Disruption is inevitable, Uberization is a fact of life. In the last 10 years, the Internet has slowly creeped into our physical world. At first, it was just Warby Parker opening up a retail store (now a chain of retail stores), or real-world Like Buttons; however, the Internet is being infused into everything. The magical […]
Across the street from the entrance to the Arts et Metiers Museum, where two of three of Paris’ Statue of Liberty replicas lie, Nicolas Dessaigne welcomes me into the office that he moved into at the beginning of this year. Dessaigne is the cofounder & CEO of Algolia, alongside CTO & Cofounder Julien Lemoine, and in just 3 years they […]
In recent years, the concept of the social enterprise has taken the business world, both small and large, by storm. In the early days of this transformation, it was the likes of Yammer (rapidly scooped up in 2012 by Microsoft) and Salesforce’s Chatter, or even Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box who were at the forefront of improving the way we […]
[Interview] Narrative's Martin Källström "Get the product out the door quickly, at low cost and iterate from there"
For hardware startups, reconciling design perfection and speed to market can be a real challenge. Narrative, the who launched just three years ago and are now a recognized leader in wearable cameras and intelligent photo analysis, understand firsthand how critical mastering this trade-off can be. Fresh-off closing a $8 million Series B, Swedish startup Narrative has experienced […]
I greatly admire French entrepreneurs who step outside their comfort zone to pitch me in English. Regardless of your mastery of second languages, pitching in your native tongue is usually far easier. Your reflexes are more instinctive; it’s easier to think on your feet; and you control the tone and the cadence of the pitch […]
At the front of the Data Scientist movement, a Zuckbergian Florian Douetteau poises himself to do for big data teams what Salesforce did for sales teams. At only two years old, Dataiku has already built up a powerful team of experienced data professionals (Douetteau himself is a member of the Exalead-mafia), and is seeing %5.5 user growth week over […]
[Interview] éolane's Regis Lauret "Today the wireless and wired protocols for M2M and IoT are a real jungle"
Image: Francois Hollande visits éolane. Source: JDD. There’s been a lot of discussion about the billions of connected objects which will come on-line over the next five years. Much of these objects will not be those consumers interact with directly on a daily basis, but rather the in the Industrial IoT space, dramatically improving production […]
The #1 German industrial employer in France, Bosch 2014 results show €2.21 Billion in sales in France
Photo © BOSCH / Nils Krüger Out of its total annual revenue of nearly €50 Billion, Bosch saw €2.21 Billion in sales in France, where it counts 7,700 employees (out of its total workforce of 360,000). The German group is hot off a series of acquisitions – most notably, it acquired Siemens’ stake in the Bosch-Siemens […]