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Interviews

a personal view on business

Interview with Vicki Culpin, Author of “The Business of Sleep”

“Humans actively ‘sacrifice’ sleep for other activities”

Getting enough sleep every night is fundamental to our personal health and well-being. Vicki Culpin wrote a whole book about sleep and how poor sleep affects decision-making, communication and creativity. European Business talked to her about her own sleeping behaviour, creativity tests and how individuals can enhance their own sleeping behaviour.

Interview with Juliette Macret, President of IBM France Financement SAS

Combining financial expertise with IT know-how

Technology is a necessity that no business today can do without. Keeping up to date, however, comes at a price that, for many companies, presents a significant challenge. They either do not have the capital, or are unwilling to tie up considerable sums of money in new IT systems. For over 35 years, IBM Global Financing has been helping clients of IBM around the world to finance new technology; the firm offers a broad range of finance models to suit every situation. Juliette Macret, President of IBM France Financement SAS, told European Business why clients particularly value the company’s services.

Interview with Heini Zachariassen, Founder and Board Member of Vivino

For Vivino, a little naiveté went a long way

Before he set up the world's largest wine community and marketplace, Heini Zachariassen knew little to nothing about wine and the food and beverages industry. But a little naiveté can go a long way in capitalizing on innovative ideas, the entrepreneur says, and Vivino’s success story as an e-commerce powerhouse seems to prove him right: With over 33 million users, Vivino is the most downloaded mobile wine app in the world today. European Business spoke with Mr. Zachariassen about his company’s unique founding history, the challenges e-commerce is facing – and why he believes that your peers will give you better advice on wine than experts.

Interview with Kristian Solheim, Founder and Chairman of Cutters

Cutting Time, Hair and Cost with Cutters

Cutters will give you a hassle-free haircut in 15 minutes for a fixed price of roughly 30 EUR – no matter, if your hair is long or short, curly or straight. Kristian Solheim’s company, founded in 2015, has taken the Norwegian market by storm, with women and men flocking to his venues in equal numbers. European Business spoke with Mr. Solheim about his company’s rapid expansion, some advice he would like to share with aspiring entrepreneurs, and why he stays relaxed about potential copycats.

Interview with Erno Rubik, Inventor, Architect and Designer

Math and magic packed in a cube

It is small, angular and can become a virtually Herculean task. We are talking about the Rubik’s Cube by the Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik. The world-renowned combination puzzle with its 26 blocks has been available since 1974 and has wound its way through countless hands. European Business spoke with Erno Rubik about the special magic of the Cube, what makes it of interest to managers and the overall future of play.

Interview with Roxanne Varza, Founder and Entrepreneur

Roxanne Varza – a daughter of the Silicon Valley takes off to a flying start in Paris

At 33 years of age, Roxanne Varza can look back at an extraordinary career – her work at the top of numerous startup organizations has earned her a place in the top 30 rankings of renowned magazines such as Business Insider and Vanity Fair. Her previous employers include French public initiatives and Microsoft. Frenchwoman by choice, she studied in the US, London and Paris. Currently, she is the director of the largest startup campus worldwide, Station F, and as a sideline, she supports women in the tech startup community. In an interview with European Business, she talks about Station F, the role of women in the startup community and her love for France.

Interview with Alexandre de Malet Roquefort

La Connivence, or the art of upholding traditions

Alexandre de Malet Roquefort, a descendant of a great family that has lived in Saint Émilion since the 18th century, nowadays represents the young generation of winemakers, combining tradition and innovation. In this spirit of “sharing”, Alexandre and his friends decided to produce a new vintage wine on one of the most renowned wine-growing estates in France. European Food contacted this lover of wines in order to learn more about the history and conditions of making a French Grand Cru.

Interview with Christian Mehling, General Manager of Lista Office Group

Total concepts for the offices of today and tomorrow

Fitting out an office these days is easy: A vast array of suppliers in the market sell furniture to suit every taste and building style. But is it really so simple? Factors such as occupation costs and usage, noise levels, and the need to create a motivating work environment mean that the topic is actually quite complex, and most companies need a helping hand from the professionals to make the most of their office space. European Business talked to Christian Mehling, General Manager of Lista Office Group, a Swiss specialist in the not-so-simple art of creating attractive and efficient total office concepts.

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