'technology' Category

  • Pepper Salé: Lessons from the bitter Aldebaran / SoftBank project

    October 29, 2016

    Bloomberg published an article yesterday on the failed Pepper program, the emotionally intelligent robot originally developed by French company Aldebaran Robotics which was largely acquired in 2012 by Japan’s SoftBank for approximately $100 million. The demise of Pepper has long been rumored (in fact The Rude Baguette originally broke the story nearly two years ago), […]

  • One last cheeky summer riddle

    September 3, 2016

    As summer winds to a close, here’s one last cheeky brain teaser. What do the following entities have in common? Here’s a more blatant clue:

  • Dash Camp Automne 2016 à Sapporo

    August 28, 2016

    Dash Camp est de retour ! Compte tenu du succés de l’implication d’une délégation #FrenchTech à sa dernière édition, on m’a accordé des places à nouveau pour le prochain évènement: le 17, 18 octobre à Sapporo, Japon. Pour rappeler, Dash Camp représente le sommet de référence en Asie qui facilite les échanges entre les entrepreneurs […]

  • Perceptions on the Brexit vote

    August 23, 2016

    Interesting graph from the FT this month. Could it be that France sees something that the rest of Europe overlooks ?

  • Brexit not our problem? Think again.

    June 27, 2016

    I received a few intriguing comments on Friday’s fretful post about the worrisome consequences of Brexit for Europe’s innovation ecosystem. One person affiliated with LaFrenchTech believes England’s departure from the EU will prove a boon to France’s tech scene. Another purported that Paris will now become the Continent’s rightful hub of Fintech. I hope such […]

  • Slush Asia 2016

    April 27, 2016

    I’ve written before about how European startups should consider prioritizing Asia (even before the U.S.) in their global expansion. Many overlooked Asian countries – particularly Japan and South East Asia – represent open fields of opportunity, either for customer expansion or revenue enhancement. They also represent fertile ground for innovation, which can close the feedback […]

  • Mobile Gaming: Is it Gotcha time for Gacha ?

    April 16, 2016

    Four years ago almost exactly to the day, I mused about this period of disruption and renewal signified by sakura (cherry blossoms). The blooming of the sakura in Japan marks the arrival of spring, representing not only a renewal of the seasons but also a rebirth of many facets of life: the start of a […]

  • Mobile messaging: is it (finally) the Americans’ time ?

    April 12, 2016

    Long time readers of this blog will recognize my fascination with mobile messaging apps for a while now (Don’t shoot the Messenger, Line vs WeChat, My personalized Line stickers, etc.). For years now I’ve argued that the modern wave of messaging rose in Asia, with the West playing catch-up. Last year I wrote about my […]

  • Weekend fun: Buy, Sell, or Hold

    April 2, 2016

    On a recent homecoming visit to Silicon Valley I played a little Buy, Sell, or Hold? with a bunch of smart people out there. Here are the results: (For those not familiar with the game: Buy, Sell, or Hold? is quite simple. If <X> were a stock, would you buy, sell, or hold ?) . […]

  • There’s a new « mot de buzz » in town

    March 24, 2016

    Maybe it’s because I was out of France for 8 of the past 11 weeks, but it feels like there’s a new buzzword in the air: Ubérisation It’s difficult to open a French website without the seeing the word in a headline; journalists cannot get enough of it. One would be forgiven for thinking that […]

  • GDC 2016: Où est LaFrenchTech ?

    March 18, 2016

    The debate on the value of holding country pavilions at large tech conferences has merit. Whatever your views on the topic may be, France was conspicuously absent from this week’s Games Developers Conference in San Francisco. Germany, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, even Wallonia (Wallonia!) all hosted large structures at the conference, and […]

  • No disrespect to VR, but I think HTML5 games will become trendy again

    February 12, 2016

    Almost exactly three years ago I attempted to expose my thinking on why I was enthusiastic about HTML5, at least from an investor’s perspective. Three years is of course an eternity in tech, and HTML5 has certainly progressed substantially in some ways I expected, while in other ways demonstrated my zeal in overestimating the immediacy […]

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