After going 25 years without setting foot in France, I returned to Paris barely a month after May’s horribly-overdue reunion to moderate a round of panels at Viva Technology Paris, a new conference put on by the French business-news group Les Echos and the Paris-based marketing firm Publicis Groupe. They covered my travel costs in return for my not zonking out from jet lag on stage, a commitment I did keep.
6/27/2016: Donald Trump has a big problem with email spam, Yahoo Finance
I filed this last Friday afternoon, but the crush of Brexit coverage at Yahoo left the post farther down the editing queue than normal.
6/27/2016: The thing that holds back French startups? Not the 35-hour work week, Yahoo Finance
I can’t make any jokes about the French work ethic after needing a good month to finish this report from May’s up-close look at the country’s attempts to make itself a tech destination. On the upside, it did inform the very next post I wrote for Yahoo.
6/28/2016: Here’s how Hillary Clinton plans to keep America the world’s tech leader, Yahoo Finance
I hustled to finish this Tuesday afternoon, then found myself with unexpected free time at National Airport as the weather made a mess of my initial itinerary. I wound up going to Paris by way of Frankfurt, but that’s another story in its own right.
6/30/2016: Building the digital state with data, Viva Technology Paris
I interviewed Rufus Pollock, president and founder of the U.K.-based Open Knowledge group, about how much data stays locked up in proprietary formats and behind paywalls.
6/30/2016: Electricity storage: a new frontier, Viva Technology Paris
Having whole-home batteries like Tesla’s forthcoming Powerwall won’t change how we use electricity as much as having battery-backed homes linked on a neighborhood level. At least, that’s what I learned from my talk with Engie innovation program director Mark Akehurst and Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann.
6/30/2016: Open partnerships to design new territories, Viva Technology Paris
The initial description of this smart-cities panel might have sounded a little vague, but I wound up having a good conversation with Vinci Energies innovation and development director Lydia Babaci-Victor and HAL24K founder Jérôme Mol about ways to make our cities and towns more self-aware and efficient.
6/30/2016: Will cellular agriculture help to feed us all?, Viva Technology Paris
Sadly, we had no samples of vat-grown food to share at the talk I had with Gilonne d’Origny of New Harvest and science journalist Marta Zaraska. I enjoyed the conversation anyway.
7/1/2016: How will online medicine change our relationships with doctors?, Viva Technology Paris
My other five (!) panels ran just 20 minutes, but this one featuring Doctolib CEO Stanislas Niox-Chateau, Omixy CEO Lavinia Ionita and Push Doctor CEO Eren Ozagir was booked for 30 minutes. Result: We all started to sweat under the lights in an already-toasty venue.
7/1/2016: 3D simulation and the cities of tomorrow, Viva Technology Paris
My other smart-cities panel of the week, featuring Engie’s Olivier Biancarelli and Siradel CEO Laurent Bouillot, was marred by some dead air when the one-minute videos each had brought to show their 3-D city modeling didn’t play promptly. I should have seen that coming and been prepared to talk through the holdup.
7/1/2016: Spotify just turned up the volume on its latest fight with Apple, Yahoo Finance
I wrote this between Friday afternoon’s panels, then had to revise it again after a letter from Apple’s general counsel to Spotify’s made its way to BuzzFeed’s site.
7/3/2016: Name that network: The carriers behind wireless resellers, USA Today
Not for the first time, a question from a friend led to a column that I hope will draw a good amount of search traffic over time.