Ralf Haller December 8, 2011
I met Marc Rohner the founder of Greenbyte.ch a few weeks ago at an event held by Akamai in Zurich.
When he mentioned the name of the magazine I had to laugh and asked him if this punch was indeed intended or happened by accident. (often such things happen by accident when English is not your native language)
But he was affirmative and so we had a longer talk. Greenbyte.ch is not only a great name but also attempts to write about IT news that are not necessarily in the mainstream. I could immediately tell that Marco takes his job as an inquisitive and well-informing journalist very serious.
Nice to have such an IT magazine in Switzerland. Soon he will also have commercials on its free news site as even Marco being a neutral journalist needs to make money of course.
Ralf Haller November 15, 2010
This evening I attended the 1st Swiss ICT startup elevator pitch event. It was organized by SwissICT the largest ICT association here and surprisingly their first such event. Well it is never too late I thought and attended after quite some time a startup event here again. Eight companies were pre-selected to give an elevator pitch to investors and guests and then the investors selected 4 (due to a tight it got 5) that could present their companies in more detail.
To my surprise the pitches were quite good. I did a little game myself and picked my 4 best ones. Again to my surprise these were exactly the chosen ones then. With the exception of one which I think was totally overrated. Surprisingly that company was picked as the number one by the crowd. I guess time will tell now who is right or wrong, me or them.
I must restate that the quality of the pitches was mostly excellent and deserves a lot of respect!
Ralf Haller April 8, 2010
Only a week after CERN in Geneva could successfully create electron collisions that could lead to new understanding of how the cosmos started, another French Swiss (in the French speaking area of Switzerland) world first was achieved. The first solar-powered plane took off with a test pilot setting an important milestone for this ambitious project called SolarImpulse trying to fly around the world with a purely solar-powered plane.
I asked myself why it is that the Romands (as the French speaking Swiss are called) seem to be so much into world’s first recently. Is it coincidence or has it to do with a certain attitude and entrepreneurial spirit that they have in their genes? I was also quite amazed to see how openly both events were celebrated which was so much different than the cool banker style that one otherwise gets to see on TV (and in movies like James Bond) when it comes to the Swiss nature.
From a more general view you could also say that the good guys are in the West of Switzerland (creating great positive public news) and the bad guys (if you want to use that word) are in the East where the bankers are at home. Uuups that comparison might not go well though with the folks in Zurich I suppose.
But let’s get back to the SolarImpulse project. Congratulations to a great achievement and a great PR event. The website contains also great social community ideas and crowd financing approaches such as the possibility to buy a solar cell and name it your own for just 200 CHF. With 12,000 solar cells integrated into the wings that also adds up to a nice 2.4 million CHF. Well done too guys and good luck for the next milestones!