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Our Silicon Valley meets Switzerland event masterfully combines the talent and expertise of entrepreneurs and business managers from Silicon Valley and Switzerland.

Each IT areas presented, is delivered by a representative from both locations, who share their expertise and creative vision on the current developments within that technology area.

An ideal platform to share ideas and build strategic alliances and collaboration between individuals and organisations alike.

Event Date: 12th March, 2015


Opens: 8:45 a.m.


Begins: 9:45 a.m.



Location: Campus Brugg-Windisch



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Ralf Haller

extendance

Urs Hofmann

Kanton Aargau

German version

Manuel Grenacher

coresystems

Hanspeter Wolf

appway

Victor Schlegel

swisscom

Hans-Jörg Dohrmann

sharoo

Agenda

Entrance and Coffee Break

Welcome - Kanton Aargau, FHNW, Ralf Haller (extendance)

IT and Medtech - Varian and PSI

The medical device industry is being radically transformed by IT, incorporating and generating large scale, real-time, localized data that can transform medical research and personalize medicine as never before.

Networked economy - Evernote and sharoo

The networked economy has removed more barriers to entrepreneurship within consumer services, allowing small businesses to emerge that are radically changing the business landscape in many sectors. Here we explore the impact on personal travel.

Lunch

Welcome - Suzan LeVine (US Ambassador)

Big Data in Business - Cloudera and Swisscom

Big Data is emerging as a necessary technology as data sets become too large and complex to be handled by conventional applications. .The powerful way this technology analyses, captures, stores and manipulates data has meant that it has been quickly adopted by many companies, particularly those in the finance industry.

IT Security - CrowdStrike and id Quantique

IT systems, from personal computers to large global corporate systems are susceptible to an increasingly large amount of security threats. Staying abreast of these threats is a constant challenge and a demanding task for security experts. What are the latest advancements in this field and how are they safe guarding us from cyber threats?

Coffee Break

IT Infrastructure - Pica8 and ABB

The growing service demands on a data centers has meant that innovative technologies and data management systems are being implemented to ensuring customers get the most reliable, efficient, secure and cost effective solution for their IT infrastructure demands.

New Cloud Business Services - Equinix and coresystems

Creative, new business models have come to life with cloud services, often combined with Big Data analytics, to offer innovative on-demand solutions that are extremely powerful and highly affordable.

Coffee Break

IT and financial services - Personal Capital and Appway

From Bitcoin to mobile trading to Cloud Computing and Big Data, the pace of IT's transformation of the Financial Services Sector is perhaps faster than ever. Users are more closely linked to providers, on more platforms, with rich, real-time information, enabling faster decision making and greater differentiation of products, plus increasing global competition.

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Speakers

Suzan LeVine

Suzan “Suzi” LeVine took up her position as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on June 2, 2014.

Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Suzi focused on education in both her professional and volunteer life. From 2006-2013, she served as the co-founder and then chairperson of the advisory board for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington – one of the world’s leading early learning research institutes. From 2009-2012, Suzi worked at Microsoft Corporation as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Student Developers and Director of Communications for Education. In these roles, she worked with innovative students, school leaders and educators from around the world, helped promote the importance of teaching 21st century skills, and managed relationships with other organizations dedicated to student inspiration and success.

Suzi’s early career centered on software and the Internet. From 1993-1998, she worked as a Product Manager for Microsoft where she helped launch the final versions of MS-DOS and Windows 95. With Expedia, Inc. from 1998-2005, she worked as a Director of Marketing through the startup’s IPO and then as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the luxury travel division.

In addition, Suzi has been involved throughout her life in social innovation and community organizing. Among other initiatives, she co-founded The Kavana Cooperative, an independent and nationally-recognized Jewish community in Seattle, and participates in Social Venture Partners, which cultivates effective philanthropists and strengthens organizations driving community change. She won the Microsoft Alumni Foundation “Beacon Award” in 2013 for community leadership and inspiration, the Helen M. Jackson “Woman of Valor” award in 2008, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Spitzer Young Leadership award in 2007. In 2012, she was awarded a Wexner Fellowship for her leadership in the Seattle Jewish community.

Suzi is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with aerospace applications. She and her husband, Eric LeVine, have two children, Sidney and Talia, with whom they enjoy hiking, biking, traveling and playing with their dog.

Appway is the global leader in client onboarding for the financial services industry, providing tools to make informed business decisions quickly while assuring legal and tax compliance. Appway Business Activity Monitoring collects real-time company information all in a single place, Appway Dashboards provide comprehensive analytics, while Adaptive Case Management supports a case-centric approach to data and process management. The company has 175 000 users worldwide, over 1 000 developers, and is is sustaining 49% annual growth.

Hanspeter Wolf

Hanspeter Wolf is Chief Executive Officer and the driving force behind Appway. He founded the company in 2003 with a vision to change the way people build software by delivering immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs.


As an entrepreneur from the very beginning, Hanspeter has more than 13 years of experience in building technology businesses. Hanspeter has consulted extensively in the use of advanced technologies, customer service processing, expert systems, and work automation.

Paul Bergholm - Chief Financial Officer, Personal Capital

Paul Bergholm has more than 25 years of experience in financial, operational and tax management in numerous Silicon Valley companies. Paul currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Personal Capital Corporation, a leading digital wealth management company with over $1bil in Assets Under Management. Prior to Personal Capital, Paul has served as Chief Financial Officer of Taxcient, MyVest and PassMark Security. Paul has also worked with numerous companies eBay, Keynote Systems, Xoom.com, Epicentric and Attainia.

ID Quantique has with unique real-world problem-solving experience as a Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) supplier, having built America’s first commercial QKD network for Batelle in Ohio. Founded as a spin-off by applied physics researchers in Geneva in 2001, ID Quantique (IDQ) provides multi-protocol network encryption solutions and services based on conventional and quantum technologies to the financial industry, defence and government organizations and other enterprises globally.


IDQ's other offerings include a quantum random number generator, that is the reference in the gaming and lottery industry, and optical instrumentation products, notably photon counters used in commercial and research applications.

Richard P. Straub

Richard P. Straub is a 30-year veteran of managing sales and marketing for international high-technology companies and has focused on IT Security for over 10 years. He joined ID Quantique in 2014, after 3 years at Omnisec AG, where he was a member of the Management Team. Previously he held a range of international senior management positions, and was the CEO of a joint venture between the Kudelski Group and Ascom, MediaCrypt AG, focusing on the development and licensing of encryption algorithms. The company received the Frost & Sullivan Award for Excellence in Technology, in 2005.

In the early and middle 1990s, he was responsible for the Digital Equipment Corporation’s participation in The Open Software Foundation (OSF) and X/Open Company, Ltd., consortia. He was elected chairman of X/Open's Marketing Manager Group in 1992 and nominated to X/Open's Open Systems Requirement Board in 1993. Straub is also co-author of the 'Open Systems Handbook - A Guide to Building Open Systems', published in 1994 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). He studied Business Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

CrowdStrike provides a new kind of security service to enterprises and governments worldwide that focuses on the organisations behind malware. In addition to identifying advanced threats and targeted attacks, CrowdStrike’s cloud-based threat protection platform uses big data technologies, execution profiling and predictive security analytics to learn the attributes of attackers and develop a range of responses that raise the cost and risk to the adversary.


Crowdstrike's technology also shares the information collected at the customer endpoint across the whole customer base to enhance collective intelligence and security. Customers are primarily in sectors such as healthcare, financial services, defence, retail and, not least, telecoms, where business and communications are a frequent target.

George Kurtz

George Kurtz, founder of Crowdstrike, is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He has more than 20 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling small and large organizations. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies has enabled him to drive innovation throughout his career by identifying market trends and correlating them with customer feedback, resulting in rapid growth.


Kurtz was founder and CEO of Foundstone from October 1999, a world wide security products and services company with one of the leading incident response practices in the industry. In 2004, the company was acquired by McAFee, a $3-billion security company, where Kurtz became Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and GM. He has also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.

Every year, some 2200 scientists come from Switzerland and around the world to carry out unique experiments at the Paul Scherrer Institute's (PSI) complex large-scale research facilities, the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland. The PSI facilities include the SINQ neutron source, the Swiss Light Source (SLS) and the SμS muon source. An example of the technologies developed at the PSI is the pixel detector used in the recent, Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the Higgs particle at CERN. PSI researchers have also gained some of the key insights into sodium-ion batteries, the memory effect of lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells based on novel aerogel catalysts.


In addition to its research activities, the Institute operates Switzerland's sole facility for the treatment of specific malignant tumours using protons. This particularly sensitive procedure allows tumours to be destroyed in a targeted manner, leaving the surrounding tissue largely undamaged.

Professor Gebhard Schertler

Professor Gebhard Schertler leads the Biomolecular Research Laboratory at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and is Professor for structural biology at the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland. His group, working on 3D structural analysis of receptors (GPCRs) in the retina and in neuromuscular signalling, moved from Cambridge University to the PSI in 2009. Gebhardt Schertler then established an interdisciplinary research group on GPCRs, including crystallography, electron microscopy, NMR, biophysics and bioinformatics and a platform for protein expression/purification/crystallization. Professor Schertler is also responsible for biological applications on the Swiss Free Electron Laser (SwissFEL) and is involved in the experimental setup and design of various other biomolecular imaging technologies.


Headquartered globally in Palo Alto, California, Varian is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer through radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. Varian is also a major provider of imaging components for medical and security screening. One example of Varian's technology advantage is the TrueBeam™ platform for radiotherapy and radiosurgery, which enables physicians to concentrate rays onto tumours with pinpoint accuracy in tissue that is constantly moving due to breathing or other muscle activity.


Varian is now focusing on spreading the level of oncology treatment and diagnostic capability to developing countries something that has previously only been enjoyed by developed nations. This will use equipment and software that is easier and faster to operate, and affordable entry-level systems that can be upgraded over time.

Wolfgang Kaissl

Having joined Varian in 1995, Wolfgang Kaissl leads the R&D organization for Varian Particle Therapy worldwide. He holds a Masters in Physics and a PhD from the ETH Zurich, and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen, and he has in-depth knowledge of radiotherapy. Varian Particle Therapy is the company's youngest business division and develops mostly proton therapy systems. PSI is a leading research center in proton therapy and the most important collaboration partner for Varian Particle Therapy. Wolfgang has worked in several technical lead and management roles in R&D and marketing connected to treatment planning software, diagnostic imaging, cone beam CT and proton system software.


Pica8 is a global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Its network operating system PicOS™ is the first to enable customers to easily migrate from conventional networking to using commodity bare metal switches. Software-defined networking (SDN) makes networks more efficient and easier to configure from "outside the box" by adding virtualisation.


PicOS™ delivers SDN solutions through Pica8’s adoption of Open-vSwitch (OVS), with extensive support for traditional switching and routing protocols. PicOS™ and switching hardware can be supplied as a fully integrated package as part of an end-to-end data center SDN solution, with a Starter Kit that enables deployment in hours rather than months.

Steve Garrison

Steve Garrison, a networking systems veteran with nearly 20 years of technology marketing experience, leads go-to-market and brand development strategies at Pica8. Though he originally comes from a background in Physics and Engineering and has four US Patents to his name, Steve has held global technical marketing positions at Infoblox, Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell, Inc.) and Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). Steve's outstanding strengths as a technology marketer and speaker are his understanding of the market potential of technological innovations, and his ability to explain difficult technologies clearly and simply.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies to utility, industry, transport and infrastructure customers in roughly 100 countries. The company employs about 145,000 people. One of ABB's main areas of interest is building an energy efficient European Grid using high voltage DC (HVDC). HVDC offers the high-voltage transmission efficiency of AC without the energy loss and complexity incurred by AC / DC conversion. This makes it easier to plug renewable energy sources into the grid. ABB is also a leader in data center infrastructure, selected by Facebook to power its first data center outside of the US, the largest of its kind in Europe. The company is a pioneer in using low-voltage DC systems and on-site electricity generation to maximize data center energy efficiency.

Andre Schärer, Managing Director

André Schärer is the founder of the world’s most powerful direct current data center. With a background as an electrical systems engineer in the field of gas turbine and combined cycle power plants, for the past ten years he has been a vice president in ABB’s Low Voltage Systems business unit, focusing on electrical infrastructure in industrial facilities, including data centers, and a core team member of ABB’s data center industry segment initiative.

Launched in 2008, Cloudera quickly became a leader in the big data market by turning Hadoop into an enterprise data hub. Doug Cutting, Cloudera's Chief Architect, helped create Apache Hadoop to deal with data growing beyond the capabilities of traditional systems designed to handle structured information. Hadoop finds relationships hidden in the vast amounts of unstructured data (big data) now on the web and is the de facto standard for storage and parallel processing across inexpensive, industry-standard servers.


Cloudera allows users to get answers to complex queries in minutes in order to base decisions on massive, complete data sets. The company has received in total over $900 million, including an 18% stake taken by Intel following a decision to drop its own Hadoop distribution. Cloudera's customer base includes AOL, CBS, eBay, Morgan Stanley and The Walt Disney Company, and industry partners include Dell, which offers a Cloudera Hadoop configuration packaged with its servers.

Doug Cutting

Doug is the founder of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene, Nutch, Avro, and Hadoop. Doug joined Cloudera in 2009 from Yahoo!, where he was a key member of the team that built and deployed a production Hadoop storage and analysis cluster for mission-critical business analytics. Doug holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and sits on the Board of the Apache Software Foundation.

Swisscom offers mobile communications, fixed networks, Internet and digital TV to corporate and residential customers, and is also one of Switzerland’s largest providers of IT services, with over 20,000 employees and turnover of CHF 5.7 billion in the first half-year of 2014.


In September 2014, Swisscom was presented with a Digital Accelerator Award in San Francisco. This global award programme sponsored by Apigee recognises innovative organisations and individuals that are accelerating and transforming their business models with APIs and big data. Swisscom's BigData Competence Center was created in 2008 to provide Swisscom with business insights. As of 2014 big data is also becoming a key part of Swisscom's business services offering with the establishment of their BigData & Business Intelligence Services department.

Victor Schlegel, Head of Business Intelligence Competence Center

After studying business administration with a focus on computer science, Victor Schlegel began his career in Japan with Fujitsu's Global Marketing Department. Moving to T-System AG in Switzerland, he was instrumental in the standardization of global ITSM platforms, and then, as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, drove Credit Suisse's efficiency enhancement project forward. Victor Schlegel now has overall responsibility for Big Data at Swisscom AG.

Over the past year, UBER has become known worldwide as an example of the power of the Networked Economy to connect new business opportunities and services at a local level by using location-based and social computing. In 200 cities across more than 40 countries UBER offers city motorists a chance to leverage their local knowledge and skills, and their unused car spaces, to earn money at their own convenience. Customers benefit from an intuitive, transparent interface using vetted drivers, who keep a high proportion of the fee, creating a cost-effective service with clear mutual benefits to provider and user.


UBER has recognized that mutuality, a key feature of the networked business model, is a powerful growth driver, creating conditions that foster transparency and accountability for both supplier and customer and can be understood intuitively. The company's growth has taken even Silicon Valley insiders by surprise. We can expect a great deal more from the networked economy in the near future.

Evernote is an augmented intelligence platform that helps anticipate information you might need, depending on the context of what you’re working on. It is the perfect tool for knowledge workers, allowing them to easily write, find, collect and present whatever is important to them, on whatever device they may be using. Evernote has offices in nine countries and more than 100 million users worldwide.

Cristina Riesen

Cristina Riesen is currently heading up Evernote's EMEA operations. She started her career as a radio editor in 1996 at Pro Fm, the first private Romanian radio station. After graduating from summa cum laude Transilvania University in Brasov (BA English and French), she moved to Switzerland and continued her studies in public relations and corporate communications at the Swiss Public Relations Institute.


For five years she worked as a PR Manager at the GGPR agency in Bern, specializing in design and architecture. During this time she contributed to the media relations management of several international companies: Dornbracht, Alape, Vitra, Vitra Design Museum, Création Baumann, Designers' Saturday.


Cristina is a certified Reputation Institute Professional and graduated in November 2011 as an Executive Master of Science in Communications Management of the Università della Svizzera Italiana, one of the leading programs of its kind in the world.


In recent years Cristina have been completely immersed in the world of social media and digital communications and has been involved in several online community management, social media strategies and business development projects for the Volvo Group, Marvin Watches and Engagor.

Nowadays most vehicles are on average unused for 23 hours of the day. The sharoo app matches up private car owners with people who want to rent a vehicle, and provides yet another neat example of the networked economy making efficient and environmentally responsible use of untapped potential.


The core of the service is a smartphone app, the "sharoo Access Kit" (SAK). The user obtains keyless access to a vehicle without actually meeting the car owner. The idea originated in 2011 as a project of the Migros subsidiary m-way AG, well known for electric bicycle development and retail. In summer 2013 sharoo was spun off as a separate company.

Hans-Jörg Dohrmann

Hans-Jörg Dohrmann is CEO of Migros subsidiary m-way, which specializes in the sale of electric vehicles and infrastructure solutions for individuals and businesses, and chairman of sharoo, the car sharing app company that began as a spin-off from m-way.


Dohrmann began his professional career as a lawyer, having obtained a doctorate in Corporate Law at the University of Augsburg and also completed a postgraduate degree in Business Administration. He moved early in his career into the energy sector, working for energy business E.On in various capacities, such as strategy and portfolio management, finally becoming Senior Business Developer. In 2010 Dohrmann joined the Migros Group, taking over the management of the newly formed from m-way AG in 2011.

Equinix Cloud Exchange is the latest phase of a strategy to give businesses a place to grow their operations reliably and exchange critical information securely. The first step was large-scale data centers worldwide. The second was to create information ecosystems between technology service providers, enterprises and financial companies using multiple networks and improved communications. Today, Equinix has data centers in 32 markets across 15 countries in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific, with more than 975 network providers, 450 cloud service providers, and 800 IT managed service suppliers globally.


Equinix Cloud Exchange now brings together cloud service providers and users, enabling near real-time provisioning of affordable, private, high-performance connections that are more reliable and secure than public Internet connections. In this hybrid and private-network world where workloads need to move between different cloud providers, the Equinix Cloud Exchange allows direct, on-demand access to multiple clouds and networks in 13 locations around the globe.

Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston is Director, Cloud & IT Services at Equinix, where he provides cloud computing expertise internally and externally for Europe.

Sam was previously the technical program manager for Google’s global tape backup program, where he worked in the Site Reliability Engineering team in Switzerland and gained deep knowledge of current, former and future Internet-scale server and storage platforms. Before joining Google, Sam worked at Citrix Systems and served as founder and CTO for a number of successful high-tech start-ups in Australia, France and Ireland. A computer scientist at heart, he was recently listed as one of the leaders of cloud computing, having been an active contributor to the cloud computing community since its inception (particularly in the areas of security, standards and interoperability).

Sam has advised and architected pilots for various European enterprises (including one of the earliest and largest commercial cloud deployments to date, started in 2006 with 35,000 users) and presented at a number of international conferences on the subject.

Sam earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Coresystems aims to help enterprises of all sizes to provide a better customer service on the ground, creating applications that run on laptops, smartphones and tablets, including integration of ERP, Mobile Fieldworker, and the Internet of Things. These collectively allow reps and engineers out in the field to capture, record and report on the processes specific to the business. With international branch offices in New York, Sao Paulo, Cluj, Shanghai and London, coresystems has sustained annual growth of 45%. Currently, its coresuite business apps for SAP has around 100 000 users worldwide.

Manuel Grenacher

Winner of the 2013 Swiss ICT Award, Manuel Grenacher has been commended by Gartner, CIO Magazine and Deutsche Telekom for his pioneering efforts in setting up coresystems, the leading Swiss 4cloud-based field services application. Manuel founded coresystems straight from graduating in IT at the Applied Sciences University in Windisch, Switzerland in 2006. Manuel is also the founder of Mila, the mobile and online service marketplace used, for example, to power Swisscom's Neighbourhood project.

Swisscom Ventures

Swisscom Ventures is the venture capital arm of the Swisscom Group, the leading telecommunications and IT company in Switzerland. Since its inception in 2007, Swisscom has acquired minority stakes in over 35 companies with a strong focus on digital media, IT and telecommunications. Swisscom Ventures offices are located in the innovation hubs of Switzerland (Zurich and Lausanne) and the USA (Silicon Valley). As a strategic investor, we invest in companies that are strategically relevant to the Swisscom business. In return, we offer entrepreneurs access to telecommunications expertise, technical infrastructure and marketing channels – in addition to financial support.


Swisscom Ventures has a dedicated Venture Investment Committee, ensuring lean governance and swift decision processes. The core investment team works closely with a network of Venture Associates, who have been nominated by Swisscom Executive Committee members to represent their respective divisions in corporate venturing activities on a part-time basis. The Venture Associates work on deal-flow screening, introductions inside the business units, due diligence and facilitating the relationship between Swisscom and the portfolio companies.

Ursula Oesterle

Ursula has been managing Swisscom’s open innovation and scouting activities out of Silicon Valley since 2003. She was based in Singapore from 2007- 2009 to build up the Asia Pacific network. Prior to Swisscom, she worked in a start-up in semiconductor lasers in Switzerland and was Program Manager of a Swiss national science programme spinning technology out from academia. She holds a PhD in physics from EPFL and has a business degree from IMD in Lausanne.

Swisscom Ventures

Swisscom Ventures is the venture capital arm of the Swisscom Group, the leading telecommunications and IT company in Switzerland. Since its inception in 2007, Swisscom has acquired minority stakes in over 35 companies with a strong focus on digital media, IT and telecommunications. Swisscom Ventures offices are located in the innovation hubs of Switzerland (Zurich and Lausanne) and the USA (Silicon Valley). As a strategic investor, we invest in companies that are strategically relevant to the Swisscom business. In return, we offer entrepreneurs access to telecommunications expertise, technical infrastructure and marketing channels – in addition to financial support.


Swisscom Ventures has a dedicated Venture Investment Committee, ensuring lean governance and swift decision processes. The core investment team works closely with a network of Venture Associates, who have been nominated by Swisscom Executive Committee members to represent their respective divisions in corporate venturing activities on a part-time basis. The Venture Associates work on deal-flow screening, introductions inside the business units, due diligence and facilitating the relationship between Swisscom and the portfolio companies.

Dominique Mégret

Dominique Mégret is head of Swisscom Ventures, which he started in 2007. He joined Swisscom in 2002 as head of the Group Strategy unit. Previously, Dominique Mégret was an entrepreneur in the United Kingdom, a strategy consultant in the European telecom industry and country manager for an IT company in Germany. He currently serves on the boards of Transmedia SA, glass2energy SA, Mona Lisa Capital (VC fund) as well as QuantennaInc, Poken, Adello (observer) and ASSIA Inc. (advisor). He is co-chair of the IBF Corporate Venturing & Innovation Conference in California. Dominique Mégret holds a BA from EPBS and MBA from INSEAD.

Blue Ocean Semantic Web Solutions GmbH is a recognized leader in Semantic Web Technology and Open Source Intelligence, acting as a consultancy firm for system integration projects.

For over 12 years, Blue Ocean SWS has successfully delivered solution on the use of internet data (“listen to the Web”) that immensely improve Business Intelligence processes, focus on unstructured web data, social media and stakeholder themes for specified data sources.

The team combines Web Technology and Consulting, with its vast experience in Marketing, Market Research, Business Intelligence and Risk and Compliance Management. Its industrial competences lie in a broad range of industry segments, including Insurance, Banking, Pharmacy, Life Science, FMCG, Retail, Travel and Leisure.

Blue Ocean SWS is a recognized expert in the area of start-up coaching, M&A, Internet Policy Consulting, Internet Crime and Compliance and Marketing Research Solutions, running M&A projects and acting as a strategic partner and business angel for various start-ups in the field of Semantic Intelligence.

Leo Keller

In 2000, Leo Keller started as a Business Angel for Startups in the area of Semantic Intelligence. He re-founded Netbreeze GmbH in 2002, and successfully performed as co-CEO until 2009, inciting interest from Microsoft, who finally acquired Netbreeze GmbH in 2013.

For the past 10 years, he has developed over 50 different business solutions using Semantic Technologies and Open Data implemented across multiple professional disciplines (Private Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance and Reinsurance, Automotive, FMCG, Government and Research) and business sectors (Business Intelligence, Product Development, Marketing and Market Research, Risk and Issue Management, Communication and Reputation, Compliance and Anti-Counterfeiting). With his company Blue Ocean SWS, Leo continues to act as a business angel and entrepreneur in this technology sector, successfully entering the field of M&A.

Previously, Leo Keller was co-Head of A.T. Kearney Switzerland and a member of the Executive Group of Arthur D. Little (Switzerland), where he successfully acted as Strategy Consultant with a special focus on Learning Organization, Change Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. He holds a master degree in Natural Science (ETH Zürich) and in OE Organization Development (SAAP).

Ralf Haller

Ralf Haller's 20 year IT career has spanned various marketing and business development roles, based on his training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe University).

His career started while at university, when he took an assistant role in the USA. Later, he excelled as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet and in Sales for APC during their early business in the DACH region (now Schneider Electric).

This prompted his move to Silicon Valley where he lived for many years, working as a Product Manager at Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel Lucent).

Since 2001, Ralf has organised specialist IT events in Switzerland that explore current IT trends and expose the Swiss market to new and pioneering technologies from Silicon Valley.

Owing to his strong links with Silicon Valley, the Swiss government rely on him as a valued advisor for fresh and exciting startup activities emerging from there.

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