Autonomous driving is currently receiving tremendous attention due to the competition in reaching level 4 vehicles with high automation. The main challenges for self-driving are 3d map construction, self-localization, and interpreting the surroundings. Still, the availability of large datasets is the biggest bottleneck for developing robust prediction models.

Open Source Data Platforms

It can be hard to find datasets that are suitable for the domain of application. The following lists shows are a collection of platforms that provide search functionality to find suited datasets for general purposes:


Machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, teaches computer systems to learn and improve based on past experiences. Tasks are automated in a similar way to how humans would complete them as machine learning reveals patterns and rules out of gathered data. Machine learning allows companies to transform their business by leveraging customer services like offerings, advertisement, and other previously manually conducted tasks of their daily business. The use cases can be extended to multiple industries and levels of detail. Current endeavors focus on complex and critical tasks as autonomous driving, disease detection, and disaster predictions.

Machine learning algorithms are…


Open source technology is at the core of the digital disruption to offer companies a robust, secure but cost-effective IT infrastructure. Enterprises use various software solutions which integration and maintenance are a big huddle due to complex and time-consuming adaptions. Open source provides fast adaption and controlled upgrades. Traditionally, open source can be dated back to the 1950s when software development was a side product of hardware that gave big business back in these days. In the 1990s and the early 2000s, open source arose with developers working across enterprises to create open software being accessible to the public. Open…


How to Build your Entrepreneurial Identity

Entrepreneurship is received as a set of mindsets and habits an entrepreneur is developing and performing rather than single characteristics that uniquely identify someone as an entrepreneur. Still, some characteristics indicate the degree of entrepreneurial thinking which depends on your identity and development of self-awareness.

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (Link), self-esteem is the second-highest need for self-actualization. Respect, status, recognition, and strength are characteristics entrepreneurs are seeking and they identify themselves as being valued for these.

Private Identity vs. Public Identity vs. Entrepreneurial Identity

As mentioned above, personal development affects entrepreneurial thinking. From a psychological point of view, our identity is comprised of two identities —…


Open business ecosystems — a new digital business model

The digital transformation drives organizations into extending their business to greater ecosystems — but what is the reason for this evolvement? A business ecosystem is key to meet the fast-growing competition that the globalization and digitization yields and enables organizations to exist in an era of digital, fast-changing business models. Examples of successful business ecosystems can be found from time to time and are very diverse. Take for example the joint venture that Daimler and BMW started in 2019 to explore the mobility services and technology of the future. Both car manufacturers want to profit from the joint venture by…


AI-labeling crowdsourcing platforms — a new digital business model

Artificial intelligence (AI) is widely used in today’s business such as for data analytics, natural language processing, or process automation. The inclusion of artificial intelligence bits and pieces into digital business models creates value by improving back-office efficiency and increasing customer experience. The emergence of artificial intelligence is based on decades of research for solving difficult computer science tasks and is now rapidly transforming business model innovation. Companies that are not considering artificial intelligence will be vulnerable to those companies that are equipped with artificial intelligence technology. While companies like Google, Amazon, and Tesla have already innovated their business models…


Why cats are the better entrepreneurs

Often, I ask myself what it takes to be a world-class entrepreneur — clearly, I have not figured it out yet. I am researching on the topic of successful entrepreneurship a lot, reading lots of books, testing different business ideas, and exchanging my findings with others. In regard to books, I am done always reading about the same thing — the alleged successes of their business and why you can only be successful by following a strict set of giving steps. I myself am considering a set of personal characteristics to be much more important than a given order of…


Open source data platforms — a new digital business model

The amount and characteristics of the data that are being generated are exploding. Automatically collected data from sensors, machines, and devices map out how people interact and what their behaviors are. Governments, institutions, and companies are more and more making their data available for free. The key motivation for open data is to increase the transparency of decision-making but for sure to economic value. This might not be a direct revenue stream as an equivalent to the data but rather indirect revenue which correlates to the provided data. The recent digital transformation supports the generation of data but also empowers…


Master effective team management — now it’s your turn

Team management is more often than not something you can learn with the right tools. It’s the basis of most businesses and companies where you work with people to complete vital tasks. It is a uniquely rewarding and fulfilling career path and skill to have. You get the opportunity to inspire and influence teams to greater heights as an entrepreneur and team manager. Leadership is a vital part of team management, yet it always pays to remember that you should lead people and manage processes. As Peter Drucker (Link) so eloquently put it:

Management is doing things right; leadership is…


Direct selling e-commerce platforms — a new digital business model

Nowadays, an increased number of companies rely on e-commerce strategies for selling and reaching out to their customers. The decision which many companies must confront is whether to host the online shop or to go for a retailer marketplace like Amazon. Both options yield advantages and disadvantages. While hosting includes big efforts in managing the supply chain activities like shipping, payment, and warehouse management, retail marketplaces may limit the customization of the online presence or put pressure on the sales margin. Well, there is also a third option — e-commerce platforms allow companies to manage their online shop and all…

Marcel Boer

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