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 →

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My Favorites of May: Fallon’s Tears, Forest Finance & @Jose_Naranja’s Notebooks

Image by Jose Naranja (click to access)

Beyond the election of an open-minded, pro-business and modern President in France, the month of May had many other highlights. It starts with a very moving video of Jimmy Fallon telling the story of his son’s birth, which was fraught with challenges but end up with a happy end.

Besides, you’ll read about marketing, entrepreneuship, innovation and strategy – as always – but also about a Spanish artist’s notebooks who are absolutely fantastic (see picture). I have been following for years and like his hand-drawn pieces of art, which are invitations to travel and scribble. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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My Favorites of December: Google’s Moonshots, Uber’s Invincibility & Quirky’s Downfall

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Image via VentureBeat (source: NASA)

Let’s call 2016 a day, and start 2017, with a set of articles that I have found particularly interesting this month of decembre. There’s a recurring theme around hot companies and the reality behing the halos that surround them. Google has no such problem, as its online advertising is so incredibly profitable, allowing Alphabet to finance the most ambitious projects without any need for external funding. But other companies don’t have that luxury, and have failed (Quirky) or are on a path towards failure (Uber), reminding us that there is nothing most important than a healthy business. The very last article of this post, “The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley,” comes as a great conclusion to this. I hope you’ll find some inspiration in all these articles I took great pleasure to read myself.
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My Favorites in November: French Food, @VanJones68’s Overall Attitude & Fake News

"How did it get to the point where, when you disagree with somebody, you have to be their enemy?" Van Jones

“How did it get to the point where, when you disagree with somebody, you have to be their enemy?” Van Jones (click to watch)

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Pretty much what I thought when hearing the U.S. election results, wondering how a great country can legitimately elect a populist leader like Donald Trump. I still try to make sense of it. But I also try hard not to be patronizing or condescendent, because it’s the voice of the people, and the beauty of democrac is that everyone’s vote has the same value. Still, this result shakes up a lot in my head and heart. Let’s hope for the best, as Obama says in one interview included below.

This month is crumped with articles about the U.S. election, politically more engaged than I used to share, but not only. You’ll also find a great article about Twitter’s data, a funny video about French food and my personal favorite of the month: Van Jones. Life goes on and many other things are worth spending time on, so here’s my monthly selection of links.

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Helping Europe’s Entrepreneurs Reach New Heights With Crowdfunding

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This week I was invited by the European Commission to present crowdfunding as a way for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to fund their growth. In the beaufitufl town of Bratislava, Slovakia, hundreds of people in suits & gathered to discover AeroMobil, congratulate themselves for great European entrepreneurship programs, and learn about the currents trends. Crowdfunding is key trend for SME… funding.

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My Favorites in October: LVMH and Cycling, Derek Black’s Story & Donald Trump’s Revolutionaries

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Derek Black’s father, 1982 (via Bettmann Archive)

This month again, a bunch of great articles about marketing, management, sports sponsoring or financial innovation. The usual suspects. But, in the wake of the U.S. election, also two long, important articles about U.S. nationalism in the broad sense. The first is a lengthy article about Derek Black, who turned his back to white nationalism as he met co-students from other cultures and beliefs. The second is about the follower crowd of Donald Trump, depicted as a heterogeneous – and sometimes sympathetic – group of people opposing a variety of contemporary realities (from immigration to media) with little alternatives to offer. May these two be as interesting to you as they were to me.
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My Favorites of July: Product Onboarding, Design at GoPro & Bulambuli Valley

bulambuli valley crowdfunding videoTechnically speaking, a chicken is an ancient and highly efficient 3D-printer. That’s one of the fun facts of the “Bulambuli Valley” video to raise funds for Uganda through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Find this hilarious video and 9 other links, most of which relate to user experience and design management, in the July digest.
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