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

Image via Bettmann Archive

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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My Favorites of June: French Workplace, PayPal’s ‘Lost Decade’ & Dumb Smart Contracts

PayPal video FORTUNE screenshot

Screenshot of Fortune’s video (click to watch)

Another busy month, with news like the European soccer event (#Euro2016) and a European shocker decision (#Brexit2016) that made – and still make – he headlines.

I’ve also attended a number of ‘blockchain-for-crowdfunding’ meetings, which I may blog later about, and read some cool stuff.

Here’s some of the cool stuff, summarized for you in the traditional monthly digest. I hope that you share the interest.

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My Favorites of May: Equity Crowdfunding, Financial Innovation & Self-Driving Cars

Image via plus.google.com/+SelfDrivingCar

Image via plus.google.com/+SelfDrivingCar

More travel, more work, less time to read… but I still want to share my favorite reads of the month.

There is a lot of financial innovation in it : the expansion of equity crowdfunding in the US, the expectations and dissillusionment around blockchain, but also broader innovation project’s like self-driving cars and its impact on advertising. Here are eight articles that I thought were worth being shared in my monthly digest. Continue reading →

My Favorites of April: Your Career At 30, Crowdfunding Stories & #CSReport2016

Image via IndieWire.com (click to access)

Image via IndieWire.com (click to access)

Very little time to write at the moment, but I did have time to read & watch some great content in April. My favorites include a documentary about crowdfunding, which is great in telling some entrepreneurs’ stories before/after they got massive funding from the crowd. There is also some advice for career choices around 30, a great Wired piece about VR pioneer Rony Abovitz or the State of Crowdsourcing 2016 report. Continue reading →