Startup Index Quest | 1

I had a chat with our software engineers Guillaume and Fabien recently, on the topic of startup indexes. According to them, there are currently around thirty indexes in existence that aim to be exhaustive, surrounded by thousands of limited lists maintained by accelerators and VCs. I thought presumptuously there might be more of them soon, because I could name a recent one they hadn’t heard of, and which I’d heard of completely randomly. I really know very little about startup indexes. I, like everyone else, know about Crunchbase, though. Around 30 Startup Indexes Thus I went to check what Quora had to say about Crunchbase substitutes. Based on a quick look, i’d say the Quora users confirm what my developer pals

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The Innovator’s Mindset: Being Number Two — An Interview with Miguel Aubouy

There’s something different about innovators that sets them apart in their outlook. They might be doing everything right, and they might even be reaping rich rewards from doing so. Yet they stay away from becoming fat and comfortable. They opt for a more “stay lean and hungry” approach to business. Seeing this trait embodied in SEB is what recently helped us put a finger on it. As we wrote in a previous post: Seb definitely has an inferiority complex. And that’s a good thing. Be number two. We also said we’d go deeper on this topic, so we did what we always do: we got an expert to weigh in on the matter. As it turns out, it’s the sort

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Looking Back: 2015 for Presans

Let’s face it, on a collective level, 2015 mainly brought us a lot of pain. Remembering that is part of what keeps us afloat in the storm. Switching to the individual level, the tone varies. Looking back, we at Presans can see that 2015 brought quite a few changes for the better. Things really kicked off for us in March, which is when we moved into our new office at Remix Coworking. The migration from the remote plateau of Saclay to the entrepreneurial hipness of the Tenth arrondissement went down rather well with the team. The options for food expanded considerably. A whole new potential to host events also opened up. Very handy, for instance, if you have a new

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Presans @ X Open Innovation | expert smartsourcing

The X Open Innovation (Ecole Polytechnique Alumni Group on Open Innovation)  squad convened again recently for an exchange of views on the subject of expert smartsourcing. No surprise, Presans was on board, represented by Albert Meige and Hervé Arribart. As readers of this blog are already familiar with the XOI drill by now, we’ll just jump to the pitch set from here. Michael Haddad based his contribution on an article on technology scouting he wrote last year for the Paristech Review. The article provides a good picture of the different approaches to open innovation, with an emphasis on the problems of trust and IP management. Michael also noted that information based on the analysis of publications and patents will automatically

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