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A leading financial historian discusses the origins of banking in Switzerland, its evolution through the years and how it has adapted to the internationalisation and then globalisation of financial markets. Perspectives: When did banking first come to Switzerland? Professor Youssef Cassis: Like most European countries, Switzerland has a banking tradition going back to the Middle Ages, […]

Yossi Vardi has founded and helped build more than 60 high-tech companies since 1969, in fields such as software, the internet and mobile applications. He attributes Israel’s record of innovation to its entrepreneurial ecosystem—and an open culture of risk versus failure The difference between an entrepreneur and the rest of the population is easy to explain, he says, explaining it as some […]

Today’s philanthropists increasingly employ business techniques to find solutions to global issues that maximise impact and can be scaled up faster. Philanthropy is changing fast, with several trends clearly visible. The common factor is the extent to which philanthropists employ techniques from business, particularly the financial sector, to make a much greater impact on intractable problems around […]

In the fast-changing world of digital media, there are the entrepreneurs who create start-ups, business angels who finance their first steps, venture capitalists who provide more substantial funding, and investment bankers who take the most successful through to maturity. But as innovation gathers pace and disruptive new technologies sweep away traditional industries, the barriers between these different activities are breaking down, and […]

The founder of a software company that was eventually sold for USD6.8 billion is now an investment partner in a leading venture capital firm, using his skills to identify the next generation of successful entrepreneurs and help them build their businesses. While completing his education at Stanford University in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, […]

The founder of the European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation says the world is at the beginning of a creative phase in which a wave of innovative products and services will emerge to meet the needs of people and society. How do you define innovation? It is the integration of state of the art knowledge […]

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