Interview with Hervé Arribart, Fellow at Presans

Hervé Arribart is taking over the management of Presans Fellows, previously in the capable hands of Jacques Schmitt. Hervé’s career evolution is emblematic of the meta-expert type that lies at the core of the Presans model of expertise engagement. He took the time to answer a couple of our questions. Tell us about yourself and how you ended it up being recruited by Presans. Back when I was a student at the École Polytechnique, I had no precise idea of what I wanted to do. I started my career as a scientific researcher mainly at the instigation of my teachers, for whom I had and still have a lot of respect. They opened up my access to this world. But

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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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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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Conference Exceptionnelle de Marc Giget au Raout Annuel de Presans

La troisième édition du Raout Presans s’est tenue le weekend passé (6-7 septembre 2014) en un lieu surprenant : le Théâtre des Minuits. On soupçonne que le choix du lieu n’est pas sans rapport avec le fait que trois des Fellows Presans sur les quatre participant à l’événement soient par ailleurs des hommes de théâtre. Le raout a réuni la majorité des collaborateurs de Presans, ainsi qu’une quinzaine de personnalités de l’innovation provenant d’entreprises telles que MBDA, Thalès, DCNS, L’Oréal, LVMH, Parrot etc., venus à la conférence de notre invité d’honneur : Marc Giget. Première partie de la journée de samedi, Albert ouvre la séance par un retour sur le développement de l’entreprise depuis son lancement fin 2008, et par

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Presans Raout 2013

Photo, from left to right: Marc, Truls, Jacques, Guillaume, Jacques, Albert, Fabien, Sarah, Jérôme, Hervé, Darko. Summertime comes and people stop what they were doing to gather in a beautiful place and make dreams together. This, in any case, was the mindset of the Presans Raout, which took place last weekend at Prés de Gittonville. A photographer was there, too. A small company dreams foremost about progress and growth. As years go by the dreams become repetitive, so it is quite remarkable when someone manages to come up with something new here. It’s doable though, when you have fifteen people spanning four generations, with a strong inclination to solve problems together. Top biologist Pierre Sonigo came to share his theoretician’s thoughts

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