Swiss Mobile Basecamp #1

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First mobile base camp took place on Wednesday at Swisscom office. Around 100 people, from which a good 80% were working in startups, attended the event. Morten Grauballe explained the story and challenges faced by his company, Red Bend. An interesting point was when he discussed about standards and recommended not to reinvent the wheel. Standards have the advantages to allow for a conversation, create market categories, foster competition, allow to reuse some technology. He also warned entrepreneurs: not everything is a platform (as lot of founders talk about their product as such). Another worthful quote was that ” software is universal, people no”, supporting that team is everything! Martin Tannerfors from Kumquat Labs talked about his start-up experience oversea (in the Bay area) and in Europe. He described 5 personal observations about Bay area, as  “don’ts”, that is… don’t: …

My thoughts on LeWeb’11

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Around 6 weeks that LeWeb’11 is over… Again, more than 3’000 participants, worldclass speakers including Eric Schmidt or Karl Lagerfeld. Why is this event so successful ? You can say it’s now too big to be really worthful. But I think it really depends on what you’re looking for. You have to set up some objectives for the event, not being there because it’s cool. Many startups try to announce their official product launch there… with relative success, I guess. Because everyone tries to do it during the event, there is just an information overflow… And maybe your “breakthrough amazing game-changing” application is not so… compelling. From my observation, bloggers and journalists are more looking from live and « disruptive » announcements from already rather successful companies, like « Spotify radio » or « Evernote’s to-do list » this year. Why covering the launch of unknown random …

Meeting Karl Lagerfeld

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One of the first celebrity to be interviewed by Loic Lemeur during LeWeb’11 was Karl Lagerfeld, the famous fashion designer. Either you love him, or you hate him… but no one seems to be indifferent to this guy. Myself, I discovered a geeky designer, rather strange and a bit mad: he owns 4 iPhones, 100+ iPods, 30+ iPads… Or a demonstration on how you can use one iPod per playlist and one iPad per pictures collection… Hightech used so badly… Crazy that nobody explained him how to manage his playlists or pictures! Or probably, it’s because he simply doesn’t want to be helped? Karl is probably one of the best fashion designers ever, but has a complex personality (shown when the display of a video from one of his iPad was not in landscape view, he simply… cracked up a …

My First Steps on Swiss Startup Scene

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Hi there, This is my first blog post ever and I’ll use it to present me. I’ve chosen the name Startupolic as a mix between startup (really!?!) and aholic, because I’m kind of fanatic about startups… I’m Sébastien Flury, proud father of a 2-years old son and soon becoming a second child. Born in 1981 in “Arc jurassien” area, the heart of watchmaking industry, I’m currently working as a startup coach and feel like an “entrepreneur-in-residence” at Creapole, the center for innovation and startup creation of Jura region. I’ve spent most of my freetime during school and college years not on software programming… but playing ice hockey, snowboarding and skiing, rollerskating, and a bit of Playstation games (NHL)… and of course partying! So not exactly what could be expected from a geek. After graduating at college in mathematics & physics …