Forging a Swiss Lens:3 Ways Zurich Changed My View of Silicon Valley
Matthew Daiter has lived and worked in Zürich and Luxembourg for two years in the Swiss tech startup scene. Once having shoved his life into a suitcase and buying a one-way ticket to Europe, the invaluable entrepreneurial and life lessons defined his current experience and outlook in Silicon Valley. He has published a text about his experiences and about his view on advantages of Switzerland in a blog post on swissnex San Francisco’s nextrends.
A survey of more than 21,000 people worldwide illustrates the state of global affairs. For the second year in a row, Switzerland is considered the No. 1 Best Country. The country well-known for its history of neutrality, ranks No. 2 in Citizenship, No. 2 in Open for Business and No. 5 in Entrepreneurship. The rankings, formed in partnership with global marketing communications company Y&R’s brand strategy firm, BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, aim to gauge global perceptions of the world’s largest economies.
2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index: Switzerland ranks 5th.
South Korea remained the global-innovation gold medalist for the fifth consecutive year. The Top 5 include Sweden, Singapore, Germany and Switzerland. Singapore jumped ahead of European economies Germany, Switzerland and Finland into third place on the strength of its top ranking in the tertiary-efficiency category. The index scores countries using seven criteria: research and development spending, concentration of high-tech public companies, productivity, tertiary efficiency, manufacturing value-add, researcher concentration and patent activity.
Swiss games have yet to break out like neighboring countries Germany and France, but they’re trying.