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.
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After a good lunch the steam train of ideas took off for the next two hours... what a speed, here we go...
Today the Amazee Labs team took some time off to join TEDxZurich, the conference for ideas worth spreading. The event was worth every minute and next to a series of inspiring presentations we enjoyed the opportunity for some high-density networking.
The WWF chapter of Switzerland today calls for a national climate-friendly lunch day ("nationaler Klima-Zmittag").
This is a blog entry by Ana, who is part of our science team.
As you may know, Amazee is built on Drupal, and if Drupal has created something other CMS don't have, then it is a really awesome community.
Tonight we gathered for another UX Chuchi down at Zurich's lively Langstrasse. This time it was our friends from Gbanga to suffer the heat of merciless UX nagging and ego massaging (at least we didn't go wild this time). Below a little impression. Summary in a nutshell: Great game, but still much too much of everything.
Yesterday Switzerland's UX Book Club united on sunny Turbinenplatz to share thoughts on our latest read: Search Patterns by Peter Morville and Jeffery Callender. It's a short yet comprehensive guide into the gigantomanic subject of information retrieval and gives a good overview of the basic principles of search design: Autocomplete, autosuggest, federated search, faceted navigation, personalization, you name it. Even if you shouldn't be working in product development - Search Patterns is worth a read and a good eye-opener for one of the most disruptive innovations of our times - that obviously goes way beyond Google. If you're in a hurry: chapter 3 and 4 will do. If you're looking for inspiration, do the rest too.
Last night the 16th Web Monday Zurich took place at the local.ch offices overlooking Zurich's Bellevue square. Well over eighty attendees had signed up for the event, during which the host local.ch and the Zurich-based Cloud Computing firm Cloudsigma did presentations on their respective businesses.