Fail fast, fail often – or – The King is dead, long live the King

One of the biggest mistakes that technology founders of tech startups make is that they spend entirely too much time in trying to perfect the technology.  This is particularly pronounced in Continental Europe, as against the US, where the culture of commercialising innovations is much more ingrained. The Silicon Valley Read More …

Startup: Team challenges

One of the most important, and most likely underestimated, elements of a startup, is the team.  Most often, the main reason startups implode is because their teams implode.  This doesn’t just happen in the beginning.  In case the team members see the world differently, this implosion and value-destruction can happen Read More …

How do you transition technology to manufacture in a tech startup?

So you decided to start a technology startup. Excellent. Let me start with the good news. For all startups that are started, technology startups have a far greater chance of surviving five years after they are founded. In Switzerland, for example, about 50% of startups survive five years after they Read More …

Skill-driven entrepreneurship

Switzerland has a tradition of inclusive growth, due to the fact that it has no natural resources. Thus, for the country to progress, every citizen needs to be able to contribute, by way of knowledge or skills. This was recognised as far back as over 250 years ago, when watchmaking Read More …

Platform (or Route-to-Market) startups

Welcome to the series on how to become an entrepreneur. You may recall from our earlier blogs in the series that there are three broad categories of startups. 1. Platform startup 2. Pain startup 3. Technology startup This blog will cover platform startups. Platform startups have certain characteristics. They are Read More …

What background do you need to become an entrepreneur

Going by the buzz you hear, you’d be forgive if you believe that to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be in your early 20s, have got admission in Harvard or Stanford and quit before finishing your education. The reality couldn’t be more different. The average age of entrepreneurs Read More …