Tessie Hartjes

Tomorrow is good: Why deep fake media doesn’t worry me

Yesterday a colleague showed me a deep fake clip ripped from Home Alone. Both the face and voice of the lead actor Kevin were replaced by that of Sylvester Stallone – ‘Home Stallone.’ If you look around for examples of this deep fake technology, you’ll see people like...

Tomorrow is Good: Go big or go home

Start-ups face challenges on many different levels and it’s the ultimate balancing game. You need to have a team in order to deliver your proposal. And in order to get a team, you need funding, and in order to get funding you need … well a team that is able to deliver your proof of...

Tomorrow is good: our second brain

Anyone who sees me sitting will notice I often nod my head like an Indian and am constantly tugging at my face or neck. I try to loosen my minor muscles and my jaw and neck this way because they are often painful and tense. While it is true that this can be caused by stress (I could have chosen an...

Tomorrow is good: Which form of transport will supersede the scooter?

Gliding smoothly over the streets in Oslo, I feel like I’m in an episode of the Jetsons. I am greeted kindly by an oncoming rider on the latest version of the Segway, followed by his girlfriend. They are neatly decked out with helmets. But not me, because you don’t ordinarily take...

Tomorrow is Good: “I think my wife will like it”

Last Friday we were invited to a special location for Lightyear, in Munich. Through the organization of a rally for a group of car collectors, we were asked to give an exclusive preview of Lightyear One at the end of the tour. The event took place inside a private collection which was located in...

Tomorrow is Good: Super Forecasters

Working at a startup means that you have to deal with a lot of uncertainties. You don’t have track records or any data from your own past to base choices on, which often makes it difficult to make predictions for the future. However, these predictions are necessary to determine, for example,...

Tomorrow is Good: worry-free accessibility

When Lightyear considered moving to the Automotive Campus in the summer of 2017, one of the biggest concerns was accessibility. Although there are several ways to get there, the direct road to Eindhoven is almost unbeatable. That’s why the campus supported our move at the time by...

Tomorrow is Good: Leadership is not a one-man-show

Recently I watched the fascinating Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country about the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who had a huge group of followers in the 1980s. Often it was because of a message of love, encouragement of creativity and craftsmanship plus a spiritual quest. In fact, a...

Tomorrow is Good: Stimulating (politically) desired behaviour

In secondary school, I regularly participated in initiatives such as the Lagerhuis. Originally I got an interest in politics and for a long time, I thought I might want to do something with it. It continues to fascinate me and give me the energy to understand our society across the whole spectrum,...

Tomorrow is Good: from Public Launch to Design Unveiling

In a weekly column, alternately written by Maarten Steinbuch, Mary Fiers, Carlo van de Weijer, Lucien Engelen, Tessie Hartjes and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. The six columnists, occasionally supplemented with guest bloggers, are all working...

Tomorrow is Good: Perpetuum Mobile

In a weekly column, alternately written by Maarten Steinbuch, Mary Fiers, Carlo van de Weijer, Lucien Engelen, Tessie Hartjes and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will be like. The six columnists, occasionally supplemented by guest bloggers, are all working in...

Tomorrow is Good: The importance of Lightyear’s Ambassadors

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Tessie Hartjes, and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. All six contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working...

Tomorrow is Good: pursue your startup dreams for the world

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Tessie Hartjes, and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. All six contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working...

Tomorrow is good: autopilots and mental shortcuts

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Tomorrow is Good: Showing Growth

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Tomorrow is Good: Eternal Life, in real or in AI

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Lightyear sees the other side of CES and Las Vegas

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Stability to a world in flux – because the sun rises daily

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Tomorrow is Good: The End Game

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on technologies that can provide solutions to...

We can’t do this alone

This week was the final of Postcode Lotterij Green Challenge, where Lightyear was 1 of the 5 finalists. Some time ago, during a live broadcast of RTL Summer Night, I was surprised by the Postcode Lottery with the announcement of our final spot plus the accompanying check of € 100,000. Instead of...

TU/e’s new Innovation Space: “Come and Join Us”

Monday, September 4, the new academic year was officially opened, also at the Eindhoven University of Technology. On top of speeches by rector Frank Baaijens and guest lecturer Alexander Pechtold, Tessie Hartjes could address the audience with her story about the importance of the brand new...

Thanks to De Stijl, Enlightenment came

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors are working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s...

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