Time for a break, no?

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There’s sometimes a cliché that entrepreneurs can’t go on holidays, that they have to always be there and reachable. To some extent, it’s kind of true… you cannot completely switch off. Your mind cannot be disconnected from your venture. That’s one of the inconvenient to be passionate about your activity as an entrepreneur. If you have no passion and no fun in what you do, you’ll never support the charge of being an entrepreneur. On the other hand, I wouldn’t exchange my job as an entrepreneur for a « boring corporate job » (I know, it’s kind of unfair: there are also great jobs in corporates!). Enjoying your job 24/7 has ways more value than being bored in a regular 9-5 job. Entrepreneurs have the risk of « burn out », when many corporate people fear the « bore out …

Apply to Fintech Fusion: #1 Swiss fintech acceleration program!

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Switzerland is very well known in the world at least for 4 things: Banks Mountains Watches Chocolate Less known for the quality of its startups, even if Switzerland is one of the most innovative country according to the Global Innovation Index (it’s probably not the right metric, but that’s another debate). And even less for fintech. Right now. Fintech is getting very hype everywhere and we feel it massively here since the beginning of the year (if you haven’t, go read The Waking Up of fintech in Switzerland). I have sometimes heard some silly statements as “Switzerland cannot compete with London, New York or Silicon Valley”. It’s wrong. If you see Switzerland in a whole as a big city (the whole population is 8 millions, a bit less than the Greater London area. And way less than New York City), …

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: …