This Issue: Heroes Get Things Done
This month was very France-centered at Presans. As a country, we have the assets to innovate. The only question is: how do we get things done with those assets? Starting with one asset that often get overlooked: our success stories.  We have heroes who made a big impact on their industries, even if they sometimes like to stay as (literally!) underground as possible. Perhaps it’s time we started to learn how to organize ourselves like them.
Take care.
Albert, CEO & Enchanteur @ Presans
Wave of the Month
Straight Outta Maisons-Alfort: Xavier Niel

The Iliad story was epic back when it was about conquering Troy. The modern French version is epic in its own way, at first seeming to be about telecommunications, but really telling us the truth about how a challenger can win decisively in any market through commando-style innovation. Digital and analog barbarians have one thing in common: they don’t ask for permission.


Exploring Startupland:  Startup Index Quest | 3

In this installment of his personal quest for startup index enlightenment, our Communication Manager Jacques takes a closer look at Kima Ventures. Because really, what could be the point of VCs in the age of crowdfunding? An informed answer to this question is included at the end of the article.

Patched In: Michel Féret
Michel Féret is now handling the duties of Product Management at Presans. In this interview, he shares his views on product strategy, based on his rich and contrasted experience working for industry titans such as Sony and Thomson. Can you spot the hero preference pattern going on at Presans?

Pattern Catching: Thierry Mandon's Four Point Plan to Save the French Industry

February has always been the month of the Techinnov ritual at Presans. But this past edition was special for us. Albert got invited to participate in a roundtable and rubbed shoulders with Thierry Mandon, our State Minister of Higher Education and Research. Read on if you want to know what they had to say to each other…

Program Preview:
  • March 17-19, Deauville: Innovation Technology European Summit, organized by CRIP
  • April 11 (or 12): Panel discussion on the digitalization of capital-intensive industries (HEC Advanced Technologies)
  • 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.
  • The video from Albert's TEDx Polytechnique talk should soon be up. Stay tuned for updates on our blog! In the mean time, imagine that we are in 2033...
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