Let’s clear up the Russian trolls involvement in the Last Jedi bashing

“Half of negative tweets about the Last Jedi were the works of Russian trolls”. It’s the breaking news of the week since researcher Morten Bay released his preprint paper. But aren’t we a little quick in jumping to conclusions? I’m a Star Wars fan since the Empire Strikes Back (yes, I’m that old).  So when […]

Where does France really stand in the Tech World?

Where does France really stand in the Tech World?

We like to put things – and people – into neat little boxes: this country is good at inventing, this one does well in computer sciences. How much if it is true? The OECD has just released a comprehensive report on Science, Technology and Industry for 2017. Maybe it’s time to set the record straight. […]

Why it is wrong to worry about Robotics and AI

Why it is wrong to worry about Robotics and AI

Sutton Trust releases report showing robotics and AI will worsen social mobility   What it said and why it’s wrong by Luke Chambers   One of the most repeated terms in relation to robotics is ‘Robotics will lead to significant job losses’ and ‘robots are replacing our workers’. So much so that it now competes […]

Longevity of the firm and zombie corporations

In stark contrast to say, The Netherlands, France bemoans the moment one of its home-grown emerging champions gets acquired by a foreign company. [I have a whole blog post in my head on just this topic alone]. Corporations are viewed in France as containers of jobs, with the obligation to provide secure employment to its […]

The future of food: Will we all be eating insects and algae soon?

The world’s food system might be at risk, experts claim in alarming reports that with a world population expected to reach at least 9 billion people by 2050, the world may not be able to feed itself if it doesn’t increase food productivity. However, countries need to prioritize sustainable methods of production, since current systems […]

What Etsy can teach us about company culture

Over the weekend I perused Etsy’s IPO filing document. Even though less ubiquitous in Europe, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Etsy: What a compelling business that successfuly positioned itself at the heart of several converging trends: sharing economy, online marketplace growth, e-commerce growth, employment dispersement, individual creativity, etc. The IPO will represent another significant milestone for […]

Report from French government offers some big ideas to foster a ‘culture of innovation’ in France

A report published today by the government and covered in detail in Les Echos rings the alarm about where France falls vis-a-vis its international counterparts on innovation and proposes 19 measures to help foster an innovation and entrepreneurial culture in France. Smartly, the report suggests to start at the beginning – with the education system. […]