is implemented within a JavaScript controller. In the case of this custom widget, the logic is implemented as follows in the form of a separate JavaScript method. The “handleCalendarSelect” method is used to test the selected date of the calendar in the console:

Screenshot: SAP Analytics Cloud Custom Widget Konsole

According to the methodology used, the SAPUI5 control shown can be exchanged as desired, resulting in a wide range of possible applications. Alternatively, other frameworks can be integrated in order to implement visualizations or purely technical custom widgets. The latter are not displayed in reports, but can, for example, read additional data from third-party systems or implement logic that is not available with the native options of Analytics Designer. Through the simple construction of custom widgets development effort is also reduced compared to previous solutions such as the SAP Lumira Designer. Missing functionalities of the Analytics Designer can be quickly implemented as a custom widget. If you have use cases for custom widgets in the SAP Analytics Cloud, please contact us!

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Photo: Lennart Scholand

Lennart Scholand works as a SAP consultant at CONET Business Consultants GmbH and advises partners and customers on the topics of SAP BusinessObjects, SAP Analytics Cloud and SAPUI5.

Source: https://www.conet.de/blog/sap-analytics-cloud-custom-widgets-im-analytics-designer-entwickeln/

Tesla is said to be putting its battery factory plans in Grünheide on hold


According to a media report, the plans threaten to burst. Also: deal worth millions – Adobe buys designer company Figma and Ethereum switches to energy-saving operation.

Cars and batteries should actually be manufactured in Grünheide.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Good morning! While you slept, work continued elsewhere in the digital scene.

The top topics:

Tesla has apparently put the plans for its battery production at the Grünheide plant near Berlin on hold. This should actually create thousands of jobs. As the “Wall Street Journal” reports, the US automaker wants to change its battery strategy in order to benefit from new tax incentives in the United States worth billions. The production of batteries and electric vehicles is heavily promoted there. Elon Musk did not comment on the report.

Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) told the “Tagesspiegel”: “We have no information that anything is to be relocated. In principle, the expansion will remain as planned”. Elon Musk’s company has been producing electric vehicles in Grünheide since March. Actually, the European plant should also become the world’s largest battery factory. Their construction is at an advanced stage. [Mehr bei Wall Street Journal, Handelsblatt und Tagespiegel]

On the founding scene: “In our house, everything has always revolved around carpets,” says Ramin Mohammadi. His family has been selling Persian carpets for several generations, but he did not want to continue the business. Instead, Mohammadi founded a carpet startup himself. With Teppana the hamburger addresses allergy sufferers, for example, because its products can be washed – and the business can be scaled better. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

And here are the other headlines of the night:

Adobe buy the web designer Figma for $20 billion. The amount is to be paid in cash and shares. A little over a year ago, Figma was valued at $10 billion, half of the purchase price. Figma specializes in collaborative software tools for creating web designs. The startup benefited from increased demand as a result of the corona pandemic and the trend towards working from home. According to his own statements, his customers include Airbnb, Google, Spotify, Netflix and Twitter. The acquisition is expected to be completed next year. The Adobe shares reacted before the market with a price slide of more than ten percent. [Mehr bei Handelsblatt, Wall Street Journal, CNBC und Financial Times]

Ethereum has completed its biggest upgrade to date. Experts speak of a turning point for the entire crypto sector. So far, all indications are that the so-called merge — which aims to reduce the cryptocurrency’s energy consumption by more than 99 percent — was a success. The overhaul of the Ethereum network is fundamentally changing the way blockchain secures its network and verifies transactions. The price of Ether jumped to around $1640 after the upgrade. [Mehr bei CNBC, Bloomberg und Guardian]

The sales and prices of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) have surged following the Ethereum upgrade, according to crypto data tracker Dappradar. One of the most valuable NFT collections, Bored Ape Yacht Club, reported sales of $1.3 million, up 187 percent in 24 hours, according to Dappradar. Cryptopunks, another popular NFT collection, reported a 56 percent increase in trading volume to $1.4 million over the same period. The #1 NFT marketplace by sales Opensea [Mehr bei Bloomberg]

Rumblea video platform that is proving to be an alternative to Youtube established, is scheduled to start trading on the US technology exchange Nasdaq next week. Earlier, shareholders of the Cantor Fitzgerald Acquisition special purpose vehicle voted to approve a $2.1 billion deal to take the service public via Spac. Rumble announced on Tuesday that it increased monthly active users to 78 million in August, up from an average of 44 million in the second quarter of 2022. [Mehr bei The Information]

The $75 billion acquisition of the video game maker Activision Blizzard through Microsoft faces in-depth investigations in Brussels and the UK. This is due to growing concerns that the deal is anti-competitive and will bar competitors from accessing the blockbuster Call of Duty game. Regulators expect a lengthy investigation. [Mehr bei Financial Times und Reuters]

Our reading tip on Gründerszene: Delivery HeroCEO Niklas Östberg sells shares worth ten million euros. Stockbrokers see this as a bad sign. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

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9 questions for the founder of “The Lion’s Den”


In this questionnaire, we ask the founders and participants of the Vox show The Lion’s Den questions about their products and experiences on the show. This time: Aaron Holzhäuer, founder of BeeMyBox.

BeeSafe becomes BeeMyBox

Anyone who rides a bike a lot should be familiar with this problem: Without a bag, smaller items such as keys or wallets cannot be stowed away well during the ride. Accessories such as lamps and speedometers usually remain unprotected on the bike after the ride.

Founder Aaron Holzhäuer has a solution for this: the BeeMyBox. With the lockable bike box, smaller items can be safely stowed away on the bike after and during the ride. In the new season of “The Lion’s Den” he was able to convince three lions of his product.

Carsten Maschmeyer, Georg Kohler and Ralf Dümmel made a joint deal. At the time of his pitch, Aaron Holzhäuer was just 17 years old.

Note: According to the recording, the start-up of “BeeSafe“ in „BeeMyBox“ renamed.

BeeMyBox: The lockable bicycle box from “The Lion’s Den”

BASIC thinking: Hello Aaron, you are part of the twelfth season of “The Lion’s Den”. How does that feel?

It is a very good feeling when your own product receives such media attention. And it’s a great opportunity that I want to use as best as possible.

What makes BeeMyBox so special?

BeeMyBox is a lockable box for mounting on the bike. In it, for example, bicycle lamps, speedometers and other bicycle accessories, but also sunglasses and other smaller items can be stowed away theft-proof and you don’t have to carry them around with you.

The lids can be easily replaced. In addition, the BeeMyBox with power bank has an integrated solar panel that charges a battery. Inside, the box has all the charging connections you need to charge lamps or your cell phone on the go.

The biggest difference to other products on the market is that many of the bicycle bags available on the market usually cannot be locked. There are closable ones underneath, but these are only attached with Velcro straps and are made of textile that can be easily cut open.

The idea behind BeeMyBox

How did you come up with the idea and your concept?

The trigger for the development of BeeMyBox was the fourth theft of my bicycle accessories. Since I’ve always enjoyed building and constructing things, I thought to myself that things couldn’t go on like this and that a good solution had to be found at last. After a development period of more than a year, the final prototype was created.

And how did you end up in The Lion’s Den?

I’ve always enjoyed watching the show privately. When I developed BeeMyBox, I thought that “The Lion’s Den” was the perfect opportunity to find an interested investor who, in addition to his experience, also has a large network and can support me with the appropriate capital.

That’s how the negotiations went

What was on your mind just before your pitch?

I tried not to think that millions of people would be watching. I just thought to myself “close your eyes and through”.

And how did the negotiations go?

There was no real negotiation because the lions made fair offers in my opinion. When Dagmar Wöhrl’s offer came very early on, I was reassured at first. She accepted my offer and suggested I work together.

Shortly afterwards came the offer from Carsten Maschmeyer, Ralf Dümmel and Georg Kofler, who asked for 40 percent for my desired 145,000 euros. Fortunately, after Nils Glagau’s offer, they went down to 30 percent. I thought that was fair and accepted – also because the offer came from several lions.

BeeMyBox: This is how it goes on now

What has happened to you and your product since shooting and participating?

A lot has happened since the shoot. Small adjustments were made to BeeMyBox. Beautiful packaging was designed and there is now a box with an integrated combination lock in addition to the key lock variant. Personally, I also learned a lot about all the processes involved in products.

And how does it continue? What are the next steps?

The next steps will be to stabilize BeeMyBox sales in the long term and to place them in more stores. We are also working on offering customers more color combinations and lids with additional functions. For example, a mobile phone holder cover is planned.

Looking back, how do you rate your experience at The Lion’s Den?

So far, the VOX start-up show “Die Höhle der Löwen” has been a very good experience for me. You have unique experiences and can take big steps forward with your startup that would otherwise never have been possible so early on. I came on the show with prototypes and soon I can see my own product on store shelves and mounted on bikes.

→ You can buy the BeeMyBox here.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/08/29/beemybox-die-hoehle-der-loewen/