Google Cloud Platform’s User Conference

On 20th October, I attended the Google Cloud Platform’s User Conference (NEXT London 2016) at the InterContinental hotel in London (near the O2 arena). The goals of the day were to: Learn Read More »

Amazon Web Services Conference at The Shard

I attended an AWS conference at The Shard, the tallest building in London. The event focused on the following areas: – Understand the benefits of the AWS cloud – Learn how AWS helps Read More »

Big Data Bootcamp in London

Great event yesterday in London, attending a Big Data Bootcamp powered by BigStep, CouchBase, and MapR during which they presented their technologies. An awesome opportunity to meet numerous bright minds among the Read More »

Mission at Noble Agri (Switzerland)

On Thursday 14th January, I finished an 8 months mission to coordinate the split of Noble Agri in the Treasury department (bought $1.5bn by COFCO) in Geneva (Switzerland). I have also created and Read More »

Course de l’Escalade (Race in Geneva)

On Saturday 5th December 2015, I ran the “Course de l’Escalade” in Geneva (Switzerland) in 37’43”. For the 38th edition, more than 37.000 people ran in the old city of Geneva. This Read More »

 
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Google Cloud Platform’s User Conference

On 20th October, I attended the Google Cloud Platform’s User Conference (NEXT London 2016) at the InterContinental hotel in London (near the O2 arena).

The goals of the day were to:

  • Learn what innovative startups and global enterprises are doing with GCP.
  • Get hands-on with the future of cloud technology.
  • Hear from the best lecturers in the global Google team.
  • Network and share your ideas with the GCP community.
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Amazon Web Services Conference at The Shard

I attended an AWS conference at The Shard, the tallest building in London. The event focused on the following areas:

– Understand the benefits of the AWS cloud
– Learn how AWS helps you get to market faster and stay agile
– Hear from existing AWS customers about their use of, and experiences with, AWS and Iomart
– Network with AWS experts and peers

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Bernard-Henri Lévy – Philosopher

Bernard-Henri Lévy (commonly named “BHL”) is a French philosopher and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe. He is the author of over 30 books, including works of philosophy, fiction, and biography, as well as several documentary films.

On Tuesday 22nd March, I attended one of his conferences organized by The Hexagon Institute in London. He signed for me his latest book “L’Esprit du Judaïsme” (“The Spirit of Judaism“), a reference to the book written in the 1790s by the french author and politician François-René de Chateaubriand: “Génie du christianisme” (“The Genius of Christianity“).

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Big Data Bootcamp in London

Great event yesterday in London, attending a Big Data Bootcamp powered by BigStep, CouchBase, and MapR during which they presented their technologies. An awesome opportunity to meet numerous bright minds among the participants!

 

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Mission at Noble Agri (Switzerland)

On Thursday 14th January, I finished an 8 months mission to coordinate the split of Noble Agri in the Treasury department (bought $1.5bn by COFCO) in Geneva (Switzerland). I have also created and implemented applications. A great experience!

Here with my incredible team on the picture:

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Course de l’Escalade (Race in Geneva)

On Saturday 5th December 2015, I ran the “Course de l’Escalade” in Geneva (Switzerland) in 37’43”. For the 38th edition, more than 37.000 people ran in the old city of Geneva.

This event is always held a week before the “Fête de l’Escalade”, which celebrates the defeat of the surprise attack by troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy during the night of 11–12 December 1602.

Source: Wikipedia

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[BOOK] “The Practitioner’s Guide to Product Management”

This is my fifth book recommendation. Whether you are an experienced product manager or you want to become one, you will most probably learn something. This book covers the topic very well and is easy to read.

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UCL delegation to Tel Aviv

Five days trip to Tel Aviv (Israel) fully organized by Dana Cohen and Ron Danenberg with the support of the Department of Management Science & Innovation. It gathered a total of 11 MSc Technology Entrepreneurship students (University College London) for an intense week in what is considered as one of the world’s best start-up hubs.

Meetings included:
– Migdal Capital Markets
– SimilarWeb, website traffic statistics: meeting with Ariel Rosenstein, director of marketing
– Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia: Q&A at Tel Aviv University
– Gur Braslavi, founder of Vayomar and serial entrepreneur
– Jerusalem Global Ventures with Shlomo Kalish
– eToro’s offices, social-investment network
– CheckPoint, one of the biggest cyber-security company
– Orit Mossinson, co-founder of Wix.com

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Jimmy Wales – Co-Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales is the co-founder of Wikipedia. He came to speak at Tel Aviv University and I was fortunate enough to listen to him as part of the trip I co-organized (University College London MSc Technology Entrepreneurship).

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[Book] “The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you”

This is my fourth book recommendation. It is easy to read and straight to the point. Discover the questions to ask for your customer development and how to guide the conversations to know what people really think about your product.

They say you shouldn’t ask your mom whether your business is a good idea, because she loves you and will lie to you. This is technically true, but it misses the point. You shouldn’t ask anyone if your business is a good idea. It’s a bad question and everyone will lie to you at least a little . As a matter of fact, it’s not their responsibility to tell you the truth. It’s your responsibility to find it and it’s worth doing right .

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Second place at HackTrain 3 days hackathon

This weekend I participated in HackTrain three days hackathon powered by Bloomberg and various British train companies. My amazing team has built Elastic http://www.elasticapp.uk/ while traveling across the UK (London, Sheffield, York, Edinburgh). We won the second prize competing with some of the best developers, UX designers, and young entrepreneurs!

An AMAZING event with incredibly smart and talented people. Challenging but we did it !!

40 hackers, 4 cities, 200km/h, 3 days

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HackLondon

HackLondon is a 24 hours hackathon (= event during which people collaborate intensively on software projects) hosted by KCL Tech Society, UCL TechSoc and UCL Entrepreneurs Society. There were more than 200 participants to this amazing event.

My team created an app which allows users to schedule their coffee to have their coffee waiting for them when they get in the coffee shop (these are people who go to the same coffee shop everyday).

Members of my team (from left to right):

  • Robert Chandler (University of Cambridge)
  • Ron Danenberg (University College London)
  • Vesko Vankov (Uckfield Community Technology College)
  • Evgeny Roskach Tsymba (University of Cambridge)
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What is Google’s strategy?

Google has an adaptive strategy as described by Beinhocker. It started with a powerful search algorithm, which made its success. This american company has been for a long time an advertising agency disguised as a search platform. The only other very successful tool developed by Google itself is Gmail. With a net income of more than USD 12 billions in 2013, this company has too much cash and does not know what to do with it. Moreover, they are afraid that start-ups could emerge and eat them like Google has outmatched the giants of that time such as Yahoo.

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[Book] “Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster”

What is your One Metric That Matters (OMTM) ? You don’t know? Then you should read “Lean Analytics” by Alistair Croll and Ben Yoskovitz. This is my third book recommendation!

Marc Andreesen once said that “markets that don’t exist don’t care how smart you are.” Whether you’re a startup founder trying to disrupt an industry, or an intrapreneur trying to provoke change from within, your biggest risk is building something nobody wants.

Lean Analytics can help. By measuring and analyzing as you grow, you can validate whether a problem is real, find the right customers, and decide what to build, how to monetize it, and how to spread the word. Focusing on the One Metric That Matters to your business right now gives you the focus you need to move ahead–and the discipline to know when to change course.

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unBound Digital conference – Connecting digital ecosystems

Today, I have attended the unBound Digital conference. Chaired by Yossi Vardi, unBound Digital connects leaders and growth stage companies from digital ecosystems around the world.

unBound Digital, connects over 800 entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, growth stage companies and start-ups from leading digital ecosystems around the world. This year, there were delegations from Czech, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel, UK, USA, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, India, South Korea, Armenia and Singapore.