This Issue: Fluctuat Nec Mergitur

Paris got hit hard in November. For all of us, it is the end of an era. But we are not going under, because that is not our spirit. We are shocked, but back at work, with renewed sense of purpose. Yes, we are in the business of innovation. And innovation takes balls. If we can innovate, we can also fight back in the long game.

Albert, CEO & Enchanteur @ Presans
Wave of the Month
Is Uberization the Future of Intelligence?

The November Issue of L’Expansion magazine did a feature on the uberization of work: the end of salaried work in France, where walls are crumbling. Independence, but also risks and a need to reorganize life. At Presans, we observe this trend operating in our industry. Indeed, we are doing our best to contribute to its organization. A grinning Jean Botti, CTO at Airbus Group, entrusted us with one of his dreams: "a smartphone app that would produce a synthetical and analytical overview of the knowledge possessed by the best experts in a given domain ; the sum of all knowledge components inside a brain.” Is it possible to imagine monetizing immaterial assets such as knowledge, expertise or know-how, as is already the case with Uber and Airbnb, who make a network available and then monetize underused physical assets? Are we on the cusp of the Uberization of intelligence?


Exploring Startupland:  HEC Advanced Technology Discussion Panel Notes

There are a lot of accelerators out there, and Presans has its eye on startups. Organized by the HEC Advanced Technology Group, this timely event gathered some big players around the table to make sense of what’s going on in that industry. Check out our takeaways from the discussion and let us know if you think there is a bubble in startupland.

Past & Present: Origin of the surfboard
Our very own Jacques Schmitt takes a look at the origins of windsurfing, en Français. Read his social and technical analysis, written in a wry and lively tone. One, because fluctuat nec mergitur. Two, because how else will you be able to find out:
1) How many times windsurfing was invented,
2) How windsurfing took off,
3) What the role of the Duchess of Berry was in this process,
4) How much it costs to file a patent in the USA,
5) How innovation really happens?

Pattern Catching: Seb Innovation Forum Q&A Notes

There is more than one way to get a standing ovation. To find more about that, you’ll have to direct your enquiries at Albert Meige himself. But to get an idea of what people were talking about at the Seb Innovation Forum inside event, you just need to go to our blog. Especially if you are interested in taking silo-busting to the next level, the direction in which IP management is heading, the ‘Why’ question, and what makes SEB a leading company. And, if you somehow correctly guess the answer to that last one, it’s ok to let us know in the comment section. Just to confirm the elite status of our readership. 

Program Preview:
  • February 11, 2016: Techinnov,  organized by the CCI Essonne, Raout 2015 partner.
  • February 24, 2016: Albert Meige talk on ‘Rupture Thinking’ @ TEDx École Polytechnique.
  • Magician Rémi Larrousse and Albert Meige are teaming up to deliver innovation magic seminars. Our Raout write-up has more details.  Hit us up if you feel the need to be enchanted. 
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