The other day I read a story about how Chiasso, a town in the Swiss canton of Ticino will start accepting bitcoins for tax payments starting in 2018. This announcement comes months after the canton of Zug allowed residents to pay for services in bitcoin. That article was followed by one days later about how JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon had voiced a strong opinion against the cryptocurrency in an interview saying that governments will never allow for a decentralised currency. As I write this, I’m not sure about the future of bitcoin, but I don’t think it will just fade away. Bitcoin, over the past nearly nine years, has established itself as a viable, though still not stable, means of storing wealth.
On May 30, 2017 I had the good fortune of being able to attend a morning lecture series at the Zürcher Kantonalbank’s co-working space on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. Speaking was Beni von Allmen from Verein GO! The non-profit works with the city and canton of Zurich to help small businesses — especially those looking to become self-employed — get access to micro loans of between CHF 5'000 and CHF 40'000. The average today is at around CHF 37'000. The repayment period is 3 years and the interest is fixed at 6.5%.
About a week ago, I had coffee with someone I consider to be one of the most influential and well-connected people in Zurich — Clemens M. Schuster. During our meandering conversation, we got on the topic of podcasts. I told him that it was my girlfriend who got me listening to them. For the past year and a half, I’ve been a big fan of the series of digital audio file. Clemens asked me to share my list of podcasts, and I still haven’t done it, so I thought I’d post about it and share it with everyone.
Barcelona’s largest yearly event has come and gone. The Mobile World Congress attracts the world’s leading mobile technology companies and now over 100’000 attendees. I was present for the four-day event. The size was impressive. Daily I walked 10–13km through the ten halls.
Of the over 2’200 exhibitors, some of biggest stands this year belonged to Nokia, Huawei, SAP, Lenovo, Vodafone, Samsung, Verizon, Mercedes and Orange. DJI and GoPro also had fairly significant stands. From the size of these exhibitors you can deduce the following:
Cut through the clutter
There are many articles about what it takes to succeed in the world of startups. These articles can be split into two categories. The best ones talk about business practices and ways of differentiating your business from others. The ones not worth reading, let alone the time wasted writing them, are listicles of supposed characteristics shared by so-called great founders, and arbitrary anecdotal information associated with success. Take the first class of articles with a grain of salt and don’t blow your time reading those of the second class...