Laurent Haug

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A look at Emmanuel Macron the "disruptor"

Barbarian vs incumbentsWhat Emmanuel Macron did when he seized power is plain and simple “disruption”. He is the barbarian attacking the system, a system that he blindsided for one main reason: it was far from adequately reflecting the reality of the country.…


Beyond innovation, back to progress

A massive correction is coming to the tech sector, resulting in the end of the second digital gold rush and a return to the fundamentals. Tech companies are increasingly disconnected from what people really need, hardly any meaningful innovation is coming out…


Convergence in the Tech and Media Industry || Innovator’s Brief, issue #34

Technology and media are converging (technology needs content and vice versa) and it's starting to form a coherent picture; a “unified stack” of content, services, products and channels.


Ten Key Findings on What Makes Visionaries Companies Successful || Innovator's brief, issue #33

1. Purpose ≠ strategyAn organization’s timeless core values and enduring purpose (which should never change) is different from its operating practices and business strategies (which should be evolving constantly in response to a changing world). "Those who bu…


Decoding Zuckerberg's management tactics, debunking the end of cinema, and the year's worst inventions | Laurent Haug's newsletter - Issue #32

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.”G.K. Chesterton


The 19th Century "Internet", terror's indirect death toll, and a life saving smartphone || Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #31

The Victorian internet is a brief history of the invention of the telegraph. What is fascinating is how many parallels can be drawn between the 19th and 21st centuries.In the nineteenth century there were no televisions, aeroplanes, computers, or spacecraft; …


The biggest digital opportunity of the next decade || Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #30

"For the first time we are preparing students for a future we cannot clearly describe"— David Warlick


Walking dogs with drones, the first car-free European city, floating 3D objects you can interact with || Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #29

I never teach my students, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Albert Einstein. (1870-1955)


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #28

From the recent Always in beta report published by Anthemis and Claro partners, here are the tools presented as being used by the younger generation to handle their finances. Interesting stuff to test, probably a lot to learn about how payments/transfers/budg…


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #27

For those of you who are interested in consumer retail, the video of my Next festival talk is now available. Slides still on slideshare. I would love to hear your comments, especially if there are interesting developments you think I have missed.


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #26

Last week I was invited to speak at the Next conference in Hamburg, and I presented the trends I see impacting consumer retail. I published the slides, Next has a live blog of the session, and here is a quick write-up of what I found while researching that to…


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #25

Downside of the above: on-ride pictures will never look as good as this one.


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #24

I'm increasingly puzzled by the language Apple uses in their ~~giant advertising sessions~~ keynotes journalists of the world are fighting to attend and cover word for word. Last time Apple launched a truly revolutionary product was 2009 (and I'm nice cause i…


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #23

A follow up on that early 2015 meme about how Facebook knows us better than [our friends]( The Stanford researchers behind that study digged a little deeper, and found that you can predict a) a lot more…


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #22

A few thoughts on the [Ashley Madison hack]( - Regardless of this particular event, you should visit [have I been pwned](https://haveibee…


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #21

Cory is one of today's most inspiring thinker, and a provocative science fiction writer. His main point: we need artificial intelligences that does not think like humans. _The fear of AIs is way out of proportion to their performance. The Big Data-trawling sy…


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #20

Why and how teenagers use SnapChat. Lots of valuable information on the mindset of the younger generation when it comes to social tools. _"When you get ugly selfies from someone, that's how you know you're good friends"._ That's how you define proximity in th…


Laurent Haug's newsletter - Issue #19

"Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food." _William Hazlitt_


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #18

_"Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with."_ Brodi Ashton


Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #17

Climate change is a peculiar topic: so important, yet it fails to connect with most people. A psychologist explains why, which is something every journalist out there should read. _Studies have shown that over 80 percent of newspaper articles on IPCC climate …