Garage Renaissance: Jean Botti @ Raout Presans 2015

Last Friday, Presans brought in an innovation heavyweight for its annual Raout. After being introduced by Albert Meige, CEO of Presans, and Philippe Lavialle, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Essonne, Airbus Group Chief Technical Officer Dr. Jean Botti delivered a series of powerful punches to the gut of corporate complacency. Airbus tripled its revenue and now employs 130 000 people, however, to quote from Botti’s presentation, “death is something that can happen to people in good health”. Indeed, it is a rough and tumbling world out there. Barbarians are coming for the established businesses, and they are coming fast. They ride the waves of digitalization in startup mode, even as their capitalization and cash assets number in the

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Every Trick in the Book: Raout Presans 2015

Steep expectations. This is what Albert Meige is faced with as he contemplates next year’s Raout. Because last week’s 2015 edition, brought to you by Presans in partnership with the CCI Essonne and Techinnov, certainly did not just coast on the previous year’s success. Relocated to the Fall season, and to the urban halls of Remix Coworking in Paris, the French innovation event gained traction on every front. A hundred hand-picked guests decided this was the place to be on a Friday night, up 400 percent from last year. The reason they came may or may not have had something to do with Jean Botti’s conference. But there was more. Magician Remi Larrousse warmed up the room with an exceedingly clever demonstration

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Perils of the Honey Pot: Didier Roux on startup – large corporation relations

Our long-time partner, the École Polytechnique, is currently putting in big efforts on the innovation and entrepreneurship front. Because Presans owes a lot to Xavier Michel, its former Managing Director, François Plais, head of tech transfer, and Pascal Chabert, Managing Director of the Plasma Physics lab I come from, it is with pleasure that I accepted the mission to give a cycle of conferences on a topic that lies close to my interests and recent publications (Innovation Intelligence, Vers une Uberization de l’Intelligence, The Parrot Drone Story: Visionary Entrepreneur Meets Garage-Based Genius). I went for the following thematic angle: “Startups: the only possible source of innovation for large corporations?” While exchanging on the preparation of these conferences with my associate Hervé Arribart,

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SEBLab: Quick & Dirty Innovation

The date is September 21, 2015. I am once again in Lyon to work with a client on a cutting edge technology project. I use this as an opportunity to drop by our friends at Groupe Seb and pay the SEBLab my first visit. Three components leave an impression on me: the team, the organization, as well as the in-house methodology. What follows is my recap of this trip.   A 15 minute Uber drive from the Lyon Part-Dieu train station gets me to the location at 11 AM, not far from the new Seb headquarters. Manager Jean-Louis Compeau welcomes me to the SEBLab. I’ve known him for a couple of years now as he was the man behind our

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