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THE AUTOMOTIVE TOUR I DAY 4

The future of mobility.

For the fourth day of the Automotive Tour, we kicked the day off at Gigster. These last couple of days have been tremendously inspiring as plenty of idea’s are already bubbling up. These ideas eventually need to be developed in an app, website, community,… you name it! That’s where Gigster comes in! They only recruit the top 10X developers – being defined as 10 x faster, 10 x better, 10 x smarter. The kind of people to work for Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon. But who – depending on how they stand in life – doesn’t? They’re the type of people that live in different countries, work in different time zones, with/without colleagues, on a beach, in an office, work on different aspirational projects. Gigster’s unique approach is to use Artificial Intelligence to link the right developers from their pool with over 1000 dev’s to the right projects. Together they are able to develop an impressive range of technologies. Customers range from start-ups that seek to develop minimum viable/awesome products to the big tech companies. They’re heavily funded. We already met them last year at Andreessen-Horowitz, the most renowned VC in Silicon Valley. Recently, they’ve raised a series B round with i.e. Michael Jordan, Marc Benioff, next to the existing investors.

Then we went on to Jake Lussier. He discussed in depth the huge opportunities and pitfalls related to flying cars. Matters like safety, noise, cost. Will it require pilots? Air traffic management? What will it solve? In all 16 questions, but 0 answers to date. However, the main learning to walk away with is that there’s a ton of people working on it today, so it’s definitely a space to keep a close eye on.
Next was micro-insurance at Trōv. The ability to insure i.e. your camera when you’re on holiday. Or have your car insured while you’re driving it, but have a lower insurance while it’s parked in the garage. This can all be triggered automatically, based on beacons, location, timing, purchases, etc. It’s already live in the UK and Australia. True to what’s expected from disruptive start-ups, none of the founders have any experience with insurances. However, several big traditional insurances aren’t only underwriting the products that are offered on the platform, they have also become investors. The platform can be white-labelled…so if you’re game for the micro-insurance market…contact them.
When we visited San Francisco a year ago, you could see the odd Chariot running around, a Ford Transit carrying up to 14 passengers servicing a line like traditional bus companies. If people wanted a line from their neighborhood, they could vote and even “invest” in it. If it was popular enough, the line would be opened. Through the app, you can book a seat on one of the Chariots serving the line you want to take, assuring that you have a place. The popular the line, the more Chariots there are. Currently, most of the lines are served with 2 minute intervals between Chariots. It has become incredible successful. And compared with other ride sharing solutions, it actually diminishes the number of vehicles on the road. (San Francisco has seen a rise of about 20% in city traffic caused by Uber and Lyft). They’re now active in 4 cities and are working on an international expansion. Ford actually bought the company last year (they started the discussions when Chariot was 1 year old!). Smart move from Ford as they now have a portfolio of mobility services (i.e. the Ford bicycles) that allows them to approach cities and offer them encompassing mobility solutions. We asked if we could buy them back from Ford, but that wasn’t really on the table. There’s lots more to tell about Chariot, but we’ll keep that for a follow-up article.

Our next stop was a real treat as well! Ridecell has been in the market for quite some time now. They had started up by doing their own ride sharing solution, but then Uber came along. Competition was fierce and Ridecell decided to pivot. They started focussing on further advancing their platform. Allowing it to be white-labelled. BMW i.e. uses it for DriveNow and ReachNow. They also see a huge shift going on in the automotive…. autonomous is on the horizon, electricity is the way, the internal combustion engine is done for. But also the ripple effect will be huge…what about the gas stations, what about the trucks bringing the gas, and so on. Not easy to hear if you’re in the business, but slowly but surely, we’re starting to see all the opportunities it will bring. We finished the day with a live demo at ridecell. Opening and starting the car and the engine through apps. Connecting with the backends of the OEM’s. Afterwards, the people from ridecell were so enthusiastic, they took us to a nearby bar to treat us on good old Belgian beers 🙂! Everybody in our group shared the enthusiasm for their system.

    

THE AUTOMOTIVE TOUR I DAY 3

Become CUSTOMER-centric, not VIN-centric.

If after day 2 there was any doubt left that we’re on the eve of big and important changes, today’s presentations really brought the point home.
Mark Platshon started the day off with a truly impressive speech. With his very rich and long background as a VC, we got an intrinsic insight into how the OEM’s have had a roller coaster ride in the Valley. Culture is often the enemy when they try to onboard what start-ups are doing, or even when selecting start-ups to invest in. We saw many examples where they passed on being early investors in the likes of Waze, Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, Turo and so on. His WTF-moment (What’s The Future) : “Electricity has won. Proof? There’s no longer funding for turbine engines. All the money of all the OEM’s is going towards electric engines.” Switching will go very fast as well and has already been done in the past. Lights used to run on gasoline and had a near 100% market share. In 10 years it flipped completely to electricity.
Another myth debunked was that there will be no shortage of electricity. Nearly all investments are made in renewable energy, even by the traditional fossil fuel companies! Costs for renewable energy have come down tremendously and will continue to do so. There are currently 18 traditional fuel plants on the drawing boards in the US…but not a single one has any funding. The US protecting the coal mine industry? You could fill the entire Yankee stadium with what’s left of coal mine workers. That’s it. We would be better served by actually giving them all $100K to start looking for a new job. Lithium? The world supply of lithium is insanely big. In fact, the biggest problem is that it’s not worth the effort to recycle it.
We went further on to discussing what would be the additional effect of the revolution that is around the corners. What if cities no longer earn money from parking tickets because the cars are operating in a fleet ? What if the sales of fossil fuel fall flat and there are no longer taxes to pay for the road maintenance? Or how about the doctors, nurses and hospitals as a whole that will be confronted with a rapid decrease in transportation related accidents ? Or traffic itself… up till 25% of urban land in US Cities is used for parking, what to do with it? 30% of traffic in US cities is “hunting for parking”.
In all, we were firmly grounded after Mark’s speech. His recommendation : keep tabs on forward thinking dealerships and groups in your country and abroad. Ask your local business schools to build case studies on “How would Apple…” and fill in the blanks…”…do service”, “…sell cars”, “…sell mobility”, “…sell accessories”, etc. Overall, Mark’s speech left a profound impact on all the participants of the Automotive Tour.
Next was Adam Broadway. He gave a deeply felt speech on “Silly Con Valley” with what is often the flip side of working here. Fierce competition, failure is not that celebrated as we think it is, it’s not winning, it’s crushing! He’s built a great platform on which you can start building marketplaces. What used to be very very costly, has now become accessible to all of us since the technology is commoditized.
At Silicon Foundry we were treated to some great insights on how Silicon Valley works and what the future trends are. They help pick out what is relevant out of the noise for their customers. One of them a famous Belgian company : bpost. They keep tabs on all the disruptions and innovations coming out of the Valley. With regards to i.e. the cars, they said “rest assured, every single part of the car has start-ups working to disrupt it”. They also confirmed that immigration is a huge issue for Silicon Valley. They don’t care at all where you come from and the talent influx has been insane. It’s safe to say that the current administrations policies in the US are frowned upon here.
Our biggest risk….flying back home and falling back to a “suspension of disbelief”…it won’t happen, not that fast, not with us. Be very very very aware of your business. Tipping points are reached faster than ever before.
Once again we’ve been confirmed that investments in combustion engines have dried up…nobody is working in that direction. San Diego i.e. is on a 20-year planning cycle and has started knocking down parking lots. There won’t be enough cars in the near future to warrant these buildings.
They themselves are also very aware that they might be suddenly disrupted one day. They have dozen regulators and the idea that it will protect them is something they think of as very naïve. All in a heavy day!
     

THE AUTOMOTIVE TOUR I DAY 2

When electric cars take over…

Day 2 was again extremely fascinating! We got our “oh, we’re screwed” moment and got a great insight into the current state of affairs with regards to autonomous cars.
At Diatom we got a great talk on what charging fleets of autonomous cars may look like in the future. Challenges are that DC charging points are very expensive, they can only be placed where the grid supports it. It’s a next year’s problem as these fleets aren’t there yet. But they need to start on the work now because it’s also very important to have these installed at prime locations within the cities. It was interesting to see the discussion on who they thought their customers would be, who would own the fleets ? Would it be the OEM’s, the amazons ?
At Yamaha Motor Ventures we got a great insight into who’s who in the automotive venture and what’s buzzing around. Great to see that the big OEM’s are really active and investing in many different start-up’s. What remains challenging is in what way these OEM’s are able to leverage these investments in their global markets. And there’s opportunity everywhere, even having i.e. tires-at-a-service. But the main message was, you can think and discuss a lot on future things as long as you start doing stuff next Monday and get going!
At ChargePoint we saw an incredibly fast growing company that provides both the hard- and software to businesses so their employees and/or customers have the availability to charge their electrical on their premises. Chargepoint was founded in 2007, 400+ employees, 45.000+ charging spots (500+ DC), 300,000 drivers and 70+% market share. It’s a B2B2C business. ChargePoint’s customers are the businesses where the infrastructure is installed, for which they pay a yearly fee. A recurring theme by the way in several visits is that wireless charging isn’t really a solution, way too much loss of energy in the transfer of energy and loads of hardware that is required. Perhaps possible in a residential environment, but certainly not in fleet environments. Investors are among others BMW, Daimler and Siemens, so that is also saying something. We also got our “we’re screwed” moment when the CEO described in detail the demise of combustion engines, car dealerships and brands as a whole. It’s starting even as we speak, buying a non-electrical car in Silicon Valley is really frowned upon!
The final visit of the day was at Drive.ai where we got to see up close how they’re making the software behind the autonomous vehicles. The challenges remain huge! One is the “unprotected left turn”. Another approach is to reduce complexity by geographically limiting where autonomous vehicles can operate and start gradually building up coverage throughout the world and opening up areas. Comparable to the initial cellular networks that only had spotty coverage in the beginning. There’s about 20 startups in this space and Waymo certainly has a huge amount of experience. But when Waymo started, machine learning and AI were nowhere near where they are now, so that’s the great opportunity for Drive.ai. They’re “gen 2”. And in typical Silicon Valley style we got again the statement “we hope to be successful, and if we fail, it was a worthwhile purpose”. Investors in Drive.ai are ao, nvidia, Lyft and Grab.
           

THE AUTOMOTIVE TOUR I DAY 1

A glimpse into shared mobility & autonomous driving.

We had a great day today on the first day of the Automotive tour. Together with some of our customers, we started the day of with a visit to Turo. We gained a great insight into their journey and what failures they went through before they became the company they’re now. They’re now also becoming slowly operational in countries in Europe. Some of our customers present saw big potential in collaborating with them.
Then it was of to both Uber and Lyft. Fierce competitors where we witnessed totally different cultures. It remains amazing if they present their growth statistics. And how they’re making far more use of the 96% that cars are normally standing still.
While we were sceptical at first about their next leap, we’re now far more convinced that flying cars are not a thing of the future, but are in fact getting very tangible.

Afterwards we were treated by a great meal from Vive La Tarte, a great Belgian startup here in San Francisco. We visited them last year and are excited to see they’re now opening up additional locations”.
Finally, we got a taste at NIO on what the design of a future car might look like. But above all, we got a real taste of the Silicon Valley spirit. They have dream teams with people from i.e. Google, Ford, Apple, Tesla and Netflix, and they give themselves a 5% chance of succes, which is fine for them! If it fails, well, at least they worked on something worthwhile, and the next day the recruiters will be on their front door anyway…

Greetings from San Francisco!

Carya Group ontvangt Golden Datto Award 2017

Op 9 juni 2017 organiseerde Datto voor zijn partners voor de vijfde keer op rij DattoCon, het jaarlijkse Partner Congres voor Managed Service Providers. Zoals gebruikelijk werden daar prijzen uitgereikt voor meest verdienstelijke partners. In de categorie “EMEA Partner of the Year” ging de Golden Datto Award naar Carya Group. Hiermee  zien we onze sterke positie als Managed Service Provider bevestigd, en uiteraard zijn we daar trots op! Want deze erkenning staat voor de hoge kwaliteit die we leveren aan onze klanten.

De oplossingen van Datto staan voor een maximale beveiliging van uw data. Ze maken een ononderbroken toegang mogelijk tot alle beschikbare data on site, in transit en in the cloud. Wereldwijd vertrouwen duizenden IT service providers op de vooruitstrevende technologie van Datto.

Vandaag de dag is het belang van data voor elke onderneming cruciaal. Beveiliging ervan wordt soms nog onderschat, maar de praktijk leert ons dat het van cruciaal belang is. De gevolgen van het verlies van data zijn vaak desastreus voor een onderneming. Carya Group werkt sinds vele jaren samen met de specialisten bij Datto om de uitgebreide oplossingen voor data beveiliging aan onze klanten aan te bieden en zo de hoogst mogelijke graad van bescherming aan onze klanten aan te bieden

Best Parts NV start met incadea.dms.

Sinds mei 2016 is het eerste PSA (Peugeot Citroën groep) magazijn uitgerust met incadea.dms. Best Parts NV is het eerste centrale PSA magazijn dat incadea.dms gebruikt om alle magazijn processen te ondersteunen. Hiervoor heeft Carya Group enkele bijkomende modules ontwikkelt om het magazijn zo veel mogelijk te automatiseren.

Datto Award “Pioneer of the year 2015”

Op 15 november 2016 mochten we de Datto Award for Pioneer of the Year 2016 in ontvangst nemen. Bij Carya Group zijn we daar bijzonder trots op! Als trusted advisor voor onze klanten houden we eraan de lat hoog te leggen. We hechten veel belang aan de kwaliteit van onze producten en kiezen daarom voor sterke partnerships met merken waar we in geloven. Datto is onze oplossing voor “backup and disaster recovery” die onze klanten snel continuïteit verzekert in geval van panne. Meer info over dit product vindt u hier.

Carya Group waarschuwt voor nieuwe variant van CryptoLocker.

Alsmaar meer verhalen over ‘cryptoware’ halen het nieuws. Criminelen versturen een mail met een Word-document of een pdf-bestand. Als zo’n document geopend wordt, worden alle bestanden op de computer versleuteld. Het slachtoffer moet dan betalen om zijn gegevens terug te krijgen.

Ook onze specialisten stellen bij klanten steeds vaker dergelijke aanvallen vast. De gevolgen voor de operationele werking van het getroffen bedrijf zijn altijd ingrijpend. ‘CryptoLocker’ betekent een reële, ernstige bedreiging voor de beveiliging van uw gegevens. Een eenvoudige back-up van uw gegevens biedt ook geen bescherming tegen de recentste varianten van dit virus, aangezien het uw bestanden upload en publiekelijk beschikbaar maakt.

Carya Group kan u helpen om de  beveiliging en back-up van uw bedrijfsgegevens te optimaliseren. Wij hebben, na screening van de markt en uitgebreid testen van beveiligingsoplossingen, voor u een selectie gemaakt:

Datto Backup zorgt voor realtime opslag van gegevens, zowel on-site als off-site. Iedere backup is direct beschikbaar en kan onmiddellijk gestart worden in geval van een systeemcrash. Zo bent u meteen weer operationeel als er zich een incident voordoet. Datto Backup behoort al langer tot ons productgamma en levert zeer goede resultaten op vlak van data recovery, maar neemt de impact van een incident niet helemaal weg.  (datto.com)

Backupify is een goede aanvulling op de cloud waarin uw data wordt bewaard. Wordt uw data onverhoopt verwijderd, door een hacker dan wel per ongeluk door uzelf of een medewerker, dan kan Backupify de data terugzetten of downloaden naar uw harde schijf. (backupify.com)

SentinelOne is slimme software die alle systeemprocessen analyseert en hierdoor het verschil leert te zien tussen goedaardige en kwaadaardige activiteiten. Zo kunnen aanvallen worden verhinderd voordat ze beginnen. (sentinelone.com)

Laat u niet onaangenaam verrassen en neem vandaag nog contact op met onze specialisten. Mits een bepertkte investering bent u alvast beter gewapend tegen deze oprukkende vorm van criminaliteit.