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.
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.
Be-Bound is Startup of the Year 2016! We are happy and honored to be designated The French “Startup of the Year” out of 1600 participants, by a jury composed of ten experts, after a selection processed by 42 000 internet voters. Judges included business experts from PwC, Qwant, and SNCF Développement, among others.
The jury awarded Be-Bound’s for its global vision: bridging the digital divide with a mobile technology that connects smartphones and IoT devices anywhere (from WiFi to 2G-SMS). Considered as the Robin Hood of the digital divide, Be-Bound is determined to bring connectivity to everyone, everywhere, at an affordable price, by partnering with local Mobile Network Operators. We are also opening our technology to allow app and content developers to reach untapped customers, which already represents a potential of more than 200 million users in developing countries, and is growing fast. (Are you a developer? Follow us here to get future announcements!)
We were also honored to be given the bonus of being included in PwC’s startup acceleration program. We expect our development in Africa to significantly speed up thanks to PwC.
Bonjour Idée, founded by Kossi Adzo, is an online French startup magazine, connecting journalists, startups, and established businesses. The #StartupDelAnnée event was a great experience for us from start to finish. We’re also grateful for the support received from the Press ( Maddyness, Les Echos, and Alliancy, among others) and Be-Bound fans for our win. To see the full Be-Bound story as it unfolded, read more below:
An Interview with Melvin Biamont, Be-Bound’s Lead Developer
Melvin, you just got back from an interesting trip to California. Welcome back! Can you tell us why you traveled from Paris to Palo Alto for Be-Bound?
I traveled to the US to work with Be-Bound at PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). The purpose of the trip was to discuss technical subjects with our PARC team in person.
That sounds pretty mysterious…can you give us any more details about the “technical subjects” you were working on? Come on, give us a teaser!
Be-Bound was proud to be invited to the Maddy Keynote “Tendances de l’innovaton 2016” (Trends in Innovation 2016) that took place in Paris January 20th, where our Marketing Manager, Aurèle Tabuchi, participated in a passionate discussion on network disruption together with Baptiste Fradin, co-founder of Infinit.