The founders of the Swiss Economic Forum reached out to me and invited me to the event. As the number one economics event, SEF has a serious density of great entrepreneurs and thinkers. It's an event where you meet people like Steve Forbes, Arianna Huffington, Alain Chuard and Erik Brynjolfsson. Due to some upfront talks with the SEF founders I got the impression that I could potentially be asked to go on stage. This was of course an exciting thought but I didn’t want to get too excited in case my gut feel was wrong. I enjoyed very inspiring speeches and there was also a great music act. It was a traditional Swiss choir that was an beautiful contrast to the future thinking conference. Somehow it touched me very much and I had a total goosebumps moment listening to that soulful music. Just after that the moderators introduced the Niesen Entrepreneur Award for the very first time. From now on this award will be given away every year at the Swiss Economic Forum to an entrepreneur to honour risk taking, persistence, endurance and other important entrepreneurial values. The winner is selected by the SEF founders themselves. Holy cow was I flashed when I saw images of myself up there on that gigantic screen when they announced the winner. Double goosebumps. I sort of ran to the stage to collect that (very heavy) award from the awesome SEF founders.
Just like YOU and everyone in the team - they took risk themselves by betting on NEEO and me. it’s still a young company and we have not shipped yet (as you all know :)) and they expose themselves a lot with us. I love this risk taking spirit and I will not disappoint them at all. Stefan & Peter - Thank you so much. As I said on stage in German: “Ihr seit krasse Siechen” which roughly translates to “you are some crazy dudes!” In that moment I did not even realise that I’m live on national TV and hundreds of thousand of people are watching...I could not be more thankful. This award is for all of you. Everyone who was crazy enough betting on us!