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EDITORIAL

Dear readers,

What a contradiction! On the one hand, we have the virus that is set continue putting massive restrictions on people’s everyday lives for a long while. And on the other hand, we are seeing massive technological progress in numerous areas that has the potential to fundamentally change our private and working lives forever.

Despite the unusual recent events, some things don’t change – the gates to the future remain open to those who are willing to grab the wheel.

We all get to have a say in how the future will look. That includes the INDUS Group. To be a real future player, we need a culture of open-mindedness. A willingsness to ask questions. The courage to act on ideas by changing our thinking from “yes, but” to “yes, and”.

What we also need is emotional security, because people who feel secure can accept challenges and help bring about new solutions with a positive attitude. We give our companies this security – with the longterm focus of our business model and our philosophy of holding companies in the portfolio for as long as possible.

And we strengthen this security by offering our companies a range of resources to help them, particularly in the field of innovation. It brings me great joy to see our portfolio companies making use of our knowledge, network and development bank. I can see in the strategic projects of our companies that as they pursue innovation, they keep the most important element – the people they are doing this for, their customers – at the forefront of their decision making.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” This much-quoted statement is an excellent starting point for innovation. Try it. I’m sure there is plenty to discover, especially right now. You’ll see things in a new light – and by reimagining what is possible, you will be able to get all kinds of innovations off the ground.

Dr. Johannes Schmidt
Sincerely,
Johannes Schmidt

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