When startups disrupt the space industry: Interview with Ane Aanesland, co-founder and CEO of ThrustMe

Recent years have seen a variety of new players enter the space industry. One domain ripe for disruption is the satellite propulsion market, with technological breakthroughs championed by startups such as ThrustMe. At Presans, we take a professional interest in disruption in all shapes and forms, so we took the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with ThrustMe co-founder and CEO Ane Aanesland. What’s your take on the ongoing space revolution? I think we’re at the start of a significant wave of disruption in the satellite industry. The miniaturization of satellites has opened up and democratized the access to space related activities that before were only accessible to large corporations and government agencies. Small satellites only 1 to

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EMBA Masterclass: Stefan Lindegaard

Last December, Stefan Lindegaard was back in Paris to run a Masterclass hosted by the EMBA of the Telecom Ecole de Management. The topic: Are you ready to transform, or die? Stefan performed a stylistic combination of smoothness and take-no-prisoners questioning, always striving to awaken the will to disrupt that slumbers within the audience. What was his main message? “Become competitively unpredictable!” Today’s competitors are known, but tomorrow’s competitors and ecosystem partners are unknown. What advantage does becoming competitively unpredictable bring? Stefan views making their organization capable of working with unknown elements as one of the top priorities of today’s executives. Many have been aware for a long time of the importance of becoming adaptive, fluid and transformative, and this imperative remains

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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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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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We had to impose ourselves on IT: Interview with Frédéric Sutter, Digital Transformation Program Director, Airbus Group

Frédéric Sutter has been the Digital Transformation Program Director of Airbus Group for about a year. Frédéric and I have crossed our paths several times in the past, most notably among which the CTO Senior Staff Meeting I had been invited to attend. But we hadn’t had the opportunity to much talk together. Today we are both in Suresnes at Airbus Group and Frédéric took the opportunity to explain to me what his job consists in, and what digital transformation means at Airbus. What follows is a short report of our conversation. The digital transformation of Airbus contains three components: Optimization: optimizing existing activities through industrial and work processes. Supply: coming up with new products, services and business models. Culture:

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Interview with Emmanuelle Duez, CEO @ The Boson Project

Tell us about yourself and how you decided to create The Boson Project. During my student years (at Sciences Po Paris, ESSEC and Bocconi University, my idea was that I’d become a police commissioner or an investigating judge. Then I came to the realization that you can’t have an impact on our world from within state institutions. So, while I studied at ESSEC, I created WoMen’Up, which focuses on topics related to male/female diversity. It struck me then that my student endeavours had been predicated on the wrong question: “what job, what industry?”, and that the real question was “how?” Entrepreneurship suits my personality and I love bringing a team together on the basis of a meaningful project. At the

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Emmanuel Faber: Find Your Little Brother!

On the 24th of June, Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone imparted something to his Commencement Ceremony audience at HEC that may not have been what had been expected : the idea that meaning and purpose don’t come from status, money and power, and that tomorrow’s leaders will find meaning only in service. Faber seems to distrust the intellect, too easily plied by our passions. It is the intellect that comes up with the idea that an invisible hand guides the market towards a social optimum. His exhortation deliberately speaks from his personal experience of brotherhood. Whether you agree or disagree with his message, the fact remains that eloquence that comes from the heart can possess great strength.

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Interview with Two Wizards: Albert Meige & Rémi Larrousse

Albert Meige and Rémi Larrousse are both exemplars of a rare breed of magicians / entrepreneurs. They recently embarked on a completely new type of project: delivering innovation + magic corporate seminars for project-oriented companies who want to revamp their innovation strategy. In this interview for Open Your Innovation, they provide some background on this unique offering. * How did you guys meet? Albert: I went to see Rémi’s show. Then I googled him and I first thought there was another Rémi Larrousse who was an innovation consultant who’d gone to Sciences Po. After a while I eventually figured out both were the same person. Then I contacted Rémi through LinkedIn. It turned out we share a lot of connections… and

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Food for Thought: Michel Houellebecq and Innovation

We have to realize that the objects that are manufactured in the world – reinforced concrete, electric lamps, underground trains, handkerchiefs – are all designed and manufactured by a small class of engineers and technicians, able to imagine and to implement the appropriate equipment ; only they are really productive. They represent perhaps 5% of the workforce – and that percentage is shrinking. The rest of the jobs  – sales, advertising, office clerks, administrators, stylistic designers – have a far less social utility ; they could disappear without actually affecting the productive process. Their apparent role is to produce and manipulate different classes of information, that is to say different copies of a reality that eludes them. It is in

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