Presans Outlook 2017: Our Vision of the Future

This is how we upped our game at Presans in 2016 1. We reinforced our defining human asset: the Presans Fellows group. 2. We increased and deepened our expert pool by launching Sofia 3. 3. We developed our business by partnering with ADL on breakthrough innovation. The three megatrends we identified a year ago are still active Trend #1: An inflation and fragmentation of knowledge: new knowledge is being generated at an accelerated rhythm (for instance, five million scientific papers are published every year). In addition to this, this new knowledge is created in a multitude of entities of which the average size is decreasing. Thus, it is faster today to pick from this knowledge that has already been created

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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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Arthur D Little & Presans Join Forces to Launch Breakthrough Factory

Paris, 16 June 2016: The collaboration between open industrial innovation startup Presans and management and strategy consulting firm Arthur D. Little aims to make breakthrough innovation systematic and effective. In order to achieve high success rates, breakthrough innovation needs to set the technological focus of innovators on sustainable differentiation, short deadlines, and under control budgets. Why disruptive innovation? In a study conducted in 2014, Arthur D. Little found that companies want to increase the contribution of breakthrough innovation in their income (+50% over 5 years), but that a majority of them (87% ) declare themselves unsatisfied with their capabilities in this area (low success rate, uncontrolled costs and delays, lack of access to skills, attention sink …) An original approach? Arthur D. Little

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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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Three Factors Driving the Uberization of Talents

[This article was originally published in the French edition of the Harvard Business Review] The third industrial revolution: optimization of resources The economist Adam Smith identified three key factors for economic growth: labor, capital, and resources. While the first and second Industrial Revolutions were mostly concerned with optimizing labor productivity and capital allocation, the third Industrial Revolution is expected to focus on optimizing resources. An incredible number of new services are trying to address such inefficiencies in various domains. Apple, and then Spotify changed the way people listen to music. Amazon.com changed the way people buy books and many other products. Airbnb changed the way people rent accommodations when traveling. This list could go on and on. The bottom line

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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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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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