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Laurent Haug
Entrepreneur and investor
Entrepreneur and investor

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Man Arrested For Tweeting Seizure-Inducing GIF To Reporter With Epilepsy #21stCenturyCrime

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Making large international money transfers? @Monito just launched a "pro" version and will help you save big time, check

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Facebook is no longer what I it should be: a safe place for discussion and debate to happen, a platform to turn social connections into meaningful relationships.

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Question of the day: are teenagers using drugs less in part because they are constantly stimulated and entertained by their computers and phones?

That would be quite something after all the demonization that took place around computers and mobile phones...

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I like this anecdote on how organizations sometimes fail to adapt to change. I hope my friends who work for private banks are listening ;) Found in Richard S. Tedlow's excellent "Denial".

"From [IBM founder Tom Watson Sr.] early experience as a traveling salesman, Watson knew that too often the potentially demoralizing task of selling could eat away at a man’s self-esteem. Many salesmen reacted by dressing flamboyantly or sloppily, talking too much, or drinking excessively. Watson wanted his salesmen to call attention to their products, not themselves. He wanted them to dress like their customers [and therefore wear a suit]. At the time and in that context, Watson’s rules made a lot of sense.

IBM’s dilemma by the 1980s was that the rule—the conservative outfit—remained despite the fact that no one could remember the reason for it. IBM salesmen were wearing suits when their clients, especially in California, were coming to work far more informally. Precisely the same custom—wearing suits when you visit clients—came to produce the opposite result from what was originally intended. Instead of uniting the salesman with his customer, it separated the two, making one or both feel self-conscious and ill at ease, if not comic."

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Anyone who is serious about hardware and IoT should consider joining the ThingsCon Amsterdam trip to Shenzen. For 1500€ you get 5 days of hotel, all meals, all trips (incl Foxconn, the electronics markets) and links to lots of other local hubs.

It's especially interesting for those working in IoT (designers, manufacturers) but super interesting for anyone trying to get an idea of what is happening in the ''Silicon Valley of hardware''.

After immigration and the European Union, artificial intelligence is the next big gift to politicians who want to hide the fact they didn't do their job properly. "Unemployment? That's because of AI!"

The whole "if you can't use snapchat you're too old" narrative really makes me laugh, especially now that I have to deal with it to try out the Snapchat Spectacles (a great product btw). Here is the thing: snapchat has one of the crappiest UX ever, and the fact that teens can navigate it with their eyes closed just tells us they found enough benefits in that service to suffer through grasping an opaque, illogical and absurd interface. Hard to use software can be found everywhere, and users will go through whatever learning curve if they have the right incentives to do so. If you need proof, ask a friend to show you Adobe Illustrator or Autodesk 3ds Max. A bad interface is no badge of honour, it is a barrier to entry that just grows with each new feature. In the software world that's the equivalent of a time bomb, not something you want inside a company that is going public.

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If you have money to transfer, be sure to check as you might save up to 90%. Here is what happens when you use Paypal or Skrill to send money abroad.

"PayPal fees for international money transfers, which includes the transfer fee and the margin taken on the exchange rate, are between 3% and 10%. Skrill fees on the other hand are between 7% and 9%. This means that sending $500 from the US to France might cost you as much as $50! TransferWise, the cheapest solution currently listed in our real-time comparison table for this same transfer would cost only $5, or ten times less."

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Algorithmic justice is here.

"On January 1, New Jersey replaced its bail system with an algorithm designed to mathematically assess the risk of defendants fleeing or committing a crime—particularly a violent one—before their trial date."
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