Trendspotting at the 32. DIGITAL FRIENDS DINNER
During the 32nd Digital Friends Dinners (DFD), three guests were asked to provide their insights on the trends they find important, and the new apps that blew them away.
MAKS GIORDANO IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON ISSUES IN DIGITAL HEALTH, in particular. “We will be seeing many new, and exciting business models developing in future, whether through DNA sequencing or in digital diagnostics,” prophesizes Mr. Giordano, managing director and co-founder of kreait. His favourite app is one that helps you disconnect, he tells us. He’s a fan of Headspace, the successful meditation app.
FRANZISKA DDECKE, HEAD OF MARKAT AT DLD HUBERT BURDA MEDIA, is following two developments that she thinks have great potential to change society. No. 1, blockchain: a technology that might be capable of shaking up more than just the banking industry. No. 2, genomics: The ability to change gene sequences will likely bring more than a few ethical challenges. Her apps: TypeDrawing (where you can add text to pictures) and Photoshop Sketch (the creative baby sister of Photoshop).
ERIK MEIERHOFF, HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT RAKUTEN EUROPE, would also place a focus on the fintech industry. Meierhoff points out that “Fintechs need to delve into the old topic of customer care in order to be successful in the long-term,” referring to the latest Number26 incident. Which apps does this soccer fan love to use? Well, what else other than the Kicktipp app, which he touts as: “simple, social, very powerful.”