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.
Shomit’s data-centric vision of the future has helped lead ONSET’s investments in software.
Prior to entering venture capital, he was a startup software entrepreneur with a career of operating excellence spanning 19 years.
Shomit’s startup roles included three highly successful IPOs as SVP of Operations at Tumbleweed Communications; VP of Worldwide Services at BroadVision; and software engineer at Sun Microsystems.
He was also CEO and board member of ONSET portfolio company, Truviso, for two years leading to its acquisition by Cisco Systems.
At ONSET since 2001, Shomit has represented ONSET on the boards of Adara, HyperGrid, Imanis Data, Pancetera (acquired by Quantum), Polymorph, Truviso, Vidder and Vindicia (acquired by Amdocs.) In his private life he has been committed to coaching girls’ sports for many years in softball, high-level club soccer, and club and high school varsity and junior varsity lacrosse.
At the age of 15, Shomit was awarded two academic scholarships to the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with a degree in Computer Science.
He serves on the advisory boards of UC Berkeley College of Engineering’s Sutardja Center, Innovation Center Denmark’s ScaleIT program, and the Lundbeck Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship Program.
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.
Harald Gall is Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland (UZH). Furthermore, he is full professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Informatics at UZH. He was Deputy Dean and program director for four years. Before joining UZH in 2004, he was associate professor at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, in the Distributed Systems Group (TUV). He studied at TUV and holds a PhD (Dr. techn.) and master's degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Informatics.
His research interests are in evidence-based software engineering with focus on quality in software products and processes. This focuses on long-term software evolution, software architectures, software quality analysis, data mining of software repositories, cloud-based software development, and empirical software engineering.
He is probably best known for his work on software evolution analysis and mining software archives. Since 1997 he has worked on devising ways in which mining these repositories can help to better understand software development, to devise predictions about quality attributes, and to exploit this knowledge in software analysis tools such as Evolizer, http://www.evolizer.org or SOFAS, http://seal.ifi.uzh.ch/sofas
He was associate editor of IEEE's Transactions on Software Engineering and currently is associated editor of Springer's Computing Journal. He was the program chair of the two flagship conferences in the field of software engineering: ICSE in 2011 and ESEC/FSE in 2005.