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✈️ back from WebSummit // $2.25 Billion 🍕// Singles’ Day 👫
By Ze Skylight ZTP • Issue #15 • View online
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#WebSummit
ZTP was in Lisbon for the WebSummit this week !
Quick review before to go deeper :
In numbers : 70 000 attendees, 2 000 startups and more than 22 000 steps a day…
But, more important, 3 insights :
First, tech is in a bit of trouble (centralization, fake news…) and needs to buy itself a new virginity : be more concerned about people, build things that have real value for them, sustainable, decentralized so people can keep control of their life. 
Second insight, this WebSummit was really crowded with females, on stage, on the booths and on the alleys. And this is great, a good presage for the first point !
3rd point : The importance of digital is no longer to be demonstrated and skills related to this sector are snapping up. New fact: instead of learning people to build skills, several start-ups offer non-technicians tools to create applications or websites. Notably thanks to artificial intelligence. A major trend if it manages to make the digital key professions accessible to the many.
To be more focused about ZTP’s matters : most of the startups were in the B2B : it’s hard to go in the b2c for a startup… First thing is that you need cash to be able to build an audience. Are startups addressing the b2c the most valuables as they really try to solve people problems ? That reminds me a certain proximity with traditional retail….
Also, we now have to take care of people, not fool them, with promotions, fake loyalty. There is no loyalty from a customer, only attachment to products and maybe values.
Be transparent and offer a real relationship, build strong communities. Tech enables to do so quite easily, you need to find the right partners. 

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Ben Silberman, CEO of Pinterest on stage, talking about visual search
Ben Silberman, CEO of Pinterest on stage, talking about visual search
#US
In the meantime…a robot pizza and logistics firm is valued at about $2.25 billion
Robot developed in collaboration with ABB
Robot developed in collaboration with ABB
Zume Pizza, a start-up from Mountain View, California, that uses robots to make pizza, has reportedly received $375 million of backing from the tech investment firm SoftBank. A lot of specialists in the food industry don’t really believe in robotics, just considering a piece of automation in their own processes to keep the quality standards high. Zume Pizza’s Team is thinking you can scale production and keep the quality high. And so Softbank, one more time involved in a very challenging sector. Technology is a game for players thinking big.
Robot pizza maker reportedly takes $375 million investment from SoftBank
#China
US$44.5 billion was the amount spent on Singles’ Day last year in China… (Alibaba + JD).
A total of 1.48 billion transactions were processed by Alipay in the entire 24 hours, with delivery orders through Cainiao (Alibaba’s logistics affiliate) reaching close to 700 million.
How long will it last before this record is broken this 11.11 ? Who bets ?
Also, all this digits might turn our attention to another key point : Singles’ Day is also a great day for Alibaba to collect an anourmous amount of data !
Alibaba Singles Day: Dollars or data? - BBC News
Ze Tweet
Juro Osawa
My interview with Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang, who will replace Jack Ma as chairman. “If, five years from now, Alibaba doesn’t have a new main business, we must have made a very big mistake.” https://t.co/OAhPFTGVXc via @theinformation
11:06 PM - 8 Nov 2018
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