Monat: November 2022

How a Techie DIY his own Apple AirPower


In September 2017, Apple announced the release of AirPower, a charging device which would allow users to charge iPhones, AppleWatches and AirPods simultaneously and wirelessly. This product was officially killed in 2019 after not meeting the technology standard of Apple. Four years later, a 7-minute-video a Tech-Blogger „He Tongxue“ (He – Family name, pronounce „Her“; Tongxue – Classmate or fellow student in Mandarin) on how he made a desk-size AirPower-like height adjustable table in two months’ time completely on his own. This video became viral and earned 12+ million views, 2+ million likes on the video sharing platform Bilibili. This blog post is going to review the story and my thoughts on young techies and innovation nowadays in China.


FanDeng Dushu: A Case Study of a Book Review App in China

Management Summary

“Pay for knowledge” is being accepted by people in China, especially those who have needs on gaining knowledge via reading but have no time or habit for reading. In this case study you will expect:

  • What is the problem the FanDeng DuShu App was/is trying to solve.
  • How does the Business Model looks like.
  • How did FanDeng and his team test their assumptions.
  • What kinds of changes did this Audio Book Review App brought since launch.

Reviewing the “Build-Test-Learn” Cycle from a Duplo Project

Be humble and observative in everyday life, you will learn quite a lot. This is one comment to my above post on LinkedIn.

This time it is about building a Duplo Railway. My 3-year-old boy started by observing how his 6-year-old brother build with Duplo. Having no burden at all in mind, he started his own “project”. He started to build, then he tested it very quickly to see if it is stable and finally he continued, of course, with some special learnings from each previous iteration he ran through.


What a Happy Meal can tell us about business model patterns

Happy Meal is sometimes more than just a happy meal, especially if the users (kids usually), customers (parents usually), the management (McDonald) and the product development team (the franchising restaurants) are happy about the results.

This time, a simple happy meal also make the cooperations partner (Schleich) and observers (I and readers of this article) happy because we can see the combination of different business model patterns behind.


How a little Surprise Egg can remind us about Business Model Canvas

Innovation begins from observation. Observation in our everyday life helps us to recognize needs unmet. Behind needs unmet there is a problem to be solved. By solving a problem in an unusual way we gain innovative solutions. A successfully commercialized innovative solution is a true innovation. There is a business model behind every innovation.