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Last Friday started for me with friendly smiles of people who care about user-friendly solutions, which make our lifes better. I was happy to be among 60 attendees of the first UX Brunch Zürich 2015, organized by Valérie Vuillerat, Rahel Vils and Marc Steffen. Event took place in Impact Hub, which is known as a space with a good vibe. Being there is already enough to love the world around you even on an early Friday morning. But greeting and meeting people, who understand your challenges and the big meaning of those small victories on the way to great designs, is even better.
We don't know about you, quite frankly, but it seems that most of us on the team live our lives online, for the most part. I for example start my computer first thing in the morning and shut it down last thing before I go to bed, well, sometimes after I've gone to bed.
Yesterday, the 6th World Usability Day (WUD) with many events all around the World discussing the topic "Communication" also took place in Zurich. The Swiss chapter of Usability Professional's Association (UPA) organized the event and presented a great line up with many excellent speakers, all of this hosted by IBM.
Yesterday was the second Tuesday in the month. Nothing special? For Techies in Zurich it is!It was WebTuesday Time! And this time it took place at our office, since I held a presentation about PHP High Performance and High Availability.
Last night the good people at Memonic were so kind to host another Marketing Chuchi, the last one for this year.
Here's a little bit of French Swiss television news which features the swissnex conference Dania and Gregory attended yesterday (Greg already wrote about an interesting acquaintance earlier today).
Yesterday Amazee Labs had the pleasure to be invited to present at the SwissnexDay 2010 in the Rolex Learning Centre, Lausanne.
Zurich is getting another boost on its way to becoming the preferred habitat for the European Web industry: Our city council has declared "eZurich" to be the focal point of the upcoming legislative period. A great move we think; and what a better start than kicking the whole thing off today with an eparticipative contest where all citizens are invited to contribute their ideas. Below some pictures from the opening event, just down the stairs at Technopark - lots of ties, few sneakers, no open WLAN but a promising opening speech that wasn't much longer than a tweet. Definitely a fine breeding ground for some digital ideas to sprout! Contribute your ideas over here.
And another premiere is over. As we regularly do, we went up to Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland once again in order to work on the future of our business. Only this time was the first time we did it under the Amazee Labs banner.
Politnetz was just in time with their latest release when the UX flock gathered half an hour later to scrutinize their latest user interface. Tough like always it was! The bottom line after two hours of niggling and naggling: Politnetz provides an enviably simple and good user experience; now get the ruble rolling to sustain a great Swiss Web project!
Today is all CEO day for me. The networking event for Tech entrepreneurs is organized by Switzerland's Technology Promotion Agency CTI and was kicked off by Chairman Christian Wenger. Christian warmed us up stressing the importance of an exit orientation. What makes you important for a potential buyer? What are the needs of a buyer? What's your market value? Counterintuitive for an entrepreneur who has just started his own business you might think. He has a point: Better exit (if you can) before you go out of air. However, not my philosophy: Rather replace exit with cashflow and you'll do fine.