Founder Interview: Free Walking Tours Switzerland

Gründerinterviews by Sharecon Switzerland

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Mit diesem Artikel wollen wir ein neues, ergänzendes Format starten und die Gründerszene in der Schweiz  etwas besser kennenlernen. Unterstützt werden wir dabei von Philipp Oberender.

Das erste Interview ist Julien Weissenberg, dem Gründer von Free walking Tours Switzerland , gewidmet.

julien weissenbergDas Interview mit Julien

1. Please describe quickly in your own words your business.

Free Walking Tours Switzerland provides the highest-quality tours, given by locals, for free. At the end, people can give what they think it’s worth.

2. In your opinion, why do people book the Free Tours, is it mainly in order to save money or are there also other aspects?

People love free walking tours because they know they will spend a nice time, get to know the city and have the chance to meet locals and travelers. The “free” aspect means that the focus is on quality, not marketing recipes: we cannot deceive.

3. Do you see yourself as a competitor to professional tours or more of a complement to those tours?

For the free walking tours, guides are volunteers and do this as a passion. It means we give another perspective but are not working at an industrial scale.
I think the two will co-exist.

4. What is the usual Free Tour customer like? Can you share some experiences with us?

The typical Free Walking Tour guest is someone special. Every time I give a tour, I learn about life, new cultures and new professions.
Our guests are open-minded, dynamic and of all ages: from babies to retired people. They are touring the world, they are living in Zurich, they are students or bankers, they can be celebrities [anonymity required]. Some of them even became guides.

5. Sharing is an increasing trend at the moment, please give us your estimation where will it go and why?

I think the development of online tools will greatly help optimize sharing. Being able to seamlessly communicate what people can offer and what other need will make the market grow.
As a second step, objects and infrastructure could be built especially for sharing, e.g. automatic cars or lockers to place shared objects.
This process will happen, because it is economically more efficient – how fast? is the question.

6. What other aspect of your life would you like to share? What would you never share?
We all already share a lot: public space, our homes, our food, our experiences.
For me, the question is about who I am ready to share with. Personally, it is not a problem as long as I see benefit and safety.

Many thanks for the interesting discussion!
Philipp Oberender