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Author: Daan Kersten

Keeping focus on a staggering exponential growth

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Daan Kersten and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors are all working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s Daan Kersten’s turn. It’s his goodbye column. Here are all the prior editions of [TOMORROW IS GOOD] As I begin this column, I fly at high altitude across the Atlantic Ocean on my way to the US to help kickstart our local business. A nice new step in the boy’s book that is called Additive Industries. Several thoughts are going through my mind. Firstly, I can still hear Lucien Engelen’s column from last week, he’s holding back a little and then he writes another book (even now, he keeps inspiring people, what a special colleague). Also the pride and acknowledgment we received this week as ‘New Champion’ in Het Financieele Dagblad give a warm feeling. Yet one thought keeps coming back… the fact that this is my last column for this beautiful Eindhoven medium. My agenda and the large number of subjects on my proverbial plate make it difficult at times to make mental space for the creative writing process. Also, I do not have time to read about exponential technologies and make you part of this again and again,...

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Looking over Walls

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Daan Kersten and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors are all working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s Daan Kersten’s turn. Here are all the prior editions of [TOMORROW IS GOOD] This column is originating high in the sky as I’m flying over the Alps, coming back from a visit to Italy where I could speak at a conference about a new technology. A good moment to think about my piece that falls on your virtual doormat every Sunday morning with the returning topic ‘tomorrow is better’. It isn’t hard to imagine and sincerely hope that tomorrow will be better with the terrible events of the past few days and weeks. It’s raining attacks, the lives of young girls are taken in cruel ways and instead of holding each other in this confusing time to stand strong together, everyone chooses for himself. A retracting movement is visible in Europe, the parties around the Binnenhof exclude each other or make views from unbridgeable barriers to a coalition to be formed. “Maybe we should stop prioritizing our own privacy and step over our diffidence”Daan Kersten, However, there is also a reason for gratitude that many are not guided...

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Tomorrow is already here

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Daan Kersten and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors are all working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it’s Daan Kersten‘s turn. Here are all the prior editions of [TOMORROW IS GOOD] “The impatience is sneaking into our lives as a consumer but it also gives color to the way we look at business.”Daan Kersten, While I’m beginning to write my column and pondering over the topic of this edition, my girlfriend says ‘Tomorrow is actually today’. Tomorrow only exists in our head and only today. Because tomorrow it is today again. I take the time to let this deep thought sink in. It is true actually, we can only make tomorrow better by taking action today and by, for instance, coming up with, developing, testing, building, and using new technologies. This especially applies to the present time, we want direct fulfillment of our wishes. If we want to purchase something, the need just has to be satisfied straight away. Next day delivery (so tomorrow) is not better, in fact, it isn’t even good enough anymore. We want to order now and receive our order today. Bol.com recently launched ‘Select’, a subscription to receive 300,000 items faster,...

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Daan Kersten: Re-use of Knowledge

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Daan Kersten and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors are all working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it’s Daan Kersten‘s turn.   Here are all the prior editions of [TOMORROW IS GOOD]   “Using the knowledge and experience of others to accelerate the development and launch a product: much more efficient than doing it all by yourself”, As I write this, it is raining outside, hopefully tomorrow (the weather) will be good, although my daughter loves rain. The climate at home is certainly quite cleared up after my kids finishing their final exams during the test week. Now fingers crossed that the results will be good tomorrow. This week was marked by exponential growth. First, a round table discussion about the unique potential of our high-tech ecosystem for hardware startups. In the Netherlands and especially in Eindhoven one can find the most advanced specialists in all disciplines involved in the development and construction of high-tech equipment, particularly when optics play a central role. This network of experts offers a wonderful ‘launch platform for new businesses’, as we have experienced with our company in the development and launch of our 3D metal printer. A nice comparison arises with the...

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[TOMORROW IS GOOD] Daan Kersten: Give It A Rest

Tomorrow is good. In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer and Daan Kersten, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors are – in addition to their ‘normal’ groundbreaking work – linked to SingularityU The Netherlands, the organization that focuses on spreading knowledge about technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it’s Daan Kersten‘s turn. By Daan Kersten Tomorrow will be better! That’s almost impossible, I think as I write this column. The air is fresh, the sky is a deep...

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[TOMORROW IS GOOD] Daan Kersten: Our Company’s Real Value

Tomorrow is good. In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer and Daan Kersten, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors are – in addition to their ‘normal’ groundbreaking work – linked to SingularityU The Netherlands, the organization that focuses on spreading knowledge about technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it’s Daan Kersten‘s turn. By Daan Kersten I write this column overlooking the Pacific in Venice Beach and feel chased by Bart who asks me for the text. Since this...

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[TOMORROW IS GOOD] Daan Kersten: The Breakthrough of 3D Series Production

Tomorrow is good. In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer and Daan Kersten, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors are – in addition to their ‘normal’ groundbreaking work – linked to theSingularityU The Netherlands, the organization that focuses on spreading knowledge about technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it’s Daan Kersten‘s turn. By Daan Kersten Tomorrow will be better. It can hardly be, I think as I write this. With our 3D metal printing company, we present our...

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[TOMORROW IS GOOD] Daan Kersten: Elon Musk’s Plan B

Tomorrow is good. In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer and Daan Kersten, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors are – in addition to their ‘normal’ groundbreaking work – linked to theSingularityU The Netherlands, the organization that focuses on spreading knowledge about technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it’s Daan Kersten‘s turn. By Daan Kersten Tomorrow is good, let’s collaborate to ensure that promise. As I wrote in my first column we can all do our own part to...

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[TOMORROW IS GOOD] Daan Kersten: Try to find your contribution

Tomorrow is good. In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer and Daan Kersten, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors are – in addition to their ‘normal’ groundbreaking work – linked to theSingularityU The Netherlands, the organization that focuses on spreading knowledge about technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it’s Daan Kersten‘s turn. By Daan Kersten Tomorrow is good. What a lovely start of a column, I think when I start typing. Especially if I would write this column...

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