Energetic entrepreneur, engineer, distinct enemy of all administrative hurdles, general staff officer, solar power advocate, electric car owner, mountaineer.

The world is full of cool success stories. My motivation is to share practical tips & tricks from my daily grind as an entrepreneur.

Thomas Vogel
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Hi, my name is Tom, and I am an energetic entrepreneur from Switzerland. I am the Co-Founder & CEO of a B2B SaaS company approaching 30 employees.

Besides being an entrepreneur, I am an engineer, a distinct enemy of all administrative hurdles, an active reserve general staff officer in the…

Dear administrators, this is why I won’t stick to your rigid rules.

Foggy road
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As an energetic entrepreneur, I put doing business before anything else. At the same time, I am an engineer at heart and have a keen interest in all sorts of software and technology.

Oh yeah, and then there is that cumbersome monster people call administration that wants to be fed…

Delivering good solutions in a complex world is hard. But it’s easier if you accept the fact that you need help from others.

Military Staff Officer at Work
Staff officer at work (source: Mediathek VBS)

Outing yourself as a military guy is not always well-perceived in the business world. Nevertheless, I do it. I am an active reserve general staff officer in the Swiss Armed Forces, and at the same time I am the Co-Founder & CEO of a software company.

I am not the…

Despite the pandemic, the capitol riots, natural disasters all over the world and a chaotic retreat from Afghanistan, 2021 got some pretty awesome stuff going.

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The mainstream media dramatically over-emphasise negative news, and we are getting used to this. As a consequence, we are becoming overly pessimistic about what’s happening in the world. That’s why I have largely stopped consuming mainstream media.

With full acknowledgment of all the evil stuff happening out there, I am…

Error culture and decision making are key components in both professions

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After a series of fatal accidents in the 1970s and 1980s, airlines introduced the Crew Resource Management (CRM) concept. It focuses on reducing human errors by improving interpersonal communication, leadership and decision making.
When CRM was established, the hierarchy between the captain and the co-pilot was still significant. …

As the Co-Founder & CEO of a software company, I have used time blocking for one straight year — and I have abandoned the method recently.

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Why would anyone abandon a productivity method often cherished and apparently used by Elon Musk and other high-flying entrepreneurs?

Let me be very direct. I have used time blocking for one straight year — and I have abandoned the method recently. …

There are many digital tools available to make ISO 9001 certification less painful and more effective, but make sure you’re using the right tool for the right type of information

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In our company, there isn’t a single paper folder — all information is kept fully digital. Nevertheless, we achieved ISO 9001 certification without any major findings and without a helping hand from expensive consultants.

ISO 9001 used to be a static, heavy norm designed to produce folders full of paper…

The world is full of cool success stories. My motivation is to share practical tips & tricks from my daily grind as an entrepreneur.

That’s me (source: author)

I am an energetic entrepreneur from Switzerland, Co-Founder & CEO of a B2B SaaS company approaching 30 employees.

Besides being an entrepreneur, I am an engineer, an active reserve general staff officer in the Swiss Armed Forces, a solar power advocate, and a mountaineer.

Entrepreneur Life is a Lot Less Glorious Than Suggested on Social Media

Maybe you think I’m living a…

Hiring decisions are the most important decisions in any company, so hiring should be one of the last things a founder should hand over

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Everybody talks about how important hiring decisions are, and how high the costs of bad hiring decisions are. It matches my experience as Co-Founder & CEO of a software company rapidly approaching 30 employees.

The bad news: Hiring decisions can’t be improved by a simple recipe, a fancy AI algorithm…

Thomas Vogel

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