In August: SoftBank’s Vision Fund, Target’s Vision Connect App & Investors’ Crypto Awakening

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Here are some very interesting summer reads I would like to spread the word about. A cool portrait of a Japanese star-investor, a fabulous co-creative tool used by the American supermarket chain Target, a rather sad article about deceived crypto investors and more. I still enjoy reading about tech, growth and the challenges brought along by success and growth. It’s so easy to look at companies and their policies in hindsight and/or from the outside, criticizing their choices and policies. But one ought to remember that people build companies, and that people are limited, biased, imperfect trying to make the most of themselves and the organizations they work for. Continue reading →

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In July: Sponsoring the Lakers, watching #TDF2018 while working & vaporware horseshit

Zoox Bloomberg Businessweek PrintIn July, we became FIFA World Champions and the Tour de France has provided us with 3 great, entertaining weeks of racing. In this post I share my 5 favorites articles of the month: why Wish sponsors the LA Lakers, how Dribble’s product team works, where Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku comes from, when Airbnb adopted storyboards and what “vaporware horseshit” product Zoox’s team is working on. Continue reading →

In May/June: Direct-to-Consumer Models, Agility At Scale & Teaching Alexa French

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May & June have been busy months, and therefore I am combining my favorite reads of both months in this single blog post. Again, most articles discuss business strategy in web-driven environments (Warby Parker, Zalando…) but also some stories about user experience, culture or investing in the media.  Continue reading →

In April: @WSJ about Finance, @TakieDelaRu about Homelessness & @Sunweb’s Indefinite Sponsorship

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Photo by Tim De Waele, via Cyclingnews.com

Today, Tom Dumoulin rolled into Pink at the Giro d’Italia (held in Jerusalem!). I know, this is May, not April… but I mention this because one of my favorite pieces of news in April is about Sunweb’s sponsorship engagement. His team has signed an unprecedented new agreement with its title sponsor, which will back the team on an indefinite basis. Other cool articles are about artificial intelligence, the evolution of finance in the last 10 years… or a very moving Russian animation about homeless people.

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In March: Print News, Silicon Valley’s Privacy & Christopher Wylie’s Story

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Just five article that I found worthwhile sharing for March, and – of course – one is about Cambridge Analytica, co-founded by whistleblower Christopher Wylie. Also: a timely but unrelated piece about Silicon Valley’s culture of sercecy, an op-ed about reading news (only) in print and more.
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In February: Whopper Neutrality, Giving Feedback & Autonomous Pizza Delivery

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A short digest for a similarly short month of February, in which fast-food companies educate us about Net Neutrality (by Burger King) or autonomous vehicle interaction design (with Domino’s Pizza). Also: two long reads from Wired (about Facebook) and The New Yorker (about HappyOrNot), as well as a case study of a French dating platform’s marketing efforts.
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In January: @Kquesen Social Media Advice, @FManjoo About Facebook & @Snapchat’s Data

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Happy new year to all my readers! I wish you a joyfull, fulfilling, stimulating and healthy year 2018. A propos healthy… one of my favorite January reads is a NY Times article that compares Facebook’s news feed to food (cookies or broccoli). Farhad Manjoo writes that no food is toxic in itself – and no feed is either – what counts is how much of it we consume and how relevant is it to our lives. Other articles I found worthwhile sharing are Campbell Flakemore’s testimonial about stopping his pro cycling career – food is part of it – and an article about Snapchat’s user data… and corporate culture. Continue reading →