About Manuel Stagars

Manuel Stagars is an economist, film director, author, and serial entrepreneur with 20 years of startup experience in Switzerland, the United States, Japan, and Singapore. His film projects focus on the potential of digital technology for the economies of nations, societies, and the lives of people around the world.

Digital Transformation: Visions of Nations, Companies, and People (2017, in pre-production) explores the role of technology in the lives of humans moving forward. Manuel speaks with scientists, entrepreneurs, corporate decision makers, politicians, artists and others in Europe, the United States, and Asia about their views and hopes for the digital future.

The Blockchain And Us (2017) explores the following questions: How can blockchain technology benefit the economies of nations? How will it change society? What does this mean for each of us? The film poses more questions than it answers and makes the discussion about potential impacts of blockchain technology accessible for non-experts.

FinTech Made in Switzerland (2016) is the first documentary film about Swiss FinTech. In 41 interviews with heads of digital banking from major banks, politicians, investors and Swiss FinTech startups in roboadvisory, lending, cryptocurrencies, insurtech, the film gives a glimpse into how a traditional bankers’ nation is coming to terms with technological change and plans to catch up in the digital future.

Manuel has published books and scientific articles on startups, marketplace lending, impact investing, data quality, and Open Data. He is also a senior researcher with focus on the organizational and institutional impact of Open Data, Big Data, and data policy, including mechanisms behind the collection, processing, and publishing of data. Manuel led the project “ASEAN+ Database” at Singapore-ETH Centre, a research center of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).

Manuel has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and holds certifications as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and Energy Risk Professional (ERP). He offers strategic advice to a small number of companies regarding innovation and entrepreneurship.


Work with Manuel

Manuel enjoys speaking about what he is observing in the process of making films, writing books, founding startups, and consulting companies. If you’d like to invite Manuel to present or work on a project with you, please get in touch with the following information:


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The Fascination of Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology, Interview with Manuel Stagars
Crush The Street, 7 October 2017

Interview with Manuel Stagars, Filmmaker of The Blockchain and Us
CFA Society Switzerland, The Charter, 11 June 2017

New Documentary Starts Conversation About Blockchain Technology
Greater Zurich Area, 8 June 2017

Bundesrat Johann Schneider-Ammann zur Digitalen Transformation (German)
ISO-20022.ch, 29 May 2017

Dokumentarfilm zur Digitalisierung (German)
Eidgenössisches Departement für Wirtschaft, Bildung und Forschung/Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, 23 May 2017

Wir und die Blockchain: Gedanken über eine dezentrale Zukunft (German)
PC Welt, 2 May 2017

Wir und die Blockchain: Knackige & sehenswerte Dokumentation (German)
Coinspondent, 22 April 2017

Documentary Presents Accessible Intro to Impact of Blockchain Tech
Bitcoin Magazine, 21 April 2017

The Blockchain and Us, el documental sobre el invento que facilita el «dinero sin bancos» (Spanish)
Economia Digital, 21 April 2017

Beyond Blockchain: The Social and Economic Impacts of Distributed Ledger Technology
BIG Fintech Media, 21 April 2017

The Blockchain and Us: A New Documentary on Bitcoin Tech Changing the World
Bitcoinist, 13 April 2017

The Blockchain and Us: The Documentary
Zerohedge, 10 April 2017

Interview: Eine gute Idee muss man testen, nicht aufschreiben (Test your idea instead of writing it down in a business plan) (German)
Bilanz, 9 April 2017

The Blockchain and Us Among the Best Bitcoin Documentaries
Reasons to Bitcoin, 7 April 2017

Film: The Blockchain and Us Released
Bitcoin News Switzerland, 6 April 2017

The Blockchain and Us Released
Blockchain News, 5 April 2017

Solving An Unsolvable Problem
Swiss Finance Startups Blog, 5 April 2017

Premiere von The Blockchain and Us (German)
ISO-20022.ch, 4 April 2017

Interview: Die besten Startups kommen aus der Garage (The Best Startups Are Coming Out Of Garages) (German)
Handelszeitung, 3 April 2017

What Needs To Be Said About Blockchain (German)
ISO-20022.ch, 27 March 2017

Blockchain Documentary: The Interview Phase Is Complete
Bitcoin News Switzerland, 24 February 2017

FinTech and Innovation in Switzerland: A Discussion with Filmmaker and Entrepreneur Manuel Stagars
BIG Fintech Media, 27 January 2017

Im Globalen Dorf Zug wird gross gedacht (German)
Zuger Zeitung, 15 January 2017

Interview: Dolfi Müller ist ein Pionier (German)
Zuger Zeitung, 14 January 2017

Interview: Schweizer FinTech Gründer sind extrem professionell (German)
Startupticker, 6 December 2016

Der erste Schweizer FinTech Film: Ein Einblick (German)
Handelszeitung, 24 November 2016

Interview: Der erste FinTech-Dokumentarfilm der Schweiz (Switzerland’s First FinTech Documentary) (German)
Finance 2.0 Blog, 23 November 2016

Swiss Fintech, jetzt im Film (German)
Finews, 17 November 2016

Interview with Manuel Stagars, Filmmaker of FinTech Made in Switzerland
CFA Society Switzerland, The Charter, 16 November 2016

FinTech Made in Switzerland, ein ausswergewöhnliches Dokumentarfilmprojekt von Manuel Stagars (An Extraordinary Documentary Film Project by Manuel Stagars) (German)
ISO20022, 17 October 2016

Film: FinTech Made in Switzerland
Fintechnews, 14 October 2016