Launching your service: think about UX !

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You often hear first-time entrepreneurs with an idea that they need to find a technical co-founder, a software developer. Which is quite a tricky thing. Why ? Because everybody understands that you are looking for someone who you won’t have to pay to build your product. Why is it so difficult for business guys with an idea to find a technical co-founder? Software developers have ideas (the good ones) and they can build things on their own. Without the business guy. So, first hand, you have to convince them that your idea is better than theirs. Given they have or can get easily (at least in Switzerland) a very decent, safe salary in a bigger company… Mission : impossible ? But, to quote Che Guevara : « Be realistic, demand the impossible ! » (Che Guevara) Developers are probably even more skeptical as all the other people …

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Experiencing MoneyConf

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Last week, I had the chance to attend the first fintech event organized by Paddy Cosgrave (the guy behind the acclaimed WebSummit in Dublin), MoneyConf. This 2-days conference took place in Belfast T13… in an old depot close to the docks, which is now normally used as a… skatepark ! Surprising ? Yes. Especially as I’ve heard the kind of sayings that fintech is different to other startups (in term of culture). The coolest thing about this place is that MoneyConf used the skatepark elements (quarter-pipes, half-pipes, tables, etc.) to make an amazing decoration… For instance, the desks and sofas for the media corner were just placed on a double half-pipe ! It made me also remember how I was addicted to « aggressive roller » (and especially half-pipe) in my younger years 😉 ! Back to MoneyConf : more than 1,200 people came from 50 different …

30 startups to meet on June 25th

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For the 4th time, the Alpine High Tech Venture Forum is coming back to Lausanne. 30 startups will present their project and compete to qualify for the European Venture Summit which will take place at the end of 2015. Startups come mostly from Switzerland, with an addition of 4 Italian startups and one from France. The conference is open ot anyone upon registration. And you can grab a 20% discount to AVHF by using this code startupolic15 INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY BestMile, Lausanne: shaping robots into public transport systems Digit Arena, Martigny (Switzerland): Imagine watching Google TV 3.0 and having access to live sports of any major event or series in the world. Formerly unaffordable broadcasting rights are turned into enhanced revenue fed by local in-video tailored banner advertisement. ELSE, Geneva: ELSE stands for ELegant Systems Engineering. Gait Up, Lausanne: …

If my kids become entrepreneurs… by Laurent Haug

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Some weeks ago, Laurent Haug hold a presentation at an entrepreneurship school on what he learned during his 20 years as an entrepreneur. Laurent is a Swiss entrepreneur, who notably sold his startup (CoComment) to Swisscom in 2006 and started the famous Lift Conference (#1 innovation conference in Switzerland) 10 years ago. His motto is to “help people find ideas, and ideas find people”. He’s current active as a Venture Partner at Anthemis (a VC specialised in fintech) and Partner at MKS Alternative Investment (a seed investment company based in Switzerland). I first met Laurent back in 2009 and we collaborated for the organization of the 2nd and 3rd “Venture Night” at Lift (I convinced the boss of the technology park I was working for to sponsor the night…). He’s an inspiring and friendly guy and a very sharp business …

5 European Tech Conferences

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Spring is really busy with interesting tech events and many new ones are also popping up almost everywhere in a continuous way (is there a tech event bubble?). As an entrepreneur, you could spend almost 100% of your time in tech conferences… but that would be wrong of course. As well as you sometimes (often, depending on the quality of the conference) make great business contacts that will maybe convert in the coming months, you’d better select carefully the events you go to to maximize the Return On Investment! So here are 5 interesting tech conferences that you should consider attending (depending on your current focus and your industry): Pioneers Festival, Vienna – 28-29th of May 2015: Pioneers Festival is one big Europe conference, and probably one of the must attend conference for every entrepreneur of the DACH region (Deutschland, …