How Google Works, by Eric Schmidt

Last month Eric Schmidt, who joined Google back in 2001, published the book ‘How Google Works‘, sharing what he learned after 13 years of explosive growth.

The book gives a great insight in the thinking of Google and its leaders. And covers how the internet, mobile, and cloud computing has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers.

Recommended reading!

When do people go to bed? Insight thanks to wearable technology.

I really like how interwoven technology has become in our daily life. From computers you booted up once a day, to smartphones you use over 50 times a day, to wearable technology that is there always. Even when you sleep.

One of the front-runners in this space is Jawbone. And they are publishing some interesting data about their user base. I started following them after they showed how a recent earthquake impacted sleep for some of their users, and now they published some nice stats about average bed times across regions in the United States.

Clear that New York and Las Vegas stand out in this regards. Find the full article on the Jawbone blog: Which Cities Get the Most Sleep? And you can see the moving gif I created here.

Future of Money: The Rise of Cryptocurrencies at Sibos Innotribe

Yesterday was the first day of Sibos, one of the largest financial conferences in the world, this year taking place in Boston, US. The most interesting sessions are taking place in the Innotribe section, where day one was all about cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and the like. The live stream is up and the videos are available on their YouTube Channel.

I’m going on tour! The Fintech Roadshow.

I’m going on tour! In the next few months I will be presenting our new digital banking solution, Backbase Engage, as six events across the United States: starting with Finovate in New York and finishing at Netfinance Interactive in San Diego.

If you’re attending any of the events listed below, please let me know and come and say hello!

The Push to Receive Push Notifications

WhatsApp Turn on Notifications ScreenWhen I got my first phone the only two things that needed my attention where actual calls and text-messages. Quickly after that a calendar app followed and email was added. Now, on my iPhone I receive messages through over ten different apps. Ten different apps competing for attention and being used by different groups of people to send messages. No wonder people are changing their phones to become distraction-free.

I keep trimming it down. Not accepting new social networks, not jumping on the new messaging platforms when they pop-up. Moving most apps from my home screen to the second or third screen and disabling most notifications. Especially this last option brings a lot of freedom. No notifications, no alerts. Only see the messages when I open the app. And I really like how Apple gives me complete control over notifications and the notification center. Making my phone, my phone.

However, there is a new trend amongst social and messaging apps. I noticed it the first a few weeks back when Facebook Messenger showed me this message, And now every time I open WhatsApp: a splash screen that pushes me turn on notifications again. The notifications I purposely disabled. And they don’t ask me once or twice, no: EVERY TIME I OPEN THE APP.

I changed the default for a reason. Stop making me fit your ideal scenario and use case.