Switzerland Is Big on Innovation, but Short on Startups. Here's How It's Trying to Fix That
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Entrepreneurs are trying to stake their spot in Switzerland's long history of innovation
Interview with Stephan Sieber, CEO of Unit4
JUNE 22, 2016
He joined the company in 2014, after over more than a decade at SAP, including Managing Director of SAP Switzerland and Chief Operating Officer of the region DACH (Germany, Switzerland. Stephan Sieber took over as CEO of Unit4 in April.
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NOVEMBER 15, 2011
After launching in Austria today, as per the latest reports, Spotify is planning its launch in Belgium and Switzerland this week. Guess it was the launch in the US that was holding back Spotify’s expansion in the rest of Europe. This is just a speculation but things have sped up recently, especially after the music streaming service shook hands with the world’s largest social network ; Facebook.
How A Biking Enthusiast Turned His Dad's Bike Company Into a $1 Billion Business
MAY 22, 2017
In 1987, a few years after John Burke started working at Trek Bicycle, a Swiss bike shop asked him to ship a few Trek bikes to Switzerland. That first call turned into a global expansion strategy. People
Global Innovation 2011
Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook
JULY 2, 2011
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Why Davos's Big Ideas Matter to Small Business
JANUARY 15, 2016
Political and business leaders are heading to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week to discuss solutions to problems brought about by the globalization of technology
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NOVEMBER 16, 2015
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Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is
DECEMBER 1, 2015
Other companies operating in small markets with little R&D resources in their home country (ABB, Novartis and Hoffmann-La Roche in Switzerland, Philips in the Netherlands and Ericsson in Sweden) pursued R&D outside their home country by necessity.
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Swiss Businesses Fear Impact of Central Bank's Franc Move
JANUARY 17, 2015
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Should Work Emails Be Banned After 6 PM?
APRIL 10, 2014
In fact, I am writing this column from my home in Basel, Switzerland, and if I turned off my email at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, as of March this year, France''s neighbor Switzerland, whose maximum work-week varies from 45 to 60 hour per week, has an unemployment rate of 3.30
The Magic of the Irish – Dublin’s Resurgence on the Global Tech Scene
Both Sides of the Table
FEBRUARY 7, 2014
We heard first-hand just how close it was that Facebook had considered locating its headquarters in Switzerland and how the Irish rallied and now host more than 400 jobs locally and growing. I wrote this on my flight home from f.ounders & web summit in Dublin, Ireland late last year.
The World Economic Forum 2014 #WEF14
JANUARY 22, 2014
Every year, world leaders from both the public and private sector, meet at Davos Switzerland to discuss the biggest issues facing our society at the World Economic Forum.
Worldwide Investor Network Event Tuesday, November 15th
NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Quantesys (Switzerland) An un-calibrated algorithm allowing investors to turn behavioral anomalies into profitable investments. I hope you’ll join us on November 15 th at 5:30pm for the final Worldwide Investor Network event of the year.
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Ben Casnocha: The Blog
JULY 16, 2015
It wouldn’t take long, in the years after, for me to discover that Switzerland has few peers. I’m glad I started in Switzerland: it’s an especially forgiving place to be introduced to foreign travel. At the age of 17, I ventured out of the U.S.
Startup 101: “Open Source” Start up Legal Documents
JUNE 18, 2012
SECA – the represnetative body for Switzerland private equity has LP and VC documentation templates, including models: [link] mplates.aspx. “The picture has nothing to do with this article” – but did it get your attention?
The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps
DECEMBER 20, 2011
Since the first part of the lecture was about Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas, Osterwalder flew in from Switzerland to teach slides 20-76. Over the last two months the U.S.
The U.K. & Swiss Have A Lot In Common
JUNE 15, 2016
Colorado Global EIR Program – Applications Open for 2016
MARCH 15, 2016
Julien Denaes (Switzerland). Applications are open for the second group of Colorado Global Entrepreneurs in Residence. If you are interested in applying send a resume and a cover letter, including a statement of interest, to GEIRfirstname.lastname@example.org. The Global Entrepreneurs in Residence (GEIR) Program brings international entrepreneurial talent to the CU-Boulder campus and community.
How Working Collectively Can Create a Better Customer Experience
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MARCH 26, 2015
Collective entrepreneurship is epitomized in female entrepreneur Lisa Chuma, who created the Women’s Expo shortly after immigrating to Switzerland. A displaced Kansan, she currently resides in Switzerland with her husband and daughter.
Invest in Israel Newsletter May 2011 Edition
JUNE 1, 2011
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Finnish Healthtech Firm NetMedi Raises $940,000 Seed Round For European Expansion
APRIL 21, 2016
NetMedi's Kaiku Health platform, which enables secure online communication between patients and care personnel, is used by 17 clinics in Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. “We
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JULY 20, 2012
Last week, I attended a pretty conventional conference replete with keynotes, panels, and discussions, all held for an international group in a grand building in Switzerland.
Should You Hire a Professional Doodler?
JANUARY 20, 2014
Gallen, Switzerland. "We''ve Many companies are now hiring specialized artists to record their brainstorming sessions. Here''s why. Entrepreneurship!" offered one executive. Going above and beyond," mused another. As they spoke, an artist scribbled furiously on an 8-foot-wide whiteboard.
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Cracking the Code
MAY 20, 2016
Example - Switzerland has 129 different bilateral trade accords with the EU, but must accept free movement of people and still pays fees to the EU.
Megaupload and the Future of Multi-tenant Services
JUNE 15, 2012
While I was in Iceland a few weeks ago, there was a set of discussions driven by Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures about trying to make Iceland and “Internet Neutrality Zone” similar to Switzerland and banking. This is a draft post by Dave Jilk, a long time friend, business partner, and CEO of Standing Cloud. While the words are his, I agree 100% with everything he is saying here.
U.S. Reclaims Post as Most Competitive Economy, But Trouble May Loom
MAY 30, 2013
Switzerland, Hong Kong and Sweden rounded out the top 4. The list''s biggest winners--defined as economies that moved up five or more spots on the list since IMD first released competitiveness rankings in 1997--included China, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
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Startup Lessons Learned
DECEMBER 1, 2012
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Book Review: Startup Communities
Ben Casnocha: The Blog
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
I’ve personally seen differing approaches in places like Santiago, Chile, Austin, Texas, and Zurich, Switzerland. Want to make your city more of a hotbed for entrepreneurship? It’s the obsession of many entrepreneurs, mayors, and university professors. Finally there’s a book overflowing with practical, credible advice on how to do it — Brad Feld’s latest: Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.
As Confidence in the Economy Rises, It May Be Time to Start Hiring
JANUARY 22, 2014
According to a new report unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the majority of the CEOs of large companies surveyed expect to hire more people in 2014, reflecting a surge in confidence in their businesses and in the economy as a whole. In a new survey, CEOs of large U.S.
Will You Leave Your Comfort Zone? Ask Yourself This Question
APRIL 25, 2013
I live in Basel, Switzerland, which might have the best public transportation system in the world. Many new business owners rely on past experience to make decisions. How to break that pattern. It is clean, fast, on time, and can get you where you want to be.
The Nordic Startup Scene Covered In The Economist
JANUARY 31, 2013
These include not just members of the post-war generation such as Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of giant IKEA (who lives in Switzerland), and Hans Rausing, the founder of Tetra Pak, a huge packaging company (who went to live in England), but also members of the up-and-coming generation.
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DealMarket.com – Making Private Equity A Big Deal
AUGUST 4, 2011
“ DealMarket has been designed by private equity professionals for private equity professionals, says DealMarket co-founder and CEO Celine Fillistorf, who hails from Zurich, Switzerland.
BoS Registrations reach halfway. Here is where people are coming from.
Business of Software Blog
MAY 21, 2011
Switzerland: 1. I was idly thinking about seeing if some Business of Software delegates might be interested in getting together before the conference so had a look at where the 180 registered attendees are coming from (exactly halfway now).
The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 2: Business Model Hypotheses
MARCH 15, 2011
Vogt Holding), PhD Mechanical Engineering (FAU, Germany), MS Engineering (ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Our new Stanford Lean LaunchPad class was an experiment in a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship. This post is part two. Part one is here. Syllabus here.
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The Queen of Social Media
MAY 28, 2013
And Kabani is still doing the stuff that’s always helped her along the way: She’s busy building her personal brand alongside the business brand, through Web shows and speaking gigs--the next one will take her to the University of Switzerland.
Four Takeaways from WATEC 2011 Cleanvest Summit
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
Investors from all over the world were present from Germany, France, Brazil, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands; even a news reporter from New Zealand appeared for the event. I was fortunate to attend the party over at WATEC Israel 2011’s Cleanvest Summit. This is a pre-WATEC summit where startups got a chance to present their ideas to investors and hopefully have someone catch their bait.
How Policy Could Help Drive Innovation
JANUARY 24, 2014
These questions served as fodder for a lively debate yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland called " Regulating Innovation." Imagine if regulations actually helped your business? Bill Gross from IdeaLab offers his prescriptions at the Davos economic summit.