France Digitale, representing the best of the French tech sector, has gathered together nine contributions in order to provide an engaging perspective on the topics that have been the main focus of the year in tech. These topics have dominated much of the conversation around tech over the last year, and it is important that all tech stakeholders equip themselves to deal with these issues. United Tech of Europe is a contribution by France Digitale to the conversation and is the first attempt to seek to answer some of these big questions.
This year's topics include women in tech, tech for good, Al for good, the European VC ecosystem, and the rise of digital health services. The African continent and its particular perspectives for growth are also considered, along with a review of how the tech sector and the wider economy can tackle the issue of the skills gap.
The contributors to United Tech of Europe are all business leaders, start up founders or tech superstars - and sometimes all three at once. Between them, the contributors have founded companies worth billions of euros, and have changed the face of the economy. They work in a variety of sectors, in a variety of countries and in a variety of ways, but all share the same commitment to contribute to this conversation. They have shared their unique and valuable insights into these contemporary strategic issues as the industry arrives at a critical juncture in its development, and their views could not be more timely.
The European continent has never been more important to the future of the global economy. The role of the European Union is now being overshadowed by seemingly existential threats. Europe is changing, and changing quickly.
The global economy is also changing, and is doing so more quickly than at any other time in history. Companies are changing the way in which they do business, and the way in which they define business. What is success? How do we measure business performance in the new global economy?
The transition from old economic models to a new business paradigm creates environmental, social, and societal issues. Seeing companies through the challenges ahead will require strong leadership, exceptional vision, and talent. This book sets out the views of five women who match this description.
While women are still underrepresented in senior management positions, these women have succeeded as business leaders. Does the uniqueness of the female experience affect their vision of the economy? What can their careers and their companies tell us about business performance?
Perhaps most importantly - for Europe, for these women, for our economy as a whole - what comes next?
Julie Chapon - Co-founder of Yuka, Cristina Garmendia - President of the 'Fundacion Espana Constitutional', Emma Marcegaglia - President of Eni, Laurie Pilo - Managing Director of Ayming Benelux, Anne Rigail - Chief Executive Officer of Air France
There can be little doubt that we are either on the cusp of a great transformation or a great disaster. For decades, we have heard warnings about climate change and the future of the planet. Meanwhile, growing inequalities have fueled social tensions.
Too often portrayed as the embodiment of the problem, the corporate world is in fact our only hope. In this timely book, Fabien Mathieu and Gilles Vermot Desroches argue that the only realistic way of meeting the challenges we face is through a business-led innovation revolution. Contrary to what we are often told, we don't need to choose between the profit motive and the future of the planet: the former can help guarantee the latter.
It is possible to be profitable without destroying the planet and eroding social bonds. In any case, if we don't preserve the environment we live and work in, there will be no profits to be made. It has long been unthinkable to consider investing in a project without looking into the economic fundamentals and projected earnings. It will soon be impossible to envisage backing projects that don't have a positive social and environmental impact. It's a challenge that concerns us all: this time it's personal, not just business.