The Desert Sun Podcast #003

In this very long podcast I am joined by Mike, a legal expert of sorts who lives and works in Switzerland. We discuss a business takeover gone wrong against the backdrop of Swiss life and culture, and how it compares to other places. You can listen to it on iTunes here, Player FM here, download it here, or listen on the blog by clicking the link below:

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18 thoughts on “The Desert Sun Podcast #003

  1. Very interesting Tim & Mike. I enjoyed the tangents and the anecdotes. Although you lost me at the engineer speak!

  2. That was unexpected – I recognised the Bloke’s (Mike’s) voice immediately but not in this context. Interesting.

  3. That was unexpected – I recognised the Bloke’s (Mike’s) voice immediately but not in this context.

    Sign up to my Patreon and I’ll reveal his identity. 🙂

  4. Very interesting Tim & Mike. I enjoyed the tangents and the anecdotes.

    Thanks Fay!

    Although you lost me at the engineer speak!

    We were lost ourselves!

  5. Sign up to my Patreon and I’ll reveal his identity.
    *cough*GDPR*cough* 😉

    I follow Mike’s Youtube channel, so it was a pleasant surprise.

  6. Very enjoyable listen last night and in the gym this morning. It brought back some memories of working in Switzerland, France, with the French and working for management consultants, not all happy.

    The billing discussion reminded me of the management consultant Partner who kept a room in a hotel just in case he wanted to visit the big project we were working on. When he did visit it was expensive meals and cigars all round. Then there was the one who only drank champagne when he was billing the client.

  7. “kept a room in a hotel just in case he wanted to visit the big project we were working on”

    Ah, so that’s how you get Starwood platinum status!

  8. Took a day and a half of my commute to listen to but it was an enjoyable episode with interesting diversions too. All the engineering talk make me glad I’m in software rather than anything in the real world; some of us call ourselves engineers but there isn’t quite that trial by fire. Stack Overflow is our steam tables book I think.

    BTW was the word you were trying to think of for car insurance deductables “excess”?

  9. BTW was the word you were trying to think of for car insurance deductables “excess”?

    Yes! Exactly! I came to me in the car yesterday. 🙂

  10. This was my favourite of the three so far, best bits were often in the tangents of the tangents.
    I think the conversation format works best for you Tim, your voice sounds natural. 2+ hours flew by! (Ps glad you recognised the superiority of maths 😉

  11. This was my favourite of the three so far, best bits were often in the tangents of the tangents.

    Awesome, thanks!

    I think the conversation format works best for you Tim

    Yeah, I just need to get enough guests lined up!

  12. Glad it went down well! I had great fun doing it, and the conversation format indeed works really well!

  13. Really enjoyed it, a great window onto a world I’ll never see/experience.

    Just slightly worried now that all these buildings, structures and machines that I’m using on a daily basis have been designed by engineers basically going ‘That looks strong enough’!

  14. I really enjoyed this—especially the bit about welfare in other EU / Efta countries.

    One or two small points that I noted down…

    * Budgeting, and how you have to ascribe income—we do this every year, and we need to describe how many of what type of system we are going to sell. The last couple of years have been reasonably spot on;
    * Disguised employment in Switzerland = IR35 in the UK;
    * Signatories to tenders in the UK have to be a named Director of the company (directors are listed at Companies House)—I know, because I am (the main) one;
    * Private health insurance in the U.K. is around £120 (for me), at the age of 41; it goes up substantially with age.

    Notes a-go-go…

    DK

  15. If you could pin DK down for an interview I guarantee you’ll have a great episode.

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