Insights

Is there life in a post-Unicorn universe?

Jan 30, 2017 by John Karp

Dreaming of creating your own unicorn venture is like dreaming of leaving your humble home in the midwest to hit the Hollywood big time. It’s so rare as to be crazy to pursue it. Sure, it happens, but for every movie star, there are millions who will…

Collaborating with startups when you’re a major company: My Coffreo/La Poste the winning combination

Jan 19, 2017 by Alice Benchimol

The startup Pack’n Drive is the brain behind My Coffreo – a mobile app that allows one to access a vehicle’s trunk without the owner being present. This success story started back in March last year during the “Code avec La Poste hackathon” organized…

Infographic: Worldwide Hackathon Figures in 2016

Jan 4, 2017 by Davy Laudet

More than 200,000 people took part in hackathons last year, across 100+ countries. Their efforts bore 13K prototypes and new connections among tech professionals and non-technical staff. Needless to say, the hackathon is a cross-industry trend that cannot…

Don’t organize a hackathon if you don’t know why you’re doing it

Dec 20, 2016 by John Karp

A lot of people think of a hackathon as a magic blanket solution that’s guaranteed to elevate your technology or teams to new heights. As one of the founding partners of BeMyApp, I always present a one-day workshop to guide executives in defining the…

The Ipsen accelerator wants to be the building block of a long-term digital strategy

Dec 9, 2016 by April Smallwood

More than just a weekend competition, the "NET Patient Accelerator" by Ipsen provides long-term support to 4 digital projects and is part of a global digital strategy of the pharmaceutical group. The Ipsen operation started the same way traditional hackathons…