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The Apple Tesla Connection: Fun and Reason With Numbers

The Apple Tesla Connection: Fun and Reason With Numbers | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For Apple devices the computation is more complicated — and more speculative — because the company publicizes battery capacity (in watt-hours) rather than weight. But after some digging around, I found the weight information for an iPhone 4S on the iFixit site: 26 grams. From there, I estimated that the weight of the larger iPhone 5S battery is 30 grams.

I reasoned that the weight/capacity ratio is probably the same for all Apple batteries, so if a 26g iPhone battery provides 5.25 watt-hrs, the iPad Air battery that yields 32.4 watt-hrs must weigh approximately 160g. Sparing you the details of the mix of iPad minis and the approximations for the various Macs, we end up with these numbers for 2014 (I’m deliberately omitting the iPod):

100M iPads @ 130g = 13,000 tons 
200M iPhones @ 30g = 6,000 tons 
20M Macs @ 250g = 5,000 tons 
Total Apple batteries = 24,000 metric tons

It’s a rough estimate, but close enough for today’s purpose: Apple and Tesla need about the same tonnage of batteries this year.

 

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Connected TV Forum - Moscow, March 5th 2014

Connected TV Forum - Moscow, March 5th 2014 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Philippe Dewost will deliver a keynote titled  "Beyond Screens"

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Any "must mention / can't miss" topics or data points  I shall make sure I don't forget?

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Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

You grow old, you slow down, and you die. That is, unless you can inject some fresh blood. After watching the last generation of tech giants wither or..

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Proud to be somewhere in this GAFAY shopping spree. This chart would be even more interesting in % of market cap...

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Nokia Goes Android

Nokia Goes Android | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This week, we might see Nokia’s entry-level feature phones replaced by a low-end device running Android Open Source Project software. The phone may just be a fantasy, but the dilemma facing Nokia’s feature phone business is quite real: Embrace Android or be killed by it. 

Nokia will announce an Android phone! So says the persistent rumor, started about three months ago by an @evleaks tweet, and followed by more details as weeks went by. Initially code-named Normandy, the hypothetical feature phone is now calledNokia X, and it already has its own Wikipedia page and pictures

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A refreshing note by JL Gassee about Nokia, AOSP, and the Android license framework. And a good headstart for Mobile World Congress... 

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Google Ramps Up Chip Design | EE Times

Google Ramps Up Chip Design | EE Times | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
According to venture legend John Doerr,Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.
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Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows

Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Of Microsoft’s many challenges in mobile, none loom larger than the app deficit: it only takes a popular new title like Flappy Bird to highlight what the company is missing out on. Windows 8 apps are also few and far between, and Microsoft is stuck in a position where it’s struggling to generate developer interest in its latest style of apps across phones and tablets. Some argue Microsoft should dump Windows Phone and create its own "forked" version of Android — not unlike what Amazon has done with its Kindle Fire tablets — while others claim that’s an unreasonably difficult task. With a new, mobile- and cloud-focused CEO in place, Nokia's decision to build an Android phone, and rumors of Android apps coming to Windows, could we finally see Microsoft experimenting with Google’s forbidden fruit?

 

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone. While planning is ongoing and it's still early, we’re told that some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether. The mixed (and strong) feelings internally highlight that Microsoft will need to be careful with any radical move.

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Apparently Nokia has it already done

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Twitter Plunges After Earnings On Weak User Growth

Twitter Plunges After Earnings On Weak User Growth | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Monthly active users were 241 million. The company added only 9 million more users since the last quarter — that is very weak progress. Only 1 million users were added in the U.S.
Worse, timeline views (a measure of how engaged users are with Twitter) actually declined sequentially.

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The above chart is the stunning one. Weak growth hammered the stock after hours but engagements metrics have everybody scratching their heads...

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How robust is your browser to this Mondrian frame set recursive crash test ?

How robust is your browser to this Mondrian frame set recursive crash test ? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In 1997 I designed a very simple html test aimed at evaluating Netscape 2.0 frameset handling performances. How long does your current browser pass the test ? 

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javascript + frameset management can bring a browser to its knees. How long does your config resist to this 1997 test ?

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Mac Pro: Seymour Cray Would Have Approved by @gassee

Mac Pro: Seymour Cray Would Have Approved by @gassee | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The original 128K Mac was 13.6” high, 9.6” wide, 10.9” deep (35.4 x 24.4 x 26.4 cm) and 16.5 lb (7.5 kg). Today’s Mac Pro is 9.9″ by 6.6″ (25 by 17 cm) and weighs 11 lb (5 kg) — smaller, shorter, and lighter than its ancient progenitor. Open your hand and stretch your fingers wide: The distance from the tip of your pinky to the tip of your thumb is in the 9 to 10 inches range (for most males). This gives you an idea of how astonishingly small the Mac Pro is.

At 7 teraflops, the new Pro’s performance specs are impressive…but what’s even more impressive is how all that computing power is stuffed into such a small package without everything melting down. Look inside the new Mac Pro and you’ll find a Xeon processor, twin AMD FirePro graphics engines, main memory, a solid-state “drive”, driven by 450W of maximum electric power… and all cooled by a single fan. The previous Mac Pro version, at only 2 teraflops, needed eight blowers to keep its GPU happy.

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Interesting story linking energy density, Seymour Cray, the Bell Labs and the 64bit A7 chip... not mentioning the Mac Pro's real size.

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Appel à @lafrenchtech: y a-t-il des start-up françaises développant des films transparents/occultants?

A l'instar de http://sonte.com  en UK ou http://smarttint.com aux US , je recherche pour un projet immobilier une solution de film transparent pouvant devenir opaque afin d'équiper une salle de réunion. Merci de vos idées et suggestions.

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95% of ATMs still run Windows XP and Face Deadline to Upgrade

95% of ATMs still run Windows XP and Face Deadline to Upgrade | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

When ATMs were introduced more than 40 years ago, they were considered advanced technology. Today, not so much. There are 420,000 ATMs in the U.S., and on April 8, a deadline looms for nearly all of them that underscores how sluggishly the nation’s cash delivery system moves forward. That’s the day Microsoft (MSFT) cuts off tech support for Windows XP, meaning that ATMs running the software will no longer receive regular security patches and won’t be in compliance with industry standards. Most machines that get upgraded will shift to Windows 7, an operating system that became available in October 2009. (Some companies get a bit of a reprieve: For ATMs using a stripped-down version of XP known as Windows XP Embedded, which is less susceptible to viruses, Microsoft support lasts until early 2016.)

Inside every ATM casing is a computer, and like all such devices, each one runs on an OS. Microsoft’s 12-year-old Windows XP dominates the ATM market, powering more than 95 percent of the world’s machines and a similar percentage in the U.S., according to Robert Johnston, a marketing director at NCR (NCR), the largest ATM supplier in the U.S.

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"Goodbye XP, hello HP" says a recent print ad. Will there be room for Raspberry Pi, Android or iOS powered machines with a user interface that gets closer to the rapidly spreading "mobile first" UX standard ?

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Google 3.2 Bn$ purchase of Nest is an interesting milestone in the Internet of 18 Billion Things story

Google 3.2 Bn$ purchase of Nest is an interesting milestone in the Internet of 18 Billion Things story | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Nest, a company founded by former Apple employee Tony Fadell that makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors, sold to Google for $3.2 billion. Take the purchase as a sign that big tech companies truly do think we'll one day live in a future where everything is connected online. 

According to analysis from Business Insider Intelligence, more than 18 billion devices will be connected to the Web by 2018.

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Hopefully we have a long tradition of CES award winning, pioneering companies in the IoT space. French "things" fly, capture your body and activity parameters, monitor your air in and outdoor, as well as you eating habits and, more recently, your toothbrushing patterns.

 

Now they need a business and an exit footprint and in that respect, the #frenchtech ecosystem will be key.

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Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple

Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

ULTRAMOBILE YEAR AHEAD: Gartner has updated its annual device forecasts for PCs, tablets, and mobile phones for the new year. On the whole, the research outfit thinks sales of all of these devices combined will grow by just over 7% in 2014, which would be a re-acceleration in growth compared to the 4% growth achieved between 2012 and 2013. 

Mobile phones, both feature phones and smartphones, will dominate in terms of sales volume, with expected annual sales of almost 1.9 billion. But it will be the "ultramobiles" category, in which Gartner includes tablets, hybrids, and flip-form devices, that will set the pace for growth, with increased sales of nearly 54% during the year. We feel this is a function of growing demand for "phablets," or devices that carry a screen size somewhere between the standard 5-inch smartphone and the 8-inch tablet. Phablet shipments have already skyrocketed in key markets for mobile growth like China and India. PC sales, meanwhile, will continue to be hampered by the mobile movement. Gartner thinks PC sales will decline 7% in 2014. 

ONE BILLION ANDROID DEVICES! If 2013 was the watershed year for Android in terms of market share, then 2014 will be the year Android solidifies its stronghold on the global mobile market. Gartner estimates Android will sell 1.1 billion devices for the year. They also confirm that Android blows past Apple in terms of installed base, with 1.9 billion active Android devices already in use. With slowing growth in mobile uptake in developed markets, expect Android to make massive waves with new, lower-income users in emerging mobile markets, where most new customers are priced out of the premium device market dominated by Apple. (Gartner)

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Ultra Mobile year ahead... Nearly 2 Bn handsets forecasted in 2014 and 1Bn Android devices. Meanwhile Apple passed the $10Bn sales mark on the App Store.

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Apple TV sales topped $1B in 2013, becoming Apple's fastest growing hardware

Apple TV sales topped $1B in 2013, becoming Apple's fastest growing hardware | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed during his company's annual shareholder meeting on Friday that total sales of the Apple TV topped $1 billion in 2013. Priced at $99 each, that would mean sales were beyond 10 million for the year.

In response to the new data released by Cook, analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco took to Twitter to reveal he estimates that sales of the Apple TV have increased by 80 percent year over year. That would make the Apple TV the company's fastest-growing hardware product.

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook admitted last Friday it's hard to continue referring to the Apple TV as a "hobby"

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Hobby Time is over

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Sequans & Alcatel-Lucent showcase Carrier Aggregation & LTE Broadcast at #MWC14

“These demonstrations will show the commercial readiness of both carrier aggregation and LTE Broadcast in our chip solutions,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Our eMBMS technology has been thoroughly proven by operators in several countries, and now our carrier aggregation technology will enjoy a similar reception in this, its first public demonstration with Alcatel-Lucent. We continue to work closely with Alcatel-Lucent on refining these advanced LTE capabilities that will soon transform our mobile world in new and exciting ways.”
“We have been working with Sequans for more than a year on eMBMS testing and we have made tremendous progress in making this exciting LTE multicast technology commercial-ready,” said Glen Booth, VP of the LTE Business at Alcatel-Lucent. “By working together, Alcatel-Lucent and Sequans intend to accelerate the adoption of technologies to bring innovative services to consumers and alleviate the impact of mobile data on wireless networks.”
Sequans Mont Blanc LTE Platform is Verizon Wireless certified, complies with 3GPP Release 9 specifications, and supports category 4 throughput, eMBMS, and other advanced features. Sequans’ new Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform complies with 3GPP Release 10 specifications and offers highly flexible carrier aggregation whereby any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each can be combined.

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Spritz reinvents mobile reading

Spritz reinvents mobile reading | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Reading is inherently time consuming because your eyes have to move from word to word and line to line. Traditional reading also consumes huge amounts of physical space on a page or screen, which limits reading effectiveness on small displays. Scrolling, pinching, and resizing a reading area doesn’t fix the problem and only frustrates people. Now, with compact text streaming from Spritz, content can be streamed one word at a time, without forcing your eyes to spend time moving around the page. Spritz makes streaming your content easy and more comfortable, especially on small displays. Our “Redicle” technology enhances readability even more by using horizontal lines and hash marks to direct your eyes to the red letter in each word, so you can focus on the content that interests you. Best of all, Spritz’s patent-pending technology can integrate into photos, maps, videos, and websites to promote more effective communication.

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at what speed do you Spritz?

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Here's Why Facebook Is Blowing $19 Billion On WhatsApp

Here's Why Facebook Is Blowing $19 Billion On WhatsApp | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Even in this era of multibillion-dollar valuations for tech startups that have barely moved out of the founders’ parents’ basement, the idea ofFacebook paying $19 billion for a mobile messaging service seems simply insane.

But that’s what Facebook likely will be spending toacquire WhatsApp, the latest–well, not even actually the latest–social network and communications service. The company today announced the deal, which includes $12 billion in Facebook stock, $4 billion in cash, and up to $3 billion in restricted Facebook stock units to be granted to WhatsApp founders and employees over a four-year vesting period.

Why so much for a service that a lot of people have never even heard of? Because it’s growing really, really fast–faster, in fact, than just about any similar service to date, including Facebook. More than 450 million people are using the service monthly, and 70% of them are active on any given day, according to Facebook’spress release. More than 1 million more are registering to use it every day.

Most stunning, WhatsApp messaging volume is apparently approaching the entire worldwide SMS messaging volume of mobile carriers. That’s the kind of growth Facebook, whose own messaging service has been growing rapidly but nothing like that, simply can’t ignore.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Drowning by numbers and Over The Top... WhatsApp valued at approximately half of Orange, with user base twice bigger. 

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Ian CHERABIER's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:22 AM

Intéressant !

Barbara Chapuis's curator insight, February 28, 2014 4:36 AM

An explanation for such a big amount : off line datas, succesful mature mobile experience and a enormous number of users...

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Japan Net Retailer Rakuten to Buy Viber for $900M

Japan Net Retailer Rakuten to Buy Viber for $900M | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Rakuten Inc. is buying Cyprus-based Viber Media, which operates a popular Internet phone application, for $900 million, fortifying the online retailer's social
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The value of OTT is as interesting as it's destination... #SMSisDead

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Samsung recently won an order for roughly 7,000 smartphones from the U.S. Army and BlackBerry can't rely on the US Government for sales anymore

Samsung recently won an order for roughly 7,000 smartphones from the U.S. Army and BlackBerry can't rely on the US Government for sales anymore | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In 2010, BlackBerry had a market share of nearly 70% among business customers in North America, according to IDC. In 2013, that figure had dropped to around 5%, IDC said. Globally, BlackBerry's business-market share has slipped to around 8% from 31% in 2010, according to IDC.

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How long until french public institutions follow ? #BYOD

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Le Forum capital-innovation - AFIC | Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance

Le Forum capital-innovation - AFIC | Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

L’AFIC (Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance) organise le 6 février 2014 à Paris, à l’Ecole des Mines ParisTech.

On définit ici le capital-innovation comme l’action d’investisseurs apportant du capital, un réseau, une expérience, un accompagnement à des jeunes  entreprises innovantes à fort potentiel pour financer leur développement dans le but d’un retour sur investissement.

Comme le souligne le rapport Gallois « la question la plus décisive pour l’industrie française est probablement d’intensifier et d’accélérer la collaboration entre les différents acteurs».  En tant qu’investisseur dans de jeunes entreprises innovantes, il appartient au capital-innovation de stimuler  cette collaboration entre  recherche publique, grands groupes et jeunes entreprises innovantes afin de favoriser les transferts de la recherche vers les applications industrielles.

Cette rencontre veut être le point de départ d’une nouvelle collaboration entre les acteurs de l’écosystème innovant français. Il s'agit d’un événement inédit rassemblant plusieurs types d’acteurs.

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J'y interviendrai demain matin avec Sophie Paturle et Gilles Nobecourt

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Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion

Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google has signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the company announced after markets closed on Wednesday. Google will keep the "vast majority" of around 10,000 patents it acquired when it bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.5 billion.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
So roughly Google acquired 10.000 patents at $1 million each on average ? [Update: patent average price looks closer to 1/10th of my initial guesstimate as it seems that Google acquired closer to 17.000 patents for 1.6Bn$ net as evidenced by http://bgr.com/2014/01/30/google-motorola-lenovo-sale-patents-earnings/]
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Google s’offre un génie de l’intelligence articifielle, Demis Hassanis, fondateur de DeepMind | @FrenchWeb

Google s’offre un génie de l’intelligence articifielle, Demis Hassanis, fondateur de DeepMind | @FrenchWeb | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google serait prêt à débourser 400 millions de dollars pour s’offrir les travaux de Demis Hassanis, un ingénieur surdoué de 37 ans, spécialiste de l’intelligence artificielle. Basée à Londres, DeepMind précise avec humilité sur sa page d’accueil être spécialisée dans les algorithmes de simulation pour les jeux et l’e-commerce. Mais la startup a développé une expertise que beaucoup qualifient d’unique au monde, dans l’analyse de la neuroscience et l’intelligence artificielle. La startup anglaise aurait par ailleurs créé des approches inédites de l’AI (Artificial Intelligence) appliquées à l’e-commerce sous forme de recommandations. DeepMind, qui a seulement 3 ans d’existence, aurait bénéficié du soutien financier des membres de Founders Fund, et de celui d’Horizon Ventures.

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La seule limite est le talent. Voir sa présentation à la Singularity University, étonnant.

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Mind blowing interview of McLaren's Ron Dennis about the impact of Big Data on motor racing

Ron Dennis of McLaren in conversation with David Rowan, editor of Wired, in conversation at the G8 Innovation Conference on 14 June 2013 at the Crystal in London

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6 months after, I'm still looking at this talk as one of the most inspiring features of the G8 Innovation Conference I was invited at by UKTI and McKinsey last year. I have suggested this video to business friends many times over the past weeks and it is one of the very few YouTube pieces that I actually have viewed more than once.

 

Key points :

- Motor racing is unique: the second is the unit, a 1% window between success and failure.

- A Formula 1 has 100 sensors 6.5 Billion data points over a Grand Prix. A race team is run from HQ where 3000 race patterns are analysed against the current car's parameters.

- McLaren spends between 100-200 M£ in their data analysis and processing systems.

- In racing there is no error and control. Massive fast development of components. Simulation reversed R&D: now they have 90% productivity instead of 10%. "Basically we make nothing that does not work"

- Electric motor coupled to very sophisticated control system allow for absolutely linear torque

- One last thing : Graphene is the next big thing

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Philippe's year 2013 on SlideShare

Philippe's year 2013 on SlideShare | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
2013 Year in Review on SlideShare – Quick stats of last year can help plan 2014 better.
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Interesting and unexpected. Missing http://www.slideshare.net/Fujitsu_FR/fujitsu-it-future-2013-regards-sur-lconomie-numerique-enjeux-et-perspective hosted on another account.

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Les barbares attaquent la DSI !

Les barbares attaquent la DSI ! | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

C'est l'argumentation développé pendant plus d'une heure trente et qui s'est suivi d'un débat enflammé avec la salle dans un vieil immeuble du Marais. Et Nicolas Colin sait de quoi il parle quand il prône la rupture devant une salle pleine a craquer.

Énarque, ancien Inspecteur des finances ayant travaillé sur lataxation de l'économie numérique dans un rapport rendu l'an dernier, a quitté la trajectoire naturelle que prennent généralement ce type de "comètes", pour co-fonder ailleurs dans l'univers et loin de l'Administration, un incubateur / accélérateur de startup:TheFamily.

Une pépinière pour justement couver les bébés barbares, avant qu'ils n'aillent se confronter à la réalité du marché, dans toutes les industries. Vous trouverez sur le blog de TheFamily les vidéos des autres conférences où les barbares attaquent la finance, la grande distribution et même leconsulting 

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Et ce n'est pas du Tim Burton...

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