The Power of Platforms: A New Digital Business Model
On the occasion of the annual meeting in Davos, one of the world‘s foremost business summits, DIE ZEIT and CMS are hosting an exclusive reception on January 23, 2019 at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère in Davos. Jochen Wegner, Editor-in-Chief of ZEIT ONLINE, and Uwe Jean Heuser, Chief Editor, Business Section of DIE ZEIT, discuss »The Power of Platforms: A New Digital Business Model« with international speakers.
Speakers from previous years (extract)
Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He oversees The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 700 journalists.
Newsrooms under his leadership have won 12 Pulitzer Prizes, including five at The Washington Post. The Post during his tenure has won three times for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, and once for public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.
Previously, Baron had been editor of The Boston Globe. During his 11 ½ years there, The Globe won six Pulitzer prizes—for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting and criticism. The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to the Globe in 2003 for its investigation into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, coverage portrayed years later in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.”
Prior to the Globe, he held top editing positions at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Under his leadership, the Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage in 2001 for its coverage of the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.
His honors include Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation (2004), the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media (2017), the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Award (2017), and the Award for Public Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government (2016). In 2012, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from George Washington University, George Mason University, and his alma mater, Lehigh University.
He began his journalism career at the Miami Herald in 1976, serving as a state reporter and later as a business writer. In 1979, he moved to the Los Angeles Times, where he became business editor in 1983; assistant managing editor for page-one special reports, public opinion polling and special projects in 1991; and, in 1993, editor of the newspaper’s Orange County Edition, which then had about 165 staffers.
In 1996, Baron moved to The New York Times; he became associate managing editor responsible for the nighttime news operations of the newspaper in 1997. He was named executive editor at the Miami Herald at the start of 2000.
Born in 1954 and raised in Tampa, FL, Baron speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both BA and MBA degrees.
Foto: Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. Previously she was the Business Affairs editor, responsible for the newspaper’s coverage of business, finance and science.
Prior to this role, she was The Economist’s Economics editor, overseeing the newspaper’s global economics coverage from her base in Washington DC. Before moving to Washington in April 1996, Ms Minton Beddoes was The Economist‘s emerging-markets correspondent based in London. She travelled extensively in Latin America and Eastern Europe, writing editorials and country analyses. She has written surveys of the World Economy, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia.
Ms Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she worked on macroeconomic adjustment programmes in Africa and the transition economies of Eastern Europe. Before joining the IMF, she worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University.
Ms Minton Beddoes has written extensively about international financial issues including enlargement of the European Union, the future of the International Monetary Fund and economic reform in emerging economies. She has published in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, contributed chapters to several conference volumes and, in 1997, edited “Emerging Asia”, a book on the future of emerging-markets in Asia, published by the Asian Development Bank. In May 1998 she testified before Congress on the introduction of the Euro.
Ms Minton Beddoes is a regular television and radio commentator on BBC, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, CNN and CNBC.
She holds degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University.
Foto: Thomas Koehler/ photothek.net
Executive Chairman, CMS
From 1999 to 2011, Cornelius was Managing Partner at the law firm CMS Hasche Sigle, with 8 locations in Germany and more than 600 lawyers. As Managing Partner, he initiated and negotiated various mergers, consolidating individual firms into a cross-regional law firm. He integrated CMS Hasche Sigle into the international CMS organisation, which was established in 1999 and now has 74 offices worldwide. Cornelius has been a member of the Executive Committee of CMS since 1999 and was Chairman thereof from 2008 to 2011. Since 2011, he is Executive Chairman of CMS and Senior Partner at CMS Hasche Sigle. Cornelius attended school in Essen/Ruhr District (Germany) and Neuchâtel (Switzerland). He studied law at the universities of Bonn (Germany) and Santander (Spain) and took his first state law exam in 1980. He completed his traineeship in Hamburg, including a position abroad in Chicago, USA. In 1983, he took his second state law exam and started working as a lawyer. In 1986, he became a Partner at the Hamburg law firm Hasche Albrecht Fischer (now: CMS Hasche Sigle). His specialities are corporate and maritime law.
Vorsitzender des Vorstands, Siemens AG
Joe Kaeser ist der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Siemens AG, einem weltweit führenden Unternehmen der Elektronik und Elektrotechnik. Er hat mehr als 35 Jahre Erfahrung bei Siemens, wo er eine Vielzahl leitender Management-Positionen im Finanzwesen und in der Strategie im In- und Ausland innehatte. Bis unmittelbar vor seiner Berufung zum Vorstandsvorsitzenden im August 2013 war er sieben Jahre lang Chief Financial Officer der Siemens AG.
Foto: Siemens AG
Co-founder and CEO, UBER Technologies Inc.
Travis Kalanick is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Uber Technologies, Inc. Whether it’s founding the world’s first P2P search engine, or developing the premier enterprise content delivery system, Travis believes that every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it. That spirit is at the very core of Uber’s success and ever-expanding global presence, currently in more than 300 cities in 56 countries on six continents. As a student at UCLA, Travis founded Scour, the first peer-to-peer search engine. He later expanded on the concept, forming Red Swoosh, an enterprise content delivery platform, which was eventually acquired by Akamai Technologies. While visiting Paris for LeWeb in 2008, Travis and friend Garrett Camp dreamed of pressing a button on their smartphones one minute, and riding away in a reliable and stylish ride the next. Uber launched a year and a half later, in June 2010 in San Francisco. Under Travis’ leadership, Uber has grown from an exclusive San Franciscobased service to an application used by millions of riders and hundreds of thousands of drivers worldwide. Uber has transformed the fabric of those cities, increasing affordable and reliable transportation options, delivering unmatched earning potential to drivers, reducing drunk driving rates and powering local economic activity. Where some people see dead-ends, Travis finds detours and new solutions to old problems. That approach is revolutionizing the way people move, work and live in cities around the world.
Senior Vice President, IBM Watson & IBM Cloud
David Kenny is senior vice president, IBM Watson and IBM Cloud, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.
David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.
Previously, he served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Digitas Inc., a top global integrated brand agency.
David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University).
Foto: Jon Simon Feature Photo Service for IBM
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mesosphere Inc.
Florian Leibert ist Mitbegründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender von Mesosphere. Sein Team entwickelte ein Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) basierend auf dem Open-Source-verteilten Systemkern Apache Mesos. Florian Leibert war früh einer der führenden Köpfe im Technologiebereich von Twitter, wo er mitgeholfen hat, kritische Infrastrukturen für die Analyse und Suche aufzubauen. Er war in erster Linie für das Twitter-Produkt Benutzersuche erantwortlich. Nach einigen Jahren bei Twitter trat er bei Airbnb ein und baute das Infrastrukturteam aus. Er hat eine Reihe von Patenten und Veröffentlichungen in den Bereichen Informationsgewinnung und groß angelegte Systeme. Florian Leibert war auch der Hauptautor von Chronos, eines auf Apache Mesos aufgebauten, fehlertoleranten Job Dependency Scheduler und Job Orchestration Framework.
CEO, SAP SE
Bill McDermott is chief executive officer of SAP, the world’s business software market leader. He leads the company’s more than 83,000 employees and 2+ million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision to help the world run better and improve peoples’ lives.
Since becoming CEO in 2010, Bill’s innovation-led strategy for SAP has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value and profitable growth. One of the most popular leaders in business, Bill’s approval rating from employees on website Glassdoor hovers around 99%. As the only American in history to lead Europe’s most valuable technology company, Bill advises world leaders and policymakers on issues including youth unemployment, digital government and international trade policy. He is a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and the U.S. Business Council.
Bill also serves on the boards of directors for performance apparel maker Under Armour and engineering software maker ANSYS, Inc. He has received numerous awards for his civic leadership, including GENYOUth’s Vanguard Award, City Year’s Idealist of the Year, the We Are Family Foundation’s Visionary Award and the Children’s Aid Society’s Promise Award. He is a proud supporter of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson Health.
His life stories and leadership lessons are shared in Bill’s worldwide best-selling autobiography, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office. The book is now in its 12th printing and was awarded the gold medal for business memoir of the year in 2014. It has been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and China.
Bill resides in Germany, the United States and, most frequently, at 39,000 feet.
Foto: SAP SE
Researcher, Computational Propaganda Project, Oxford Internet Institute
Lisa-Maria Neudert is a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute and works as a researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project as a core member of the research staff. Her dissertation examines regulatory responses, and technological and civil society countermeasures to digital disinformation campaigns on social media. Lisa-Maria’s work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and der Spiegel. She has presented her work at the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and MisinfoCon. Lisa-Maria holds a MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford and a BA in Communication Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Selected as a Fulbright scholar she previously studied at the Georgetown University in Washington DC and the National University of Singapore.
Foto: Annette Koroll
Vice President of Growth, Facebook
Javier Olivan is the Vice President of Growth. He joined Facebook as Head of International Growth in 2007. Responsible for Facebook’s international efforts, he sets strategy and drives the growth of Facebook’s global user base. In this role, Javier oversees: growth products, growth marketing, Facebook messaging products, as well as all growth analytics and data science efforts. He’s also leading Facebook’s Internet.org efforts, working with mobile operators to accelerate the adoption of the internet around the world. Prior to Facebook, Javier was a Product Manager at Siemens Mobile where he led a cross-functional team charged with the development and market launch of handset devices. Earlier in his career, Javier worked for NTT in Japan as a research and development engineer and was responsible for developing software that enabled high-quality wireless video transmission to mobile devices. Javier holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and a master’s degree in both electrical and industrial engineering from the University of Navarra.
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Regions, BP plc
Dev Sanyal is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Regions, and a member of the Group Executive Committee of BP plc. He is responsible for Europe, Asia, strategy and planning, risk management, government and political affairs, policy, group integration and governance. Dev Sanyal joined the BP Group in 1989 and has held a variety of positions globally in London, Athens, Dubai, Istanbul and Vienna. He has been General Manager, FSU and Eastern Europe; Chief Executive Officer, BP Eastern Mediterranean Fuels; Chief Executive Officer, Air BP International; Head of the Group Chief Executive’s Office; Group Treasurer and Chairman of BP Investment Management Ltd. During this period, he was also accountable for BP’s aluminium business. He was appointed Executive Vice President effective 1st January 2012. He is a non-executive director on the board of Man Group plc, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, and is a member of the Accenture Global Energy Board and the Board of Advisors of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schmidhuber
Wissenschaftlicher Direktor, Schweizer Forschungsinstitut für Künstliche Intelligenz (IDSIA)
Seit seinem 15. Lebensjahr will Professor Jürgen Schmidhuber eine sich selbst verbessernde Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) bauen, die klüger ist als er selbst, um dann in Rente zu gehen, und KIs bei der Kolonisierung des Weltalls zuzusehen. Seit 1987 publizierte er Pionierarbeiten zu universellen Problemlösern, seit 1991 zu “Deep Learning” mit tiefen künstlichen neuronalen Netzen (NN). Die mächtigen rückgekoppelten NN seiner Forschungsgruppen an der TU München und am Schweizer KI Labor IDSIA (USI & SUPSI) waren die ersten, die internationale Wettbewerbe gewannen. Sie revolutionierten Handschrifterkennung, Spracherkennung, maschinelle Übersetzung, automatische Bildbeschreibung, und viele andere wichtige Felder, und sind nun Milliarden von Nutzern zugänglich durch Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Baidu, und zahlreiche weitere Firmen. DeepMind (für 600M an Google verkauft, Schöpfer des weltbesten Go-Spielers) wurde stark beeinflusst durch seine ehemaligen Doktoranden (2 der ersten 4 DeepMinder sowie DeepMinds erste Doktoren der KI studierten in seinem Labor, einer war Mitgründer, einer erster Angestellter). Schmidhubers Team schuf die weltweit ersten tiefen Lerner, die Objektfindungs- und Bildsegmentierungswettbwerbe gewannen, u.a. zur Krebsfrüherkennung. Sie erzielten 2011 im Silicon Valley auch die ersten übermenschlichen visuellen Mustererkennungsresultate. Seine Gruppe gewann neun internationale Wettstreite (mehr als jede andere), und schuf die ersten Verfahren, die ohne Lehrer Steuerstrategien direkt aus hochdimensionalen Videoeingaben lernten. Sein Team etablierte weiterhin das Feld mathematisch rigoroser universeller KI and optimaler universeller Problemlöser. Seine formale Theorie der Kreativität und der Neugier erklärt erstmals Kunst, Wissenschaft, Musik und Humor. Er verallgemeinerte die algorithmische Informationstheorie und auch die Vielweltentheorie der Physik, um eine elegante minimale Theorie aller konstruktiv berechenbarer Universen zu erhalten, und führte das Konzept der “Low-Complexity Art” ein, die extreme algorithmische Form der Minimalkunst. Seit 2009 ist er Mitglied der Europäischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste. Er publizierte 333 begutachtete Schriften, erhielt 7 best paper/best video Preise, den 2013 Helmholtz Award der International Neural Networks Society, und den 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award. Er ist auch Präsident der Firma NNAISENSE, die die erste praktische Allzweck-KI erschaffen will.