Well, it’s been 10 years

It’s been ten 10 years that I quit my last position as an employee from another company than my own. I started for a first year and half as a freelance consultant on strategy and then we founded Merkapt, our first consulting company with Stéphanie.

2007 was the year the first iPhone went to market and that Amazon Web Service started to ramp up. Quite a year if you ask me.

I’m not really sentimental or looking into anniversary dates too much, and I’m not going to brag about all the cool things our customers pay us to do. But I guess there’s something to say for those of you who are thinking about being financially independent. That just works.

You don’t need a crazy network or a full year of possible missions to start off. You need to be committed and understand what is your super-power that you’ll be able to monetize at some point. This super-power is probably a flaw right now — at least for your current employer. This is good. You just need a change in perspective, considering the outside world is wide open and all kinds of niche markets exist (we even find multinationals that want corporate incubation to produce actual strategic deliverables, not just promotional marketing — that says a lot). What is a flaw when you’re working year in year out with the same thirty direct team members, could be an exclusive asset in some part of the value chain, or for some categories of players who didn’t exist two years ago.

Well, anyway… I don’t want to promote the independent life and push people to quit boring and yet lucrative jobs. There’s a life style element that probably doesn’t transfer, even when everyone after hours dreams to be his or her own boss. Just know that all you need in 2017 to start with is an iPad, Linkedin and maybe a passport. You don’t need the 600 articles that we published on this blog, but of course it will help along the way.

To end up this quick note I’d like to ask you something. Not a big commitment just a little nudge… Here it goes:

If last week or five years ago there was one of our articles that was important for you, changed your view on a key issue, or was just fun or surprising… Would you be kind enough to share it on Linkedin or Twitter with just a few words?

That would be kind of cool. : )

A quick feedback from Autonomy 2017 in Paris

Attending with some customers and partners the urban mobility summit in Paris right now, I feel a bit uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable actually.

Most of the things we are seeing or talking about during keynotes are quite nice and somehow crafty. How to unlock car sharing or green mobility in this town, or that other one? Are we are going to manage mobility data? After all the buzz with MaaS, how are we going to do it? Will Hyperloop bring peace and end hunger worldwide? Etc. All that is cute, and sometimes even a bit exhilarating.

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My next keynote on the second coming of Cloud

My upcoming keynote for an undisclosed executive team will be trying to map out how businesses will be changed within the next three years by the next wave of cloud technologies.

Stéphanie and I are regularly delivering strategic keynotes for executive boards in various markets. They all address key issues at stake for specific industrial customers. They are also all wrapped under some form of NDA or another. While it’s always frustrating not to be able to share things, we try from time to time to afford some level of teasing…

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Trading risks keynote

If you’re in Darmstadt on May 17th, you can join me and the wonderful team of the Merck Innovation Center at 5:30pm for a keynote on Trading Risks. We’ll discuss how startups and multinationals should recalibrate their relationships after years of fumbling around, and why building no-bullshit synergies matters more than ever.

Follow this link for further details.

Let’s grab a sake in Tokyo

I’ll be in Tokyo from May 22 to 26. As usual, I’ll be working with customers, but if you’re around this is also a good time to grab a coffee or a bite and exchange on business, innovation or other things. Just connect with me on Twitter or through the ‘Contact us’ menu above. I might also have spare time for a keynote or an event in case you’d be interested.

How to prepare for corporate incubation end of party

Five prevalent impediments push corporations away from sound partnerships with startups.

My last keynote with the FabMob program, during a private event involving selected startups and industrials at Autonomy 2016 in Paris today. The idea was to discuss how corporate incubation end-of-party is coming quickly to Europe and illustrate the five most prevalent impediments that corporations have to overcome to engage further partnerships with startups.

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