My First Sermon - StopArmut Sunday 2008
Thursday October 23rd 2008, 14:18h
Filed under: Development Cooperation, Fairtrade, Politics

Well, my presentation last Sunday at EGW Steffisburg concerning the StopArmut Sunday 2008 was officially called just an ‘input’ ;) But thanks to all those who provided great feedback on an early version of the text I was able to write it almost like a sermon. Thanks to Stefan Hochstrasser, Joël Lavanchy, Dominic Roser, Anne Barth-Gasser, Barbara Hämmerli, Til Gerber, Gerhard Bärtschi and Markus Meury!

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StopArmut Sunday at EGW Steffisburg

StopArmut Sunday at EGW Steffisburg



Visiting University of Göttingen
Friday October 17th 2008, 0:35h
Filed under: Development Cooperation, ETH Zürich, FLOSS, Linux, Private, Research

At the moment I’m visiting Göttingen on a short two-day trip. Tobias Lechtenfeld, a longtime colleague whom I got to know during my US high school year in 1997, invited me to University of Göttingen to present at the cege Research Seminar. The presentation of our Nokia paper with a focus on the Private-Collective model of innovation went well, the participants asked a lot of interesting questions such as “Doesn’t the community feel betrayed if Nokia earns a lot of money once they found the killer application through the Maemo community?”

At tonight’s dinner of the starting PhD seminar on development research I got the chance to talk to Clive Bell, one of the most renowned economists in the field of HIV research. Getting to know his biography I’m very impressed how he successfully managed the move from credit market to HIV research! And interestingly, his newest publications are mostly in collaboration with Hans Gersbach of ETH Zürich.

Tobi, Prof. Clive Bell, Jan and myself
Tobi, Prof. Clive Bell, Jan and myself

Nice students city Göttingen
Nice students city Göttingen

Tobi writing his PhD papers on Vulnerability in Southeast Asia in collaboration with Felix Povel
Tobi writing his PhD papers on Vulnerability in Southeast Asia in collaboration with Felix Povel



My first Corporate Strategy lecture
Sunday October 05th 2008, 15:00h
Filed under: ETH Zürich, Education

Poor Sebastian broke his leg a week ago and had to do surgery nailing him to bed the recent days. This gives me to great opportunity to spend my weekend preparing tomorrow’s Corporate Strategy lecture on performance measures. Well, why not learning about P/E ratios, ROI measures, Balanced Scorecard etc. in three days? It’s important stuff and applied on figures from Google’s annual report 2007 it even is fun getting to know some methods e.g. on liquidity others obviously didn’t know.