[INSIDERS] 5 Tech Info to Shine in Society
Dear friends, journalistic rigor now prompts us to seriously consider asking the director of the publication of FrenchWeb a permanent section, devoted to the confused loves of people and Tech – let’s call it the GlamTech if you really want it. Because that’s how the world goes: after YSL and its muse-researcher in artificial intelligence, here is Paris Hilton gives in cryptocurrency. Let’s go good.
The surprising alliance was announced by the heiress and former glory of the 00s herself, in an Instagram post (certainly spontaneous and selfless), where she shares with us her delirious enthusiasm for participating in the ICO LydianCoin – you know those cryptocurrency fundraisers that China just banned.
The Financial Times teaches us that LydianCoin is issued by Gravity4 – whose leader Gurbaksh Chahal already distinguished himself in 2014 during a case of domestic violence. For those who are wondering what is the Gravity4 market, the company promotes itself on its site as “the world’s first AI big data marketing cloud– which, failing to answer a very legitimate question, is supposed to stop you a (bit) corner.
– Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 3, 2017
The operation aims to raise somes $ 100 million, through the sale of 20 million tokens, whose use value remains obscure, even in the eyes of FT, who have however already seen others.
Still on the cryptocurrency front, we highly recommend this fascinating report from CNBC, who investigates the risks run by bitcoin miners in Venezuela. Mining, consisting in allocating computer resources to the blockchain, has become a means of survival in this country which is facing an unprecedented economic crisis. However, the activity is not without risk: although legal, it consumes a lot of electricity (a subsidized sector in Venezuela) and the authorities are now on the heels of those who engage in it, on the grounds of smuggling and theft. energy, but also for fear of seeing the national currency, the bolivar, weaken further.
Juicero will never have recovered from his bad buzz. The San Francisco-based start-up has announced that it is suspending its activities and looking for a buyer. Juicero promised easy fruit and vegetable juices, riding the health and detox wave, thanks to a gem of technology at 700 dollars, kind of Nespresso Wi-Fi kale juice. The proprietary system worked with bags of cut fruits and vegetables, sold between 5 and 8 dollars each (let’s be precise, a bag = a glass), on which an advertised pressure of 20 bars was applied, necessary to obtain the precious elixir.
Last April, journalists from Bloomberg had fun squeezing these famous bags with the sole force of their muscular little arms, for a result which was ultimately identical to that of the machine – and in substance, to that obtained by your humble juicer. Juicero, who had raised $ 120 million from reputable investors – like GV (formerly Google Ventures) or Kleiner Perkins – tried to get out of this mess, drastically lowering the price of his machine to $ 400 (anyway). But the video went viral, the damage was done, and Juicero became a symbol of the excesses of a Silicon Valley generating and nurturing start-ups with sometimes hazy concepts.
– Bloomberg Technology (@technology) April 19, 2017
It is common knowledge that the Burning Man, formerly a libertarian festival and symbol of counter-culture, tends to gentrify, in particular by the contribution of the fortunes of Tech, landed straight from the Silicon Valley on a dedicated charter, at $ 1,463 per flight, for burner in the comfort of an air-conditioned yurt. Salon.com poses some data to support this point. Because at Burning Man, we also carry out surveys and censuses, as at INSEE.
Where we learn that in 2016, income over $ 100,000 now represents 27.4% of burners, compared to 14% in 2006. Moreover, since 2012, pollsters from Burning Man have added the category of 300,000 dollars and more, the latter now representing 3.4% of the public, in increasing increase. As for the median annual income of the feathered festival-goer, it went from 51,100 dollars in 2013 to 60,000 dollars in 2016. Finally, we will end with the evolution of the entry ticket: 35 dollars in 1994, 390 dollars in 2015. # OutdoorFun
Philippe Dewost takes the helm of Léonard, a new transversal structure dedicated to innovation and foresight of the Vinci group. He took up his duties on September 1 and reports to Pierre Coppey, Deputy Managing Director.
Until now, Philippe Dewost held the post of deputy director at Caisse des Dépôts, where he managed the € 4.25 billion envelope devoted to the digital economy sector within the framework of the “Investment program of ‘to come up”. Philippe Dewost started his professional career at France Télécom where he participated in the launch of the Internet offer, then co-founded the Wanadoo subsidiary in 1995. In 2007 he co-founded IMsense, a start-up specializing in processing. digital photo. It was acquired by Apple in 2010.
Another appointment, Fabien Magalon, until now Head of Publishers Solutions of Facebook for South and Central Europe, South and Central America, will take over the general management of Gravity, the data alliance of 20 media groups launched last July and entering the operational phase.