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“We don’t distinguish ourselves by software alone”

According to Guustaaf Savenije of VDL ETG, the largest tier-1 high tech supplier and hardware company in the Netherlands, software is just one of the disciplines – no more, no less.

Headlines

Differ leads search for better electrolysers
These innovation stimuli are included in the 2021 national budget
Futurelab pockets new investment and a new home at Evoluon
SALD deposits trust in new advisory board
Vanmoof pedals series B to a €34M payout
Ghent diagnostic startup Antelope gets injected with additional €9M
IBM aims to cross 1000 qubit border in 2023

Reparations

Dutch Finance Secretary Wopke Hoekstra proposes to set up an investment fund for scientific and technology research. Experience has shown, though, that such a fund isn’t necessarily safe from politicians’ grabby hands.

In other news

AI chip market to more than double in 5 years (EE Times)
Door blows out during ground test on Boeing 777X (Seattle Times)
Flying taxi start-up Volocopter raises $55 million (The Verge)

Top jobs

R&D and growth: it’s complicated

Having been on both sides of research and development for all of my professional life, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a strong believer in societal progress being driven forward by R&D.