In March: Kit Kat in Japan, Google in India & Elsevier in California

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Photo by Spencer Lowell for The New York Times

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.

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From September to November: Design at Société Générale, Doing the UX & the Bullshit Gap

machine-a-clic-levee-de-fondsIt’s been 3 months since my latest monthly blog post… 👼 Here are 9 articles I found most interesting in that time: some articles about working on website user experience, others more generally about marketing, entrepreneurship or strategy.
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In August: SoftBank’s Vision Fund, Target’s Vision Connect App & Investors’ Crypto Awakening

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Milkos/iStock via FastCompany.com

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 →

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 December: @Mr_Turley about Formula 1, @ItsMattWard about Uber & @DorieClark’s Book

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Image via CreativeReview.co.uk

There have been more than 30 monthly digest posts now. A small milestone that I’m quite proud of, as it takes discipline to write up a blog post every month. But it’s a good way to give all the things we see & read every day a second thought. Sitting down and synthesizing thought-provoking content in a series of paragraphs allows me to improve my writing & communication skills. And to build a community!

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My Favorites of October: Trello’s Product, Calorie Counting & Can Data Dream?

calorie countingIn October, product strategy meets finance and marketing. One of the articles is about the perilous idea of prompting people to walk, especially when it comes to colored pastry comparisons. The last link is about Nike’s design process, more precisely an interview of the apparel brand’s chief design officer, who “doodles all day” while still managing to impart a creative direction to 1,000+ people across the organization. While I did read and enjoy all of this in the last month, I hand it over to you, and spend some time somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading →

My Favorites of August: Learning Culture, Assisted Shaving & Harbin Opera House

Harbin is a small city (10 million inhabitants…) in North-East China, just above North Korea. What is worthwhile about Harbin is neither its size nor its situation, but its brandnew Opera House. Below I share a video from an ArchDaily journalist visiting this incredible building, designed in China, for China. Also shared: an interview of Facebook’s HR head, an article about the network’s innovation benchmarks, a beautiful Gillette-ad & more.  Continue reading →