World Economic Forum 2009 – Davos, Day -1

Before you ask – its “-1” because this is the day before the official summit start!

It’s been an exciting few months, ever since Nivio (www.nivio.com) was selected as a technology pioneer for 2009 the build up of excitement to to Annual General Meeting in the beautiful Davos-Klosters has been difficult to contain.

Yesterday was our first day here and you notice from the arrivals lobby of Zurich airport how big this event actually is. When you actually get to Davos, the small town seems to have become one large (and expensive – more on this later) congress centre with just about every hotel serving to the needs of the summit.

What ultimately this event is about is the people that come here; and the way they interact – and our start right the way from Zurich Airport where we had a WEF Limobus take us up the 2 hr journey is a clear example of it. We met some really interesting guys; two that seemed very interesting were guys from the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Forum – Rodney Hood (Vice Chairman of the National Credit Union in the USA) and Carlton Hoskins (also from NCUA). Very interesting guys, exceptionally smart and as you can imagine – very well linked. The conversation both in the bus and later over some incredibly delicious fondue was riveting and mind blowing… they probably sum up the kind of guys at the summit this year – young, bright, global and with an “edge”.

Next, we met Vikram Akula (SKS Microfinance) in the most random of places, a ski-lift which was taking us up the mountain for a little bit of R&R before the tough week starts (we were going sledging highly recommended). Vikram, is truley an inspirational person, what he has done single-handedly in India through his micro-finance company has empowered millions of people – thats probably why he was voted Time Magazine “100 most influential people in the world” – what was unique, was his interest in our work and how we spoke to us with humility… post this experience we have really started to realise how powerful the WEF Summit is, and how us being here could ultimately shape our future… forever…

More to come…