Every month we ask one individual in our network a few questions about their way into tech, their motivation and their lessons learned.
Tell us where you’re from and what your background (academic, job, etc.) is!
Orginially from the french part of Switzerland, I studied Health Sciences and Technologies at the ETH and beside a few part-time jobs next to studying, IDUN is my first full-time job.
What was the initial idea at the start of IDUN-Technologies that convinced you that this should be created into a startup/business? What was the idea back then and what is IDUN-Technologies doing today?
What aspects of your work are you proudest of?
Being in touch with the most innovative companies and research group on the topic and seeing our people develop personally in the company… that really makes me proud.
How did you become interested in tech?
Good question….I actually don’t remember a turning point in my life when I became interested in tech. I’ve mostly seen technology as a tool to understand the world and humans.
What valuable advice did you get from your parents or the people closest to you during childhood?
Hmmm….I can’t remember any clear advice that stuck with me. It was more a way of living and loving that I am very grateful I got to experience. I was very close to nature with my grandparents, and they truly showed me the value of being present.
What skills are you looking for when hiring new team members?
Empathy, curiosity, open-mindedness and independence.
What drives you at work?
Our team, our customer’s projects and goals.
You are working in the field of IoT-to-human applications – are there any topics or questions about which you think more people should have knowledge about / form an opinion about?
I don’t think that all the people should have an opinion about it yet, but we are thinking a lot about the power of brain data and how to give the power to the users of the device and not the companies using the data. It’s similar to our digital tracking happening right now, we know we are being tracked but the service is really good and we tend to ignore it.
What has been your toughest challenge you faced while working in tech? And what did you learn from it?
Specifically in hardware and even more so in new materials: The time it takes and the many roadblocks you face while upscaling the technology. For material innovation, you need to enter a high margin market as a startup or you need to go for extra large volumes which can only be done with partnerships.
Is there anything you wish you had known earlier or would advice your younger self?
Start a company as soon as you feel this itch… waiting is never ever going to be the solution or making it easier for you to start a company.
What advice would you give other women in tech?
Are there any books, podcasts or other resources that you enjoy or recommend?
Who is your role model and why – and if you had the chance what question would you ask her?
My grand-mother and also a few females I have the chance to have around me and also have the chance that I already asked them everything and can so in the future 🙂