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 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 →

WiSEED a besoin de nouvelles compétences #marketing pour grandir ! #Paris #Toulouse

J’ai toujours été un défenseur de l’innovation ouverte et de la co-création. Chez WiSEED, acteur référent et leader de l’investissement en France, nous avons aussi pour habitude d’impliquer nos clients et partenaires dans la création de valeur. Historiquement, tout d’abord, ou plus récemment, que ça soit pour des fonctionnalités nouvelles, par la création d’un club de clients particulièrement engagés ou pour l’amélioration de services existants. Cette “main tendue” est extrêmement bénéfique, sachant qu’il faut toujours donner en retour. Continue reading →

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 September: Finding Your Purpose, Pope Francis & Recruiting Product Managers

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Dario Grandinetti’s brilliant role of Pope Francis

It’s been two-and-a-half years (first was in April 2014) now that I am doing these monthly posts, and I find them very useful to sort the best out of the daily reads, tweets and other activities that fills our lives. I hope they are equally useful for you, reader.

We had a nice month of September in Paris, with warm weather and lots of sunshine. While the sun was shining, I read & watched a number of things that I want to share with you : ads, movies, comics, articles and more.
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« Title Heroes » – The Benefits Of Doctoral Studies To Boost Corporate Careers

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The article in “Karriere” which is a “Handelsblatt” magazine. Illustrations by Anja Stichler

This article is a translation of an article I read in the German magazine Handelsblatt Karriere recently (issue nb 4, year 2014), called “Titel-Helden” (Title Heroes) written by Eva-Maria Hommel. The article addresses the interesting question of working on a PhD early in a corporate career, and I felt it was interesting enough to be shared with an English-speaking audience, beyond the relatively small number of people who speak German in this world. I believe it is an insightful article that shows the German specificity of valuing the PhD beyond academia, which is the case in France or the US, and bridging the gap between both worlds. Note that the translation is an exact translation, which I tried to make as easy to read as possible, just removing a very few passages. Illustrations, links, emphases or bold passages have been added by myself. Continue reading →

My Short Review of “Crowdsourcing, One Step Beyond”

crowdsourcing book one step beyond lebratyThis is by far not the first book I read about crowdsourcing (the last is Daren Brabham’s Crowdsourcing at MIT Press) but it’s an interesting one. Why? Because, to my knowledge, it’s the first piece in English by the French crowdsourcing researchers Katia Lobre-Lebraty and Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, whose work I already blogged about – in English. Their paper Créer de la valeur par le crowdsourcing: La dyade Innovation-Authenticité (in French, but here is a summary) is one I liked because it really resonnated with my own experience of crowdsourcing. Now, this book finally brings their research to English-speaking audiences, which I think is great to feed the literature and discussions around this field of research. Continue reading →