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August 17, 2019

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August 17, 2019

The truth is, I’ve neglected Founders Basecamp for the last couple of months. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve been busy writing this book, and getting ready for an exciting move: I’m about to leave London and start working on a new venture in the travel sector.

Ah, and befo...

March 2, 2019

This week’s business conversations, en marge of an entre/intra-preneurship program I teach in Geneva, had mostly been about large incumbent pivot stories, either leveraging startups (aka “open innovation”), or creating your own (e.g. “venture building”). And some have...

February 15, 2019

This week I had a fascinating chat with a friend who was involved in a cryogenic preservation project (for rich people who think that science will find ways to bring them back to life). It turns out that the first experiments were done in 70ths, and the most recent one...

February 10, 2019

Richard Branson famously said he sold the Virgin Music retail chain when he first saw the iPod, thinking physical music distribution was dead. Others, like FNAC stayed put (despite a spin off from Kering Group in 2013), quite possibly thanks to the Intrapreneurship att...

January 27, 2019

Transferwise got very popular by offering cheaper international money transfer, and clever marketing from the founders, Kristo and Taavet.

The way it initially worked was that, instead of converting your money from say GBP to EUR, they’d wait for the end of the day. The...

January 20, 2019

I finished Yuval Noah Harari’s 3rd book over the xmas break. It wasn’t as good as Sapiens , which I found so eye opening that I bought several copies for friends and family, but he makes a compelling point that in an age of de-globalisation (in terms of international p...

December 8, 2018

While carefully driving out of Monaco, via the narrow and curvy road by the exotic garden, I got stuck by the stunning view over the sea. I had spent the whole Monday back to back in business meetings.

I had always thought about Monaco as a high concentration of wealt...

December 1, 2018

“Copy with Pride” used to say Frank B., one of my former boss at Orange (he’s now head of strategy and marketing at one of the largest US Telecom and Media group, this must have served him well). So let’s give it a shameless go today.

I came across Sofar Sounds a few...

October 13, 2018

 “But, this is much more powerful, faster, and cheaper than traditional market research to validate a new business idea!”, told me Xiang (a student from the Jiao Tong business school who was visiting London with her MBA class) and Savinien (who’s taking an Entrepreneur...

August 16, 2018

Last week, I met the 10 new startups accelerating through London’s Techstars this year, and as usual with companies who have an early product to market fit, a big part of the conversations has been about finding new channels for customers acquisition.

On my way back h...

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