“Paris: an innovation ecosystem that needs to overpass political priorities to be fully liberated”

Hacene Lahreche is not afraid to fight for his ideas. As he mentioned it during our interview, he’s eager to play the role of Henry Fonda in the movie 12 angry men. COO of Creative Valley and president of La Paillasse, an innovation laboratory specialized in biotech, he built, during the past years, a strong point of view about the Parisian ecosystem of innovation.
During our conversation, we had the pleasure to talk about the maturity of the Parisian ecosystem regarding its talents, culture and money and how players are structuring each of these pillars to improve the ecosystem.
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Coworking, 10 Years Later

When the first spaces popped up in San Francisco for the first time around 2007, co-working was a brand new concept. Sharing workspace with like-minded strangers was the answer for a specific tech-focused community struggling with rising real estate market environment. Definitely not something for work-from-home moms or traditional corporations. Things have changed. Continue reading “Coworking, 10 Years Later”

Why your company shouldn’t build custom AI

There’s a lot of chatter surrounding AI these days: from the excitement of seeing machines solve extremely hard problems such as energy consumptioncancer detectionnuclear fusion to the fears of seeing AI take over everyone’s job, or simply deleting the entire human race. But the one AI field that is booming today is what we call “Applied AI,” i.e. AI applied to industry problems as opposed to fundamental AI research.
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Why Do We Go Off-site?

At work, we are busy. In our day-to-day, we simply do not have enough time to step back and reflect on the work we are doing. Such reflection is necessary for recalibration of business goals, identification of new opportunities, and alignment of overall work with the company’s vision and strategy. The time constraints of our normal working days also often prevent regular meetings with other employees, even for the purposes of sharing updates and catching up over a cup of coffee. Continue reading “Why Do We Go Off-site?”