Hugues de Bantel is the co-founder and CEO of Cosmo Tech. He answered our questions from Cosmo Tech headquarters in Lyon, France from where he leads the Cosmo Tech team.
What is the most rewarding part of your role serving as CEO of Cosmo Tech?
I think for me it is seeing the real impact that we – Cosmo Tech and the Cosmonaut team – can have on transforming the companies we work with. You know I have a strong conviction that every person can have a real impact on the world we live in and, indeed, that we all have a responsibility to make a mark. It’s true for the man in the street, but it’s also true for a company like Cosmo Tech. I love it when our clients begin to understand that working with Cosmo Tech is not just a way to find a solution to a complex problem but also a step towards transformation in the way they approach that problem. It’s incredibly rewarding and I look forward to helping more and more leaders make better decisions thanks to Cosmo Tech’s unique approach.
What industries are you most excited about seeing Cosmo Tech technology adopted next?
Now that’s a good question. Of course I would love to see Cosmo Tech get involved in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. Domains like finance, the life sciences, or challenges in human development and agriculture are complex and could benefit from having decision makers adopt our augmented intelligence technology. Yet there is still much to be achieved in the fields and industries that Cosmo Tech is already deeply engaged in. The challenges for utilities, for transport networks, for city planners, and for heavy industry are many and varied and there is still so much that Cosmo Tech can offer decision makers in there industries. I am excited about the possibilities for Cosmo Tech to contribute in many fields, but I think we will, for now, continue to take things one step at a time.
How would you characterise the French technology and startup sector today?
You know France has always been at the forefront of science, technology, and engineering – there is no shortage of talented developers, designers, and makers in this country. What has been missing in the past, however, is an entrepreneurial spirit, that startup spirit that pushes people to explore, take risks, maybe fail, but also dare to succeed. Right now the startup sector in France remains in its infancy but there is huge potential for it to grow, and to grow fast. With the enthusiasm of the new generation of engineering and business graduates, the evolving relationship to risk, the diminishing fear of failure, and a growing commitment from government, industry, and the higher education sector towards the growth of the startup sector, we have a real chance to build a startup nation here in France.