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20. Ross Dunlap (LGB 1993)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 12 mai 2015

Ross DunlapCeres Nanosciences Inc.

> Founded 2008
> www.ceresnano.com

 

1. What is your company’s product/service?
Ceres Nanosciences Inc. is a life sciences company engaged in the commercialisation of innovative sample processing tools based on its proprietary Nanotrap® particle technology, which captures, enriches and preserves biomarkers from any sample type for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer, cardiac, and infectious diseases, resulting in improved patient benefit and reduced health care costs. Ceres has a broad product pipeline of advanced sample collection technologies and diagnostics, funded through US federal agency grants, private foundation funding, and industry collaborations.

Ceres’ lead product is a direct antigen test for the diagnosis of Lyme disease, which is now available for patient benefit through participating clinics. Additionally, we are developing innovative diagnostic approaches for addressing global health epidemics, such as Ebola, Malaria, HIV, and TB.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Ceres was founded in Manassas, Virginia, just 40 minutes away from Washington, DC. Ceres’ offices and labs are in Manassas.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
10 at peak (and 10 now).

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Getting funding in the early years, 2008 – 2011, when the funding environment was challenging. Scaling up, working with a highly versatile technology platform and identifying the right funding partners and opportunities to focus on going forward.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
We see a phase of rapid growth in revenues over the next three years accelerated by new funding and penetration/recognition of our Nanotrap technology in the industry.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
My brother, Tom Dunlap (LGB ’90) was a founder of the company and remains on the board of directors.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
My time at Ecolint taught me how to adapt to new situations, new expectations, and different modes of thinking, which is very important in a business where strong relationships define success, be it with investors, collaborators, or customers.

 


 

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19. Christoffer Cormier-Jensen (LGB '09)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 1 mai 2015

Christoffer Cormier-JensenNobilified

> Founded 2013
> nobilified.com

1. What is your company’s product/service?
I am an international art dealer. Nobilified is dedicated to revolutionising the art world. Nobilified believes that, while not everyone may have the artistic skills required to paint a masterpiece, everyone possesses an intuitively creative mind. At Nobilified, customer dreams and fantasies are transformed into actual works of art, which can be proudly displayed in any home, dorm, office, yacht, or even a swanky château! Everyone has an artistic side, and everyone sees the world in their own unique way.

In addition to providing high quality oil paintings, Nobilified seeks to change the way people perceive art, by making it fun and accessible, thus giving customers the opportunity to share or gift a unique custom-made oil painting with friends and family. No longer will having an oil painting of oneself hanging above the chimney be out-of-reach. This privilege used to be reserved for the upper tiers of society, but now it is shared with everyone.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Nobilified was founded in August 2013. I began shortly after graduating from UBC in Vancouver. I have adopted the  “location independent” lifestyle. Since I work from my computer, I am taking this opportunity to travel and move on a quarterly basis. I shift mostly between Shanghai, Hanoi and Victoria BC. I am thinking of spending time in Barcelona to set up an art gallery.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
At peak, I had four full-time employees from Norway. Currently I work with four outsourced employees: a tech assistant in Canada, a PR team in Las Vegas and a graphic designer/social media expert in Philippines. I have also started my own one man dropshipping depot in Portland, OR in order to forward all American orders I receive.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
The hardest thing so far has been doing everything on my own. I bootstrapped the company with $40 and have since sold thousands of paintings to customers around the world. Interestingly enough, although I have learnt quite a bit of technical information, it has been the mental aspect of being an entrepreneur that has been most difficult. You ride and die with your company so when things are going well you feel on top of the world, but when things are slow, you still need to get out of your bed to work.

It is important to just keep chugging along and take every experience as a learning experience. I am 24, have been featured in the New York Post and the Indepedent, and on the Ellen Degeneres Show. My customers include Bruno Mars, Kate Upton and numerous other high profile people/CEOs. There are good weeks and there are slow ones.

This is my first company and I'm currently working on other projects based out of Shanghai/Ulan Bataar.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
In three years, I see Nobilified as being a leader of the affordable customised art world. My aim is to help individuals easily decorate their spaces in unique ways. I would like to be the Ikea of the art world.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
I have not worked with any Ecolint alumni on this project, however I have received helped from some. Friends who are now working for large companies have commissioned paintings for their bosses, who have themselves become excellent customers. It has been great to receive support from former classmates who have heard through the grapevine about what I am doing.

I would love to work with Ecolint alumni, so if anyone feels interested in joining this opportunity don’t hesitate to contact me on LinkedIn. I would love to hear from other alumni who have taken the entrepreneurial road.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
There is no doubt that Ecolint is a very unique school. I spent two years at Campus des Nations, before completing the IB at LGB. Both were rich and different experiences thanks to the classmates and teachers I met. Having lived in Vancouver and Shanghai since graduating has provided further proof of just how different the Ecolint community is.

At Ecolint, I met what one could consider “truly wealthy” individuals. By wealthy, I mean to have a certain level of culture which has been ingrained into one's family through generations. You can feel a sense of power going through the halls of the school. Part of the inspiration for Nobilified came when trying to picture what former classmates would have looked like had they been the subject of an artist's brush. I am sure many of Ecolint's current students would enjoy their own Nobilified portrait.

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mentality, however it has really only been since graduating from university that I have had time to pursue what I want from life. Ecolint helped destroy any limiting beliefs that I ever had, taught me that anything is possible and that most people do not do the typical day job. Looking back, my time in Geneva helped shape many of my outlooks on life.

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Here are a few links to articles about Nobilified. There are many more, but these are the ones that have put the biggest smile on my face.

 


 

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18. Maximilian Fischer (LGB '06)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 17 avril 2015

Max FischerNero's Pizza

> Founded 2014
> www.nerospizza.ch

 

1. What is your company’s product/service?
We are a food truck, based in Geneva serving Roman sliced pizza. We mostly operate during lunchtime in different parts of the city, as well as events, private catering and festivals.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Founded in Geneva, offices (truck!) in Geneva.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
Three fixed employees and variable help.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Gaining credibility and creating word of mouth in the early months. There is a large food offering in Geneva so we had to try to stand out with the quality of our products and our communication.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
Hopefully another point of sale or two…or three...

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No not yet, but hopefully in the future.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
It’s a good network, which always helps.

 


 

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17. Raphael Dana (LGB '93)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 10 avril 2015

Raphael DanaGalixo

> Founded 2012
> galixo.com

1. What is your company’s product/service?
We provide business consulting for technology companies and start-ups.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Founded in Singapore, with offices in Lausanne and Casablanca.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
Eight.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Never give up, execute what is important on a daily basis to keep going and always adjust your long term vision with what you learn each day.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
We want to build more knowledge to serve our clients, and more specifically in cultural behaviour across the world. So more offices and cultural diversity in our teams will be a strength. Finally, we'll keep advising the coolest companies around the globe.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No, but a best friend and former LGB classmate is a shareholder.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
One of our key services is GoGlobal; and the international mindset of the school had an impact on me anyway. I’ve lived in many places around the world and always felt at home so I guess Ecolint had an influence.

 


 

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16. Lawrence Monoson (La Chât '06)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 7 avril 2015

Lawrence MonosonRxData

> Founded 2014
> www.rxdata.net

1. What is your company’s product/service?
RxData provides pharmaceutical companies with the most up-to-date and comprehensive database of drug costs and insurance coverage globally. Pharmaceutical companies need lots of information to make strategic decisions, like what market to launch in or what products to develop. The kind of information they need ranges from regulatory information to pricing information. But, unlike in most mature industries, there is no single source of information to capture all this data. Right now, pharmaceutical companies go through a manual process, which is error prone and time consuming. They manually pull static PDF files from the websites of hundreds of countries, translate them, and normalise the data.

A single analysis can take over 100 hours, for which pharmaceutical companies are often paying consultants $200 per hour to perform over and over again. And that’s one analysis – pharma companies typically do 10 or more of these on a weekly basis.

I know just how inefficient and costly this is because I performed this research as market access analysts before starting RxData.

We’ve built powerful data extraction software, which automatically grabs all relevant information from over 1,000 online data sources in over 100 countries. This information is translated, normalised, and organised into RxData’s searchable databases. Our online dashboards give clients the ability to search, compare, and present this information in real-time with only a few clicks.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
New York, NY

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
20+ in New York and abroad.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
So far, building RxData has been very challenging but also very rewarding. Each day brings new challenges but this is precisely what makes entrepreneurship so thrilling.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
RxData is poised to be a leader in the pharmaceutical data space, especially with regard to the determination of the  “value” of products as determined by regulators and providers of healthcare.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
An international perspective, an open and curious mind, and connections around the world!

 


 

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15. Jacqueline Ros (Nations '08)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 31 mars 2015

Jacqueline RosRevolar, Inc.

> Founded 2013
> www.revolar.com

1. What is your company’s product/service?
We are the next innovation in wearable personal safety.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Denver, CO, USA

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
Five.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Finding the right engineer to join our team was a struggle. But once we found Don Bailey, our CTO, we have been able to move so much more quickly.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
We want to grow into an innovative full service personal safety company that protects you from the Ground to the Cloud.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No, but I am in constant contact with my friends and have their support!

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
Ecolint changed the way I viewed the world because it taught me how to think globally, critically and creatively. My time at Ecolint highlighted the global need for greater personal safety. Across the world, we are working to make the world a safer place and prevent violence. My eyes were opened when I lived in Geneva and I am truly grateful I had the opportunity to be in such an incredible and diverse school.

See also: Alumna hopes to kickstart a wearable personal safety revolution


 

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14. Per Söderström (LGB '70)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 27 mars 2015

Per SöderströmContent Marketing Group

> Founded 2004
> www.contentmarketing.se

1. What is your company’s product/service?
It started in 1992 with branding consultancy, in a company I co-founded - “Arbos Business Development”. Moving on, I launched Content Marketing Group in 2004. We develop marketing communications in the new media / digital environement.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Stockholm, Sweden.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
Six at peak; now three. We work within a network, rather than employing lots of people.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Getting through to those that did not want see all the changes that are happening due to digital development.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
70% digital development, 30% integration of content into clients’ marketing communications.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
Not now, but Johanna Cederroth (LGB '89) was employed in my former company, Arbos Business Development. Great fun and useful to have the common background. We worked on large international marketing projects (MTV, Ericsson, James Bond, Lara Croft).

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
The international perspective. I have been in charge of large global projects that have included hundreds of people from 60+ countries. I would never have been able to deliver without a truly international perspective. And, by the way, my most enjoyable professional moments have been in meetings with 8–10 nationalities in the same meeting. How much there is that unites us, after all…

 


 

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13. Lawrence (Lawry) de Bivort (LGB '61)

Posted By Eoghan O'Sullivan, vendredi 20 mars 2015
Updated: mardi 24 mars 2015

Lawrence (Lawry) de BivortEvolutionary Services Institute

> Founded 1981
> No website; see LinkedIn.

1. What is your company’s product/service?

Transformative consulting services for individuals, organisations, and governments: 1) ambitious “stretch” objectives, 2) organisational diagnosis, 3) strategic and leadership development, 4) transformational change management, 5) organisational cultural shift.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Founded in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA. Present: PO Box 3656, Telluride, Colorado, 81435 USA.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
35 at peak; now 8.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
We are focused on “transformative” services. The difficulties: 1) defining what this means for clients, and 2) meeting the ensuing client load.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
Now being implemented: presenting our core programme, “CRAFTING THE HUMAN FUTURE,” around the world, and providing seminars and training workshops around the world. The School for Transformational Leadership.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
None.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
An international outlook, working with people from around the world, free of the common interpersonal biases—all essential to our considerable success.

 


 

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12. David Rimer (LGB '86)

Posted By Eoghan O'Sullivan, vendredi 13 mars 2015
Updated: mardi 24 mars 2015

David RimerIndex Ventures

> Founded 1995
> www.indexventures.com

1. What is your company’s product/service?
Venture Capital funds.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Founded in Geneva.  Offices in London, San Francisco and Jersey.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
62 (peak and now).

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Staying focused on the strategy.  It was very difficult to say no to potential revenue streams that were not core to the strategy.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
More and more recognition as one of the top five venture capital funds in the world.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
Yes, several.  My brothers Neil (LGB '82) and Danny (LGB '89), along with Daniel (LGB '88) and Ben (LGB '91) O’Hanlon and Rini Banerjee (LGB '06).

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
In the late 90s, when we founded the company, there were no European role models to emulate. We had to re-invent a very local industry based in the Silicon Valley and apply it to the heterogeneous and often byzantine environment of Europe. We needed all the cultural acumen possible as we were collaborating with multiple nationalities in a politically and economically loaded interaction. Ecolint was probably the greatest training ground for such a challenge. As opposed to our competitors, we did not need a national base or identity but chose to be pan-european from the start.

 


 

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11. David Marks (LGB '71)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 6 mars 2015

David MarksMarks Barfield Architects

> Founded 1989
> www.marksbarfield.com

 1. What is your company’s product/service?
We provide architectural services. We aim to put into practice the philosophy that good design has the power to transform the quality of the environment and to improve people’s lives.

Last year we celebrated the practice’s 25th anniversary. In some ways if feels like only yesterday when my wife, Julia Barfield, and I set up the practice. In others, it feels like a lifetime ago; so much has happened, and we’ve experienced so many changes in the world of work as well as in our private lives. Today, virtually all of our work is won through competitions, although ironically our biggest success to date, the London Eye, came out of a competition we didn’t win. In fact, nobody won that particular competition as the judges deemed none of the entries were good enough!

We work across many different sectors, from arts and culture to education, transport, infrastructure (bridges), offices, sports, and leisure attractions. It is wonderfully energising to be engaged in so many different and varied projects, both in the UK and overseas. Together with our studio team, clients and other consultants, we focus on providing an architecture that is sustainable, imaginative, and a pleasure to experience – dreaming, designing, and making real, buildings and structures we can all stand all behind and feel proud of.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
The first thing I had to do was persuade Julia to join me. At the time, Julia was happily working in one of the most famous architectural practices in the world, headed up by Norman (now Lord) Foster, and on some pretty prestigious jobs, including the headquarters for Hong Kong Shanghai Bank in Hong Kong, and the Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Galleries in London. I was working on a couple of back extensions and a roof extension. A little bit of competition there!

We started working from a one-time woodshed and model-making shop we built on the side of our South London house to make models for other architects and engineers, before moving (Julia was expecting our second child) to a large light-filled open-plan studio in Clapham Common where we have been for the past 25 years.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
We work with about 25 other architects, designers, and managers. Prior to the global financial crisis we were up to 40-strong.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
I think we have been very lucky. We had early successes. We have worked with great people in a very supportive environment. It’s a cliché, but true that every journey starts with the first step. You won’t know unless you try. You have to be willing to fail, and set realistic as well an unrealistic goals. Try not to make excuses, do work hard, don’t take no for an answer, but be willing to make sacrifices. And never underestimate others. Over the past 25 years we’ve been up, we’ve been down, we’ve been round and round. We’ve won and we’ve lost. We’ve laughed, cried, worried, celebrated, pondered, and partied. We relish a challenge. We never thought, wow, that was hard.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
Looking forward I hope there will be more to come.  I hope we can continue to focus on providing an architecture that is sustainable, imaginative and a pleasure to experience.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
I am not aware that anyone from Ecolint has applied – not yet, anyway.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
The school of course had a profound influence on me, as it provided both my primary and secondary education. I had some great maths and art teachers, and believe I was very privileged to be at Ecolint and have an ‘international’ and diverse education, which I almost certainly didn’t recognise for what it was at the time. Looking back, what I can say with certainty is that what really matters are the bridges you build, the relationships and experiences you share, and what you can give. 

 


 

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10. Patrick Lunt (LGB '96)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 3 mars 2015

Patrick LuntEthical Studios

> Founded 2009
> www.ethicalstudios.com

1. What is your company’s product/service?

We make websites for NGOs and charities.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
London – virtual offices!

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
8 (8).

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Learning to do everything ourselves at the beginning before we could pay others to do it for us.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
Making our own web products for NGOs.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
It nurtured the desire to give back to causes that make the world a better place.

 


 

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09. Andreas Kornevall (LGB '90) Vicky McNeil (La Chât '90)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 27 février 2015

Vicky McNeilAndreas Kornevall

WorkingAbroad.com

> Founded 1996
> www.workingabroad.com

 
 

 

 

1. What is your company’s product/service?
We provide people the opportunity to take action for nature

and society through volunteering world-wide with the issues of our time: environmental degradation and social inequality. We run projects across all the continents and we also host one of the web’s largest databases for volunteering overseas.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
It was first founded in Begnins, Switzerland - now we work from the UK.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
Five.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
One word: perseverance. You fall down. You get up.

Each entrepreneur has to cut their own path through the forest, no-one else will do that for you. This is the hardest thing. And with that you have to live with a lot of uncertainty.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
Currently we are the first organisation when you search for “Voluntary Work Abroad” on Google and we would like to maintain this position. Also we hope to work with more indigenous rights programmes in the next few years, especially in areas where the local indigenous knowledge is disappearing. For example, the San Bushmen when they reach twelve years of age would already know over two hundred plants by heart. Their way of life and knowledge is threatened today and I would like to develop programmes where they are supported.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
Yes my wife: Victoria McNeil (La Chât '90) - she is the other co-founder.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
Ecolint was a catalyst in many ways for the work that we do, although I was a lazy student and could have done more work. Ecolint instilled in me a sense of wonder about the diversity of the world, and an allergic reaction towards bigotry. The interest to travel the world and to work with local communities was seeded at the back gate of Ecolint, of this I am sure. I met lifelong friends there, and other great people whom I miss and think about regularly.

 


 

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08. Pasha Mirza (La Chât '85)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 24 février 2015

Pasha MirzaMirza ID Lab

> Founded 2013
> pmidlab.com

1. What is your company’s product/service?
Digital strategy for small to medium companies (Social Media, Analytics, Digital CRM, Digital Business Development).

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Nyon, Switzerland.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
Just me for the moment.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Getting the balance right between a young family and growing the business in terms of time!

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
Being an established Digital Business Development boutique in the Lake Geneva area (and beyond).

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
The multi-cultural aspect of things and an open curious mind!

 


 

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07. Arno Mathies (La Chât '04)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 17 février 2015

Arno MathiesMaarno Ltd.

> Founded 2013
> www.maarno.com

1. What is your company’s product/service?
Product design studio and consultancy. We have worked on several self-initiated projects and collaborated with commercial clients from the automotive industry to develop and produce a series of ‘flat pack’ design accessories that utilise plastic hinging technology.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Founded in London, based in London and Geneva.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
The company is composed of me and Max Frommeld. We met at the Royal College of Art in London where we both studied Design Products.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Finding clients.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
We see ourselves potentially expanding but not necessarily. We enjoy having a few clients and producing quality and durable projects/work. 

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
Nope.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
The main advantage of my Ecolint education was the bilingual diploma enabling me to be fluent in both French and English and therefore avoiding all language barriers.

 


 

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06. Carl Ankarcrona (La Chât '90)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 10 février 2015

Carl AnkarcronaSowrite

> Founded 2014
> www.sowrite.ch

1. What is your company’s product/service?
Communication services in English for the financial sector, luxury goods, real-estate, service companies, and any other industry that I feel I can help create a compelling message for.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Founded in canton of Geneva in 2014 – I am working from home and wherever my clients need me.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
Just me for the time being.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Starting a new company in a new business and convincing clients I could do the job. People tend to look at what you have done in the past only and have a hard time understanding that we have skills beyond what our work history reflects.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
One of the leaders in English communication services in the Geneva region and beyond.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
The drive to try new challenges, to understand and respect different cultures and ways of thinking. We were taught to look at the world with a wide perspective.

 


 

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05. Jan-Willem van Loon (LGB '87)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 6 février 2015

Jan-Willem van LoonStudio Anneloes BV

> Founded 2006
www.studioanneloes.nl

1. What is your company’s product/service?
The design, manufacture and supply of ladies fashion garments to retailers throughout the Netherlands.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
We are based in Amsterdam.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
There are eight of us in the team.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Dividing time between business and family/friends.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
Surviving and growing!

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
Be yourself, be honest and be respectful to others.

 


 

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04. Dan Kerpelman (LGB '76)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 3 février 2015

Dan KerpelmanBio-Optronics, Inc.

> Founded 2008
> www.bio-optronics.com

 1. What is your company’s product/service?
Software for healthcare and life sciences.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Founded in Rochester, NY, USA. Offices in Rochester and Commugny, Switzerland.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
43 (and 43).

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Transitioning through the various stages of growth: developing the products, getting sales traction, scaling up to service the sales, balancing small company agility with big company rigour, etc.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
The same strategic focus with continued, but measured growth through product derivatives and geographical expansion.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
Not yet.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
International awareness, languages, Switzerland.

 


 

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03. Emilie van Koningsveld (La Chât '03)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 30 janvier 2015

Emilie van KoningsveldTopEventBooker

> Founded 2013
> topeventbooker.ch

 1. What is your company’s product/service?
TopEventBooker organises enjoyable workshops for corporate and group outings in Suisse Romande, for memorable experiences in gastronomy, crafts, art and culture. These are unusual workshops to bring employees, clients, friends or family to discover the excellence and know-how of local artisans, artists and experts. Through our online catalogue of activities, with several packages ranging from a single workshop to a complete outing with workshop and meal, we aim to offer convenience and efficiency to our clients.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
TopEventBooker was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, and our office is in downtown Geneva.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
Currently, we are a small team that are passionate about the culture of know-how in creation and innovation.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Getting from idea to launch wasn't easy because before we could get up and running we had to research, meet and select a range of top-notch professionals; all of that before we could organise the first workshop. And of course, for any startup, the hard job is to find the brightest marketing strategy that gets your business off the ground.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
I see TopEventBooker offering a large catalogue of workshops and events in a number of cities in Suisse Romande.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
No but I am in contact with other Ecolint Alumni who have also created their own companies.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
The international environment at Ecolint helped to give me an open mind and a curiosity for many fields and trades. This is really useful when you are an entrepreneur who needs to learn about many topics and do all kind of tasks yourself. Also, for me, my two years of the IB programme were central to developing my entrepreneurial spirit. I enjoyed creating personal projects with a considerable element of freedom and self-management, which inspired me to launch my startups.

 


 

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02. Rasha Hammad (La Chât '84)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 27 janvier 2015

Rasha HammadYouth Underground

> Founded 2014
> youth-underground.com

 1. What is your company’s product/service?
Youth Underground is the voice of the youth against human trafficking. It is a global information-sharing and referral platform, a knowledge and youth hub, to showcase initiatives against human trafficking by the youth, as advocates of change and defenders of human rights across age and frontier.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Geneva, Switzerland.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
15

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Getting my message and vision across, i.e. “selling my product” and underlining the company’s value-added. Fundraising is also hard when you’re not selling a tangible product.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
The biggest youth platform against human trafficking and other human rights issues of concern/relevance to the younger generation.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
Yes, I have four international school alumni, of various generations, and one current LGB student, working with me (so five all in all). It was completely unintentional. I kept in touch with many of my school friends and rekindled my friendship with others via FB and alumni reunions. They came on board because of their skills, and because of the fact that they understood my vision and where I wanted to take the company. The younger ones are really by accident – for the same reasons. Those who are still Ecolint students expressed an interest in what I was doing and I asked them to join. So all in all, I cannot say it was deliberate. I found the right people at the right time, and the company just came together. I would like to add that there is something strangely reassuring about working with people who were with me at school. I feel they are family!

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
It gave me the facility to understand, appreciate and work with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

 


 

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01. Tom Willis (LGB '86)

Posted By Alumni Office, jeudi 22 janvier 2015

Tom WillisSequenta

> Founded 2008; merged with Adaptive Biotehnologies in 2015
> www.sequenta.com

(& ParAllele BioScience)

> Founded 2000; sold to Affymetrix in 2005
> www.affymetrix.com

1. What is your company’s product/service?
Sequenta is a biotechnology company dedicated to improving patient care in diseases mediated by immune cells through the discovery and development of novel clinical diagnostics. Its LymphoSIGHT platform is a simple and scalable laboratory process that allows specific types of blood cell to be characterised and enumerated. Individual cells can be detected at levels as low as one cell per million white blood cells. The platform has been commercialised for clinical use as the ClonoSIGHT™ process, relating to disease detection in lymphoid cancers. The company is also investigating the use of the LymphoSIGHT platform in a diverse set of immune-mediated diseases and as a method for evaluating the efficacy of therapies based on immune system modulation.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
San Francisco… Its offices are in South San Francisco near the SF airport.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
65…now as part of Adaptive we are 150.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
The hardest and most important part of building any startup company is recruiting the right people. At Sequenta we are blessed to have a set of employees that have worked together at two companies in the past decade. Fundraising was also challenging given that the company was founded during the financial crisis of 2008.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
Now as part of a larger group dedicated to changing the way the immune system is monitored we see a bright future ahead for the company.  It is likely that it will become a publicly traded company with multiple products that serve to direct emerging care paradigms in cancer and autoimmune disease.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
Yes! Martin Moorhead (LGB '84) has led our bioinformatics efforts at both of my companies. In addition, Index Ventures, which was founded by Neil Rimer (LGB '82) and his brothers (including of course the inimitable David Rimer (LGB '86)) were the first investors in ParAllele. They have also invested in Sequenta. Richard Rimer (LGB '83) served on the board of ParAllele.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
Needless to say that Ecolint launched me on the academic course that led to a Ph.D. from Stanford in Physics. That put me in the middle of an incredibly vibrant entrepreneurial community that exists in the Bay Area and inspired me to head down this path.

In addition, the global perspectives I gained from Ecolint were instrumental in putting together my companies. ParAllele was founded by a scientific team that included a Dutchman, a Russian, an Indian, an Iranian and a Syrian.  Furthermore, it was started as a commercial partnership that we struck with a team in Uppsala, Sweden. Understanding how to lead this team was grew largely out of the fact that it seemed totally normal to me.

Lastly, having the good fortune to be friends with partners at one of the premier global Venture Capital firms was incredibly important, as were friendships with people like Martin who moved to SF from Cambrdge to help get ParAllele off the ground. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ecolint, both as a place that began my education and as a community that helped me realize my entrepreneurial vision.


 

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