I am rocketing through the beautiful countryside of southern France – by train – as I start writing this monthly recap, reenergized by a couple of days in the sun! In this month of April I was very happy to see the news of eYeka’s (now dubbed “eÿeka”) acquisition by Insites Consulting being made public. It’s a great move for the crowdsourcing company whose creative community will now help Insites’ clients innovater better & faster. I also published a rather personal Medium post about balance in life. Continue reading →
This month has unfortunately been overshadowed by the passing our my former colleague John, fellow crowdsourcing researcher who worked on the theory of Crowd Capital, and with whom we have explored the geography of Crowd Capital. He was a funny, smart and inspiring individual; may he rest in peace… I’m also sharing a dozen of articles that I found worthwile reading, starting with this fabulous NYT piece about KitKat in Japan.
This month, I am only sharing a single online article, one about academic research at Uber, and it dates back to October 2018 (it somehow showed up in my Twitter timeline last week). But besides, this month I just write about two books I have finished in February, one about economic warfare and another about information management, as well as a business speed-dating event format I have discovered: les BigBoss. Continue reading →
To those who haven’t read last month’s/year’s digest, where I already shared my wishes, let me all wish you a Happy New Year 2019 (in France, you can do so until January 31st)! Just back from a couple of days ⛷️ 🎿🏂 in the mountains ❄️🏔️, here are the 6 most interesting things to get out of this first month of 2019. The Loop initiative, pictured here, is a personal favorite… please don’t let it be just a marketing stunt. Continue reading →
I’ve recently written about my first years as a manager, the satisfactions and difficulties, the doubts and achievements that come with it. I’m pretty open about it for 2 reasons. First: I’ve always liked sharing and writing, so why shun this subject? Second, I believe I can learn from those who read – and will react to – it both online and offline.
So let me write about this book I just finished, that I found absolutely brilliant. Those who have MBAs and/or are versed to management literature probably know it already; those who don’t (like me) should. And here’s why. Continue reading →
Here are my 6 favorite articles of December 2018, the last of a great year 2018 (despite the problems in the world and the worries we all have, I like to look at it positively). You’ll find a couple of articles about branding and the Parisian startup scene, but also 2 longer pieces about “the Google friendship” and the future of books. Continue reading →
Butzi is a friend, a magician, a keynote speaker and (now) an author. I’ve just finished his first book, in which he introduces a concept he’s quite passionate about: “crazitivity.” Take it as a mantra, a way of looking at life; not as a theoretical concept or method (even though Butzi says it’s a brainstorming technique) to come up with better ideas.
Butzi – real name Johannes Alinhac – uses the 150 pages of his book to make a point about the importance of creative self-confidence and the value of following one’s instincts. What makes the book powerful and interesting is that he is a living proof of what he writes. He shares many anecdotes about ideating for his magic tricks and freaking out when he first presented them to his audiences, from his parents to major corporate clients… This is what I found most impactful to bring his message across. Continue reading →