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Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2016 – this is why you should apply (until May 15)

Swiss Startups, this might be great news for you: In September 2016, we will take five startups to our outpost in Silicon Valley for a week-long business development trip. I am running this program and can assure you – it… Continue Reading →

The Great Rise of Corporates for Startup Financing with a Value-add

Last week, my colleague Dominique Megret (Head of Swisscom Ventures) was invited to kick off the Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation Summit in Sonoma Valley in California – the corporate venturing industry’s annual get-together. As chairman of the event, Dominique shared some… Continue Reading →

Start-ups: Is a 300-kilometre expansion in two years enough? Silicon Valley vs. Switzerland

Last summer, I was a member of the jury for a business plan competition. During the preparations, I came across a business plan that demonstrates really well how differently the topic of “growth” is approached in Switzerland and Silicon Valley: The… Continue Reading →

The Seed Round Guide (III/III): Why Silicon Valley May Not Be Your Best Option

A couple of months ago, I was coaching a seasoned entrepreneur who had developed a piece of software that is relevant to operating IT clouds. This software definitely addresses a global market and will most likely have much greater growth… Continue Reading →

The Seed Round Guide (II/III): Finding & Leveraging a Lead Investor

Are all investors made equal? There are two types of investors: Lead investors and co-investors. Understanding this difference is fundamental when structuring an investment round to avoid unnecessary circles or risk the completion of the successful round altogether. So, what… Continue Reading →

Has Switzerland been infected by the new “Hackathon Mania”?

1. Hackathons were not very popular in Switzerland in 2013… Two years ago, I got involved with hackathons first hand in my role at Swisscom: I hosted the ETH Entrepreneurclub’s hackathon in our P51 office building in Zurich. It was a… Continue Reading →

The Seed Round Guide (I/III): Is Big Always Better Than Small?

In my role as an early stage investor, I meet many startups in the seed stage and I would like to share my view: What is the best amount of money to ask from investors? Which valuation makes it likely… Continue Reading →

“Silicon Valley is super-exciting and overwhelming at the same time”

Last week, we were in Silicon Valley for a week-long business development trip with the five winners of this year’s Swisscom StartUp Challenge. I’m proud to say that it has been one of the most intense weeks of the last years… Continue Reading →

10 great things I saw (not) at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this week

Have you ever been to TechCrunch Disrupt? For me, until a couple of days ago, it was a nearly mythological place where the best startups of this planet present themselves in an exhibition and compete in the so-called Startup Battlefield… Continue Reading →

Do you want to join a board of directors? My 5 takeaways from EPFL’s Startup Board Member Academy

In May and June of this year, I had the opportunity to attend the Board Member Academy at EPFL. About 25 experienced angel investors, startup executives and even current board members came to Lausanne to learn from Virginie Verdon and her guest speakers Jean-Marc Wismer, Guillaume Dubray,… Continue Reading →

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