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a p e r t u r e is a community built on the exchange of ideas around technology, strategy and the dynamics of the platform economy.

It is both a virtual community — sharing and discussing ideas through articles, podcasts and a bi-weekly newsletter — and a physical one, organizing meetups in Geneva, Zurich, Berlin and Bucharest. Our aim is to improve our collective intelligence by subjecting ideas to multiple filters  — establishing the right context, narrowing down the arguments and encouraging contrarian viewpoints— all within a safe, non-polarizing environment.

Episode #7

The case for Techno-Optimism

Our guest is Ian Stewart, known for being, among many other roles, the co-founder of WIRED Magazine. Together we discuss WIRED's journey; the state and future of media; China and its technological progress.

Full transcript here.


Featured articles


What is a challenger bank for?

Six reasons for an incumbent bank to launch a challenger brand

not being able to execute on micropayments business models is bad for business and for consumers.

Is Spotify the new MoviePass?

 A look at existing and emerging internet-age business models

make the Swiss brand more successful: pivoting from “Swiss Made” to “Swiss Designed”

The Internetworked Nation

 Neither cuckoo clock nor silicon, Switzerland’s adaptive system combines lasting quality with cutting edge innovation


The rise of the Growth Platform

The rise of the Growth Platform

In pursuit of faster growth, firms must choose what not to do.

Introducing | a p e r t u r e

Introducing | a p e r t u r e

The future of strategy depends not on changing perspective, but on changing perspective and light

Re-imagining the safety net

Source: N. Colin, HEDGE, Illustrator: Marguerite Deneuville

A review of HEDGE, by Nicolas Colin.  Illustrator: Marguerite Deneuville

How Marketing Adapts to the Networked Age

How Marketing Adapts to the Networked Age

spoiler: it’s not adtech

Firms need business model change, not blockchain

Firms need business model change, not blockchain

In banking we can safely predict that it won’t be blockchain or APIs or AI that transform the industry. Instead, it will be new business models empowered by those technologies. 

An Unpretentious Case for Blowing Some Tailwind into Airbnb

Airbnb is facing a perfect storm of challenges, but that is where its future might lie.

Or how the short-term accommodation-rental platform should re-discover its roots as a safety layer for both guests and hosts


Nurturing brands, families and funds


Together with Adrienne Perramond, President of Business Angels Switzerland (BAS), we discuss the landscape of angel investing in Switzerland, lessons for entrepreneurs, the changing nature of branding and marketing in the D2C age and more.

Full transcript here.

Episode #5

Strategy is dead. Long live strategy!


Together with Markus Menz, Professor of Strategic Management at the Geneva School of Economics and Management —part of University of Geneva — we explore the role of corporate strategy in the networked age.

Full transcript here.

Episode #4

Startup Success Recipes

Together with James Miners, serial-entrepreneur and now Senior Advisor at Fongit  Incubator, we explore what it takes to make the journey from scientist to startup founder, transforming ideas into successful mass-market products and what is the key to startup success.

Full transcript here.

Episode #3

In Pursuit of Happiness

For Episode 3, our guest is Mike Nolet, CEO of LiveBetter and former CTO of AppNexus. We discuss the health risks of startups, the need to challenge some of society's values and priorities, what the private sector can and can't do, and how we can use tech to improve our wellbeing. 

Full transcript here.

Episode #2

Switzerland, wake up!

We discuss with Martin Naville, CEO of Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, whether Switzerland is losing its competitiveness in attracting multinational corporations. 

Full transcript here.

Episode #1

Playing Devil’s Advocate

Ben Robinson sits with our guest David Galbraith, Partner at Anthemis VC, discussing big topics — fintech, internet business models, economics, politics, the climate — but through the prism of what people are missing or what are they not asking themselves.

Full transcript here.




About our digest

We live in the world Herbert Simon predicted where "a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention" and so curation is more valuable than ever.  

Dan Colceriu sends out a newsletter with carefully selected reading content across strategy and business development, evolution of the firm in the digital age, and the broader context of the platform economy. Make sure you subscribe.

a p e r t u r e | Newsletter #25

Goodbye corporations, welcome tech-enabled networks

a p e r t u r e | Newsletter #24

The energy in D2C is undeniable

a p e r t u r e | Newsletter #23

What did fintech ever do for millennials?

a p e r t u r e | Newsletter #22

 For Europe, strategy lessons from internetworked Switzerland

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