NanoInsights: Dig deeper.

Our thoughts, events and theses that are most meaningful to what we aim to realise supporting your innovation, preneurship and leadership.

We provide our insights through quotes directly taken from books, articles, videos, info graphs and other media. We do not add, comment or reflect on the topics highlighted or represent the media in its intentions or as a whole.

GRIT by Angela Duckworth

"The source of our strength is the person we know ourselves to be." “Is passion the right word to describe sustained, enduring devotion? Some might say I should find a better word. Maybe so. But the important thing is the idea itself: Enthusiasm is common....

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Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson

"Disrupt yourself before disrupting others."   “When you make a decision to start something new, first figure out the jobs you want to do. Then position yourself to play where no one else is playing. Despite our love affair with the certainty of...

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The 60 Second Leader by Phil Dourado

"Be Prepared to Make an Idiot of Yourself." „Smart groups beat individual decisions if they have: 1. Diversity of opinion (each person should have some private information, even it it’s just eccentric interpretation of the known facts) 2. Independence...

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The Change Monster by Jeanine Daniel Duck

"No one ever calls you at night to give you good news." „Change can be exhilarating and bring about the best work of a life-time.“ (p xiii) „Changing an organisation is inherently and inescapably an emotional human process.“ (p 9) „If leaders want to...

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ZERO TO ONE by Peter Thiel

 „The most contrarian thing of all is to think for yourself.“ „In the most dysfunctional organizations, signalling that work is being done becomes a better strategy for career advancement than actually doing work - if this describes your company, you...

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SCRUM by Dr. Jeff Sutherland

"No Assholes. Don’t be one, and don’t allow the behaviour." „The term ‚Agile‘ dates back to a 2001 conclave where I and sixteen other leaders in software development wrote up what has become known as the ‚Agile Manifesto‘. It declared that following...

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Transformational HR by Perry Timms

"We Need Each Other to Transform." „A sense, a vigilant instinct that perhaps never before, has the ‚people factor‘ been seen as such a key differentiator in the world of work. Philosophers, artists, politicians, scientists and innovators are all...

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Seeing What Others Don’t by Gary Klein

"Having an insight is an act of creation or We are built to be surprised." „Our insights transform us in several ways. They change how we understand, act, see, feel, and desire. They change how we understand. They transform our thinking; our new story...

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Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson

"The natural state of ideas is flow and spillover and connection." „The trick is to figure out ways to explore the edges of possibility that surround you. This can be as simple as changing the physical environment you work in, or cultivating a specific...

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The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun

"Forget innovation: Focus on being good." „Real experiments have risks, just like real life… Innovating comes at a price: it might be money, time, sanity, friends, or marriages, but there will definitely be one.“ (p 37) „Finding paths of innovation. While...

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The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

"A good question is not concerned with a correct answer." „We need to believe in improbable things more often. Everything is in flux, and the new forms will be an uncomfortable mix of the old. With effort and imagination we can learn to discern what’s...

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Reinventing Organisations by Frederic Laloux

"Innovation doesn’t happen centrally, according to plan, but at the edges, all the time." „No one can be made to evolve in consciousness, even with the best of intentions - a hard truth for coaches and consultants… What can be done is to create...

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We share our experiences and reflect on the interaction and learnings in events and conferences organised or attended. We hope to inspire you to learn, experiment and network and join our upcoming gatherings.

Creativity in the working environment

The desire for creativity doesn´t exempt any field. When surrounded by an environment that focuses on innovation, it´s even harder to avoid. That explains the responses in our recent survey, where creativity got a heaps of votes. How to ignite creativity? An anonymous...

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Blockchain: A Postcard From The Future!

Based on today´s rapid development in technology we created a NanoLab to give you a glimpse of what´s to come. Sounds exciting? We think so too. As most people in our community expressed interest particularly in the new Blockchain technology, we had our guest Renzo...

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Our Community Responses

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSPIRATIONS! We kick off 2018 with some great inspirations and answers that we received here at InnovationLabs.Berlin after our launched survey. We strive to have the current buzzing topics develop your way, through our NanoLabs. Have a look at the...

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What is really important about preneurship?

Recently, I was interviewed by an international MBA student.  I hope you enjoy my little pieces of nano insights about entre-, intra-, solo-  cross-, ... preneurship. Make ideas fail I tried to innovate since I graduated from college. My first real...

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Have a taste of your own product!

As a creator of a workshop, you are familiar with the process of how it unfolds and what it’s supposed to do. But it is a completely different experience to be part of it and sit in as a customer. And that is what I decided to do. I took part in our most recent...

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Discussing leadership with passionate business women.

How do women practise leadership? What are the obstacles and challenges they face in today’s faced paced startup world? What are the competencies women need to become successful leaders and entrepreneurs? These are some of the questions a group of 20+...

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NanoLab Night: Simple Decision Making

The NanoLab held on October 23 here at Innovationlabs.Berlin layed on the topic of Decision-Making processes inside organisations. Dieter Bickenbach showcased us a tool he has implemented called “MyCle”, which makes decision-making processes, ultimately, not always so...

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“Digital Marketing Hacks” NanoLabs at Gisma

We return with our winter edition NanoLabs experience. This time around NanoLabs took place at Gisma Business School in Berlin. Our participants were from different professional and cultural backgrounds, which admittedly is one factor that makes NanoLabs diverse and...

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Think Big Event

StartUp Night, Think Big. As a new intern in Berlin, who is slowly diving into the Start-Up eco-system that surrounds this capital (even in cafés), it´s been positively overwhelming to be apart of one itself. The first week of my internship ended nicely with an...

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Social Prototyping in NanoLabs

Innovation & Preneurship This 40 to 50 hours program will provide participants a hands-on experience with innovation methodologies and their application in corporates and startups. Participants will learn about the methods and approaches of innovation management,...

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Game Night in NanoLabs!

The difference between knowing how something works and actually doing it yourself is a natural process we must face if we want to acquire new skills. Just as there is a difference between reading, “How to Fly an Airplane for Dummies” and piloting an actual aircraft,...

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Creative Technologies in NanoLabs: Ransomware?

Windows pop-up: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!” Me: “Ummm, what?” This was the exchange for tens of thousands of people last month during one of the largest “ransomware” attacks of all time. Ransomware is a malicious software that holds your system’s data...

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NanoLabs Summer Edition Underway

Week two of our NanoLabs summer event series took place last night here at InnovationLabs.Berlin. With a positive turnout of innovators from near and far, we put our heads together to address the challenge faced by e-learning. Current trends in e-learning (online...

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StarTUp Day a success!

Thanks to Smart Data Forum and TU Berlin for hosting a very productive event! The attendees for the "Design Thinking in NanoLabs" were a diverse group, many without previous experience in Design Thinking methods, and uncovered some fantastic insights for their...

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Students of Waterloo University at InnovationLabs.Berlin

This week, Masters students from the University of Waterloo's Innovation program visited our site here at InnovationLabs.Berlin. We discussed innovation in Berlin, the unique startup ecosystem, and of course, put them through a Nano Labs workshop. The topics were "How...

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Creating VR Experiences

What’s it like to be in a group of 7 strangers and telling them what your greatest fear is? To be frank, it was quite liberating. Personal questions like this and other small group activities were used to break the ice at VisitoRs’ virtual reality (VR) ideation...

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NanoLabs at SRH Start-Up Lab Berlin

60 Minutes. 2 Groups. 1 Goal: Propose Creative and Practical Solutions for Everyday Problems - NanoLabs at SRH START-UP LAB Berlin.  InnovationLabs.Berlin moderated NanoLabs with master students from SRH Hochschule Berlin. NanoLabs are ideation sessions where small...

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NEW: Digital Validation Labs

In cooperation with our new partner Luvago, we have developed Digital Validation Labs. It is based on intensive interaction with customers including SAP, Red Bull and others. Together, we determine the digital maturity of your business or organisation, addressing the...

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NanoLabs #10

Thanks to many engaged innovators, mentors and founders our two participating startups MVP Space and Philosophers in Business, received great support to tackle some of their current questions. Caroline, founder of Philosophers in Business likes mostly that the...

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Visiting “die Digitalpioniere”

InnovationLabs.Berlin took GISMA Berlin MIB & MBA Students to visit etventure Startup Hub. etventure is a well known business development, strategy and company building hub and an important player in the German and European startup ecosystem. Harvard Business...

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A Few Seats Left at SixDays

Starting Feb 24, we'll jam innovation on two Friday's and 4 Saturdays. For Startups, innovation teams and innovators with great ideas and passion. Hurry up and join, if you want to learn and experience agile, fast paced innovation alongside a group of startuppers and...

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Startup Energy Transition Tech Festival

500+ submissions by startups from 58 countries, ranging from solar power systems to platforms and energy management tools in order to reduce CO2 emissions, have been received by DENA to support the Tech Festival at Kulturbrauerei on Monday March 20. Check it...

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13th Investor Dinner

Hungry? For money? Join the 13th Investors' Dinner on May 4 and meet your future investor while enjoying an exclusive three-course dinner! Be one of twenty-four chosen technology-oriented startups and get the chance to meet at least twelve leading VCs in three...

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Interested in Solving Real-World IoT Problems?

I believe that IoT (Internet of Things) is not just about connecting smart objects to the internet. It's about solving important challenges in our day-to-day lives. The IoT-European Platform Initiative (IoT-EPI) was formed to build a vibrant and sustainable...

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Best Practise Slam at COINAAC 2017

I'm very excited to speak there again this year and share some of the most surprising and impactful innovation experiences startups and corporates encountered doing Nano Labs. Join over 100 experts from leading accelerators, incubators, digital transformations and...

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Nano Labs #9

We continue our popular Nano Labs Series for Startups on Wednesday Jan 25, 18:30. Join us and support brave founders and entrepreneurs in solving their current startup challenges.

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