The trade war is looming, but thus far it hasn't impacted Swiss businesses, says Nicolas Bürki, portfolio manager at Mirabaud Asset Management. However, Bürki adds, companies need to know if the tariffs will be here to stay before they can adapt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The uncertainty around Brexit is cause for concern for some businesses, but others are flying high. Carsten Michaelis, head of European sales for private plane giant Netjets, tells Ana Maria Montero how the company has benefited from Brexit and why shared ownership is proving an effective way to get more travelers on board.
Urban Connect provides all-in-one bicycle fleet solutions for corporate clients in Switzerland. Judith Häberli, co-founder and CEO, says firms are thinking twice about using cars. Instead, they are looking for easier—and greener—ways for their employees to get around cities like Zurich. “We will no longer see a car as our asset,” she says, “but it’s going to be a service.”
For Greg Medcraft, director at the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, blockchain will be as transformative as the internet and improve our lives in the process. At the recent OECD Blockchain Policy Forum hosted at the organization’s headquarters in Paris, Medcraft told reporter Eleonore Payro that he sees government and financial services as the sectors with the most potential for blockchain use and believes that central bank cryptocurrencies are inevitable.
Lea von Bidder is the Swiss co-founder of fast-growing fertility bracelet company, Ava. She would like to see more women in technology but says “there is no easy fix” to attracting more into the industry. The recent rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the self-made billionaire behind the scandal hit blood-test firm Theranos, doesn’t help. When asked about the impact, she said it’s damaging for women and that “the trust is a little broken.”
John Foley used to fly with the world-renowned Blue Angels, performing aerobatic displays in fighter aircraft. But is it possible to apply lessons learned high in the sky to the corporate world? The former pilot believes it is. During the GENNEX conference held in Zurich, he tells Ana Maria Montero how he teaches skills such as leadership and teamwork, and why it’s key to know what your mission, both personally and professionally, really is.
Swiss watchmakers have been reaping the benefits of a growing luxury-brand market in Asia. So then why does Schaffhausen’s IWC want to continue to target the U.S.? Hannah Wise sits down with IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr to find out. See the full interview here.
How do you keep your crypto assets safe? Your phone? A USB stick? For wealthy crypto investors, that’s not enough. According to Philipp Vonmoos, CEO of Swiss Crypto Vault, the rise of institutional investors in the crypto space is leading to increased demand for hyper-secure storage. He tells Olivia Chang that with the rise of smart hackers, keeping your crypto assets offline is the answer going forward.
Each year, the World Economic Forum invites more than 400 change-makers, innovators, activists, and entrepreneurs under the age of 30 to the Global Shapers Annual Summit in Geneva. The young leaders hope to shape the future and influence global affairs. Martina Fuchs caught up with three of them.
There’s a surging interest among energy providers in using blockchain—from charging electric cars to generating bills for customers. Blockchain in the energy market is predicted to be worth USD 5 billion by 2023, according to Market Research Future. Hervé Touati, CEO of the Energy Web Foundation, says there will be benefits, such as cutting energy-transaction costs. Job losses are likely but will be offset, he thinks, by the creation of new roles.