Memento Mori — Carstian Luyckx

Henri’s wife had passed years ago. Yet he remained a vibrant, energetic fellow with an undying smile on his face.

His farm had been operating at a slower pace since he was alone, but Henri still managed to produce enough to sustain his simple lifestyle with a little extra when he sold goods at the local market.

His favorite hobby was hiking. Every morning after going through the customary chores, he set foot on the path to the forest behind his farm and marveled for hours, listening to the birds’ melodies, enjoying the scent of fresh wood and wildlife as…


As I’m finishing to read the last of the 52 books I assigned myself this year, I’ve decided to take a step back and review those that have made the biggest impression on me, irrespective of their category or publication date.

5. Birth of a Theorem — Cédric Villani

An inspiring dive into the world of famous French Field medalist and math-evangelizer Cédric Villani, now a member of parliament. He recounts the journey from the moment he picked his subject of study to the day he received his award, the acknowledgement of a lifelong passion for Maths. Pragmatically penned and easy to read (besides the indecipherable hieroglyphical e-mail…


In 2009, three French entrepreneurs, frustrated by the painful process of purchasing train tickets online, decided to tackle the issue and build an improved version of a ticket-purchasing platform.

The product was simple. In fact, “simple” was the whole point of it. Their UX was flawless, while the UI was sleek and appealing to the eye. Buying tickets could now be done in under a minute, including the most convoluted journeys that were previously huge hassles for travelers.


I recently assisted the “pitch day” of a renowned incubator, presenting its most promising seeds to a bustling floor of BAs and VCs flocking in the busy conference room of a splendid downtown hotel.

As is customary, several founders had to pitch their startup for a few minutes to get a chance at landing an interview with investors and, if all goes right, getting funded.

I thus sat there, taking notes as entrepreneurs successively presented the change they wished to deliver to the world for nearly an hour before realizing what was bugging me: almost none of these projects were…


Last Thursday, we publicly launched our beta, and hit both reddit first spot on the /r/Overwatch and the /r/CompetitiveOverwatch page subreddits. This naturally led to a spike in traffic and a gazillion PMs, bug reports, ideas, support messages, that we hope we have addressed in the best possible way!

We’re extremely thankful for anyone who subscribed, provided us feedback (whether positive or negative) on our Discord channel, twitter or reddit, and are still available to hear more from all of you.

I’ll start by presenting what’s coming up, before going over launch recap, then touch base on data collection &…


As Blizzard’s superstar game Overwatch (that was born from the ashes of the infamous ‘Titan’ project) celebrates its first anniversary, weeks after surpassing $1billion in revenue, now seems like the right time to go over their successes and challenges, both from a player & avid observer standpoint.

Despite skeptics claiming Blizzard couldn’t do an FPS, notably after their failed attempt at a Starcraft-themed FPS (Starcraft: Ghost) that was cancelled during its final stages of development, the team took the challenge head-on with Overwatch, cleverly mixing the FPS & MOBA style clearly inspired by titles such as Team Fortress 2, the…


Imagine watching your favorite football game: the stakes are extremely high tonight, millions of fans have tuned into the TV and stadium seats are sold out.

The game is extremely tense: two minutes are left, and whoever scores the next goal will most likely bring the cup home. Your favorite player, the team’s rising star, manages to dribble the entire defense, and with an amazing display of his technical talent finds himself alone against an extremely out of position goalie, a kick away from securing the tournament…

Suddenly, the ball disappears. The whole stadium is in shock, as are the…


Not so long ago, I had a short discussion with a worried dad. His son aspired to be a professional gamer on his favorite game, League of Legends, but the father was very worried about the implications of such an ambition. One thing I noticed is how little he knew about the e-sports industry and the opportunities one gets when reaching the top. The gamer’s nerdy and awkward stigma still stands, although most professional players today have strict schedules and obligations including eating well, staying in shape, playing at fixed times and answering to their manager. …


The online video game and electronic sports industry is an ectoplasmic, blooming ecosystem that is just taking its first steps and is set for an outstanding future. When engaging a discussion with people that aren’t familiar with it, they often interject: “Oh yes I’ve recently seen a news story about this. Crazy how this is growing right?”

Crazy indeed. As an example, the prize pool for Dota’s International World Championship reached a preposterous $21 million this year, with each player from the victorious team pocketing at least $1.8m. Recently, France has decided to give a legal status to professional players…

Laodis Menard

Writing about startups, and the world’s current and upcoming challenges.

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