The new WhatsApp for wealthy customers, 100% Swiss version

A single application to manage your wealth and book a room in La Réserve, information that is encrypted on a private blockchain? Wecan answer Michelle Ripert.

By participating in the Series B funding round completed last April by Wecan Group SA, the Swiss leader in compliance solutions for blockchain-based private banks, Michel Reybier was aiming for more than just a return on investment in a promising startup. Its goal was to contribute to the creation of a unique solution that allows customers to send messages and documents through secure channels to a community of actors close to their daily lives, their own bank, hotel and clinic. Interview with Michelle Ripert, Serial Entrepreneur.

“This investment in Wecan is in line with my strategy to invest in innovative, digital companies that respect privacy.”

Your investment in Wecan is strategic. How do you envision the partnership with Wecan and its development?

This investment is part of my strategy to invest in innovative, digital companies that respect privacy. The Wecan Group has already established itself in Switzerland with private banks and wealth managers. The company will expand its products internationally, and we also believe in the potential to develop Wecan’s disruptive solutions in other sectors such as the hotel industry. Wecan has the ability to create WhatsApp for private clients who are interested in respecting their privacy, confidentiality of their data and security of their communications, whether with banks, managers, hotels, clinics, lawyers, notaries, etc.

Will you be a passive or active investor?

I will be an investor who will participate in the development and growth of Wecan. With this shared ambition to expand the solution to other non-banking sectors, we have already started working on the hotel segment. Our short term goal is to have a product that we will use in our hotels and then we market together internationally in the medium term. Together, because combining our strengths will certainly allow us to accelerate current developments and start new ones.

“For more than 20 years, we have been paving the way for a unique and highly contemporary vision of luxury and hospitality.”

What solutions has Wecan developed that you intend to implement in your areas of activity with what tangible impacts?

Our experience will make it possible to diversify Wecan’s products towards our main sectors, namely the hotel industry, the medical field, wine and real estate. All these sectors, like the banking sector, are facing digital transformation which brings many opportunities, as well as acceleration in the creation of digital data. Wecan, in this respect, specializes in respecting the confidentiality and security of the exchanges and communications of this data, but also in respecting the compliance of suppliers, employees, and standards or certifications that matter to us.

What benefits do you see in implementing these solutions? Whether it is to manage your operations, and differentiate from your competitors and customers?

The end customers of private banks and wealth managers who use Wecan products are also our customers, whether in our hotels, clinics or our wine farms. We want to provide them with services that secure their data and share it while respecting their privacy. The exclusivity that forms behind our hotel or medical activities will be further enhanced by what we will place with Wecan, and will allow our clients to be in an exclusive club on an international scale.

Would you say Wecan solutions are revolutionary for the following industries: luxury hospitality; Hospital institutions vineyard cultivation?

These solutions are the future of our business sectors, and the continuity of our vision. For over 20 years, we have been paving the way for a unique and highly contemporary vision of luxury and hospitality. In Switzerland, France or London, each Michel Reybier Hospitality address carries the values ​​cherished by it: excellence, authenticity and simplicity. By combining our experience, we will make these values ​​last over time.

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