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Vienna Lights The World

Vienna Lights The World

Blink as you drive south into Vienna’s industrial scrubland and you’ll miss it. The white office set back from the dusty Triesterstraße betrays nothing of the sensuous waterfalls of crystal and intricate gilded chandeliers, unlikely as spaceships, being assembled in the workshops at the back. But the quiet success of Lights of Vienna, a middle-sized, […]

Boosting New Business

Boosting New Business

There is a sense of concentration in the hallway of the INiTS building, the startup incubator of the University of Vienna. The only sounds are the clicking of computer keyboards from the office rooms and murmured discussions in the shared kitchen. The 5th floor is home to a handful of startup companies that may benefit […]

Startups Changing the Nature of the Economy

Startups Changing the Nature of the Economy

Walking into the Hofburg, city palace of the Habsburgs, you might well expect a world of elegance, nobility and pomp. Not today. At the startup and tech event Pioneers Festival, everything on stage is constructed from wooden pallets: a microphone pedestal, a table, two armchairs and more. Wooden pallets are the building material of an […]

Austro British Chamber: “A Matter Of Trust”

Austro British Chamber: “A Matter Of Trust”

Are you a British entrepreneur who wants to open a subsidiary branch in Vienna? Or maybe you are an Austrian opera singer who wants to exercise your vocal cords in London. Either way, if you are looking for business links between the United Kingdom and Austria, the ABC, or Austro British Chamber, is a good […]

In Poland, Big Food, Big Politics

In Poland, Big Food, Big Politics

Polish food can be political. But not in the way consumers in the Czech Republic imagine, exposed as they were to the affair surrounding the use of industrial salt in Polish foodstuffs. The Czech food inspection agency made that revelation and others, which the Poles vehemently protested. No product with industrial salt ever reached the […]

Saving Central Europe’s Newspapers

Saving Central Europe’s Newspapers

“The Internet will be to my generation of journalists what alcohol was to our predecessors,” wrote Slovak journalist Tomas Bella on his blog, – “a destroyer first of thought and then of productivity, destructive of both the capacity to reflect and to react. Just like alcohol, it seems an inevitable part of the job.” Bella […]

Newsweek Goes Digital

Many in Vienna have been puzzled to learn that another venerable American magazine is about to disappear. At least in print: By January, Newsweek will become an all-online Newsweek Global. Admittedly the magazine has been troubled for a long time; owned by the Washington Post Company since 1961, the shift to the Internet – particularly pronounced in the […]

The Fable Of Frank Stronach

The Fable Of Frank Stronach

He has an image many politicians would die for: Small town boy who goes off to make his fortune and comes back a wealthy and successful man; he invests, he flourishes, and now in his golden years, he wants to “give back” through public service. “I’m a man of the people,” billionaire Frank Stronach proclaimed […]

Felix (for) Austria!

Felix (for) Austria!

The term Felix Austria comes from Ovid, declaring that to expand its empire, “happy Austria” chose to marry instead of fighting wars. Today, the Austrian-owned energy drink manufacturer Red Bull, chose to stage a daredevil stunt with “no scientific value” rather than pick a fight with the competition, striking a chord in our collective memory. […]

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