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Wednesday, October 28, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. PST
Should large corporations really try to behave like startups?
State of the art and approaches to corporate venturing.
The last 20 years have dramatically shown that inhouse developments often cannot protect against disruption by well-funded startups: Uber disrupted mobility, Airbnb the hospitality industry, WhatsApp how we text, Netflix how we watch movies! Should large companies simply give up developing new businesses inhouse? And instead invest into startups and benefit as they grow into large businesses themselves?
But why should large corporations invest into the startups that will attempt to disrupt and displace them? Aren’t there other ways for large corporations to benefit from the speed and agility of startups? And still harness the large knowhow of their employees?
Is it possible to strike the right balance between inhouse innovation and corporate venturing?
Our panel will explore the approaches to corporate venturing by different Swiss corporations and by Silicon Valley venture capitalists:
- Swisscom (Lukas Peter): Started an outpost in Silicon Valley 20 years ago and are one of the most visible and present partners and investors in the Swiss innovation scene.
- SBB Swiss Railways (Andreas Jossen): Recently established three outposts in Silicon Valley, China, and Israel.
- Mach49 (Paul Holland): Paul has been a Silicon Valley venture capitalist for the last 20 years and early investor into Netflix. He is a Managing Director at Mach49, advising global corporations how to create a corporate venture practice and actively sharing his experience as “Investor in Residence”. Mach49’s approach strategically combines the incubation of internal ideas and tapping into disruptive projects thru corporate venturing.
- Moderator: Gert Christen, Innovation Strategist
4.00 PM: Welcome & Introductions
4.05 PM: Company presentations & Approach to venturing/corporate venturing
4.30 PM: Discussion incl. Q&A from the audience
This is an online event. You can access the Zoom event via the Eventbrite page (“Access the Event”) or via the link in your ticket (sent by email).
This event is sponsored by Switzerland Global Enterprise.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – 01:00 p.m. PST
We are going through unprecedented times that affect us all.
This impacts the Swiss-American business relationship as well.
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ASF CONNECT Video Conference
U.S. Engagement at the World Trade Organization
Friday, September 18, 2020
11:30 am – 12 pm EDT/17.30 – 18h CET
Ambassador Dennis Shea
Deputy United States Trade Representative and Chief of Mission, Geneva
CEO, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Swiss Advisory Council of the American Swiss Foundation
Robert J. Giuffra, Jr. (Young Leader 1996)
Chairman, American Swiss Foundation
Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
RSVP: Click here to register
ASF CONNECT is a new series of virtual programs for members and friends of the American Swiss Foundation
created in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to recent conversations with leading experts on Soundcloud.
This program is co-hosted by the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.
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Please join our next virtual Stammtisch!
Enjoy this networking event and connect with others.
GET TOGETHER AFTER WORK – MEET, ENJOY, GET CONNECTED
Wednesday September 16, 2020 – 5:30 PM – VIRTUAL EVENT
Time: September 16, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Let’s network and have a drink together.
Many of our board members will be present on-line and help you connect with others.
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