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Joel Espi @joelespicnn | 7 May 2018

Making money with data

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David Raedler, a Swiss lawyer who specializes in data protection, discusses the increase in web scraping, a way to extract information from websites. Facebook may have made it its business to collect data. But what if the state was doing it? For Raedler, it might not be a fantasy anymore.
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Martina Fuchs
Green bonds thrive but common principles are needed, says IFC
Green bond issuance grew to $161 billion in 2017. But the bonds, which raise money for environmentally-friendly purposes, need to be governed by a common set of principles to avoid greenwashing.. As Stephanie Miller, director of Western Europe at IFC, warns: “We absolutely need principles. Nobody wants greenwashing.”
Sarah Chiarello
What’s the best strategy for Swiss biotech start-ups?
Switzerland is riddled with biomedical start-ups looking to raise funds and boost research. Sarah Chiarello caught up with Markus Hosang from BioMedPartners and Jesús Martin-Garcia, CEO of GeNeuro, to see whether going public or being bought by a bigger company offers the most profitable solution.
Eléonore Payró
The blockchain hub shaking up Zurich’s financial district
Zurich-based Trust Square is a hub dedicated to blockchain, and it’s fast becoming one of the biggest in the world. With the Swiss National Bank just across the street, it hopes to merge modern and traditional approaches to finance.
Eléonore Payró
Why invest in crypto assets if bitcoin keeps falling?
Bitcoin has lost more than half of its value since peaking at $20,000 last year. But for Laurenz Apiarius, managing partner at crypto asset manager Blockwall, “the risk-reward ratio is outstanding.” Investors shouldn’t bet on volatility and speculation, he says, but rather see cryptocurrencies as a long-term investment.
Ana Maria Montero
Is this the most famous couple in Switzerland?
Known as “Tamynique,” Tamy Glauser and Dominique Rinderknecht are in the spotlight both professionally and personally. In this All Inclusive interview, they talk about their brand, their social media influence, and why Switzerland needs to do more when it comes to LGBT rights.
Martina Fuchs
How a honeymoon in Ethiopia led to a fairer deal for coffee farmers
Customers want an emotional connection with the farmers who produce their coffee, says Michaël Tuil, the co-founder of Direct Coffee, a Basel-based company that aims to get farmers a fairer deal amid plunging bean prices.
Martina Fuchs
Switzerland can say “buongiorno” to investing in Italy
There’s no need for Europe to worry about spillover from Italy’s economic woes, says Fabrizio Pagani, global head of economics and capital market strategy at Muzinich. As long as the Italian government doesn’t “rock the boat” with its 2019 budget, there’s plenty of opportunity for Swiss investors.
Sarah Chiarello
Swiss Germans have a different vision of e-commerce, says QoQa founder
QoQa.ch is among the top shopping websites in Switzerland, but with 90 percent of its clients based in Romandie, founder and CEO Pascal Meyer is trying to expand to the German-speaking part. In conversation with Sarah Chiarello, he explains just how big a hurdle the Röstigraben is for business.
Eléonore Payró
Blockchain not just for crypto-enthusiasts
Beyond cryptocurrencies, where else could blockchain transform our lives? Crypto-enthusiasts claim this technology could revolutionize many sectors, lowering costs and improving safety when it comes to intellectual property, SME financing or health care data. At the recent Blockchain Policy Forum, organized by the OECD at its headquarters in Paris, we met with three blockchain business leaders—Dominik Thor of Vaultitude, Agnes Hugot of FastTrackTrade, and Frank Ricotta of BurstIQ—to talk about their use cases.
Martina Fuchs
Swiss vote about the food on their plates
Skyrocketing food prices: This is what the Swiss parliament thinks will happen if Switzerland votes in favor of two agricultural initiatives in this weekend’s referendum. But proponents say consumers, animals, the environment and farmers would all benefit. Martina Fuchs talks to sustainability and law lecturer Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi from the University of Bern about what’s at stake.
Ana Maria Montero
Cannabis disruption set to go beyond drinks industry
Coca-Cola is the latest big-name company said to be considering the cannabis drinks market. Constantin Marakhov, CEO of Swiss-based Hempfy, isn’t surprised. He thinks cannabis could eventually be in everyday products like toothpaste and that it has the potential to replace the alcohol market completely, though more research is needed.
Ana Maria Montero
It’s not a battle of the sexes, says founder of DrivenWoman
Miisa Mink doesn’t like using the word “fight” when talking about achieving gender equality. She is the founder of DrivenWoman, a network that began in the U.K. and is now expanding in Switzerland. She tells Ana Maria Montero why she thinks we need to change the conversation around women and success.
Hannah Wise
May the X-Force be with you
X-Force Command. It’s no coincidence that IBM’s cybersecurity business sounds like a superhero movie. The company, which has a strong presence in Switzerland, says that it is proud to fight hackers and will be expanding their business as cyberthreats increase.
Olivia Chang
Why is a French firm launching an ICO in Geneva?
When Trecento Blockchain Capital was deciding where to do its initial coin offering, Monaco was one of the locations in the running. CEO Alice Lhabouz says Geneva was already at the top of the shortlist even before the canton released its ICO guidelines in May. She tells Olivia Chang that increased demand for blockchain asset management in Geneva was among the deciding factors for the choice.
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