What was it about?
Among other things, it was about StartUp funding and corporate culture in Germany as well as the education system. There were some surprising findings on Digital Transformation and the German education system - including Gunther Dueck.
The video for the session was unfortunately only to find in full, five-hour length. At 1: 30, Gunther Dueck - mathematician, ex-IBM manager, publicist and speaker, makes his interesting comments on the German education system, which in his opinion already suffocates entrepreneurial thinking:
Creativity as a disease?
"Creativity is considered a disease at school," he said. Moreover, the teaching of social competence is "not part of the education system". It is true that listening is important. However, the issuing of commands was withdrawn at school, he criticized. That was wrong, because you sometimes have to make "clear announcements" as an entrepreneur.
Dueck's explanation of MdB Tabea Rößner's question was a little less helpful as to how to confront the modern precariat. Rößner, media spokeswoman for the Greens, thus alluded to the situation of many creatives.
Dueck's answer is old-fashioned and personally a little too superficial: anyone who brings the appropriate soft skills and adaptability to the modern, digital society will do it. The rest falls down. This is a little too simple for me, especially when it comes to political decisions.
How does digitalization change our working world?
Also interesting I found the remarks of Professor Ruth Stock-Homburg from the Technical University of Darmstadt (Department of Marketing and HR Management), who spoke directly before Dueck. She warned against the complete mixture of work and family. This was bad for the health but also for the performance.
And she had, in contrast to Dueck, quite practical suggestions. One could counteract that with a high media competence. So one could let work at home "only in certain places take place, in order not to make the entire social environment with it happy". Such media literacy should, in their view, be taught in technology lessons. It should be noted, however, that class offers that would already begin in elementary schools are "off the table as soon as the red pencil is applied".
Full-digitization is inhuman
What I found particularly exciting was their statements about the Digital Society: Just as Taylorism, the complete division of labor, recognized as economically efficient, but abolished for reasons of inhumanity and the resulting lack of affluence, is also a complete digitization of the Society does not prevail, even if that sounds practical at first. It will always be Company that are more digitized than others.
This is an aspect that is often overlooked in many parts of the digital society!
Financing possibilities for startups
What else? Not so much news. It is an old hat for me that there are some catching up to do in financing start-up companies in Germany - all that is left to do is to interview Carsten Foertsch Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® read. But the very different solutions to this dilemma are quite interesting:
For a "sustainable promotion of risk capital financed financing models" Heiko Hebig spoke of the SPIEGELnet GmbH. Start-up entrepreneurs are often not helped with the bank loans, which are usually customary in Germany, because their business models are not suitable for such loans, said Tom Kirschbaum, co-founder of Penelope Ventures GmbH. Therefore venture capital provided by venture capital companies should not be "demonized".
Tax relief for venture capital donors
In France, positive experiences were made with tax relief for wealthy people who invest in venture capital models, said Frederic Hanika of Software AG. This would have created more venture capital funds, making the financing of start-up companies easier.
Hanika continues to found it more difficult to set up as a start-up company, but is the step to becoming a "big company". This requires a high marketing effort, he stressed. This is often more expensive than the actual development.
Another problem for young company founders, says Heiko Hebig, is the high bureaucracy. Here, from his point of view, it would be sensible if, at the very beginning, facilitations were possible at the very beginning.
See more opportunities than risks
The assessment of opportunities and risks must change, demanded Tom Kirschbaum. "In Germany, not the vision is seen, but the concerns," he said. Facebook, for example, is often referred to in the media in connection with possible data breaches.
"I would like us to talk more about the opportunities," said the company founder. One of these opportunities lies in the new work culture, which makes the employee part of the project, he said. The new working time models, which would not know any fixed starting or ending times and no fixed places of work, offer advantages and are "exciting for family planning," said Heiko Hebig.
Independence or isolation?
The advantage of independence through the new work culture would stand in the way of social isolation, lack of work rhythm, lack of infrastructure and lack of professionalism, said Holger Eggerichs, co-responsible for "Cloudsters" - a non-profit project on the "future of work" of the Lübeck-based association Lubeca.
The project has created a non-profit, urban "co-working" concept that gives all citizens access to a virtual work platform, allowing them to communicate and cooperate across companies.
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