At O’Reilly Solid I gave a talk exploring one questions: What Can IoT Entrepreneurs and the Mittelstand Learn from Each Other?. Here are my slides:
I’m the first to admit that the 20 minutes didn’t allow to really explore the phenomenon of the German Mittelstand. Rather, I tried a bit of a playful exploration of the culture & mindset that defines this whole beast, particularly by differentiation from Silicon Valley startups.
tl;dr: Just like the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem is a unique phenomenon, so is the German Mittelstand. Favoring a long-term perspective over quick growth can yield great results. Culture matters.