Helden Schurken Visionäre, Rahim Taghizadegan

Heroes, Villains, Visionaries

Entrepreneurs carry risk and uncertainty, and in this lies their possible greatness. But there is a fine line between heroes and villains, between value and profit. Here then comes the contrepreneur.

An interview with Rahim Taghizadegan.

2_heroes-villains-visionaires_book9783898799317xxlDo you have to be crazy to still become an entrepreneur in Europe? Or have entrepreneurs always been the crazier ones? These are questions Rahim Taghizadegan asks in his book Helden, Schurken, Visionäre: Entrepreneure waren gestern – jetzt kommen die Contrepreneure (English: Heroes, Villains, Visionaries: Entrepreneurs are the Past – Here Come the Contrepreneurs). And while there is no definite answer on the insanity of entrepreneurs per se, Taghizadegan constructs a grand picture of entrepreneurship throughout time. Continue reading

Johannes Krainer, essentialist article, european pessimism, growth mindset, innovation

Why Europeans’ Indefinite Pessimism About the Future Endangers Their Industry

Johannes Krainer

The recent scandal about Volkswagen, which keeps us busy these days, made me think about disruptive innovation and why we lack it in Europe.

The concept of disruptive innovation was first raised by Clayton Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma in the late 1990s. An innovator’s dilemma is the choice between focusing on clients’ current needs (i.e. product development) versus creating a completely new product according to future demand (disruptive innovation). Continue reading