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  • My Startup Events Selection for October

    This year has been completely crazy so far. And even more since August, as we’ve organized 2 Demo Days @Fintech FUSION and are preparing us intensively for the new batch of startups, entering the acceleration program on Wednesday (more information to come on FUSION blog). As I’m used to say, I’m in a “Grand Bleu” mode (that means, “Deep Dive holding my Breath”). That is, that I ...

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  • 3 pitfalls to avoid on your way to become paperless
    3 pitfalls to avoid on your way to become paperless

    We started our journey to become paperless more than a year ago. I can remember myself in front of the eleven binders, wondering with which one I should start. It felt like a never-ending task at the time. We crossed the finish line some months ago, finally. It could have been faster if I knew about these strategy tips back then. I lost a lot of time. Which altered my motivation. Which in t...

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  • My writing passion
    My writing passion

    I currently take this course about writing better. More concisely. More clearly. One of the first week's assignments is to tell to at least five close relationships about my passion, during ten minutes at minimum. The idea is that the more people I talk about this, the more I will feel accountable. Which means I will practice more, and this should help me to hone my writing skills. As I blog ...

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  • 5 Startup Events to Attend in September

    Summer is slowly coming to an end and it’s time for startup events to pop up everywhere again… The less I can say is that there are many, many events happening everywhere in Europe. It’s absolutely amazing to see the development and growth of the European and Swiss startup scene over the last 8 years. Now, even in Switzerland (which is still not seen as a relevant startup hotspot), you co...

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  • Show me your numbers! Interview with J. Money from BudgetsAreSexy.com
    Show me your numbers! Interview with J. Money from BudgetsAreSexy.com

    As I explained in this serie's introduction, I've always been keen to know how other bloggers handle the privacy topic, which numbers they disclose, which not, and why. I'm excited to welcome as a first guest my fellow J. Money from budgetsaresexy.com. Let's see what he is willing to disclose on The Internet (come on, we talk finance here, how'd you think about that)! 1/ What are all the nu...

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  • I stopped to invest into the stock market. It sucked anyway!
    I stopped to invest into the stock market. It sucked anyway!

    For the most passionate readers amongst you, some may have noticed I didn't publish any ETF portfolio update as I started to do it in the beginning of 2015. There is a reason behind this silence: I stopped to invest. It sucked anyway. I expected to make 100-200kCHF of dividends after more than one year of patience... but it didn't happen... I mean, why would I lose 30min per quarter to win ...

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  • Here is a 100% traceable coffee packaged in 100% biodegradable capsules
    Here is a 100% traceable coffee packaged in 100% biodegradable capsules

    A gentle morning aroma Ah! The enchanting smell of Yirgacheff, the impelling odor of Huehuetenango, the elegance of Caturra! Sounds familiar? No? Don’t panic, even George Clooney would not have guessed these names referred to coffee. Even if most amateurs of a cup of Joe have already added Arabica to their vocabulary, few of us [&hellip Cet article Here is a 100% traceable coffee packaged...

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  • "Show me your numbers!" interview serie
    "Show me your numbers!" interview serie

    When I started this blog, I asked myself several questions: should I use a nickname to protect my privacy? which numbers should I disclose? which not? why? I assumed it was the normal path of any rookie blogger that wants to start a blog on a good track. Who wants to create another blog from scratch because he realizes he disclosed too much information, and isn't inspired anymore because his ...

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  • Fintech Infographic: The Current State of Fintech
    Fintech Infographic: The Current State of Fintech

    At this period of the year, as always, I should normally be telling you to slow down and relax… (yes, you need to take some vacations!). What I will do on my side. But if you already had their holidays or have them later in the Summer, or if staying on the beach is boring for you, you may want to discover this interesting infographic made by Robert Hendriks, of DealSunny. And if nothing of th...

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  • Discover the « Startup Nation »
    Discover the « Startup Nation »

    Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of building bridges… For instance, between Swiss startup scene and the most advanced European startups hubs like London or Berlin. Even after the Brexit dramatic vote (for the London startup scene), I still believe that Swiss startups should still think about going UK. But we will see what happens in the coming weeks (at best) or months/y...

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  • MP's household Swiss salary revealed!
    MP's household Swiss salary revealed!

    'Morning dear voyeurs! Do you wanna know how much income we earn? Then, today is your day!!! I've always had the goal with this blog to be as transparent as possible. I want my real life examples and experience to inspire you and transform your own personal finance situation. I hate these articles where all we learn is statistics and theory vs. real numbers! Don't you?!? As a money geek, ...

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  • Why You Need to Know Media4Equity for Your Startup Growth
    Why You Need to Know Media4Equity for Your Startup Growth

    This is a guest post by David Hug, a Zürich-based professional startup investor, currently acting as  Managing Director at Ringier Digital Ventures. Innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital are almost synonyms of the Silicon Valley. Over the last years, this way of thinking is gaining more and more attention in Europe. Not only famous examples from the West Coast like Facebook, Twitte...

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  • UEFA Euro 2016: play-field for Asian brands.
    UEFA Euro 2016: play-field for Asian brands.

    Reading Time: 4 minutesRight now France is the field for a world class sport event: the UEFA Euro 2016. The best European football teams compete to determine who is the best team in Europe. For the first time, we can see that most of the event sponsors are Asian companies. Probably European or Western companies have no money to sponsor such events. For the first time, an European competition of...

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  • Pete Blackshaw: Disrupting a 150-Year-Old Swiss Company in a Digital World (Swiss Marketing Vaud) [en]
    Pete Blackshaw: Disrupting a 150-Year-Old Swiss Company in a Digital World (Swiss Marketing Vaud) [en]

    [en] Rough notes of Pete’s talk. Any mistakes my own. Double-check if something seems weird! Can a 150-year-old company act like a startup? Pete thinks so. Today: Not work/life balance, but advantage. Managing tension as a success criteria for leadership. Trifecta: internal/external innovation, and open innovation. In the digital space so much of what we … Continue reading "Pete Blackshaw: ...

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  • Grocery shopping for two weeks in 30 minutes, with fun, and cheaper
    Grocery shopping for two weeks in 30 minutes, with fun, and cheaper

    When I was about 10 years old, I loved to go shopping for groceries with my mom and her sister. This for only one reason: to have fun and play. Indeed, my young cousin was there as well and every single time, we were having one hour of pure childhood fun, checking all the toys, and playing hide and seek. Is groceries shopping this fun for you these days? Or is it more like "Damn, it's time ag...

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  • Isolation, Shame, and Guilt. And Grief. [en]
    Isolation, Shame, and Guilt. And Grief. [en]

    [fr] Réflexions sur la honte, la culpabilité, l'isolement et le deuil. La honte nous isole et nous laisse seuls avec nos peines et nos problèmes, nous privant de l'apport extérieur qui est souvent la clé pour avancer. [en] A few weeks back, I wrote a post about the professional turning-point I’m at. What allowed me … Continue reading "Isolation, Shame, and Guilt. And Grief. [en]"

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  • 24 Hints to Build A Lean Startup
    24 Hints to Build A Lean Startup

    Monday this week, I was organizing a meetup in my home city, Biel/Bienne. We had the pleasure of welcoming Dorian Selz, a very smart and serial Swiss entrepreneur (Local.ch, Memonic and Squirro). I asked Dorian to present us his hints on how to build a startup. Dorian shared his entrepreneurial journey, from becoming partner at Namics, then being recruited to launch Local.ch to his present comp...

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  • Being a Digital Freelancer in the Era of Context Collapse [en]
    Being a Digital Freelancer in the Era of Context Collapse [en]

    [fr] Réflexions sur ma carrière et les enjeux du marché d'aujourd'hui pour les "pionniers des médias sociaux", avec en toile de fond l'effondrement de nos contextes d'être et de communication dans le monde en ligne (Facebook, bonjour). [en] Contexte collapse. It’s crept up on me. It used to be semi-overlapping publics, or more precisely, they point … Continue reading "Being a Digital ...

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  • Have you ever broken your toilet?
    Have you ever broken your toilet?

    Last month I received the yearly invoice of our liability and household insurance. As a continuous optimizer, I checked again the conditions applied to our contract. This started an interesting discussion with my wife. Me: Have you ever broken your toilet?Wife: What?!?Me: During your entire lifetime, did it happen to you to break your toilet?Wife: No. Never. But why are you asking me this??Me...

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  • How To Learn About UX in Switzerland?
    How To Learn About UX in Switzerland?

    If you’d like to launch a new business, you may think about the optimal combination of founders. And how many is too many? And what skills do you need in your team? Many people find extremely hard to find cofounders, especially technical ones (who has never heard the following complaint: “I cannot find a technical co-founder”?). Fortunately, nowadays, there are many possibilities in Switz...

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