As a business angel you are very familiar with the Zurich startup scene. Which Zurich innovations have the biggest potential in your opinion?
I see many projects that have major potential. In the B2C segment, Chimpy is one that is particularly close to my heart, because I’ve been following its fascinating story for a long time now. Chimpy provides instant battery for all our devices, like smartphones, tablets or headphones, wherever we are. Another example is TestingTime, a company that was founded by two ex-Doodlers. The startup targets the B2B market and recruits test users for market research and usability tests.
Your office is on Weinplatz in the "Haus zum Schwert", one of the oldest buildings in downtown Zurich. What is it like looking out over the Alps, the Old Town, and the lake?
Soothing. In the morning, I often stop for a moment on the Gemüsebrücke bridge, and take in the view of the Limmat and the mountains.
Are you personally still working on ideas for new digital tools?
Nowadays, I use my experience from the time with Doodle to support promising companies, which I invest in as a business angel, co-found, or advise as a member of the board. In 2017, for example, I co-founded the Zurich-based company, Ledgy. The Ledgy software – a tool for managing stocks and other holdings in companies – makes life easier for everyone, not just company founders, but investors and employees, too.
And where do the digital nomads meet in Zurich – in secret or at an official location?
Officially they often meet at one of the Impact Hub locations, for example. As for the secret meetings, I’m afraid by definition I can’t disclose where they’re held.