You can now listen to us

thisweekinecommerceYou might have noticed that ecomPunk was not performing as strong as it used to. I would say this is because the format was not as attractive for us anymore and we wanted to evolve in the way we share our ecommerce experience and stories.

Kai and I now decided to focus our limited spare time to the weekly production of an ecommerce podcast called “This Week in ECommerce“. We hope you will enjoy this new format and that my relocation to New York enables us to cover not only interesting stories from Europe but also from the US market.

Please let us know what you think! We are eager to learn how to improve.
Here you can find a short transition post from ecomPunk to This Week in ECommerce.

Gaining new perspectives – summary of the ecommerce forum 2020 in Athens

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week I had the chance to participate in the first big greek ecommerce conference: the ecommerce forum 2020. I had the chance to spread the word about the development of mobile devices and their impact on the shopping sphere to greek merchants, big and small. Since Roman just recently ranted heavily about conferences, I was curious how the two days of this first timer would be.

Where the German conference scene has a handful of good and innovative conferences and also loads of just time wasting events. But the host of the conference Efstathios Intzeidis did a great job! Read more of this post

Berlin review

Berlin Hackathon 2013I went to the Berlin Hackathon yesterday and I must say that it was an amazing event. Sitting in the jury I had the opportunity of viewing all the event from an outside position, total relaxed. What was stunning and surprising to me was the fact that all 5 teams came up with really bright ideas. The teams had roughly 30 hours of coding time and were completely free to develop an idea based on the the provided API’s. The jury decision really was between very good and good, it was quite a close call. In some cases the teams nearly delivered ready solutions, not just prototypes. The code was structured and well thought written. The creativity of the teams was brilliant – they managed to start with already good ideas, from the coding as well as the business point of view.

This event is a clear indicator for me that it makes sense to organize hackathons. I really hope that commercetools with their SPHERE I/O platform will organize the next edition soon. Thanks to Dirk, Robin and the team for such a pleasant event, which really was a hackthon and not just a wrapped marketing event! Keep on going! All all others: if there is a hackathon near you, go there and participate/observe/learn.

Start a revolution: come to the Berlin ecommmerce hackathon!

teaser_testIf you are in Berlin next week tuesday and wednesday, have a Laptop and know how to code – just come along! On the 23./24. April the Betahaus Berlin will be the playground for developers, who are interested in idea development and exchange in the ecommerce sphere. “There were no real innovation on the market in the last years. Openness and exchange are the future – other companies are not a potential danger, but a potential partner. Therefor we need to open up and get connected via API’s.” says Dirk Hörig, CEO of commercetools, who is hosting the event. So if you want to meet new people, ideas and lot’s of Red Bull attend for free now! Our very own Kai will be in the Jury together with Jochen Krisch from Exciting Commerce and Lars Jankowsky, CTO from Yatego. Hope to see you there!

Retail is detail?

retaildetailWhen I was working for classical retail companies back some years, I was indoctrinated with the slogan “Retail is detail”. It was there to remember everbody that all the small things made the difference with the competition, since the products are more or less the same. But how is that today in the shiny world of ecommerce? Read more of this post

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