Since this is a new newsletter and a new podcast I thought I should introduce myself briefly.
I live in San Francisco, California since 2007. I learned from the incredible technology entrepreneurs at the heart of Silicon Valley and also spent time on my two passions, kite-surfing and paragliding which are both easy to practice 20 minutes away from my home.
I was born on July 14, 1972 (yep Cancer) in the South of France, a small city called Perpignan an hour and a half drive from Barcelona in Spain, on the Mediterranean coast.
Continued on my new newsletter, with a podcast:
La France me manque!
« Qui serait, selon vous, la pire tête à claque du milieu de la tech?
D.G. : On a un peu nos têtes de Turc. Il y a Loïc Le Meur, un vieux de la vieille, il a fondé Le Web, il a participé à la campagne de Sarkozy…
L.B. : Tête à claques, je ne sais pas, mais caricature oui. Un Français qui vit dans la Silicon Valley, qui parle en franglais, qui fait du kitesurf, qui médite, qui a quitté les réseaux sociaux et s’est mis en scène sur les réseaux sociaux en train de quitter les réseaux sociaux –la totale.” https://korii.slate.fr/et-caetera/newsletter-tech-trash-les-possedes-livre-acide-lol-humour-tech-start-ups?amp
Dreams and sleep have always fascinated me.
When we dream, we are in another world. We do not really understand how consciousness comes to a baby and we do not really understand where we go when we dream. Measuring sleep is a good first step. I am currently testing Dreem; a headband that does just that.
The founder of Dreem, Hugo Mercier, released a new version of his application this week. It’s like a sleeping coach; analyzing your sleep by measuring your brainwaves and using AI to improve your sleep. This new version adds recording naps and meditation programs. Dreem now has a broader space than just improving your sleep. I am testing the new features and have been very impressed by Hugo and his team. …
Who are the best Blockchain speakers?
Finding the best speakers is always difficult. This week I have been working on a product we have used in the past that we call “Call for speakers”. This product helps event organizers find the best speakers by topic, crowdsourced by their communities.
All recommended Blockchain speakers are public and updated live with your contributions so Everyone can benefit from the results.
This “Call for speaker product” is a work in progress so please email me any ideas or suggestions if you like. Everyone will be able to use it for their events when we finish it. …
Greetings from Innsbruck, Austria, where I’m about to MC a great private corporate event focused on the brain (human and machines) for NTT Data. I took my paragliding wing with me and flew yesterday. Stunning scenery.
“I could die in ten years. That’s why I am doing all the crazy things I am doing. There isn’t a minute to lose. We need to do things. We need to laugh. We need to take risks. We need to dream. There is no bigger risk than to leave this planet without having lived what we wanted to live. …
I’m back in San Francisco. I can be flying in 20 minutes here. I have always dreamt and still dream about flying. I have flown small airplanes by myself but nothing beats the sensation of a paraglider. It fits in a backpack and I have been traveling around the world with mine. There is no engine. All I can do is adapt to the wind and nature to stay up. It’s like life. You cannot fight against the elements and always have to be in flow. Accept whatever comes and adapt to it. There is very little control yet so much possibility, adventure and fun. I am so grateful I can fly like an eagle so close to my home.
I had the honor of interviewing Larry at LeWeb. I have been to 5 Burning Man festivals and it changed how I see the world in many ways.
Radical self expression (show up as you wish and do pretty much what you want), no advertising and commercial activity, gift economy with no cash, permanent collaboration and openness, leave no trace are some of the values.
Larry showed me another way to see the world. An Utopia that is in many ways better than the world we live in.
It helped me being myself and more present without the constant wonder of what others think.
This year’s temple burn will be especially sad and special. A reminder that nothing and no one is eternal, at least on this incarnation.
Greetings from Austin Texas. I just hosted a session at South by Southwest on Artificial Intelligence with fantastic speakers.
Adam Cheyer — co-founder of Siri now building “the Siri of Samsung” as his new company got recently acquired
Daphne Koller — co-founder of Coursera, McArthur Genius award, Stanford computer science professor
Nell Watson — entrepreneur, engineer who wrote two books on philosophy and focusing on machine ethics
I’m hoping SXSW publishes the whole hour of our panel as I really enjoyed it but here are a few things I learned.
Siri doesn’t understand my “frenglish”
The highlight for me was definitely when I complained to Adam that Siri never understood my accent and he replied “I never understand your accent either what do you expect”. The entire room laughed (photo). …
I landed in Paris and went straight “home” to Station F. I have an office there now. It’s the largest startup campus in the world with 34,000 sq meters. Not even a year after its launch it hosts 3000 entrepreneurs and will soon offer onsite apartments for 600 of them.
It’s a “campus” and not an accelerator as Station F does not invest in startups but helps them with everything they need. More than 30 programs support startups by vertical or region (there is a France-China program for example). 30 venture capital firms are on site to fund the next great project. There are also programs from business schools such as HEC or corporates like Facebook, Google or Microsoft providing startups with support. Startups can also learn from top resident entrepreneurs such as Tony Fadell or Phil Libin. …
I have finally read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It’s a great read and it has been constantly on my mind. Eckart Tolle summarized beautifully many of the things I have become aware of in meditation or with plant medicine.
Most of us seek happiness from the pleasures of material wealth, validation, security, power over others or even love. I have been there and working hard on myself.
Our constructed image on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter is a projection of what we think we are through our ego. But that’s not who we are.
I am not my thoughts. I am not my mind. There is only one reality — the present. …