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The figure of the hacker has long been repulsive. R&D looting, ransoms, personal data theft, jeopardized military or economic strategies, there is no limit to the damages hackers can do to society. But, what if we disentangled hacking from crime?

A hacker is someone who creatively overcomes difficulties. If you can fix your car engine with washing machine spare parts, you are hacking the automobile sector. A performant hacker, from a technical point of view, shall be extremely innovative with limited resources. What do you hack and for what purpose are the key questions. Because the best way to know if your fortress is impregnable is to be besieged and see if it holds, governments and companies are progressively accepting to work in partnership with “white hats” (legal, or ethical hackers) to protect themselves from outsiders’ attacks. The “Hack the Pentagon” competition rewards the hacker who would find vulnerabilities in the U.S. Department of Defense’s websites and software, among a selection of the world’s best hackers. It is a state of mind. Mr. …


I have a dream that one day, no one will ever be hungry. They say we are going to be 9 billion in 2040. I am going to feed these 9 billion people” (Eric Jallas, CEO of ITK).

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Is it utopian to have such a beautiful dream? How can we feed 9 billion individuals without destroying the planet even more by increasing the use of agrochemicals, low-regulated GMO, or upward wastage of water? On the one hand, global population is increasing drastically since the 1960s. If we are 7.55 bn nowadays, we are about to be more than 9.77 bn in 2050, and 11.18 …


As a venture capital company, we want to make 1 and 1 become 3. Two startups from Starquest Capital’s investment portfolio, Webdrone and Olnica, just partnered in anti-counterfeiting. Starquest exposes the strategic issues of partnerships and synergies between French tech startups.

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Webdrone is an anti-cybercrime solution, monitoring platform, and investigation service. Their expertise, experience, and know-how in the areas of business intelligence and cybercrime have enabled them to develop a versatile tool for monitoring and fighting against various forms of cybercrime.

Olnica supplies unique and innovative authentication systems, capable of protecting the property of companies and governments. They combat counterfeiting, fraud, misappropriation, and theft, with Molecular DNA, specific fluorophores, connecting detectors, cloud, or digital breadcrumb trails. …


Do you think the world would be a better place without the darknet Pandora’s box? Don’t be so sure. Most of the evils that might affect your everyday life, from counterfeit medicine to religious radicalization, lie in broad daylight.

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Since the 1982 standardization of the Internet protocol suite TCP/IP, alternative data havens emerged everywhere. The development of peer-to-peer data transmission fostered the multiplication of decentralized data hubs. There is a real distinction to be made between the deep web(invisible, hidden, or whatever you might feel calling it), not indexed by standard web search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo), and the darknet, which intentionally hides data from traditional browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc.) It’s really since the 2000s and Ian Clarke’s invention, the Freenet, that the deep web became so easily accessible. All you need is an internet connection and a computer. Download the Freenet software and surf. It seems so easy, we imagine that anyone who has fraudulent intentions would use this kind of anonymous playground. …


During the 1990s, internet speed was limited to 56kb/s. Back then, you would have spent 3 to 5 days to download a low-quality movie [700MB] when it now takes in average 350 seconds. We share more and more data throughout the world. In 2000, 20% of the data available on Earth was digital. In 2018, 90% of the global data has been produced online during the previous 24 months. Cloud computing, advanced connectivity, teleworking, high bandwidth, e-learning, downloads, streaming, web TV, 3D content delivery… the need for broadband connectivity is increasing worldwide and everywhere. 50% of the world population will have access to broadband internet by 2030.


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A Wolf meets a Dog.

The Wolf is skinny and starving, reduced to skin and bone, covered in debts. The Dog is chubby and stout, strong and tall, owner of a cool penthouse, a fast car, and a summer cottage.

“What made your life so fulfilled?” asks the Wolf.

- You could be as fat and fortunate as I am, answers the Dog. You should leave the woods for good. All the wolves I have seen are so miserable and wretched. They are all starving. That’s no way to live! You had to fight for everything you have. You should come with me. …


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We finance innovation to counter the status quo. “No risk no future” is our motto.

  1. Our mission is to make disruptive technology come true and challenge the world.
  2. We have the commitment, the network, and the funds. Entrepreneurs have the talent, the ideas, and the drive.
  3. We are not afraid by uncertainty. We embrace worthy risk.
  4. We are men and women of conviction.
  5. We are not only liable to our LPs and entrepreneurs, but also to all the people who will be impacted by the projects we finance.
  6. We seek to convert cutting-edge technology into sustainable and growing companies.
  7. Although our form is corporate, our attitude is collaborative. …

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Every year, more than 2.8 million of workers die from a work accident or an occupational disease in the world. The number of non-lethal accidents is uncountable on a general world-scale. In Europe only, there have been more than 3.2 million non-fatal accidents last year. The efforts to protect the workers are not new. But the causes of accidents have often evolved faster than the authorities could have apprehended.

According to the French National Institute of Research and Security (INRS), non-fatal accidents represented 41.3 million of lost working days in France in 2017. The consulting firm Leyton considered that the costs of compensation and medical expenses exceeded a billion in 2016. This appraisal does not even include the shortfalls. There is a statistical issue in the census of such accidents and their consequences: in many cases workers can die many years after chemical exposures, for instance, like the asbestos. Prevention is now the new watchword. …


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We finance innovation to counter the status quo. “No risk no future” is our motto.

  1. Our mission is to make disruptive technology come true and challenge the world.
  2. We have the commitment, the network, and the funds. Entrepreneurs have the talent, the ideas, and the drive.
  3. We are not afraid by uncertainty. We embrace worthy risk.
  4. We are men and women of conviction.
  5. We are not only liable to our LPs and entrepreneurs, but also to all the people who will be impacted by the projects we finance.
  6. We seek to convert cutting-edge technology into sustainable and growing companies.
  7. Although our form is corporate, our attitude is collaborative. …

Professor Stephen Hawking used to advocate that human survival depends on finding a new home beyond Earth. “I strongly believe we should start seeking alternative planets for possible habitation. We are running out of space on Earth, and we need to break through the technical limitations preventing us living elsewhere in the universe.” Although the idea can sound thrilling, we claim that this is not the best future we dream of for humankind.

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The energy crisis the world is facing since the 1970s, global warming, industrial disasters, deforestation, overfishing, poverty, distress, recession, wars, this is all our human doing. Let’s not pursue the old practice of slash-and-burn farming on a galactic scale. We could destroy the whole universe and beyond, it would not resolve the problem.

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