In order to use my apps, I have to have Internet. But why ? When I open Uber, the Android app that’s been downloaded over 100,000,000 times, and don’t have internet, I get an error message “No Internet Connection”! Don’t the developers who created Uber ever need a ride when there’s no internet? Why can’t I at least access the menu, my history, or the help page?
This month, Be-Bound was invited to join President François Hollande as part of the French Business Delegation in Vietnam, a trip meant to deepen economic ties between France and Vietnam. Be-Bound was honored to be among the 40 business leaders chosen to accompany Hollande as a representative of French Tech. Our CEO, Albert Szulman, was in attendance to advocate increased connectivity and bridging the digital divide.
The Viva Technology conference in Paris was a weekend dedicated to new technologies. The floor was covered with different labs, each representing a different sector of the economy or theme. For Be-Bound, the theme that best fit our company’s vision was Technology for Good, and we were lucky to be one of 20 startups chosen to take part in Amplifier’s #Tech4Good lab, meant to “celebrate innovation in technology that makes the world a better place.”
Following in the footsteps of Las Vegas and Lisbon with their well-known CES and Web Summit conferences, Paris tried its hand this year with its own event tailored to an international crowd. The first edition of Viva Technology took place June 30-July 2, at Porte de Versailles and was dedicated to new technologies, especially French Tech. The weekend-long event was initiated by the CEO of Publicis, Maurice Lévy, and the CEO of Les Echos, Francis Morel, with the goal of placing France at the center of digital innovation, and of bringing large corporations and startups together under one roof. This year was a total success, with more than 5000 startups, and 300 renowned speakers, Viva Tech positioned itself as an event that will influence the future landscape of new technologies in France and abroad. The numbers alone indicate France’s enthusiasm : Viva Tech welcomed 45,000 people, far exceeding the originally expected 30,000.
Bangladesh has set its sights on transitioning the entire country towards digital as a means to economic development. After hitting many of the milestones for sustainable development ahead of the given deadline for the Millenium Development Goals (2015), Bangladesh announced its Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021. The digital plan was initiated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the goal of integrating ICT as a tool or service for the disadvantaged, and stimulating the country’s development. For Bangladesh, the ultimate goal with this digital inititiative is to transform itself into a fully digital country by 2021. The year 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence, a fitting year to mark a milestone of technological progress.
A few words from Albert Szulman, Be-Bound’s CEO.
In the human brain, there are neurons and synapses that circulate information, all enabled by a fast and fluid connection. Successful circulation and exchanges mean that the brain is functioning at full capacity.
But when the capacity of this circulation diminishes due to deterioration or death of a neuron or synapse, an entire region can be slowed, ultimately reducing the full potential of the brain. The same phenomenon can be observed on a planetary level, where the world is one gigantic brain in which mobile phones and Internet are the neurons and synapses, and the networks for Internet and mobile phones are what enable the electrical pulses.
We recently returned from a visit to South Africa where we attended the NG Telecom Summit, a conference that brought together Telecom operators from across the continent, and private enterprises, to discuss the current state of the Telecom industry in Africa. While research on mobiles in Africa can be done from our home base in Paris, nothing can replace market research on location. What quickly became clear is that the Telco industry is undergoing a major transformation. We heard from operators who shared their struggles, and possible solutions to the challenges Telecoms are facing.