What’s Remo? It’s a networking software, very nice visually and fairly intuitive. Its interface is a virtual room, seen from above, which...

I tested it for you: Angell

Angell; what is it? In November 2019, Marc Simoncini, founder of Meetic and the investment fund Jaïna Capital, announced the launch, with...

I tested it for you: Headspace

What is it? Headspace is a meditation app that promises “a healthier, happier and more restful life.” Created by a student in sports sciences who decided to give everything up to become a Buddhist monk, this virtual guide is one of the most expensive on the market (around 13 euros per month). As the pandemic unfolded, however, Headspace teams decided to offer a few meditation sessions for free, to help people endure weeks of lockdown and “weather the storm” with a bit more serenity. Just another meditation app… Yes…but no. A quick look at the various types of sessions offered reveals why companies like LinkedIn and Google provide this service to their employees.  “Meditation SOS Overloaded”, “Focus”, “Set Priorities”: the app is loaded with around 600 hours of programs and seems to be ready to deal with all kinds of situations, with sessions that are sometimes only three minutes long. The app’s suggestion for lockdown, for example, is to meditate while walking around your home (with your eyes open, of course…) to combat that trapped feeling. So, does it work? Like all such services, Headspace encourages its users to meditate daily to improve their quality of life — and to keep their subscriptions up-to-date. Full disclosure: this isn’t the first time that the editorial team has tried to get more mindful through meditating. Petit Bambou, Melomind, “full awareness” training sessions… Nothing really sticks. There’s always that moment when we “forget” to meditate… often after only a few days! It’s hard […]

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I tested it for you: Shoyo

Shoyo: what is it? The best way to understand how it works is to compare it to a passport. In France, when you want to invest in a financial product, you have to show your credentials, according to regulations established by the AMF (the French securities regulator). First, by proving you are who you say you are (by sending in a copy of both sides of your national identity card, plus a second piece of ID), then by demonstrating your financial status by filling out a questionnaire that describes your holdings and also proves that you understand financial investments and have clear goals… Investors have to fill out new questionnaires every time they want to make a new investment, which is very time-consuming. Shoyo simplifies the process by recording your financial information in a digital “passport” that’s secured through a blockchain. The platform where you plan to invest will automatically receive all the details it needs. If any questions on one platform’s questionnaire differ from those on the questionnaires of other platforms, Shoyo will adapt your answers thanks to a special algorithm. So it saves time, like Google Connect or Facebook Connect? Yes, it’s the same principle as the “Google button”: it lets you avoid repetitive and tedious multiple registrations.  The real advantage, though, in addition to time savings, is that it lets you separate “profile details” from your desire to invest. Many potential investors end up not investing because at the last minute they are confronted with authentication hurdles. […]

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Doha : Discover the top picks of HEC greeters

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Techno-logical : I tested Qwant for you

William Arata (H.05) Asset manager at the Banque de France and holder of a master’s degree in research in monetary and financial...

We tested for you : the cardboard standing desk

For two weeks and in real-life conditions, Flavia Sanches and Arthur Haimovici (not Lionel, who was too lazy) tested the standing desk made by Pupitre, a start-up. 

“I tested it for you”: Shapr

By Marianne Gérard (H.98) Shapr, what is it? A free-to-download professional networking app that uses geolocation...

Milan: Favorite haunts of 3 HEC greeters

By Fabienne Mailfait (H.88) Since 1997 After years in consulting and finance, I joined some...

We tested it for you: Melomind

By the editorial staff of HEC Stories Melomind, what is it? Melomind is defined as a brain-training...