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What does a tiny fruit fly have in common with the world's most advanced fighter jets like the US Air Force's F-22 Raptor?
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I'm speaking on April 29th at Bilan's digital banking conference. Registration is on rsvp@bilan.ch
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Strange world we live in, where suicide kills more US soldiers than actual fighting.

Full article on http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/feb/01/us-military-suicides-trend-charts
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This may have something to do with the fact that since World War II the US Army didn't fight a well equipped and trained enemy.
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When the wisdom of the crowds beats finance professionals: 

"Our initial findings show that the more timely Estimize forecasts provide greater short-term accuracy when compared to Thomson Reuters Institutional Brokers' Estimate System. [...]
We further compare the prediction accuracy of finance professionals with non- professionals to see if the professionals make more accurate predictions. To our surprise, the data shows that finance professionals slightly underperform non- professionals."
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A big nod at Nassim Nicholas Taleb's work, where he compares trader's results to random distributions in hypothetical situations. He even tweeted this today:

"The wise approach to markets is to consider them smarter than governments yet profoundly stupid, randomly vicious, & love to squeeze people."

Markets have a life of their own. They're like the ocean, you can swim on them, but controlling them is out of the question.
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Large Hadron Collider, BaBar, Tevatron, the particles accelerators of this world have really cool names.
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Wisdom from George Koukis, the storied founder of Temenos, one of these amazing entrepreneurs you can meet around the Geneva region with a bit of luck.

I was working at Qantas, the National Airline of Australia when in 1973 my then boss was in panic because a project that was vital to Qantas, could not be done on time.  With my limited language skills, I completed the project in a record time.
The first thing you must do is to free yourself of fear.

In July 1987, 3 squash friends persuaded me to invest in the Stock Market all that I had. 20 years of work in Australia and about 2 million dollars. On 19 October 1987 I was left penniless.
I pursued money as an objective. Probably the best lesson of my life.

In 1993 I found a Swiss company near to bankruptcy, the actual Temenos, I wanted to acquire it. Four advisors told me it could not be done. Also I asked a very good friend of mine, an expert, and he also said that I should not do it.
Do not listen to experts, the only expert is you, your heart, your soul. Do not abdicate the responsibility to decide what is important to you.

When my Investment Banker wanted to take me public they told me that I had to move the company to the Silicon Valley, then NYC, at minimum London. I chose Geneva. I was the last IPO in Europe because recession set in the following day.
You cannot win something if you are not prepared to lose it.

And finally I read an aphorism in a book that said that you can either build a successful Company or an ethical one!
The impossible doesn’t exist. I am motivated to challenge it and prove it is otherwise.

http://www.theschoolforgods.com/en/news/show/&tid=25
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You know who's driving the world...

"women are influencers and key decision maker in a household or family unit. Research tells us that women often drive a decision more than a man"
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The simple answers to all the questions that get asked about every new technology.
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Interesting feature on Forbes.com, a small twitter icon at the end of a line, when you mouse-over it, a whole quote becomes blue and ready to be tweeted. Prepared tweets, which logically would increase sharing (would be interesting to see the data here).

Seen on http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2014/03/26/why-wu-tang-will-release-just-one-copy-of-its-secret-album/
Wu-Tang's aim is to use the album as a springboard for the reconsideration of music as art, hoping that the approach will help restore recorded music to a place alongside visual art--and change the music business in the process.
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I was interviewed last week on the internet's fragmentation (in French):

«Le Net n'est qu'un miroir de notre société. Il se fragmente selon les mêmes contours: politiques, culturels, économiques, fonctionnels, explique Laurent Haug. C’est même une évolution inéluctable, entamée sitôt que le Web est sorti du monde académique pour devenir un espace économique».

Et de citer en exemple le Net chinois qui ne s'intègre pas au Net anglophone. Pas plus que le Net coréen ou le Ru-Net, partie russophone. «La langue est une barrière», note Laurent Haug. Autre facteur de fragmentation: les révélations sur les activités de la NSA. «Beaucoup d'entreprises rapatrient leurs données dans leurs frontières pour échapper à la surveillance».
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L’Internet ouvert et global vit-il ses dernières années? Suite au scandale de la NSA, la fragmentation du réseau s'accélère. Les organes de régulation et les géants du Web tirent la sonnette d’alarme.
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  • Independent business
    Innovation consultant and speaker, 2011 - present
  • Lift
    Founder & curator, present
  • Pictet
    2003 - 2004
  • Arthur Andersen
    2000 - 2002
  • Fréquence Laser
    1998 - 1999
  • Netface
    1996 - 1998
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Reims - Brussels - Lausanne - Paris - Seoul
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I am an entrepreneur and researcher passionate about understanding the social implications of digital technologies.
Introduction

Since the mid 90s, I have been observing the impact of new technologies on society and business.

Entrepreneur (coComment, Lift conference, Lift lab), lecturer (HEC University of Lausanne), writer (Wired UK, Techcrunch, Le Temps) and speaker, I now work as an innovation strategist with CEOs and boards, helping them answer the challenges raised by the growing importance of digital technologies.

A venture partner at Anthemis, I am an advisor to the Montreux Comedy Festival, Founders Institute Switzerland, Galixo and Lift Conference.

I was twice honored as one of the most influential person in Switzerland (L'Hebdo in 2006, Bilan in 2011), won a Swiss ICT award, and was named one of the top 20 Swiss young entrepreneurs in 2011.

Bragging rights
I hosted the celebration of the 20 years of the WWW with the original team (Tim Berners-Lee and his friends). I am the six times world champion of Indiana Jones pinball. I came up with the August 5, 2008 Urban Word of the Day on Urban Dictionary (with "shuffle shame"). I played air guitar on stage with the 3 times world champion. I have a video with more than a million views on Youtube (eating live shrimps in Korea). I came up with the "grandma dinners" concept, covered by Swiss media and CBC/Radio Canada.
Education
  • HEC Lausanne
    1994 - 1998
  • Lycée Jean-Jaurès
    1991 - 1994
  • Notre Dame
    1989 - 1991
  • Lycée Français de Belgique
    1988 - 1989
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