A European perspective from Scaleway, a leading European multicloud service provider headquartered in Paris, France.

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“Le roi est mort, vive le roi !“ which was first declared upon the accession to the French throne of Charles VII after the death of his father Charles VI in 1422.

The world is an interesting and uncertain place right now. A pandemic just hit the Homo Sapiens species massively. Technology has helped us cope with the sudden necessity to remain connected remotely, relying more than ever on the internet and, naturally, a distributed cloud computing infrastructure. What makes us human is our ability to bond socially and create value. The COVID-19 virus tried to strip it all away from us. But we are stronger than that, very resilient in fact, and more than ever socially…

The perspective from a French tech entrepreneur in Paris

Originally published in French on Umanz.fr (September 16, 2019).

We have entered the era of “State Enterprises”. At a time when the GAFAMs surpass the UK economy and when countries like Denmark open diplomatic representations in Silicon Valley, it is time to take stock of the geopolitics of the various tech ecosystems.

What room for maneuver can we have against GAFAMs and BATXs? What sovereignty or positive outcome can we expect in an interdependent world? Yann Lechelle, active member of the French tech scene as a co-founding member of France Digitale…

publié sur Umanz.fr le 16 septembre 2019

Nous sommes entrés dans l’ère des “Entreprises États”. A l’heure, où les GAFAM surpassent l’économie du UK et quand des pays comme le Danemark ouvrent des représentations diplomatiques dans la Silicon Valley il est temps de prendre la mesure de la géopolitique des écosystèmes technologiques.

Quelles peuvent être nos marges de manœuvre face aux GAFA et aux BATX ? Quelle souveraineté ou sortie par le haut peut-on espérer dans un monde interdépendant ? Yann Lechelle, membre actif de l’écosystème tech local en tant que membre co-fondateur de France Digitale, membre co-fondateur et board member de HUB France IA, et conseiller du comité exécutif de JEDI mais aussi COO de la pépite française en IA SNIPS, a accepté de répondre aux questions de Umanz :

[…] l’interview entier est disponible en français sur Umanz.fr

by Yann Lechelle COO, Joseph Dureau CTO, Sébastien Maury CPO

Introducing the people building Snips, one of the largest AI voice companies in Europe.

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The Snips team in our Paris Headquarters, March 2019

Let us reintroduce ourselves. Over the past year, Snips has more than doubled our team size and opened an additional office in Tokyo. Here’s what that momentum looks like in numbers:

— Over 60% of Snips employees are engineers;
— 15% hold PhDs;
— 8 patents filed for different bricks of our technology;
— 25% of our workforce is female.

Read more about each team and some of the rising stars making technology disappear on the Snips blog.

Interested in joining us in Paris?

Check out our open roles and explore our technologies.

The announcement that Mark Zuckerberg would speak at this year’s VivaTechnology Conference was met with mixed reactions–and even a little smirking. Zuckerberg’s appearance, of course, would be the day before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect.

In the last six months, consumers and businesses alike have come to terms with just how much of their personal information has been swallowed up by companies and business leaders like Zuckerberg suddenly find themselves under the microscope. Google has even dropped it’s “Don’t be Evil” mantra.

Although it’s impossible to know the full impact of GDPR right now, many…

This year has been an exciting one for Snips! This week our teams travelling to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nuremberg will be sharing a number of important updates with our clients and partners.

Snips provides manufacturers the ability to offer their customers innovative, easy-to-use voice services and applications that guarantee several key advantages: low latency, GDPR compliance, control of brand identity and data, and above all, the ability to run completely offline. Companies can quickly prototype a voice assistant using our DIY web console. The console includes the ability to combine pre-built capabilities available via…

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One year anniversary reminder by LinkedIn

And so it began: first as a crowdsourcing experiment, then on May 1st 2015 joining an A-team working on a mission, and now a year later, prompted by a deluge of likes from my friends and benevolent acquaintances on LinkedIn, I get to look back on an amazing 12 months.

Time flies. Especially when you are not bored.

Yet one of the most important factor so far has been the feedback given by people who understand the whirlwind world of technology we live in. Those people understand that what we’re working on at Snips bears a significance that far exceeds…

Note: this post was originally published on the Celpax.com blog on March 28th 2016.

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High Spirited Snipsters!

When the office vibe is great, many managers don’t invest in their company culture (until trouble shows up!). Here’s a startup that works preventively to maintain their great company culture:

Yann Lechelle joined Snips as COO in May 2015, as the 7th employee. After raising a significant seed round, the French company today counts 35 employees, and is close to launching its new project:

“We have an ambitious goal: to put an Artificial Intelligence in every connected device, and create beautiful interfaces and user experiences that blend seamlessly into our daily lives. We’re not just creating another photo app.”

A mindful company culture

“We hire people that are like the founders: passionate, skilled and creative”, says Yann. “We’re all deeply…

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Ready for a moonwalk? You too can contribute to ethical AI research…

Snips is an AI company that does not collect end-user data

Being Private-by-design means that our team is imposing limits on itself, which inherently limits our ability to do research or improve the algorithms. Fortunately, a lot of people have shown great interest in helping on that front by volunteering datasets. This is why we created SEEDS, a server-side platform that lets you contribute your data for research purposes!

Your contribution

Right now, SEEDS only processes one type of data: order confirmation emails, such as restaurants, hotels, airlines, taxis or online shops. This dataset will help us improve NLP/NLU processing.

Giving Back

Once the dataset grows big enough, we will process it and make it…

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Composite from Da Vinci’s Vitruvius Man, with apologie to the author…

An introspective view on a tech challenge worth tackling


Not long ago, in this very galaxy, forces at play brought me to the end of an entrepreneurial cycle. Yet, contrary to popular beliefs, exits for a founder are neither frequent, easily planned nor smooth. In this instance, I was so deeply involved in managing the M&A process and organizing my personal exit, that I found myself without my next move.

It’s not in my nature to be sitting idle, so I decided to become systematic about looking for my next occupation, the one that I would allow to capture the…

Yann Lechelle

Entrepreneur, executive, board level advisor, angel investor, speaker. CEO @Scaleway. MBA @INSEAD. Power forward in Basketball.

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