In Weekly disruption feed

Shuddle – The Uber for transporting kids

Shuddle, a new Uber-like service that arranges car rides for busy families has raised $10 million to replace mom’s minivan. Rides from home to school or school to soccer practice are Shuddle’s bread-and-butter. Shuddle only hires drivers with two employee references for caregiving experience (like nanny, babysitter, teacher etc), and the 200 employed today are, unlike UBER, almost all women. Simply a great idea that we expect to see more of!

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Mechanical smartwatch?

TAGHeuer is entering the smart watch market in a partnership with Google and IBM. It seems a response to Apples recent entry to the market but TAGHeuer claim so is not the case. It’s a way to get new consumers (read: younger) excited to dress up their wrists. “If young people get used to wearing a watch, it’s very easy to sell them. It’s a gateway”, says the CEO. Do it right and this might be the first step to meeting a potentially disruptive trend!

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Self-driving cars not so far away!

Self-driving cars are a natural to bring up in the disruption feed but there are questions as to how soon we may see them in action. SOON, is the most likely answer! On Thursday Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, took a big step in that direction when he announced that they will introduce autonomous technology by this summer, allowing drivers to have the car take control on highways. However, some industry experts say autonomous driving might not actually be legal and are skeptical. Certainly an interesting development that we will follow closely as legislators and technology start to battle once more.

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Windows 10 – Freeware in China

With people getting more used to free software, Microsoft has been forced to lower the prize on their operating systems and even giving it away for free in mobile devices. Last Wednesday, they took it one step further when they announced that all Chinese Windows users receive free upgrade to Windows 10. This might not have a huge effect on Microsoft’s short-term results but it indicates that the idea of charging customers for the OS will soon be a revenue model of the past.

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IBM Is putting the 6000 tweets per second to use

IBM see big potential in the big data flood that is Twitter. In the recent month IBM has trained more than 4000 employees on using twitter data in customer projects. IBM’s new developer tools make it possible to write applications that use twitter data as input for analyzing business problems. When twitter data is used as a huge focus group, it can be used for a variety of business challenges such as feedback for product development, manufacturing planning and marketing. As mentioned before in the disruption feed, insurance companies have also started to analyze social media data in order to maximize profit.

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Facebook to enter the mobile payment market

Soon, American users of Facebook’s popular instant-messaging app will be allowed to send each other money via the same interface they use to communicate. By simply touching the dollar sign in the app, type in an amount and press send, money is transferred via the collaborating banks. Facebook is not first on the ball on this one since Snapchat has already introduced Snapcash and PayPal introduced Venmo. However, if this is a case of “the winner takes it all”, Facebook definitely has a strong position with their 1,4 billion user base.

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