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@Caissedesdepots // CEO imsense $ Apple + VP Home Devices, Orange + Wanadoo co-founder = GrandPa of @LaFrenchTech
Philippe Dewost has a dual corporate & startup executive track in high tech and telecom.
He joined Caisse des Dépôts in 2011 to drive a 4.25 Bn€ public funding effort in France’s Digital Economy, as part of the «Investments for the Future» program launched by the Government in 2010. Philippe covered both infrastructure (FTTH, broadband) as well as R&D (Nanotechnologies, e-Health, e-Education, Big Data...) , financing projects like Cloudwatt (where he serves at the Board of Directors), and co-investing in startups.
As Wanadoo co-founder, he helped build Europe’s #1 ISP, held senior marketing and business positions in european startups, relaunched Orange France Telecom’s home devices business successfully, and became CEO of Imsense, a Cambridge (UK) imaging startup that was acquired by Apple in 2010.
Philippe also drove a “Digital Districts” Mission for the French Prime Minister in the first half of 2013. Caisse des Depot’s 8 recommandations were released publicly in late July, downloaded more than 10.000 times, and led to the French Tech initiative announced by Minister Fleur Pellerin in early 2014 with €215 M of public funding – http://en.lafrenchtech.com/
Philippe graduated from ENS Ulm in Physics, holds a Master in Telecommunications and received his MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs. He is a seasoned, bilingual keynote speaker on tech topics ranging from interfaces to smart cities through connected TV. He also advises Caisse Des Dépôts Executive Committee on digital transformation strategic issues.
He lives in Paris with his wife and their 4 children. http://blog.dewost.com // twitter: @pdewost