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Thursday, January 18, 2018
black-market crime
How does Austria deal with Europe’s estimated €1 trillion shadow economy of black-market crime, petty tax evasion and corporate profit shifting?In Vienna, a tax fraud sting begins with an innocuous questionnaire, printed in German, English and several Slavic languages. In this polyglot city, bordering the former communist east, finance investigators approach waiters at lunchtime, construction workers in the afternoon, or bordello...
luxury
Two Viennese entrepreneurs with very different paths to success embody the city’s attitude towards luxuryIf someone pointed a gun at my head and ordered me to name five luxury brands from Vienna, I’d be in quite a jam. Yet since moving to Vienna from America in 2001, I have found myself working with two of them. Soon after my arrival...
robot worker
We all fear that our jobs will eventually be automated. But cheer up! Where one job dies, another rises from the ashesImagine a world where writers have vanished. Editorial departments, the places where the magic of newspaper and magazine writing used to happen, are run by computers relying on the eternal knowledge of the web. With access to big...
business
The creative industries need to be ever-fresh. Michael Conrad of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership talks about what it takes to create like a bossHe knew there was plenty of talent out there, but the young Michael Conrad was having a hard time hiring creatives for his ad agency in the 1980s. Again and again, he would see...
cooperative city
Smart cities need smart citizens. A growing movement of initiatives and startups, harnessing social media and using top-notch technology, aims to give city residents a voice at City HallTechnology entrepreneurs don’t normally have much patience for government bureaucracy. Nor do the venture capitalists who fund them. The layers of decision-makers, politically driven procurement and unpredictable budgets have all been...
How young, savvy art producers bring new talent directly to the public by exploiting new spaces, technology and social media, thereby sidestepping the art world’s gatekeepersSuddenly, a phalanx of silent, stony-faced soldiers in helmets and heavy boots, appears through an archway of the old Imperial Stables, a disturbing sight in the midst of a peaceful European city square. Lined...
Community Supported Agriculture
As industrial farming comes under attack, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) hopes to change the gameRevolution is the new black. Every pillar of our existence is under attack, from democracy to what we eat. For Ronald Jacobs and his wife Shelly, founders of Kurt Pure Frozen Yogurt, it’s become a call to action. With five like-minded families, he has taken...
Pioneers Festival
This year's 5th Anniversary Edition of the Pioneers Festival is taking place at the Hofburg on the 24 & 25 of May.Featuring 5 stages with over 100 hours of hand-crafted content, 500 startups, and 2500 pioneers, founders, executives, investors and international media, it's bound to be an inspiring two days.Watch all of the coverage live from the Hofburg right...
Austrian Startup
We asked twelve Austrian founders to pick their local hero from the startup ecosystemGiven how recent the startup scene is in Austria, there’s a lot going on. The first  STARTvienna event in 2009 with 40 attendees, became Pioneers Festival that now welcomes 2,500 participants every year.Equally important is the nonprofit ­AustrianStartups, supporting the scene since 2013, hosting a monthly...
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