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Venture Capital Secret: 3 of 4 Start-Ups Fail

Venture Capital Secret: 3 of 4 Start-Ups Fail | cross pond high tech |

Of the 6,613 U.S.-based companies initially funded by venture capital between 2006 and 2011, 84% now are closely held and operating independently, 11% were acquired or made initial public offerings of stock and 4% went out of business, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Less than 1% are currently in IPO registration.

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Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech |

L'édition 2015 de la Conference USI (Unexpected Sources of Inspiration) s'est tenue début Juillet au Carrousel du Louvre et a confirmé son statut de meilleure Conference Tech sur Paris, combinant un site exceptionnel, une audience de plus de 1200 participants très diverse et de très bon niveau, et une palette de speakers dans plusieurs disciplines délivrant une quarantaine d'interventions sur les deux jours. La Caisse des Dépôts était de nouveau partenaire de cette édition avec plus d'une cinquantaine de participants dans le cadre de son programme de transformation digitale.

François Hisquin, CEO d'Octo et Curateur de la conférence, m'avait demandé d'intervenir sur la thématique d'Open Compute, dont la contribution aux enjeux de la transition énergétique n'est toujours pas correctement appréciée en Europe alors même que nous hébergeons des entreprises extrêmement talentueuses dans ce domaine.

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Keynote en video et slideshare pour ceux qui n'ont pas le son

CHECy's curator insight, November 25, 2015 12:15 PM

Intervention de Philippe Dewost, Président d'honneur du CHECy, lors de la conférence USI 2015.

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Interview with Quantopian's CEO, John Fawcett

Interview with Quantopian's CEO, John Fawcett | cross pond high tech |

After he left Tamale, Fawcett started spending time with quantitative traders (i.e., quants) and the more he learned about how they created trading algorithms, the bigger and bolder his next idea became. The outcome of his thinking led him to a pivotal insight: the time had come to disrupt the exclusive world of quantitative hedge funds. How would he do it? By harnessing the power of crowdsourcing to build a community of quants, feeding that community with lots of data and incentivizing the community (through regular contests and events) to produce new strategies that could be used in live trading. Today, that unique approach has been transformed into one of the mostly closely watched fintech companies in America. For the company’s next act, Fawcett and his co-founder, Jean Bredeche, are hard at work in laying the foundation to launch an in-house hedge fund utilizing strategies generated from its 100,000+ member community. The FR’s Gregg Schoenberg recently sat down with Fawcett to learn more about his company and the bold moves he’s making to level the playing field in one of the most lucrative — and heretofore undisrupted — corners of the investment management universe.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

When Quantitative Trading mingles with the Crowd. Will 2017 see the advent of new types of investment funds backed with thousands of LPs ?

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Lilium Aviation raises $10.7 million for vertical take-off and landing jet

Lilium Aviation raises $10.7 million for vertical take-off and landing jet | cross pond high tech |

Flying cars have long been the centerpiece of fantastical future visions, but personal flying machines never quite materialized. One startup, however, is looking to change that.

Lilium Aviation has today announced a €10 million ($10.7 million) funding round from Skype cofounder Niklas Zennström’s Atomico, to create a world “in which everyone can fly anywhere, anytime,” the company says. But the electric Lilium jet isn’t a car as such — it doesn’t have wheels.

The jet remains a prototype for now, but with its latest funding round the company is looking to expedite development, with flight-testing kicking off in early 2017 ahead of commercial production.

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A child's dream moving closer to reality ?

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Interfaces On Demand – Matt Hartman

Interfaces On Demand – Matt Hartman | cross pond high tech |

We are at the very beginning of a fundamental shift in the way that humans communicate with computers. I laid out the beginning of my case for this in my essay The Hidden Homescreen in which I argued that as Internet-powered services are distributed through an increasingly fractured set of channels, the metaphor of apps on a “homescreen” falls apart.
The first obvious application was in chatbots, but as new unique interfaces come online, the metaphor becomes even more important. To understand this shift, it’s worth examining how platform changes have created entirely new businesses and business models. At its heart, it’s about the relationship between the reduction of friction and the resulting increase in data collection.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Very interesting post. User Interfaces have indeed moved into User Experiences and as products/services saturate our free/idle moments, context management and focus on relevance will be indeed core.

Plus we won't manage the dozen of objects in the smart home with dozens of apps and screen interactions. This is where could step in.

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Meet Lilium, the world’s first VTOL personal aircraft – Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016 Grand Prize Winner

Meet Lilium, the world’s first VTOL personal aircraft – Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016 Grand Prize Winner | cross pond high tech |

It’s hard not to get excited when people start talking about flying cars — after all, who doesn’t want a flying Jetsons car? When 2016 Hello Tomorrow Challenge grand prize winner, Lilium Jet, got on stage to present the world’s first vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) personal aircraft, the audience was captivated. Before us was an image of a futuristic egg-shaped personal jet, majestically soaring above the glistening ocean.
Incubated under the auspices of the European Space Agency’s business incubation center in Bavaria, the young team of German engineers and doctoral students from the Technical University of Munich has a lofty ambition: to disrupt the future of everyday commute.
With Lilium Jet, people can move to rural areas while working in big cities, because long distances can be covered in a fraction of the traditional time.
Instead of queueing at an airport to go from Munich to Milan, you stroll into your garden, hop onto your Lilium, and take off; we’re talking about a garden of at least 15 x 15 meter. With electric engines, the Lilium is both quieter and more environmentally-friendly than helicopters. Classified as a light sport aircraft for two occupants, the Lilium can fly up to 300 km per hour, and requires only 20–30 hours of training as opposed to the costly, time-intensive training required to fly helicopters. Same as getting a driver’s license.

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Inspiring ; makes you want to fly. Yet how will regulators qualify such array of hairdryers and impose safety rules ?

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Samsung Possible Defection From ARM to RISC-V is a huge signal in the IoT chip war to come

Samsung Possible Defection From ARM to RISC-V is a huge signal in the IoT chip war to come | cross pond high tech |

Could Samsung be the first big defection from ARM since the SoftBank takeover?

It was always thought that, when ARM relinquished its independence, its customers would look around for other alternatives.
The nice thing about RISC-V is that it’s independent, open source and royalty-free.
And RISC-V is what Samsung is reported to be using for an IoT CPU in preference to ARM.
Now SoftBank made a point of saying that its take-over of ARM was to get into IoT. If Samsung is now going to RISC-V for its IoT CPU, this affects the scale of Softbank’s aspirations and may persuade others to defect to RISC-V.
The Samsung RISC-V MCU is said to be aimed squarely at the ARM Cortex M0.
Nvidia and Qualcomm are already using RISC-V in the development of GPU memory controllers and IoT processors.
Although, as Intel found, it’s almost impossible to replace an incumbent processor architecture in a major product area, which means that ARM’s place as the incumbent architecture in cellphones is secure, at the moment there is no incumbent processor architecture in IoT or MCU – so these are up for grabs by any aspiring rival processor architecture.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

X86 architecture gave Intel dominance of the large PC market before hitting the smartphone wall.

Cortex architectures gave ARM dominance of the much larger smartphone market before hitting the SoftBank wall.

RISC-V may be the next architecture for the even much larger IoT market (in volume at least).

Intel is a US corporation, ARM was once a british company now under japanese flag : the nice thing with RISC-V is that it is an independent, open source, and royalty free architecture.

This will have consequences over the next decade in the computing race between the US and Asia (think Loogson and now ARM), and may be an opportunity for Europeans to step in and avoid to remain as "The Pacific" of cyber tests.

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, November 30, 2016 1:18 AM

X86 architecture gave Intel dominance of the large PC market before hitting the smartphone wall.

Cortex architectures gave ARM dominance of the much larger smartphone market before hitting the SoftBank wall.

RISC-V may be the next architecture for the even much larger IoT market (in volume at least).

Intel is a US corporation, ARM was once a british company now under japanese flag : the nice thing with RISC-V is that it is an independent, open source, and royalty free architecture.

This will have consequences over the next decade in the computing race between the US and Asia (think Loogson and now ARM), and may be an opportunity for Europeans to step in and avoid to remain as "The Pacific" of cyber tests.

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NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published — A Question of T(h)rust

NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published — A Question of T(h)rust | cross pond high tech |

After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published. And it shows that the 'impossible' propulsion system really does appear to work. 

The NASA Eagleworks Laboratory team even put forward a hypothesis for how the EM Drive could produce thrust – something that seems impossible according to our current understanding of the laws of physics.

In case you've missed the hype, the EM Drive, or Electromagnetic Drive, is a propulsion system first proposed by British inventor Roger Shawyer back in 1999.

Instead of using heavy, inefficient rocket fuel, it bounces microwaves back and forth inside a cone-shaped metal cavity to generate thrust. 

According to Shawyer's calculations, the EM Drive could be so efficient that it could power us to Mars in just 70 days

But, there's a not-small problem with the system. It defies Newton's third law, which states that everything must have an equal and opposite reaction.

According to the law, for a system to produce thrust, it has to push something out the other way. The EM Drive doesn't do this.

Yet in test after test it continues to work. Last year, NASA's Eagleworks Laboratory team got their hands on an EM Drive to try to figure out once and for all what was going on.

And now we finally have those results.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Will the journey to Mars one day be shorter that Jules Verne 80 days to circumtravel the world ?

Here is the question of t(h)rust as Flying Salad Bowls may be underway... (time to watch "Iron Sky" one more time)

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Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab

Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab | cross pond high tech |
This is where Facebook will prototype its solar drones, Internet-beaming lasers, VR headsets, and next-gen servers.The problem with moving faster than most companies is that Facebook was plagued by delays whenever it had to outsource prototyping and testing of its gadgets and gizmos. With so much hardware on its 10-year roadmap, and quarter after quarter of profits stacking up, it made sense to build a dedicated laboratory within its Menlo Park headquarters.Facebook’s 10-year roadmap includes drones, satellites, lasers, telecom infrastructure, VR headsets, and augmented reality hardware that will all be prototyped at Area 404
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1er Forum Villes intelligentes du groupe Caisse des Dépôts — Cité de la Mode et du Design (Paris 13e) 21 Nov. 2016

1er Forum Villes intelligentes du groupe Caisse des Dépôts — Cité de la Mode et du Design (Paris 13e) 21 Nov. 2016 | cross pond high tech |
à partir de 9 h 30
Accueil des participants
10 h 00 - 16 h 00
Galerie des solutions (voir onglet)

Plus de 60 exposants présents sur 1000 m2 pour vous faire découvrir des solutions concrètes pour votre ville : du scooter électrique à la ferme urbaine, des bureaux partagés à la gestion des données publiques... Un parcours libre et des réponses professionnelles au sein de 4 espaces pour une ville :

  • plus facile à vivre (transport, logement)
  • plus connectée et participative (réseaux, services aux habitants)
  • plus accueillante à l’entrepreneuriat (tiers lieux, quartiers numériques)
  • plus durable (nature en ville, smart énergie)
10 h 00 - 12 h 00
Mini-conférences pour décrypter
  • AFD : vision ville du Sud
  • Du smart building à la smart city
  • Mobility as a service : un accès unifié à la mobilité
  • Quel éco-gestionnaire à l'échelle d'un îlot ?
  • Quelle gouvernance pour la Smart city ?
  • Smart grid réseaux de chaleur
  • Valoriser les données de la ville : Open data soft / Dawex
10 h 00 - 16 h 00

Networking - rencontres individuelles :
  1. Solutions de financement
    • Energies renouvelables
    • Entreprises innovantes
    • Equipements et hébergements touristiques
    • Fonds PIA - ville de demain
    • Infrastructures de mobilité
    • Logement intermédiaire et social
    • Prêts aux collectivités
    • Tiers lieux, coworking, incubateur
    • Très Haut Débit
  2. Conseil
    • Faire émerger les intelligences collectives de la ville
    • Ingénierie financière
    • Mobilité : faire de votre territoire un laboratoire d’expérimentation
    • Rencontrer ma direction régionale
    • Stratégie Smart City
    • Stratégie patrimoniale immobilière
  3. Logement
    • Bâtiments réversibles
    • Gestion smart des espaces verts
  4. Mobilité
    • Dépénalisation du stationnement
    • Encourager l'usage des véhicules électriques
    • Gestion du stationnement et smart parking
    • Nouvelles mobilités en zone peu dense
  5. Energie / Environnement
    • Concevoir un bâtiment bas carbone
    • Contrat de performance biodiversité pour mes espaces verts
    • Rénovation énergétique du patrimoine public
  6. Infrastructures numériques et DATA
    • Aménagement numérique du territoire en THD
    • Connaître, maîtriser et optimiser l'usage des données de l'énergie
  7. Parcs d'activités et Entreprenariat local
    • Animer les écosystèmes d'acteurs économiques pour créer de l'emploi
    • Ilot à haute performance énergétique
    • Immobilier 3.0
    • Intégrer la biodiversité
12 h 00 - 14 h 00
Buffet déjeuner
14 h 00 - 16 h 00
14 h 30 - 16 h 00
Mini-conférences pour décrypter
  • Darwin ecosystem : un lieu de l'entrepreneuriat social
  • Lemon : co-construire des solutions de mobilité
  • THD c'est possible partout : pourquoi, comment ?
  • Un smart village olympique en 2024
  • Ville intelligente / intelligences de la ville : Jean Rottner, Maire de Mulhouse
  • Assemblée des Communautés de France
    et Association des Petites Villes de France
    • Digitaliser les projets de territoires : smart city versus stupid village
  • France Urbaine
    • Les villes intelligentes : expériences françaises
16 h 00Fin de la journée
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J'espère vous y retrouver !

Pour les autres, il pourront se consoler en regardant cette présentation d'il y a 3 ans -

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Hello Tomorrow 2016 : #HTSummit in a 3 min Quik video

Hello Tomorrow 2016 : #HTSummit in a 3 min Quik video | cross pond high tech |

The Hello Tomorrow Global Summit gathered international leaders in the science-innovation sphere on October 13-14 at the CENTQUATRE in Paris, France. With nearly 3,000 participants, the summit featured a unique blend of amicable atmosphere and deep technologies such as new materials, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and more.


Leaders from around the world, including executives, (corporate) investors, science entrepreneurs, and startups were there to transform the way we eat, work, travel, cure, manufacture and communicate. There was a wide range of keynotes, panels, AMAs, and breakout sessions, including the following highlights:

  • Powering music with technology, opening performance by Imogen Heap
  • Hello Tomorrow Challenge startup pitches by 69 finalists across two days
  • When innovation fuels the economy, exclusive panel with Michael Bloomberg (CEO of Bloomberg) and Emmanuel Macron(Former French Minister of Economy)


Hello Tomorrow had partnered with major private and public entities to define the scope of this international competition, including the principal partner, BNP Paribas with L’Atelier BNP Paribas, and the Boston Consulting Group, Bloomberg, and La French Tech as global partners.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Last week's Hello Tomorrow delivered on its promise and I spent 2 fascinating and energizing days in Le 104 thanks to Xavier Duportet and his incredible team. Here is my take on this incredibly valuable conference, assembled on my iPhone with Quik (formerly known as Stupeflix) : DNA, SpaceTech, and cars...

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Postulez au Start-Up Contest IMM - éd 2016

Postulez au Start-Up Contest IMM - éd 2016 | cross pond high tech |

Tentez de faire partie des 8 start-up sélectionnées pour présenter votre projet lors du start-up contest du vendredi 18 novembre prochain au Hub Bpifrance.

Enjeu : intégrer la promotion 2016-2017 de l'Institut Multi-Média qui vous donnera accès à des cycles de conférences de très haut-niveau, à un voyage d'études en Israël, et à un réseau d'anciens de l'IMM extrêmement riche et varié en termes de profils et de métiers.


Disclosure : je ferai partie du Jury

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Vous êtes une startup et souhaitez accélérer ? Participez au Startup Contest 2016 de l'Institut Multi-Médias !

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Where Nobel winners get their start

Where Nobel winners get their start | cross pond high tech |

There are many ways to rank universities, but one that’s rarely considered is how many of their graduates make extraordinary contributions to society. A new analysis does just that, ranking institutions by the proportion of their undergraduates that go on to win a Nobel prize.

Two schools dominate the rankings: École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. These small, elite institutions each admit fewer than 250 undergraduate students per year, yet their per capita production of Nobelists outstrips some larger world-class universities by factors of hundreds.

“This is a way to identify colleges that have a history of producing major impact,” says Jonathan Wai, a psychologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and a co-author of the unpublished study. “It gives us a new way of thinking about and evaluating what makes an undergraduate institution great.”

Wai and Stephen Hsu, a physicist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, examined the 81 institutions worldwide with at least three alumni who have received Nobel prizes in chemistryphysiology or medicinephysics and economics between 1901 and 2015. To meaningfully compare schools, which have widely varying alumni populations, the team divided the number of Nobel laureates at a school by its estimated number of undergraduate alumni.

Small but mighty

Many of the top Nobel-producing schools are private, and have significant financial resources. Among the more surprising high performers were several very small US liberal-arts colleges, such as Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania (ranked at number 4) and Amherst College in Massachusetts (number 9).

RankSchoolCountryNobelists per capita1École Normale SupérieureFrance0.001352California Institute of TechnologyUS0.000673Harvard UniversityUS0.000324Swarthmore CollegeUS0.000275Cambridge UniversityUK0.000256École PolytechniqueFrance0.000257Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUS0.000258Columbia UniversityUS0.000219Amherst CollegeUS0.0001910University of ChicagoUS0.00017

Source: Jonathan Wai & Stephen Hsu

“What these smaller schools are doing might serve as important undergraduate models to follow in terms of selection and training,” says Wai, who adds that, although admission to one of the colleges on the list is no guarantee of important achievements later in life, the probability is much higher for these select matriculates.

To gauge trends over time, Wai cut the sample of 870 laureates into 20-year bands. US universities, which now make up almost half of the top 50 list, began to dominate after the Second World War. Whereas French representation in the Nobel ranks has declined over time, top-ranked ENS has remained steady in its output.

Hsu and Wai had previously performed two similar, but broader, analyses of the rate at which US universities produce winners of the Nobel prize, Fields Medal (in mathematics) or Turing Award (in computer science), as well as members of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. These studies produced rankings of US institutions that are similar to the new, global Nobel rankings.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Surprised not to see "ESPCI" in the list. This ranking echoes the Fields Medal / capita ratio that also puts France totally ahead and off charts. Question is, how will we stand in 20 years from now given current policies and their impact on children demographics and education ? 

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New Record Low Solar Price in Abu Dhabi – Costs Plunging Faster Than Expected

New Record Low Solar Price in Abu Dhabi – Costs Plunging Faster Than Expected | cross pond high tech |

The latest record is an incredibly low bid of 2.42 cents / kwh solar electricity in Abu Dhabi. That is an unsubsidized price.

Let me put that in perspective. The cost of electricity from a new natural gas powerplant in the US is now estimated at 5.6 cents / kwh.  (pdf link) That is with historically low natural gas prices in the US, which are far lower than the price of natural gas in the rest of the world.

This new bid in Abu Dhabi is less than half the price of electricity from a new natural gas plant.

What’s more, it’s less than the cost of the fuel burned in a natural gas plant to make electricity – without even considering the cost of building the plant in the first place.

The solar bid in Abu Dhabi is not just the cheapest solar power contract ever signed – it’s the cheapest contract for electricity ever signed, anywhere on planet earth, using any technology.


Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Looks like solar energy is really following an exponential path similar to tech's Moore's Law. The shift in once oil addicted Middle East is indeed impressive.

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West Web Awards by West Web Valley - Inscrivez-vous avant le 1er Février !

West Web Awards by West Web Valley - Inscrivez-vous avant le 1er Février ! | cross pond high tech |


Les West Web Awards sont ouverts à tous.
Habituellement, ce sont les structures qui sont récompensées, nous avons souhaité mettre un coup de projecteur sur les individus.

Vous travaillez dans le secteur public ou privé, vous êtes community manager d’une association, ou encore Chief Digital Officer d’une entreprise traditionnelle, lead developper dans une startup, UX designer en freelance… Alors déposez votre candidature !
Les West Web Awards récompensent des personnes qui ont fait preuve d’excellence dans un projet digital.
Notre objectif est de promouvoir le dynamisme numérique du territoire en récompensant ceux qui le font vivre au quotidien.

Douze trophées à emporter, qui sera le meilleur dans sa catégorie ?

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Douze trophées vont récompenser les talents du numérique territorial lors de la cérémonie des West Web Awards le 9 février 2017 à Brest : en ferez-vous partie ? #FrenchTech #WestWebValley

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Apple joins SoftBank’s Vision Fund with $1-billion investment

Apple joins SoftBank’s Vision Fund with $1-billion investment | cross pond high tech |

Silicon Valley giant Apple Inc. on Wednesday confirmed that it is investing $1 billion (approximately Rs 6,793 crore) in Japanese telecom major SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund, an estimated $100-billion (approximately Rs 68 lakh crore) venture that will oversee the development of new technologies. Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn and the family of the Oracle corporation’s chairman Larry Ellison are also expected to invest in the fund, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Apple believes the move “will help ‘speed the development of technologies that may be strategically important” to it, company spokesperson Kristin Huguet said. Apple has rarely ever invested in venture capital companies before.

While SoftBank will itself invest approximately $25 billion (approximately Rs 17 lakh crore) in its Vision Fund, it will be back largely by the Saudi Arabian government. American telecom equipment company Qualcomm Inc is also expected to put in an investment.

The SoftBank Vision Fund is expected to close its fundraising efforts by mid-2017.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

When $1Billion buys you 1% of a funding round #OrderOfMagnitude

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Infinit Joins Docker

Infinit Joins Docker | cross pond high tech |

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Infinit and Docker are joining forces.

To anyone following the container space, this may not come as a surprise because persistent storage remains the number one challenge when it comes to container technologies.

Still, for Infinit, this is a huge milestone, closing the loop that has taken the team through quite an incredible journey.


Docker has changed the way developers work. By providing an ecosystem of tools based on container technologies, developers and operators have been able to gain in agility and security. At the same time, Docker has succeeded at reconciling operators and developers (through what has been dubbed the DevOps movement) by making them speak the same language.


This whole revolution is still in its early stages even though both ends of the spectrum, startups and enterprises, have jumped on the train. Indeed, at this point, containers have been used primarily to deploy stateless applications because these can be stopped and relaunched easily, allowing for easy scalability.


Unfortunately, this is no longer enough as developers want more. Namely, they want the ability to scale stateful applications, such as databases, as easily as their stateless counterparts.

With stateful applications being the next natural step in this evolution, Infinit comes into play by providing the Docker community with a storage platform that is scalable, resilient and easy to deploy.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Congrats to the Infinit team for this amazing home run !

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SpaceX Wants to Surround Earth With an Internet Service That's 200 Times Faster

SpaceX Wants to Surround Earth With an Internet Service That's 200 Times Faster | cross pond high tech |
SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in high-speed internet coverage.On November 15, the company filed a lengthy application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites. (We first heard about the filing through the r/SpaceX community on Reddit.) That is a hell of a lot of satellites.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
One day we might no longer see the stars or even the clouds but only The Cloud #WelcomeToTheMatrix
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Hayo is what you get when you cross an Amazon Echo with a Kinect

Hayo is what you get when you cross an Amazon Echo with a Kinect | cross pond high tech |

Earlier this week, I sat down with the company’s co-founders Gisèle Belliot and José Alonso Ybanez Zepeda, along with Uber co-founder-turned-investor Oscar Salazar, to discuss the product. The company’s ramping up for a formal announcement at CES, in tandem with the launch of an Indiegogo campaign, and it’s still working out some of the kinks around contextualizing its product.

We met up at a shared workspace in Manhattan, in a meeting room made up to resemble a living room — except for the big construction paper cutouts of buttons like Play and Pause adhered to different surfaces (another shorthand visualization of the product’s functionality).

By way of shortening this elevator ride, I’d describe the startup thusly: It’s Amazon Echo with a Kinect camera built in. In place of voice commands, you’ve got gestures.

In some ways Hayo is designed to fulfill similar functionality as Amazon’s hardware — a sort of connected home hub that ties together various smart devices — lights, music, thermostat, etc. When you get down to it, the possibilities are really endless when it comes to gesture controls in a three-dimensional space.

The company is, understandably, starting off simply with regards to functionality. At launch, the system will allow the user to designate 10 “buttons” per device. A button here is a point in space — a surface on, say, a wall or table. Each button can be assigned two different functions, which can adjust based on variables like time of day and user.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Hayo is one of the most ambitious #IoT man machine(s) interface projects I have ever seen, led by an incredibly talented team in both New York and Paris, and backed by extremely strong IP.

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Fleur Pellerin, le nouvel investiteur surprise de Devialet

Fleur Pellerin, le nouvel investiteur surprise de Devialet | cross pond high tech |

C’est confirmé. Selon nos informations, Devialet, qui s’est fait une réputation avec ses enceintes haut de gamme, doit officialiser dans la journée une nouvelle levée de fonds de 100 millions d’euros. Celle-ci, qui avait fuité dans la presse il y a une quinzaine de jours, coordonnée par la banque d’affaires Bryan Garnier&co, occasionne l’arrivée de nouveaux investisseurs.

Dont Ginko ventures, une société de capital-risque suisse spécialisée dans la tech, créée en 2015, financée notamment par le géant taïwanais Foxconn, fabricant de produits électroniques et sous-traitant d'Apple. Par la même occasion, Jean-François Baril, fondateur et directeur général de Ginko, entre au conseil d’administration de Devialet. Parmi les autres nouveaux investisseurs cités figure le fabricant japonais d'électronique Sharp, acquis en 2016 par Foxconn.

Mais aussi, surprise, l’ancienne ministre de la culture et de la communication Fleur Pellerin fait une arrivée remarquée dans l’ex-start-up française devenue grande. Premier coup, joli coup. Trois mois après le lancement de son fonds Korelya Capital, elle doit annoncer ce 28 novembre un "investissement significatif" au sein de Devialet, selon un proche du dossier.

Il s’agit de la première opération de ce jeune fonds. Et dans la foulée, l’ex-ministre rejoindra le conseil d’administration de la société française spécialisée dans le son haut de gamme. Korelya avait été abondé à hauteur de 100 millions d’euros par le mastodonte de l’Internet sud-coréen Naver et sa filiale Line, connue pour son service de messagerie instantanée.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Félicitations à Quentin Sannié et à toute l'équipe de Devialet, pépite de La French Tech qui réussit une superbe levée de fonds !

Et chapeau bas à Fleur Pellerin dont le fonds Korelya Capital fait une entrée remarquée sur la scène française du capital investissement...

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Le futur du travail et la mutation des emplois vus par Yves Caseau

Le futur du travail et la mutation des emplois vus par Yves Caseau | cross pond high tech |

Le billet de ce jour rassemble un certain nombre de réflexions autour du « futur du travail ». Ce sujet est particulièrement d’actualité en ce moment, qu’il s’agisse de la presse ou de la préparation de la campagne présidentielle. En ce qui me concerne, j’ai eu la chance de passer une semaine à la Singularity University dans le cadre du Singularity University Executive Program, ce qui m’a permis d’approfondir mes idées sur le sujet. Ce billet reprend les points principaux que j’ai développé le 12 Octobre lors du séminaire de l’Académie des Technologies, lors d’une conférence intitulée « Emploi et travail dans un monde envahi par les robots et les systèmes intelligents ». Il s’inscrit dans la continuité d’un premier billet écrit il y a deux ans, mais j’ai affiné mon diagnostic et j’ai donc des convictions plus fortes et plus précises.

La première partie fait le point sur la question de l’automatisation – des robots à l’intelligence artificielle – et de son impact sur les emplois. Depuis la publication du rapport de Frey-Osborne en 2012, il y a eu de nombreuses réactions. La plupart sont conservatrices et prudentes, qu’il s’agisse du rapport de l’OCDE ou du livre récent de Luc Ferry. Je ne partage pas ce revirement comme je vais l’exprimer, particulièrement après avoir passé cette semaine à la Singularity University. Je vais au contraire développer une vision de l’évolution du travail dans laquelle l’homme est complémentaire de ces nouvelles formes automatisées de production et de création de valeur.

La seconde partie est une réflexion sur la société à la quelle conduit cette nouvelle vision du travail. C’est, par construction, une contribution à l’iconomie, c’est-à-dire l’organisation de l’économie dans le cadre d’une exploitation pleine et entière des bénéfices de la technologie de l’information, y compris dans ces capacités d’automatisation (lire la définition de Michel Volle). Je propose une vision « fractale / multi-echelle » de l’ iconomie qui réconcilie la domination des plateformes (« winners take all ») et le retour de la « localisation » (la priorité donnée à la communauté et au territoire ) face au désarroi (pour rester mesuré) que cette rupture de paradigme va produire. Dans la tradition des « power laws » de la nouvelle économie, les bassins d’opportunité créés par le progrès technologique ont une structure maillée et multi-échelle qui contient une « longue traine » de micro-opportunités pour microentreprises.

La troisième partie porte sur cette rupture, la transition de phase entre le modèle actuel de l’emploi qui est clairement à bout de souffle et un modèle possible, correspondant à la vision développée dans les deux premières parties. C’est la question fondamentale, et la plus difficile : même pour les partisans d’une vision optimiste du progrès technologique dont je fais partie, la transition qui s’annonce est complexe, voire brutale. Même si le titre du livre de Bernard Stiegler « L’emploi est mort, vive le travail ! » contient un message positif, ce changement n’est pas moins qu’une révolution, qui est par ailleurs déjà engagée. Face à un changement qui s’accélère et des vagues d’automatisation nouvelles qui se dessinent, je suis persuadé que le monde politique a un rendez-vous avec l’Histoire, et qu’un certain nombre de mesures sont nécessaires pour éviter des scénarios noirs qui sont fort bien décrits dans des ouvrages de science-fiction. Il est possible de construire une société équilibrée autour de l’iconomie, mais la tendance naturelle du techno-système, sans intervention et régulation, est d’aller vers la polarisation et l’affrontement.

J’ai résisté à la tentation facétieuse et opportuniste de nommer ce billet « comprendre les causes profondes de l’élection de Donald Trump », mais je pense néanmoins qu’une des causes essentielles de cette élection, qui semble défier le sens commun, est qu’une grande partie des électeurs sentent plus ou moins confusément qu’un monde est en train de se construire dans lequel ils n’ont plus de place. Ce n’est pas une « simple » réaction à la désindustrialisation, c’est une peur de se retrouver « assignés à résidence », pour reprendre les mots d’Emmanuel Macron, sans utilité pour cette nouvelle société technologique et automatisée. Le défi qui est devant nous est de rendre l’iconomie « inclusive », c’est-à-dire avec une place pour chacun qui lui permette de contribuer au travers de son activité.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

C'est long. C'est dense. C'est très bien documenté. C'est réfléchi. Cela ne se survole pas en 30 secondes mais on en ressort en ayant appris. Bref du grand Yves Caseau.

(si j'avais du titrer en anglais j'aurais repris le joli titre de la très mauvaise chanson d'un album de Heaven 17 "crushed by the wheels of industry" — The Luxury Gap, 1983 qui contient notamment "Let Me Go" et "Temptation")

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"Security is a tax on the honests" - Time to review Bruce Schneier USI 2013 keynote

Society doesn't work without trust

Human being is the only species with trust. We trust hundreds of strangers without even thinking about it.


How do we enable trust?


How does security enable trust. How do we induce trust?

  • Trusting friends is about who they are as persons.
  • Trusting strangers is about their actions


Trust: confidence, consistence, compliancy. It's about cooperation.

  • We trust people, companies and systems
  • We trust systems to produce expected behaviors


All complex ecosystems require cooperation. In any cooperative system, there is a way to subvert the system for personal interests.


These are called defectors in game theory. They are parasites. They can survive if they are contained. If too many parasites the body dies and the parasites die too.


Society doesn't work if everybody steals. Security can be defined as a tax on the honests.


Social species: individual competition plus group competition.


Security is to keep defection level at an acceptable minimum that is not zero.


NSA defector Edward Snowden raises moral debates but the point is that he is a defector. How group enforce the norm. Even mafia groups.

It is about societal pressure.


4 types of societal pressure


  1. moral: we don't steal because we know stealing is wrong.
  2. reputation: also in our heads but link to other's reactions. Humans are the only species to transmit reputation.
    Experiment: coffee machine + honesty box. Putting a photograph of a pair of eyes in the box bottom decreased the cheat rate dramatically
  3. laws: formalizing reputation, and focusing only on penalties (because of the cost implied by rewarding the majority of honest people). With exceptions in the shape of tax breaks
  4. technology: security systems. Door locks, alarms, ... Some of them extending globally. ATM cards are protected globally.


Example: eBay feedback mechanism is a reputational security system that worked remarkably for years as the main security system.


How does technology affects us?

Technology is what allows society to scale. It is neutral.

Filesharing: social pressure vs technology

Attackers have a first mover advantage and are more adaptive.


Mid 90's Internet going commercial: hackers used it immediately while it took 10 years to the police to figure out how to address it

Such delay is the main security gap


Our society is at a point where technology is faster than social changes which means that the security gap widens.

Before: buy this and you'll be safe

Now: when you've been attacked, please talk to us and we'll help


It's the antivirus history

Smart paradigm: detect unknown viruses including false positives

Stupid paradigm: check for signatures and update once or twice a day


The stupid paradigm seems to have won.


So technology will always favor defectors? True, but large organizations can now use technology in a much more effective manner.

Our society has the most technology and the largest institutions.


The battle is amplifying between agile defectors and slower yet more effective institutions. Losers are those of us in the middle.


To him it is not even clear how there is a balance nor how it will evolve.


As a conclusion


  1. there will always be defectors
  2. ourselves are not 100% cooperative, we all defect some time in a way
  3. law of diminishing returns
  4. there are good and bad defectors and history decided afterwards. That will be the case for Edward Snowden
  5. society need defectors. This is how we evolve. Defectors are at the forefront of social change: freeing the slaves, giving women voting rights


Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Digiworld Summit 2016 is on "The Digital Trust Economy" - Time to remember Bruce Schneier's remarkable words of wisdom at USI 3 years ago - I have added my on the fly notes to the video link for those who prefer reading

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, November 15, 2016 2:01 AM

Digiworld Summit 2016 is on "The Digital Trust Economy" - Time to remember Bruce Schneier's remarkable words of wisdom at USI 3 years ago - I have added my on the fly notes to the video link for those who prefer reading

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple | cross pond high tech |
As Steve Blank states: "The dilemma facing the boards at Microsoft, Apple or any board of directors on the departure of an innovative CEO is strategic: Do we still want to be a innovative, risk taking company? Or should we now focus on execution of our core business, reduce our risky bets and maximize shareholder return.Tactically, that question results in asking: Do you search for another innovator from outside, promote one of the executors or go deeper down the organization to find an innovator?Herein lies four challenges. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates (and 20th century’s other creative icon -Walt Disney) shared the same blind spot: They suggested execution executives as their successors. They confused world-class execution with the passion for product and customers, and market insight. From the perspective of Gates there was no difference between him and Ballmer and from Jobs to Cook. Yet history has shown us for long-term survival in markets that change rapidly that’s definitely not the case.The second conundrum is that if the board decides that the company needs another innovator at the helm, you can almost guarantee that the best executor – the number 2 and/or 3 vice president in the company – will leave, feeling that they deserved the job. Now the board is faced with not only having lost its CEO, but potentially the best of the executive staff.The third challenge is that many innovative/visionary CEOs have become part of the company’s brand. Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Immelt, Elon Musk, Mark Benioff, Larry Ellison. This isn’t a new phenomenon, think of 20th-century icons like Walt Disney, Edward Land at Polaroid, Henry Ford, Lee Iacocca at Chrysler, Jack Welch at GE and Alfred Sloan at GM. But they’re not only an external face to the company, they were often the touchstone for internal decision-making. Years after a visionary CEO is gone companies are still asking “What would Walt Disney/Steve Jobs/Henry Ford have done?” rather than figuring out what they should now be doing in the changing market.Finally, the fourth conundrum is that as companies grow larger and management falls prey to the fallacy that it only exists to maximize shareholder short-term return on investment, companies become risk averse. Large companies and their boards live in fear of losing what they spent years gaining (customers, market share, revenue, profits.) This may work in stable markets and technologies. But today very few of those remain."
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
Words of wisdom about execution without vision, that raise what looks to me as Ze Question : how do we synchronize time horizons (milliseconds, days, weeks, quarters, 5-years strategic plans, 15-years generations) in a world of permanent disruption and exponential changes ?
Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, October 31, 2016 6:51 AM

Un análisis claro de cómo las grandes empresas creativas comienzan a priorizar el negocio y pierden terreno en la innovación

Scooped by Philippe J DEWOST! DSL does 10Gbps over telephone lines DSL does 10Gbps over telephone lines | cross pond high tech |
Nokia has achieved a connection speed of 5Gbps—about 625MB/sec—over 70 metres of conventional twisted-pair copper telephone wire, and 8Gbps over 30 metres. The trial used a relatively new digital subscriber line (DSL) protocol called (aka G.fast2) is the probable successor of, which was successfully trialled in a few countries over the past couple of years and will soon begin to commercially roll out. (In an unusual turn of events, the UK will probably be the first country with, both and are best described as "VDSL on steroids." Basically, while a VDSL2 signal frequency maxes out around 17MHz, starts at 106MHz (it can be doubled to 212MHz) and uses between 350MHz and 500MHz. This means that there's a lot more bandwidth (the original meaning of the word), which in turn can be used for transferring data at higher speeds.
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As popular wisdom says though, "your mileage may vary" ... Fast broadband to the home is also pushing the bottleneck to WiFi routers and boxes. Yet this is still an achievement for the old copper wire !
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Digital Studies Vol 1 par Octo

Digital Studies Vol 1 par Octo | cross pond high tech |

Depuis l’explosion en 2013 (vérifiée sur Google Trend) de la vague des « transformations digitales », il nous a semblé important d’analyser ce qui pouvait nous distinguer de toutes les sociétés de conseil et de service qui aujourd’hui prétendent toutes, et à l’unisson, faire de la « transformation digitale ». En cherchant cette singularité d’OCTO qui nous pousse à toujours chercher a better way, nous avons produit des grilles d’interprétation du phénomène digital que nous avons souhaitées partager dans cet ouvrage.


Pourquoi OCTO, une entreprise fortement marquée par l’expertise technologique, est-elle de plus en plus sollicitée sur des questions qui ne relèvent pas a priori de son domaine de compétence ? Pourquoi sommes-nous consultés sur des questions non seulement méthodologiques, mais aussi sur l’évolution des modes de management, sur la culture des entreprises, ou encore sur l’évolution des modèles d’affaires ?


Le cadre d’interprétation que nous vous proposons ici nous permettra dans les prochaines livraisons de revisiter certaines thématiques charriées par le digital qui sont particulièrement d’actualité dans les organisations, qui doivent définir et mettre en œuvre leurs stratégies de transformation digitale. 

10 axes pour comprendre le digital 
  1. L'Accélération
  2. De la sélection naturelle à la sélection artificielle 
  3. La dimension sociale et collective 
  4. Le statut de la technologie
  5. Les régimes d'individuation
  6. La spécificité de la transformation digitale 
  7. Les barbares de la disruption digitale
  8. Le solutionnisme technologique de la Silicon Valley
  9. Du choc technologique au blues des Licornes
  10. Pour une éthique technologique
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Lecture remarquable tant sur le fond que sur la forme. A lire et relire absolument pour prendre du recul sur la transformation en cours et changer de posture.

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Omega2: $5 Linux Computer with Wi-Fi, Made for IoT

Omega2: $5 Linux Computer with Wi-Fi, Made for IoT | cross pond high tech |

Introducing the Omega2, the $5 IoT computer.

What the heck is an IoT computer? It is a Linux computer designed specifically for building connected hardware applications. It combines the tiny form factor and power-efficiency of the Arduino, with the power and flexibilities of the Raspberry Pi.

  • The Omega2 is simple, even for people who are just getting started with building hardware.
  • The Omega2 is affordable, starting at just $5.

With the Omega2, we want to lower the barrier of entry, and allow everyone to take the leap into hardware development.


We made the Omega2 tiny so that it can easily fit into your DIY project or commercial product. It is less than 1/4 the size of the Raspberry Pi, and less than 1/3 the size of the Arduino Uno.


The Omega2 has integrated Wi-Fi and on-board flash storage. This means that it springs to life the moment you power it on. You don't have to worry about buying Wi-Fi dongles or installing operating system images onto external SD cards.


Using the Omega2 is just like using a desktop computer. We've built simple and intuitive apps for you to interact with the Omega2. We also have an App Store where you can discover even more apps!For the more adventurous, you can even build apps with our SDK and publish them on the Onion App Store to share with the world :)


Don't be fooled by its size, the Omega2 is a full computer running Linux, the same operating system that powers some of the world's most mission-critical infrastructure. You can think of the Omega2 as a tiny Linux server with Wi-Fi. (Yes, it even runs Apache!)

For the BSD fans out there, the Omega2 also runs FreeBSD!


An important benefit of running Linux is that the Omega2 can be programmed with whatever language you want. Save time by using languages and libraries you are already familiar with.


The Omega2 is designed for connectivity. It has Wi-Fi built in, and we have built expansions so that you can easily add Bluetooth, Cellular, and GPS to your projects.


Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

The only limit is talent #HardwareIsNotDead

This being said I hope that security has been properly addressed...

Jean-Simon Venne's curator insight, September 27, 2016 8:47 AM
The unit price of a small computer at 5$! All kind of new possibilities at that price.
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AT&T's Project AirGig could be a wireless alternative to fiber

AT&T's Project AirGig could be a wireless alternative to fiber | cross pond high tech |
The project is still in its experimental phase, but AT&T says it's bursting with potential. AirGig's relay stations may sit on top of telephone poles, but it doesn't actually need to tap into the pole's power source -- it doesn't send signals over the lines either, opting instead to regenerate millimeter wave signals from station to station. Because the stations are designed with to use affordable plastic antennas and make use of existing infrastructure, it offers a potential way to bring high-speed connections to new areas without laying down new cable. Not only does that save a ton of money, it also means the new system could be deployed faster.
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While europeans break speed records with 1Tb/s on fiber, ATT looks into Wireless Gigabit for rural areas.
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