Using Netvibes Insights to drive better investment decisions

Bpifrance, the world’s most active sovereign wealth fund, is working with Netvibes to analyze top tech themes, across France and America’s Silicon Valley, in order to track trends and inform better investment decisions.

On Thursday, March 15 in Paris, Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini presented the latest insights from the research project. The presentation took a look at six hot topics—Agritech, Big Data, Virtual Reality, Transportation, Security, and Blockchain/Cryptocurrency—and analyzed the sentiment and overall outlook, comparing France with the US. Which technologies are growing fastest, or declining in popularity?

For the full presentation deck, please visit Some of the insights we discovered include:


  1. Agritech

By 2050 the world’s population will approach 10 billion (up from 7.3 billion people today), and farmers will need to increase their food production by an expected 50-100%. Our analysis found much of the Agritech conversation happening today is focused around alternative sources of protein, such as edible insects or rubisco from plants.

  1. Big Data

Big Data keeps getting bigger. As 5G is ramping up, it will provide download speeds 40x faster than 4G. As a result, there will soon be 800% more mobile data.

  1. Virtual Reality (VR)

VR is a red-hot topic, especially when talking about the future of video games. In the US, one focus is on reducing the motion sickness often associated with VR. The new BodyNav uses sensors in the headset to sync visuals with the user’s head movements. In France, VR cloud gaming and game streaming are attracting the most interest.

  1. Transportation

Much of today’s transportation technology aims to find cleaner, greener solutions to moving people and products from place to place. As human populations continue to grow, making cars greener is imperative. While batteries in electric vehicles have some limitations, hydrogen seems to offer a promising solution for the future and is already being implemented today, including the 10 hydrogen buses running in Santa Ana, California, USA.

  1. Security

Security has been a prime human concern since time immemorial, and the new digital world is no different. In 2018 a hot topic is the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which will become effective on May 25 and imposes strict new requirements for all businesses with the European Union to protect personal data. Analysis shows that 52% believe they will be fined for non-compliance.

  1. Blockchain/Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies gained massive attention in 2017, and 2018 looks like it may be the year of blockchain. In Silicon Valley, the conversation is focused more on the technical aspects of crypto and blockchain, while France is more interested in the money perspective and how it may impact world commerce.

Discover more insights by reading the full presentation here:

You can also read our Business Case to learn more about how Bpifrance works with Netvibes to analyze topics and predict technology trends.

March 20 – San Francisco

If you’re in San Francisco on March 20, Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini will also address this topic at the FinNext Conference: “Using Online Data and Social Analytics to Drive Better Decision-Making.” This session will present real-world case studies, using Bpifrance, Orange and a global Canadian bank. Visit the FinNext website to register.

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