Crisis ideograms in Mandarin: Danger and Opportunity

The world will never be the same again. In China, a country that has already partially overcome it, ideograms representing the crisis depict both, Danger and Opportunity. History will retain from this beginning of 2020 an appalling, unimaginable and unprecedented health drama which confined half of humanity, but also a strong economic and stock market crisis. It was predictable, but no one saw it coming like that and then. It questions certain fundamentals and there will definitely be a lot to reinvent.

Au XXIe siècle, la santé, l’éducation et la lutte contre la pauvreté progressent. Certes trop lentement, mais ils progressent. Le mal du siècle, c’est le réchauffement climatique, dont les effets se font sentir partout dans le monde et ils sont déjà ravageurs. Il est dû aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre et principalement de CO2, qui restent en hausse, malgré beaucoup d’efforts, car de nombreux pays se développent en augmentant fortement leur bilan carbone. La meilleure solution connue pour capter du carbone est de planter des arbres, mais combien ?

Runtastic mène avec la course avec 130 millions d’utilisateurs inscrits mais les 40 millions de Strava sont bien plus actifs

Nées en 2009 avec les smartphones, ces applications chargées des centaines de millions de fois permettent de mesurer vos performances sportives. Runtastic, start-up autrichienne rachetée par Adidas en 2015 vise tous les sportifs débutants ou amateurs. Elle mène encore le match face à Strava, start-up de la Silicon Valley, toujours indépendante et plébiscitée par les sportifs assidus. Si d’autres applications ont émergé, ces deux-là ont laissé le peloton loin derrière elles.

“The Start-Up Factory” (Pearson, Dec 2018) at a glance

Original Book Cover in French (© Pearson 2018)

“Entrepreneur” is a word that appeared in France in the Universal Dictionary of Commerce in 1723. And yet it is only in the past dozen or so years, thanks to reproducible and proven methods, that entrepreneurship has become an industry: costs have decreased sharply, massive amounts of funding have become available, and millions of participants have become involved — all resulting in profound impacts on the economy, and society itself.

Accélérateur de start-up (start-up accelerator)

The pace of space conquest is accelerating! Many projects are striving to make it more accessible. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, is also the the creator of SpaceX, which launches and returns rockets. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, recently launched Blue Origin, seeking to democratize access to space.

What’s up in space?

Jean-François Caillard

Co-auteur de “La Fabrique des Start-up” (Pearson, dec 2018). about.me/jfcaillard

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