Discover the new Challenges on Deep Tech podcast

It’s not easy to talk about Deep Tech. The word technology still too often evokes yawns and pinched noses in France. Call it deep and you’re bound to lose your audience. Elsewhere, however, Deep Tech generates hope and sparks enthusiasm. The term is relatively recent. A quick internet search credits her motherhood to Swati Chaturvedi, founder in 2014, in Silicon Valley, of Propel (x), the first investment platform dedicated to Deep Tech start-ups for business angels. The term covers a wide range of disruptive technologies, from quantum to generative AI, including the new space or blockchain.

Between 2016 and 2022, French venture capital funds invested nearly $10 billion in the sector, according to Dealroom. It’s not bad, but it’s three times less than in the UK. The reluctance of French investors is understandable: venture capitalists in France they are still not mature enough for these complex matters. The experts can still be counted on the fingers of one hand: the Jolt Capital team, Charles Beigbeder, the founder of Audacia, or Bertrand Diard from Serena, who just launched his second Data Ventures fund focused mainly on artificial intelligence, quantum and blockchain. The risk is greater, the investment often greater and the profitability more uncertain.

But the mentality and culture is changing, initiatives have multiplied in recent months and it is in the same state of mind Challenges contributes in the form of a new podcast called DeepTechs, which launched on November 27. Produced in partnership with Delight, a leading publisher of software for live performances and cultural events, the show is presented by Gilles Fontaine, Editor-in-Chief at Challenges and Guillaume Payan, former vice president of Orange Silicon Valley. Guillaume Payan, an engineer and entrepreneur specializing in generative artificial intelligence, has spent approximately fifteen years in California, the epicenter of global technological innovation.

DeepTechs, the Challenges editorial podcast is hosted by Gilles Fontaine, editor-in-chief and entrepreneur and investor Guillaume Payan. Credit: Challenges

The principle of this new meeting: for 30 minutes we talk about disruptive innovations, deep technologies and everything they mean for our lifestyle and the way we innovate and work. We decipher trends with the best experts and get to the bottom of it. Our first guest is Luc Julia, Renault Group Scientific Director. Having worked at Samsung Electronics, Apple and Hewlett-Packard, Luc Julia is a veteran of Silicon Valley, where he co-founded a number of start-ups. Author of the book Artificial intelligence does not exist (Editions First), is recognized as one of the 100 most influential French developers in the digital world. In this episode, he assesses the promises and limits of future autonomous cars, as announced by Elon Musk in particular. Discussion without concessions.

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