In a nutshell
What I do now
SPEAKING | I spoke at over 200 events across 30 countries, including large and high-level audiences. I mostly speak about hardware (IoT, robotics, health tech devices) and innovation ecosystems.
WRITING | I am a contributor to Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and a few other publications. I am also quoted and interviewed regularly in global media such as Nature, Bloomberg, WSJ, Wired, Quartz, and many more in U.S., China and abroad. I also appeared a few times on TV, including live TV.
ASIA | Since 2000, I have lived in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, as well as some time in Silicon Valley and Germany. I am originally from France.
FOUNDER | For several years I was the founder and CEO of a cross-border strategy consultancy named Plus Eight Star thanks to which I became known as “Mr. Asia”. My team and I worked with over a hundred clients to research innovation from Asia. Later, I also caught the startup bug and gave a shot at founding a web service focused on helping others; I closed it when it became obvious that user acquisition, retention and business model were questionable.
ANGEL INVESTOR | Meeting lots of entrepreneurs while doing consulting work lead me to invest in over a dozen startups. Most of which raised follow-on funding and are still going.
COMMUNITY | I co-founded and run the Beijing chapter of Mobile Monday, a community of mobile industry professionals and ran 40 monthly events, gathering over 4,000 people before passing on the baton. After joining HAX, I also ran meetups in Shenzhen for the hardware community.