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Tuesday, April 24, 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...
Robotics for Children
Viennese startup Robo Technologies turns children, or anyone, into robotics engineersImagine your child playing with blocks, snapping them together like Legos into different shapes and configurations. Then she grabs an iPad, and after a few simple swipes, bam! Her creation begins moving on its own. She has just programmed a robot.All she needs is Robo Wunderkind – a product...
pharmaceutical industry
Pharma's Market: The pharmaceutical industry has played an important role in Austria’s economic growth. But the challenge remains to find a balance between regulation and competitive pricing.Sluggish economic growth in Europe has governments on edge. In Austria, after four years below 1% and a modest rebound of 1.6% in 2016, one of the best prospects for continued recovery is...
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...
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...
virtual reality film architecture design
Astonishing spoiled moviegoers is no small task. Marrying virtual reality with architecture, a Viennese company is dazzling audiencesBy Susanne Gottlieb & Dardis McNameeIt is rare in film that a prop achieves the stature of player – Rosebud in Citizen Kane, perhaps, or the Maltese Falcon, or maybe the chess pieces in the Thomas Crown Affair, or the clay pot...
online banking erste bank
We asked board member Thomas Schaufler about designing Erste Bank’s online banking platform GeorgeIn Austria, banking has not always moved with the times. From the persistence of the transfer slip (Erlagschein) to the popularity of the savings account, progress has been conservative in terms of innovation. So who better to design a burgeoning new way to do banking than...
It took four years for the EU’s twenty-eight member states to pass the new law on data protection. Now companies are bracing themselves for high stakes and citizens hoping for more control.If you don’t have the data, you don’t have the oil.” The voice-over resounded, in a North Carolina accent, through the speakers of the Filmcasino. It was the Austrian...
Arriving in Austria as a refugee, Ali Mahlodji lived in 13 apartments before he was 10 years old, dropped out of school at 18 and worked over 40 jobs before founding Whatchado, a platform that helps people find their calling. Here’s how he found his.Back in 2009, 27-year-old Ali Mahlodji could be seen on any given workday in a...
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