Swiss investors need to get out of their comfort zone, venture capitalist says

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Coming out of the coronavirus crisis, investors remain focused on their own portfolios, but that won’t last long, says Alain Nicod, co-founder of Swiss venture capital firm VI Partners. He laments the lack of “extraordinary success stories” among start-ups in Switzerland, saying the culture tends to be overly cautious. Succeeding as a venture capitalist starts with big ideas and a lot of guts, he says. “We’re in a very comfortable country, so why risk everything big time if you know your life can be decent otherwise?”