When Steve Jobs introduced the concept “Think Different” in 1997, perhaps he had more on his mind than just a new marketing campaign for Apple. The slogan was meant to “honor those people who think different and who move this world forward…because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones that do.” Entrepreneurs everywhere have taken this to heart, knowing on some level that thinking differently is the key to discovering a new kind of success. The Blue Ocean Strategy is a method of helping business owners do exactly that.
With cyber-attacks on the rise, and companies increasingly looking to work internationally, a common consideration is whether the ISO 27001 certificate is worth obtaining. The ISO 27001 certification is an end-to-end Information Security Management System (ISMS), established by the International Organization for Standardization, and should interest any company wanting to abide by international norms, and demonstrate that their security system is intact. The certificate acts as reassurance for partners, clients, and third parties abroad that your company will securely handle any information they share with you. This year, in Be-Bound’s case, it became clear that the certification would be required if we wanted to work with certain clients (big corporations, payment companies, etc), so we decided to undertake the process. Here’s some of what we learned.
Be-Bound is happy to announce that we are partnering with FAMOCO, the leader of Android-based transactional devices, as a step towards bringing connectivity to all. Together, our companies have decided that integrating Be-Bound’s technology (N4B) into Famoco devices will optimize transactions and the flow of data in regions where the majority of local businesses still face daily struggles related to the digital divide.
A massive shift is taking place in India’s economy. Last year, the country began to “demonetize”, a decision that would affect about 1.3 billion people at once. The process began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi making all 500 and 1000 rupee notes illegal in India. Those notes represented about 85% of the money in circulation, so in a single day, all Indians had to find a way to keep living with less cash available.
After winning French Startup of the Year, Be-Bound is partnering up with the companies SNCF, PWC, ENGIE and Qwant. to launch a competition for the “Best African Startup of the Year 2017” (#StartupAfro). We join this project to encourage the digitalization of Africa. Applications are open to all startups located in Africa, and startups founded by at least one member of the African diaspora, as well as international startups who are looking to move into Africa.
The HBO series Silicon Valley has charmed us with its spot-on satire depicting the humorous everyday lives of developers trying to make it big in the heart of techland. The show’s first episode starts out with Richard Hendrix struggling to get his startup Pied Piper off the ground, and in the meantime discovering that he’s created a compression algorithm stunning enough to seduce the valley’s bigwigs.
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.