Roman’s Rants: Banks

Image banksOh dear, it’s been a while since this blog has seen some content, and it’s been an even longer while since I wrote something that had me pissed off. Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts, it’s time for a new rant. And this is about banks and how they can make our lives hard – fucking unnecessarily!

No, I’m not talking about the old “investment bankers are responsible for a global economic crises and need their over-expensive watches shoved up their arses”. (Although this is also very true.) And I’m neither talking about me wanting something indecent such as a loan. No way. What I wanted was Bank A to change the ownership of an account – since I’ve changed a company name. After that couldn’t be done for some reasons – although I have been bugging them for over 3 months – and because of some other minor shit, I’ve decided to move my stuff over to Bank B. The latter seemed eager and offered a transfer service: we cancel the account over at Bank A and move all the funds over to Bank B for you. Seemed perfect. But it wasn’t. For about three weeks I heard absolutely nothing. Then all of a sudden my account at Bank A was gone, and the money hasn’t arrived at Bank B. Basically, an considerable amount of money is floating through the financial galaxy and I wasn’t told … a single fucking thing!!

Now, this is 2014 we’re talking about. I’ve said so before, I will say it again: mankind is sending bloody robots to Mars, and the banks in one of the richest economies in the world don’t manage to get the most basic stuff right: communicate, you dicks, be transparent, for crying out loud!! This would be so easy: just send a short email about what’s happening. Give me a call, send a fucking pigeon! I mean, here I sit, my daily business being mostly getting ecommerce websites to communicate well with their customers – because this is what fucking matters! People want to know! They want to feel comfortable about giving money away and hopefully receiving the stuff they ordered. This applies to all industries, this is the main source of innovation we witness every day. But apparently, there are still Gallic villages oblivious of what’s happening around it. Be that as it may. Change is coming fast, and they don’t have any magic potion. You deserve it, you pricks. Over and out.

(Image by 401(K) 2013)

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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