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We know - the name is ambitious. But we are humble at core. For us, moonshot is an expression of change. An expression of let's dare it and think big. It's our north star.

We are a boutique consulting enablement firm based in Zurich, Switzerland. We enable corporates and individuals, globally, to unchain their innovative potential.

Enterprises we enable to see beyond their realms. We help think outside the box and set the right environmental, cultural and personal conditions for innovation to thrive. We have especially deep strategic and technical expertise in ICT, Data & Artificial Intelligence and the changes it can and will trigger in society and in enterprises. We help our clients leverage on these innovations.

Individuals we enable to get a startup going. We are investing in driven people with relevant questions rather than in solutions. With our incubation arm Innovationsbude we humbly fund these super, super early stage startup ideas. We help with knowledge, connections, a semi-structured 3-months program and a small financial ticket in order to be able to freely explore and validate. We promote the lean startup approach. Ideally, a company emerges out of that exploration. And if it does, we are happy to take a stake in that company and be part of the journey.

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Consultants ●○ Speakers

We are not a "classical" consulting firm. Actually, we prefer to think about us more as being enablers, challengers and mind-frame-breakers rather than consultants. Our typical mandate is more in the size of days or weeks rather than months and focuses on data-driven innovation.

We enable

Our past engagements focused on the issue of enabling data-driven thinking in our client's organizations or enabling the development of data-driven "smart" products. Our strength is the rare combination of deep technical expertise to judge feasibility, the ability to develop a clear vision as well as a proven track record to deliver on that vision. We know how to execute data-driven innovation, and we will enable you to do so as well. Culture, the question where and how to achieve a data-driven organization, as well as finding the right talent for our clients to do so, are usually a major part of our mandates.

We elucidate

Often a one-time side-kick is enough to trigger a thought, to bust a misconception or to inspire. Speaker engagements, paired with an open discussion, are the perfect vehicle to do so. Together with our wide network of talent, we can help you get insights into basically all current ICT, Data and AI topics. And as basically all of our consulting and speaker talent is full-time employed in their (often technical or academic) main jobs, you are guaranteed to receive a frank, no-bullshit view.

We challenge

We are also regularly asked to participate as expert challengers in design thinking workshops. In this format we do not have a clearly defined mandate, but are rather openly contributing during these workshops with our expertise and outside view.

Incubator ●○

With Innovationsbude, our incubation arm, we humbly fund individuals and teams with super, super early stage startup ideas. We help with knowledge, connections, a semi-structured 3-months program and a small financial ticket in order to be able to freely explore. Ideally, a company emerges out of that exploration. And if it does, we are happy to take a stake in that company and be part of the journey.

If you are interested, feel free to write us an email introducing yourself. We have no official application process and decide on a one-on-one basis.

Team

René Pfitzner, Founder & Managing Partner

René is excited by challenges. This is (and really always has been) his main driving factor in everything he has done. For him, there is nothing better than finding a (preferably creative) solution, to an important problem, that no one else has thought of before.

Before he founded moonshot zurich Consulting, René Pfitzner has been the Lead Data Scientist at Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), Switzerland's newspaper of record, until end 2018. In this role he was responsible for everything data-driven marketing optimization as well as the introduction of Data Science on the content delivery side (e.g. automation and personalization of newsletters). He spent his academic life at major research institutions in Switzerland, USA, Sweden and Germany.

External Consultants & Speakers

We believe that the best consultants are not full-time consultants. This is also why we like to think about us as enablers. This conviction is at the very core of our service.

We maintain a wide network of technical, academic and managerial talent to help our clients. Basically all of our enablers are employed in mostly technical or academic roles next to their consulting engagements. We know them personally and in most cases also work(ed) together on non-consulting projects. This way we make sure that our clients only get top consultant and speaker talent, providing insights deeply rooted in hands-on experience. Do not expect fluffy management slides and be prepared for a very open, blunt and authentic communication style.

Contact

moonshot zurich GmbH
Albisriederstrasse 256
CH - 8047
Switzerland

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