News from the symbiotic transfer economy front

I’ve been receiving a lot of links from Albert recently. He’s been on the road quite a bit this month, making new connections and finding out about new startups along the way. Or maybe these subjects are just always on his radar. Let’s see what we have, shall we? Companies are becoming more and more symbiotic. From job searches to politics, the signs of technological disruption are there. Nothing that would knock your socks off if you’re a regular reader of this blog. On-demand skills and talents Years after Presans, here are 2 French startups that Albert just met in San Francisco Bruce and Crafty. They are creating a Meigean transferring market in all but name – i.e. a new way to engage

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Raout Talks 2016: disruption across the spectrum

People like to celebrate the tradition they are a part of, even innovators. But they also like realtalk — especially innovators, the builders of new realities. The theme of the evening was disruption. You’ve heard of disruption, of course. You may even have read about it on this blog. The noise around this word is impossible to escape. But so is the core of reality that it captures. This duality was quite familiar to the Raout audience. All those that were present are industrial innovators, many among them clients of Presans. That is something we’re proud of. We picked this theme because we knew there was depth behind the noise. In order to uncover this depth, we gave it the

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Presans Raout 2016: go deep or go home

Friday October 7, PARIS — The urban halls of Remix Coworking once again rang with the clamor of the Presans Raout. Expectations had been set high by the previous edition of the Parisian industrial innovation event. Presans CEO Albert Meige managed once again to take everyone by surprise. Sure, the Presans team went in with a rough map of what was about to transpire. The Raout is our annual company gathering, a time of reckoning, a time when visions are shared and strategies discussed.  In 2016, a snapshot picture of Presans would reveal the following facts: Presans is consolidating its position as a French industrial open innovation leader. The Fellows team is successfully renewing itself and expanding. The technology behind

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How much multipotentiality does innovation need?

Multipotentiality has a strong sense and a weak sense. In the strong sense, it is the ability to perform in unrelated domains of activity. In the weak sense, it is the cultivation of interests pertaining to unrelated domains, even if this cultivation is not associated with performance. It is this weak sense that is employed by Emilie Wapnick, founder of the “multipotentialite” tribal religion. Her doctrine asserts the existence of a distinct “multipotentialite” type of personality, whose flourishing stands at odds with socially dominant “specialist” roles. According to this doctrine, multipotentialites should specifically accept not completing projects as a normal consequence of their multipotentiality. The purpose of this commandment is to remove the sting of failure. Multipotentialites basically encourage each

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Ono-Dit-Biot & De Loisy channel Houellebecq @ Palais de Tokyo |Impressions

The elusive French writer Michel Houellebecq rarely appears in public, however sometimes his buddies will accept to come and share insights and anecdotes about the man. Enter Christophe Ono-dit-Biot, an interesting writer and journalist in his own right, and Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo, to masterfully wrap-up Rester vivant, the recent photography exhibit / art installation by Houellebecq. The lively discussion between both men provided a captivating appendix to the French artist’s work. One of he main takeaways from this event is that Michel Houellebecq totally is a Renaissance Man. Another important and related idea is that he’s actually underrated as an artist. In a world of overspecialization, the scope of his work marks him out as

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Intellectual investor Charles Gave sees disruption on the political horizon

A bit over a year ago, Charles Gave approvingly noted that the Polynesians knew the following important piece of anthropological wisdom relative to human multipotentiality: people are a mix of tree lovers and boat lovers. Tree lovers want to live where they were born. Boat lovers want to move from one place to the other. How does this idea apply to the person of Charles Gave? On the one hand, we have a man born in Syria, whose MBA comes from New York, who worked all of his life in international finance, who spent the 1980s and early 1990s as an entrepreneur in London, and then went on to open another business in Hong Kong during the mid-nineties, where he lived

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Interview with Philippe Perrier former Programs Director for the Rafale and Fellow at Presans

Philippe Perrier is one of our latest Fellow recruits at Presans: a true, high-impact heavyweight in the industrial meta-expertise department, just waiting for a challenging deployment opportunity. He took the time to answer a couple of our questions: Tell us about yourself and how you ended up being recruited by Presans I spent 42 years at Dassault, mainly at the Design Office, designing airplanes. In 1987, I assembled the team that successfully spearheaded French efforts to integrate stealth technology into the Rafale program. That was the culmination of the first fifteen years of my career. I spent the following fifteen years as Programs Director for the Rafale, where I was specifically charged with ensuring the performance of all embedded systems.

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