At the beginning of the 2000s, tens of billions of websites were already indexed by the Google search engine. What sounds good to curious users at first glance was like finding a needle in a haystack when looking for a particular site. Larry Page and Sergey Brin were therefore not the first search engine operators who came up with the idea that they’d have to »rate« websites according to their content. With innumerable evaluation factors – some secret, some public – Google managed to take on an undisputed pioneering role.
This article in the “20 Years of Google” series is therefore concerned with the way we find the right website today, the consequences of writing on websites, and the SEO optimisation of today will still exist in the future.
Like every year, the most promising and successful businesses within the sector were honoured at the 10th Crunchies Awards, which are a kind of Oscars of Sillicon Valley. Therefore, it is always a good moment to turn round and pay attention to what is made in the cradle of technology in order to draw inspiration and keep up to date in a world where the next step is taken every day.
So which start-ups should be kept watching? What is the basis for their success? Are there any alternatives on the market?
In times of ‘Star Wars’, the roles of C3PO and R2D2 already hinted that humans and robots were destined for perpetual close collaboration and understanding. Now the spread of the Internet, the continuous progress in advanced technology, and its applications in every aspect of human and business life make that fiction come true for consumers.
Robots are starting to become visible to the public in unbelievable roles. Thus, the latest expression of this new ecosystem is called Gordon, who intends to revolutionise the way we order and consume coffee and, ultimately, to destroy Starbucks’ empire.
The Internet has been made not only for B2C purposes. The expansion and growth of Amazon Business and Alibaba proved it. It was a matter of time that B2B companies also embraced the digitalisation of marketing and sales and influenced how sellers and buyers interact. According to a Forrester Research, 93 percent of B2B buyers prefer to buy online once they have decided what to buy.
In this context of digital transformation, leading B2B companies now give high priority to e-commerce and m-commerce, and use the same weapons as their B2C counterparts to continue growing and offer value added.