Laurent Haug

Connecting people and ideas

Helping organizations be competitive in the digital era

As an observer, strategist, investor and creative matchmaker I guide industry leaders, start-ups, policy makers, designers and developers through the intricacies of emerging technologies and the larger social and economic changes that shape them.

I work on projects in different domains - entrepreneurship, finance, media, technology, retail - and facilitate the sharing of ideas, experience and knowledge that lead to innovative action and new collaborative projects.

I am a Partner at MKS Alternative Investments, focusing on seed investment in Switzerland and internationally.

I am the Founder of Lift, Switzerland’s first ideas' conference on the subjects of innovation and technology and their impact on society.

I am currently working on three separate book projects. How Innovators Think, to define the patterns in how the world's most innovative people think, Come Together, an exploration of the delightful art of connecting people and ideas, and Things I Will Tell My Kids If They Become Entrepreneurs.

News and thoughts

I am sharing my spottings and thoughts on a number of platforms. You can get daily updates on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and a weekly email digest by signing up here.

Experience

Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I've been assigned.

2015 Current

200ideas

Author

Currently working on three separate book projects: How Innovators Think An inside look at the qualities that drive an innovator to make change, featuring interv ... Read more

2011 Current

Self-employment

Investor

Investor in Anthemis, Blueleaf, Marco Polo, Leade.rs, Faction Ski.

2000 Current

Conferences, Business Schools & Media

Speaker on Fintech, Digital Transformation and Technology Trends

I speak and host panels at many conferences such as Next, Picnic, Leweb, TEDx and AdTech. My areas of specialty include: - technological trends and their impac ... Read more

2015 Current

TawiPay

Director

Current member of the Board of Tawipay, a startup whose mission is to cut much of the cost and red tape involved with sending money overseas.

2013 Current

200ideas

Founder and Curator

200ideas is a series of events that present today's most important innovations and trends in a fun and fast- paced format. Designed for decision makers, at the ... Read more

2011 Current

Wired Magazine UK

Swiss Correspondant

As Wired Magazine UK’s Swiss Correspondent, I identify stories on interesting innovations and Swiss start- ups for their 1.6 million readers. If you are a Swiss ... Read more

2014 Current

MKS (SWITZERLAND) SA

Partner

MKS Alternative Investments is the seed investment arm of MKS Switzerland. Based in Geneva and focusing on promising start-ups from around the world, we invest ... Read more

2012 2015

Anthemis Group SA

Venture Partner

Anthemis Group is a specialist holding company providing vision, strategy, leadership and capital to growth- stage companies with innovative business models at ... Read more

2014 2014

Bilan

Columnist

Co-author with Tiffany Busser of a monthly column on innovation and trends, published in Bilan.

2011 2014

University of Lausanne

Lecturer

Lecturer for eMBA students on managing social media on both personal and corporate levels.

2012 2012

3615

Talk Show Host

A weekly talk show discussing the challenges of 21st century society and recorded at World Radio Switzerland. Hosting this show was a great learning experience ... Read more

2005 2012

Lift Conference

Founder

Lift Conference is a series of events that inspire and connect pioneers around the world. Each event explores the social implications of technologies. Past spe ... Read more

2005 2011

Lift lab

Founder

Lift lab was a research boutique that helped clients understand and foresee technological evolutions in order to turn innovation into opportunities. Clients in ... Read more

2005 2006

Cocomment

Co-Founder

I co-founded, developed and launched CoComment, a conversation tracking tool that stormed the web and took users by surprise in early 2006.

2004 2005

Pictet&Cie

Project Manager

As part of the eBusiness team I was responsible for creating and developing the company's online presence throughout their Intranet, website (www.pictet.com) a ... Read more

2003 2004

Self-employed

Independant Consultant

As a Consultant on IT projects for various institutions, I have worked on solutions design and deployment, strategy definition and deployment, project manageme ... Read more

2000 2002

Arthur Andersen Business Consulting

Senior Consultant

As a member of the team serving the French-speaking part of Switzerland, I worked for international corporations and organisations in both the private and publ ... Read more

2000 2000

BB Studio - Switzerland

Consultant

I worked on two fixed term missions for large companies merging their activities and developing new tools for internal communication using internet technologie ... Read more

1998 1999

Frequence Laser

IT Manager

As IT manager I was responsible for the completion of a major online store project which consisted of bringing more than 180,000 references on the company's on ... Read more

1996 1998

Netface

Partner

One of the partners of this Lausanne based start-up I was in charge of business’s web related activities. I was responsible for client development, sales and p ... Read more

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Testimonials

Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have to say about me after working together on various projects throughout my career.

Bruno Giussani

worked directly with Laurent at Conferences, Business Schools & Media

First of all, Laurent is European, so he has a different point of view, a different (long) list of examples and case studies, a different take on innovation, te ... Read more

Yves Pigneur

was with another company when working with Laurent at Conferences, Business Schools & Media

Laurent is an exceptional blogist, an entrepreneur with a vision, and a great conference organizer

Stefana Broadbent

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent organises probably the best conference in Europe about the changes that technology is bringing in society. He is a fantastic connector putting people to ... Read more

Stephane Rey

was with another company when working with Laurent at Conferences, Business Schools & Media

We engaged with Laurent to discuss the implications of Web 2.0 on traditional businesses. Laurent did a great job in defining and providing a perspective on Web ... Read more

David Galipeau

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent has two characteristics that are important to success - he has original ideas and he follows through. It's always inspirational to sit and discuss with ... Read more

Martin Sirk

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent with his LIFT conferences is at the cutting edge of what future meetings are going to look like, and he is constantly innovating and challenging the sta ... Read more

Jan Ondrus

worked directly with Laurent at Conferences, Business Schools & Media

Laurent is an inspirational speaker with great insights about new technology developments. He is able to capture the audience attention as well as deliver signi ... Read more

Vijay Srinivasan

was Laurent's client

Laurent is superb speaker/futurist with a wide knowledge of the latest trends in Information Technology. He does excellent research combined with first hand kno ... Read more

Dominique-Alain Freymond

was Laurent's client

Laurent was a keynote at our SolvAxis Users'day in 2011 and made a great presentation. His conference was well adapted to our audience, fully up-to-date and wit ... Read more

Yarom Ophir

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

To define Laurent is difficult, Entrepreneur, visionary, just listening to him is already inspiring. Switzerland should be proud of having him as one of its nat ... Read more

Kelly Richdale

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent has a unique combination of energy and vision. He started LIFT from from nothing but an inspiration, and has turned it into a successful reality. He is ... Read more

Michel Jaccard

was a consultant or contractor to Laurent at Lift Conference

I have known Laurent for several years and witnessed his skills, creativity and management expertise and commitment to his numerous projects on multiple occasio ... Read more

Yves Steinhauser

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

I know Laurent since several years and LIFT is certainly the summary of what he does at best: technology, new ideas (in every fields) and putting people togethe ... Read more

Beth Krasna

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent managed to mobilize sufficient talent to launch the first and then subsequent LIFT conferences. He is a great organizer and manages to get interesting p ... Read more

David Brown

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent has done an amazing job in starting up the LIFT conference and making it world renowned - everyone I spoke to (including speakers) got a lot out of atte ... Read more

Julian Bleecker

worked directly with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent is a truly forward-thinking, charismatic individual. His dedication to making Lift a success means that we all have the opportunity to participate in a ... Read more

Euan Semple

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent is one of the most insightful people I know working in the social computing field and manages to combine real insight with being a throughly nice guy!

Matt Jones

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

I attended the inaugural LIFT conference as a speaker and found it varied in the thoughts and inspiration in provoked, but not-at-all variable in the profession ... Read more

Dave Gray

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent is a fantastic guy and true visionary. He has made LIFT a success through hard work, dedication, selflessness and sacrifice. He will do everything in hi ... Read more

Lara Srivastava

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent is a thinker and innovator. He is a founder of LIFT - an excellent international forum which aims to raise awareness and brainstorm the challenges and o ... Read more

Scott Smith

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

I had the pleasure of working with Laurent as a workshop presenter at LIFT07. With many years of conference experience, I was impressed by the scale, smoothness ... Read more

Lee Bryant

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent is a bundle of positive energy and one of the most genuinely nice guys I have met on the conference circuit. He is an intelligent trend-spotter and comb ... Read more

Marc Laperrouza

was with another company when working with Laurent at Lift Conference

Laurent belongs to a new kind of entrepreneurs: those who, by drawing on a wide pool of competences, navigate on the forefront of technological and societal iss ... Read more

Jon Cabiria

was Laurent's client

Laurent is a tireless and committed organizer and visionary. His energy, optimism, and creativity, as well as his ability to bring together a first-rate team, u ... Read more

Nicolas Dengler

worked directly with Laurent at Cocomment

I loved to work with Laurent. He has the perfect balance of business challenges comprehension, creativity to bring innovation and a sense of beauty which makes ... Read more

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