Ralf HallerRalf Haller March 14, 2015

1. Silicon Valley meets Switzerland Event

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Successful event, with 330 people attending.

“Suzi” LeVine, US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, delivers a great keynote!

And does a selfie on stage with Ralf Haller, extendance GmbH, the founder and mastermind behind this event and who moderated it as well.



The press picks up on it as well:

Kanton Aargau trifft das Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley light

Ein Hauch von Silicon Valley im Aargau

Positive feedback from the attendees:

Gratulation zu dem tollen Event.  Stephan

Gratuliere zum gelungenen Anlass!  Marcus

Ralf, danke für den Event gestern, war sehr toll!  Philipp

Kompliment zum Anlass, aus meiner Sicht ein wirklich gelungener Anlass!  Simon

War ein guter Event gestern. Besten Dank und liebe Grüsse!   Samuel

I think it was really good. Personally I enjoyed the presentation and you had also a good success with the participants. So well done!  Luca

Wir durften gestern an Ihrem interessanten Event als Sponsor teilnehmen und bekunden grosses Interesse an den Präsentationen.  Fabio

many thanks for organizing! was a great event with some super nice presentations! in particular suzi levine was just exceptionally good, can’t top that :)  Martin

Herzlichen Glückwünsch für den tollen Event, den Sie organisiert haben.  Carlo

Ralf HallerRalf Haller January 8, 2015

The process of innovation

This talk is by Andy Bechtolsheim at the Stanford Engineering Hero Lecture Program.

Andy is one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and started four tech companies in Silicon Valley.  He was also the first Google investor and made a fortune with it worth hundreds of millions USD. He is a German who studied at the Technical University in Munich and got a scholarship in the US and did a PhD at Stanford before he started Sun Microsystems.

In my opinion he is one of the most successful technology entrepreneurs in history from Germany. He is not so well known in Germany – which is unfortunate.

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Ralf HallerRalf Haller January 5, 2015

Life in the Valley

How is daily life in Silicon Valley? How to meet people? What is the relationship between Stanford Computer Science and entrepreneurship programs and the Valley?  How is it to work in a high-tech startup in Silicon Valley?

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Ralf HallerRalf Haller January 3, 2015

The secret history of Silicon Valley

Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur and lecturer at both Berkeley and Stanford University, talks at a Computer History Museum in Mountain View event, where the Silicon Valley originated from. Insiders might not be too surprised…

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Ralf HallerRalf Haller December 12, 2014

Are there German – Swiss – Googles around the corner ?

This question – more or less – asked the co-founder of LinkedIn Konstantin Guericke in a blog post answering the question “Where are the German Unicorns?

Guericke is a German himself, but lived, studied and worked in Silicon Valley, where he co-founded LinkedIn.  Now he works for a German venture capital firm trying to encourage German startups to go to the US at early stage:

We ask the same question other German VCs ask “Is there a similar company already successful in the US?”, but rather than hoping for “yes,” we hope for “no”. We look for founders who don’t mind living in the US for a few years and who follow the Israeli model of launching in the US right away rather than starting in Germany and then moving to Austria and Switzerland followed by Sweden, Netherlands, Poland and France.

As for Swiss startups, who went to the US at early stage?  There are only a few and – unfortunately – not too successful ones to my mind, but maybe that will change as well?

Remark: Unicorns are startups who have a USD 1 billion+ valuation.


Ralf HallerRalf Haller December 11, 2014

Assessing the Evolution of Cybercrime

by Guest speaker Francesca Bosco, Project Officer Emerging Crimes Unit at UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute)

What image comes to mind when you picture a cybercriminal? Is it the Hollywood hacker, male, bespectacled, and working alone in the darkened basement of his parents’ house?  Is he the stereotyped computer geek, developing his own hacking tools from scratch, illegally accessing government databases for fun, and maybe dabbling, just a bit, into the realm of identity theft?

Our perception of the typical cybercriminal is rooted in pop culture, yet the phenomena of cybercrime has developed rapidly in recent years, transforming the ways in which criminals operate and putting average citizens at risk of becoming cyber victims.

The financial, not to mention the mental and emotional, impact of cybercrime is enormous. In its report, Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime, computer security software giant, McAfee, estimated that the annual global cost of cybercrime to the world economy was upwards of $400 billion.

Today’s cybercrime targets range from big corporations and governments, to individuals, with many people’s personal information becoming collateral damage in the process. Cybercriminals themselves are less likely to be computer geniuses, developing their own cyber weapons, but rather people of average intelligence, often working within an organized crime network, utilizing prefabricated, user-friendly hacking tools obtained on the dark net.

The borderless environment of cyberspace has allowed traditional organized crime groups to reinvent and diversify their activities, while also fostering the creation of new, loosely connected networks of cybercriminals. The advancement of cybercrime technology challenges the capabilities of law enforcement agencies, and the emergence of new threats within the cyber landscape, such as the expansion of the dark net, proliferation of crypto-currencies, and the development of new types of malware, presents a formidable challenge to the field of cybersecurity.

At Extendance’s upcoming Cyber Intelligence event in January, we plan to explore, together, the evolution of cybercrime and the current threat landscape in this domain, address the nature of the modern cybercriminal, and look to solutions for combating cybercrime in the future.


Francesca Bosco will speak at the

extendance event on January 13, 2015 in Zürich7. Cyber Intelligence


Ralf HallerRalf Haller November 28, 2014

Swiss Innovation Valley

A nice article on Swiss Innovation Valley in the Swiss newspaper NZZ on Switzerland and its great inventions but also missed business opportunities in the digital world.

Of course it is also in some way naive to think Silicon Valley could be copied. To understand why this is not possible and will fail one must have lived and worked there many years.

Ralf HallerRalf Haller October 28, 2014

Brief history of Silicon Valley (SV)

Based on Wikipedia:

Silicon Valley is generally used as a metonym for the American high-technology economic sector. Here are the main milestones that formed SV, the world’s leading high-tech startup zone:

During the 1940s and 1950sFrederick Terman, as Stanford’s provost and dean of engineering, encouraged faculty and graduates to start their own companies. Hewlett Packard and Varian originated from this support.

During 1955–85, solid state technology research and development at Stanford University followed three waves of industrial innovation made possible by support from private corporations, mainly Bell Telephone LaboratoriesShockley Semiconductor, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Xerox PARC.

 In 1969, the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), operated one of the four original nodes that comprised ARPANET, predecessor to the Internet.

From the early 1980s onward, many national (and later international) law firms opened offices in SV to provide startups with legal services. Californian law has a number of quirks which startups the chance to compete against established firms, such as a near absolute ban on non-compete clauses in employment agreements.

Ralf HallerRalf Haller October 18, 2014

Possibilities to become a sponsor at the SVMS Event

SVMS: Silicon Valley meets Switzerland event

The event will attract up to 400 people from all over Switzerland. Many executives from the largest Swiss companies are expected to make use of this unique opportunity to feel the Silicon Valley spirit in Switzerland. Sponsors can invite attendees and will bring their key account customers. For IT Service providers an entry fee is required.

We have these general sponsoring possibilities for IT service providers:

  • Have a stand and send two people to the event
  • Sponsor one of the IT trends presentations (IT Security, Big Data in Business, IT and Financial Services, IT and Medtech, IT Infrastructure, Networked Economy, New Cloud Services)
  • Become a main sponsor
  • Become a hosting sponsor (is already taken for the 2015 event)

For pricing, availability and other details please inquire by email to info@extendance.com.

Ralf HallerRalf Haller October 2, 2014

Why we are organizing the Silicon Valley meets Switzerland (SVMS) event

The idea of doing this event came while we were in Silicon Valley with economic development agencies from the Swiss cantons, promoting Switzerland as an ideal place for a European headquarters.

We thought it would be great to bring some of the expanding startups we visited to Switzerland so they could meet up with Swiss companies and experts. We also got a chance to see among so many impressive admirable some inefficiencies and resource wastage of a kind you would rarely see in Switzerland. Could that also be a learning opportunity for SV startups coming here to Switzerland? Then why not bring both together and have them learn each others’ strong points?

Now 12 months later this original idea is becoming reality. We believe the combined strengths of both in business innovation and software innovation could make a perfect business environment.