7 (+1) startups presenting at The Hub Zurich

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On Monday, I attended the 5th ICT Investor Day in coworking space The Hub Zürich, organized by Swiss ICT. First, an institutional investor can present its company and this time, it was c-crowd, a crowdfunding platform started in 2011 in Zürich. Concept is to leverage internet to get a plenty of private investors, who can invest as little as CHF 1’000.- in startups they have poor chances to meet otherwise. The concept is not brand new, but an interesting alternative way to get funded when you have a B2C focus and a financial need up to CHF 750’000.- (according to Philipp Steinmann, the CEO). To get attention, you have to work seriously on your business model to make it dead simple to understand.  To deal with all the paperwork, c-crowd provides you a models (shareholder agreement, certificate of subscription, etc.). …

Venture Night @Lift Conference: 8 startup pitching!

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AlpICT Venture Night took place Thursday evening at Lift Conference in Geneva. Successful entrepreneur Christian Wanner, founder and CEO of online supermarket LeShop, pitched quickly about the journey of his venture. He started in the web early days, in 1997, at 27. He and his team experienced the entrepreneurial rollercoaster so extremely that he was just 20 hours away of closing the business late 2002. His investors decided to close the business a couple of weeks before, but Christian decided to fight for staying alive. And that worked out: they’ve raised CHF 10 millions and turned the opportunity (acquiring their biggest competitor 12 months after) in a real success (CHF 150mios turnover & 220 employees in 2012). Christian then illustrated the journey of an entrepreneur with the South Pole expedition Ernest Schackleton in 1914. This description sticks to startup’s journey. …

HOW TO become an Editor-in-Chief

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News industry is experiencing a deep change and a lot of startups and more established companies try to revolutionize how people consume news. Some services want to learn your habits and push you automatically provided news (automated curation). Some others just bring you the possibility to add your own sources like twitter and facebook. And now, sobees is launching its new version of NewsMix, a wonderful tool to change how you can consume news on topics you’re interested in. With NewsMix, you now can get news publicized on social networks like twitter or facebook, even if you don’t have any presence on the social web. And that’s where part of the innovation is: what’s interesting to you is what people share, not where they publish some content! You can now subscribe to specific news channels, gathering the content shared by …

DeinDeal.ch Launches an e-Commerce Incubator

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Adrian Locher, one of the 3 co-founders of the Swiss daily deal platform DeinDeal.ch, presented his company and announced a new incubation program during Swiss Startup Camp 2012 Saturday in Basel. Before explaining the program, let’s take a moment to learn a little about DeinDeal.ch’s journey. In January 2010, he and his co-founders were observing Groupon’s success (started just around 15 months ago in the US) and noticed that nobody was doing something similar in Switzerland. A Business Plan written, a 18m2 office rented, 2 employees hired, an investment of CHF 25’000.- and the first version of DeinDeal was launched mid-March 2010. The startup sold 95 coupons during the first 24 hours… number of coupons that are now sold in just 3 minutes (!), which is representative of the fast and amazing growth DeinDeal experienced during its 24 months of …

10 promising mobile startups from Switzerland

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Discover 10 swiss mobile start-up that have taken part to the competition during first Swiss Mobile Basecamp in January! DidThis, formerly known as Quantter, is a startup mixing the world of micro-blogging, self-tracking and business intelligence. They’ve built an application ” to spread actions”. You can start a trend and… change the world. DidThis guess is that small actions, done many times by millions of people will induce real change. In Beta phase, they had around 500 registered people. The startup applied to YCombinator  and was in the last 150 (on a total of 3’500 teams applying). A potential usecase presented by Denis would be for fitness coaches, who can drive action and enhance motivation from their customers. Matthias presented his mobile mafia-game, where you can walk in the real world and play virtual games (accomplish missions, etc.). You can …

App store economics: key learnings from Swiss Mobile Basecamp

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Nobody talks about app stores fragmentation and, according to Andreas Constantinou, that’s a real pain for mobile application developers. In fact, if you develop applications on multiple mobile OS (iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows, RIM), how do you manage them all efficiently (each one has different reglementation, etc.)? He quoted Steven Elop, CEO of Nokia, who imaged the mobile industry like that “Battle of devices has become a war of ecosystems: devices do not only compete on hardware & software, but also on developers, applications, ecommerce, advertising, search, social, etc.”. I’ll try to describe some key learnings of the presentation in this post, if you attended the talk and can complete it, I’ll be thankful! Appstores are a really complex business, as you have to manage 5 critical pillars: Software foundations: for instance, Google is the Master in this; Developer ecosystem: …

10+1 myths on the Mobile App Economy

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Andreas Constantinou made the first presentation of Swiss Mobile Basecamp last Wednesday. Andreas is founder and CEO of VisionMobile, a London-based company providing high level market analysis. I’ve tried to catch the essence of his talk and would welcome every complementary learning. App are making profit for Apple and Google: No, Apple and Google provide great distribution platforms, which are barely profitable. For instance, Apple operates AppStore with small profits (just a bit up break-even). Apps drive platform’s core business. It’s all about smartphones: No, leading ecosystems players battle not just on smartphones, but on 4 screens (computer, smartphone, tablets and TV). Every device is dedicated to a different usecase. HTML5 is a platform that can replace native apps: No, it’s a complementary technology. HTML5 has no clear leader now, what would be necessary to bring it further. HTML5 can …

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: …