Switzerland Is Big on Innovation, but Short on Startups. Here's How It's Trying to Fix That

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Entrepreneurs are trying to stake their spot in Switzerland's long history of innovation

Moving From Utah to Switzerland as a Freelancer Was Tough--but It's Still Better Than a Corporate Job

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This self-employed freelance writer discusses the hardest adjustments she had to make as an American expat. Extreme Entrepreneurship

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Spotify Launched in Austria Today, Rumored To Launch In Belgium, Switzerland This Week


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.

Interview with Stephan Sieber, CEO of Unit4

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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.

Global Innovation 2011

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A Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Explains How We're Innovating in All the Wrong Ways

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Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, economists weighed in on the state of the European Union--and how to move forward in uncertain times

Why Davos's Big Ideas Matter to Small Business

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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

Why English Isn't Enough

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My experience with over 20 years in Germany now is that no matter how well someone speaks English, when it comes to the hard things, they prefer German when in the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region.

Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is

Steve Blank

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.

Episode 54: Business Synchronization and Profitability Antoine Gerschel

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He has also been guest speaker at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. Antoine is originally from Zurich (Switzerland), and, with his family, has spent the past 18 years in Princeton, New Jersey. Also Available On.

METAL MONDAY: Eternal Summer by Celtic Frost - Here is something.

Mark Birch

That they originated from Switzerland, the land of neutrality, did nothing to stop their aural assault on the masses. Celtic Frost Eternal Summer To Mega Therion death metal extreme metal metal Metal Monday Switzerland METAL MONDAY: Eternal Summer by Celtic Frost - Here is something cheery and summery to get you through the week! Wait, early 80’s death metal does not evoke images of sunny skies, sandy beaches, and backyard barbecues?

Should Work Emails Be Banned After 6 PM?

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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

Swiss Businesses Fear Impact of Central Bank's Franc Move


per euro from around 1.20, was particularly critical for companies which rely on sales to the 19 countries in the eurozone--Switzerland''s biggest export market and buyer of more than half of the Alpine country''s products. Swiss watchmakers are vulnerable as they have to produce most of their products within Switzerland, to qualify for a so-called Swiss-made label. Switzerland''s annualized growth hit 1.9%

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

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 Magic of the Irish – Dublin’s Resurgence on the Global Tech Scene

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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

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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

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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.

Startup 101: “Open Source” Start up Legal Documents

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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?

Colorado Global EIR Program – Applications Open for 2016

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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 GEIR-apply@colorado.edu. The Global Entrepreneurs in Residence (GEIR) Program brings international entrepreneurial talent to the CU-Boulder campus and community.

Returning to Zurich

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

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.

Invest in Israel Newsletter May 2011 Edition

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The International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in its 2011 World Competitiveness Yearbook ranked Israel in the 17th place among the world’s 59 leading economies in terms of competitiveness. AcceloWeb Invest in Israel Israel Israel GDP Israel Unemployment SC Square Auto construction sectors Draft film investment promotion center lausanne switzerland Ltd UNEMPLOYMENT unemployment figure world competitiveness yearbook IMD

How Working Collectively Can Create a Better Customer Experience

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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.

The U.K. & Swiss Have A Lot In Common


True Leaders Peel Vegetables

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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?

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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.

Finnish Healthtech Firm NetMedi Raises $940,000 Seed Round For European Expansion


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

High Tech PJs? Startup Produces Performance Enhancing Sleepwear

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Though the startup was founded in Switzerland, the clothes were featured on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Innovation is often not coming up with a totally novel idea, but rather, taking an existing solution to a problem and using it to solve a similar problem in a different industry.

Megaupload and the Future of Multi-tenant Services

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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.

Brexit: What Start-ups Need to Know

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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.

U.S. Reclaims Post as Most Competitive Economy, But Trouble May Loom

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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.

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 2: Business Model Hypotheses

Steve Blank

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.

Brexit and Financial Services – What Do We Know So Far?

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This has already been proven to work, having already been executed in Switzerland.

As Confidence in the Economy Rises, It May Be Time to Start Hiring

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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.

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Book Review: Startup Communities

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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.

Will You Leave Your Comfort Zone? Ask Yourself This Question

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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


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.

DealMarket.com – Making Private Equity A Big Deal


“ 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.

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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).

How Policy Could Help Drive Innovation

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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.