Panel Discussion: Future High-tech Jobs in Silicon Valley vs. Switzerland
Franz Grüter war von 2008 bis 2015 gleichzeitig CEO und Verwaltungsratspräsident der green.ch Gruppe.
Per 1. Januar 2016 übergab er sein Amt als Geschäftsführer an einen Nachfolger, um mehr Zeit für sein Nationalratsmandat zu gewinnen.
Er verantwortet aber weiterhin als Verwaltungsratspräsident die strategische Ausrichtung des Providers und Rechenzentrumsanbieters.
Jane graduated in Pure Mathematics from the London School of Economics. She then worked in IT and became the head of IT for DuPont France.
Jane left DuPont to create her own company, NatSoft, at the age of 27.
NatSoft grew to 120 people, and was sold ten years later to the NASDAQ quoted company, Cambridge Technology Partners.
After serving as VP for Southern Europe for CTP, she then became the Branco Weiss chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the EPFL, the first professor of entrepreneurship & innovation in Switzerland, and the first named chair at the EPFL.
Today Jane serves on the board of a number of high-tech companies and charitable foundations, and is a member of the Swiss Science Council.
Philipp Löpfe was named Swiss Economic Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2015.
He works for the online news portal «Watson». He has a Masters degree in Arts (University of Zürich) and an MBA (Universitiy of St. Gallen).
In his long career Mr. Löpfe was editor-in-chief of «Tages-Anzeiger» and «SonntagsBlick».
He has written several books, the most recent one, together with Oliver Fiecheter, is called «Aufstieg der digitalen Stammesgesellschaft» (Ascent of the digital tribal society).
Philipp Löpfe is married and lives in Zürich.
We've set out to build a completely new user experience in the area of news and entertainment on mobile devices.
Our first focus will be Switzerland, especially the German speaking part.
Nick Triantos is a Venture Partner at Ignition Partners.
He has previously worked in venture capital at numerous firms, as well as an entrepreneur (x2) and startup guy (x6).
Nick was one of the first software engineers at NVIDIA, as the guy who created their OpenGL software.
He became chief software architect there, and led teams working on 3D software, embedded software, Linux drivers, and compilers and tools for programming GPUs.
Most recently, Nick was a managing director in the ventures team at SRI International, a world-class research firm where inventions ranging from the computer mouse and the ARPANET to Siri were birthed.
Nick has a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo, and MBA degrees from Columbia University and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Ignition is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping the best entrepreneurs seize opportunity. With over $2B under management, Ignition invests in emerging and future leaders in enterprise software.
Ignition brings together an unparalleled combination of domain focus, technical expertise, and global operational experience. Ignition's partners are proven business leaders who have built some of the world's most successful businesses of the last two decades, including Microsoft Windows and Office, McCaw Cellular Communications, AT&T Wireless and Starbucks.
Ignition helps entrepreneurs by turning their early idea into a business, to hiring the right team, providing the right industry and functional insight and connections, to growing the business strategically, globally, financially, to realizing the best ultimate outcome, Ignition is ready to go the distance.
Terrence graduated in electrical engineering from ETH Zürich. After dismissing his childhood dream of being an astronaut, Terrence started his career building data networks.
Having earned the highest technical certification from Cisco, Terrence helped building and migrating worldwide networks, including the merger between Schweizerische Bankgesellschaft (SBG) and Schweizerischer Bankverein (SBV).
Later, Terrence joined a startup company based in San Francisco and Los Angeles developing software for network acceleration in low bandwidth, high delay networks. In his role he consulted providers like Sprint, British Telecom, China Mobile and of course Swisscom.
After enriching his background with a Masters in business engineering from HSG, Terrence today works as Chief Digital Officer for Bison IT Services, one of the biggest national system integrators. He is responsible for all transformative initiatives and is also consulting customers in the field of digital transformation.