An honest blog post about training for, and finishing, #EmbrunMan 2016

what my friends think I do - ironman

There is something irrational about participating in Ironman-distance races : running a marathon after hours of swimming and biking, doing that within one day, aiming to finish before the time limit, enjoying the excitement, the effort, the pain and the pride. It seems reserved to an elite few with superior capabilities, willpower and a perfect lifestyle. Organizers and athletes sustain this image because it just makes them look good. But reality is different : it is also made of a lot of doubt, a fair amount of junk food, regularly snoozing the alarm clock and delaying training sessions.

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My Favorites of February: Unicorn Branding, Bible Redesign & Creative Xenophobia

Image by Adam Lewis Greene (via 99u.com)

Image by Adam Lewis Greene (via 99u.com)

This short month of February is over, and it’s time to look at some of the most interesting – from my perspective – articles to read and look at.

There is some unicorn in it (Uber’s logo(s) change, WeWork’s stories to investors etc.), but also some interesting strategy cases (like Facebook’s effort to connect the developping world to its services) or  creative projects (like Greene’s crowdfunded Bible redesign, see left). I hope you had an interesting set of February reads too, and wish you a great start in the next week. Continue reading →

My Favorites in October: Importance of Self-Discipline, 100 Years Contour Bottles & Meaningful Branding

Image via VSA Partners (click to see video)For the first time since I started blogging, I’m sharing a self-improvement a.k.a. life advice article written on Medium, which seems to be the top of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs’ Hierarcchy of Needs. Entrepreneur and blogger Oskar Nowik writes about the importance of self-discipline in life, and it’s geniunely a great article. Other cool stuff in October include a fantastic interview of Coca-Cola’s brand historian Ted Ryan, a feature about the most prolific of all Wikipedia editors, and a short video called “IBM on Brand,” part of a series of short films created to capture the current thinking behind leadership brands. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to an inspiring and exciting month of November now! Continue reading →

My Favorites of April: Coca-Cola in France, Cycling in Rwanda & Doctoral Fraud in Germany

Click to see more (Mashable)

Click to see more (Mashable)

In April, a lot of things happened. Most importantly 🙂 we released our Crowdsourcing Trend Report, which provides marketers some insights into the crowdsourcing industry for the first time since Forrester Research’s reports of 2011 and 2012. The report has had some fantastic traction and has generated coverage in Australia, France, the UK and beyond! But beside that, other highly interesting things happened, from Linkedin’s acquisition of Lynda to Quirky’s acquisition of Undercurrent.

But this post also shares some more light-hearted stories and links, like this Mashable story about Coca-Cola’s early marketing efforts in France, or a documentary about one of Rwanda’s young cycling talents. I hope you will be as inspired as I was in April, and invite you to follow me on Twitter, where I share much more than what’s below.

 

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De la Couverture Médiatique du Sport Féminin (Mémoire de Vanessa Gerst)

"La Course by Tour de France" a été organisée pour la première fois en 2014, et a été remportée par Marianne Vos (image via pelotonmagazine.com)

“La Course by Tour de France” a été organisée pour la première fois en 2014, et a été remportée par Marianne Vos (image via pelotonmagazine.com)

Il y a des pays dans lesquels les femmes peuvent à peine faire partie du public dans des enceintes sportives. Heureusement, ce n’est pas le cas en France, et des efforts sont faits pour promouvoir le sport féminin, à la fois pour les athlètes que pour le public (comme avec La Course, organisée à l’arrivée du Tour de France). Mais il y a encore des inégalités de traitement (couverture médiatique, primes etc.) entre les sports masculins et féminins. Vanessa Gerst, une de mes étudiantes l’année dernière à l’ESSCA, a rendu un très bon mémoire sur le sport féminin dans l’ère du digital. Aujourd’hui stagiaire au sein du pôle Digital & Social Media chez Havas Sports & Entertainment, elle nous explique son travail. En espérant que cela puisse inspirer d’autres étudiants à faire en faire de si bons. Continue reading →

My Favorite Readings in April: Crowd Innovation, Some Research Findings & Strong Runners

Click on this photo to read another of my favorite reads of April

Click on this photo to read another of my favorite reads of April

Last month, I started sharing some links that I thought were particularly interesting. I hope you enjoyed the readings about crowds, the academic discussions and some of the videos. Today,  here are some articles and links I have enjoyed in April, or tweets I’d like to share again with you. Continue reading →

Oxylane Launches (Another) Sports-Related Open Innovation Platform

Today (February 12th) the Open Oxyale page is still in teaser mode. Click to access

Today (February 12th) the Open Oxyale page is still in teaser mode. Click to access

On April 1st, Oxylane Group will launch “Open Oxylane,” a sports-related open innovation platform. That’s what the French trade magazine LSA reported yesterday. Despite the launch date, it’s probably serious business. Oxylane Group, which runs the Decathlon department stores, has already made inroads into co-creation and open innovation: in October 2011 I blogged about b’Twin Lab, a co-creation platform dedicated to cycling products (which has closed since), and in April 2012 I blogged about a series of contests run by the same brand with Local Motors. These didn’t seem to have been a success, but with Open Oxylane, the company keeps pushing.
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