Certified we are!

Poken's CEO Stéphane Doutriaux receives the "CTI Certified" label

We can proudly announce that Poken S.A. has been awarded the prestigious « CTI Certified » label. This certification handed out by the Swiss Confederation’s Innovation Promotion Agency (CTI) states that the awarded companies are ‘ready for sustainable business development’. Start-ups that receive this label are regarded as the most promising, stable and sustainable businesses to have emerged out of the CTI start-up network.

To read more about this certification, please refer to our official press release. More information about CTI start-up can be found here.

Poken sets foot in the North American promotional market

Did you catch our latest press release yesterday? Exciting news from the North American sales front: Poken is happy to announce its partnership with MMI. We are teaming up in order to conquer the promotional market with our cutting-edge social networking devices. Read the full press release in our press center!

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Latest News: Swisscom Ventures investing in Poken

Our latest press release has gone out this morning and is already creating a huge amount of buzz, especially on Twitter! This mostly thanks to TechCrunch Europe and US, who has picked it up right away (link to the article to be found here).

We are happy to announce that Swisscom Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Swisscom AG – Switzerland’s leading telecom operator, is participating in a $1.8 million round, and will be represented on Poken’s Board of Directors by Dominique Mégret, Head of Swisscom Ventures, a seasoned executive and entrepreneur.

The Swisscom Venture investment and partnership are further validation of Poken’s fast-paced evolution as the market leader in social networking devices.  The new pokenEVENT service offering is gaining significant traction in the events and corporate networking space — helping customers such as Adobe, BMW, IBM, Microsoft and Tempo Music host powerful networking events.  In addition, event organizers such as PublicisLive — host of the World Economic Forum — have also recently used the pokenEVENT networking platform to help reduce the clutter of business cards and streamline the process for distributing digital materials at their events.

If you are interested in reading the whole press release, please visit our Press Center.


Poken at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit (March 9-11, 2010)

Stephane and Dome at ADMS

About two weeks ago, Poken’s CEO Stephane and myself, from the Marketing Team, flew to the United Arab Emirates to support the distribution of pokens at the prestigious Abu Dhabi Media Summit (ADMS). The exclusive 3-day summit was an invitation-only event and welcomed about 400 chairs, CEOs and major business unit heads from the world’s top-tier media players as well as their new-market counterparts. The event organizer publicisLIVE had chosen Poken as their networking partner and provided all participants with an ADMS customized poken on their badge.

Besides the incredibly exotic venue at the Yas Hotel, Stephane and I were excited about the incredible line-up of speakers at the event: Eric Schmidt of Google, Rupert Murdoch of the News Corporation, Maurice Lévy of the Publicis Group and Josh Silverman of Skype, just to name very few.  The focus of the event was the challenges and opportunities rising from an increasingly globalized media landscape as well as the advent of new technologies and their effect on traditional media.

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Termination of Joint Venture discussions

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – February 1, 2010 – Poken Holding AG (“POKEN”), announced today that its discussions with a contract partner relating to a possible Joint Venture and exclusive marketing rights to develop the North American market had come to an end. Poken will resume with immediate effect its prior market development activities in the US by contracting Authorized Resellers.

It’s awesome to receive honors

We’ve already published it in our press center in late November, but wanted to share this lovely prize with you once more. This time with a picture, too. We are very honored to have been listed as one of the 25 Most Promising European Web & Mobility Start-ups by the European Tech Tour (ETT) on November 18th 2009.

The ETT Web & Mobility Summit, which showcases cutting-edge technology businesses to the venture and investment community, chose the 25 winners of this prestigious nomination from a pool of over 400 applicants! Stéphane Doutriaux, Poken’s CEO, was in Montreux to accept the award personally.

If you’d like to know more about this summit of the ETT, visit their website at www.techtour.com/webandmobility09/index.php