Success story: seniors@work connects former CEO of Microsoft Switzerland & start-up

By Annette Ehrhardt, seniors@work

Peter Waser, the former country manager of Microsoft Switzerland and CEO of Starmind, has been increasingly active in the start-up world for several years, is involved in numerous projects and also holds several board mandates. He has also been a member of seniors@work for some time - so there is no sign of retirement!

“I still feel needed at the age of 66, and it makes me happy to be able to pass on my experience to young people.”, says Peter Waser about the background to his broad portfolio of tasks at the various start-ups. "It's a great feeling to support a young company in its start-up and to lead it to success."

For example, a start-up in the training sector found him through seniors@work, and the collaboration is a win-win situation for both sides. Peter Waser: "Here I can contribute my experience in building up a young company and help shape a solid business model in partnership. The start-up is still self-financed, and I am currently making my contribution pro bono. I don't think I should take the young founder's hard-earned money and start-up capital out of her pocket. When the company generates sales in a few months, we will discuss the arrangement again. Until then - and beyond - this commitment keeps me on my toes and is a good addition to my other projects and mandates."

Although finding suitable (part-time) jobs is not always easy for retired specialists and managers despite all their life experience and flexibility, Peter Waser is convinced by the job platform seniors@work: "Anyone who feels healthy and has life and professional experience is in demand. And our economy and our standard of living need every hand and every head!"  

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