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Jérôme Perani, VP Growth & Partnerships
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #35
Jerome brings twenty-five years of experience in helping digital companies to embrace new strategic positioning. He has worked for European subscription companies (Orange, Canal +), global technological providers (Viaccess, Cisco Broadcast), and French media groups (Lagardere, L’Express, Altice Media).
He is a passionate believer in mobile applications and services’ growing role as key revenue engines and customer relationship tools.
Who is your biggest source of inspiration?
Top athletes are a source of inspiration. Sense of constant effort, obsession with detail, the need to combine collective dynamics with individual development, leadership, and the ability to rebound are all values that we must implement in our personal and professional lives.
It’s no wonder that so many top athletes become great managers, whether in the sports industry or other industries. Look at Magic Johnson, the great basketball player of the 80s. His company, Magic Johnson Enterprises, is very active in many sectors (he’s had a joint venture with Sodexo for fifteen years) and is worth over $1 billion, so a unicorn. 😊
An excellent 2001 article on the inspirational power of high-performance sport: “The Making of a Corporate Athlete” published by Harvard Business Review
How do you keep learning on a daily basis?
Press review in the morning via social networks, particularly LinkedIn, which has become a full-fledged media source. I bookmark articles and videos to consult later. I admit I have been using Clind for a few weeks to aggregate content to read, listen, or watch later.
Listening to podcasts when I walk in Paris or using public transportation.
And when I have time, I catch up on scientific developments with lectures by Etienne Klein or Aurélien Barrau (twenty hours of lessons for all audiences on the Universe, Relativity, and black holes are available on YouTube.)
What are your favorite books 📚?
Two timeless books:
I recommend any book by Michael Porter, an economist and former Harvard professor. He is known for his analytical approach. A company can obtain a competitive and strategic advantage by mastering the five forces that structure its competitive environment better than its competitors. I discovered it after engineering school when I did a year of industrial economics.
Fifty Years of Cultural Practices in France, updated in 2020 by the French Ministry of Culture, has been asking French people the same questions about their lives since the early 1970s. Cohort analysis is essential for having a long-term vision without distortion. This report is in French.
Three French books to read in 2020:
L’intrusion by Quentin Lafay: A Privacy Novel by a Former Campaigner Emmanuel Macron Victim of the Macronleaks.
The Inhuman Comedy by Julia de Funès & Nicolas Bouzou: This book is an economic and philosophical crusade against the absurdities of the world of work released in 2018 and resonates even more during the pandemic.
Frédéric Pierucci’s American Trap: A trip behind the dark scenes of international capitalism.
What is your favorite podcasts 📺?
To understand digital media business, with beautiful interviews of senior executives of media groups, I recommend Mediarama by Cosa Vostra. (French)
To travel and dream of the most beautiful destinations in the world, you will want to leave after each one-hour episode of Radio Voyageurs by Voyageurs du Monde. (French)
To rediscover the original web passion of the early 90s (for the not so young, fan pages), a production of Prince enthusiasts who have been editing a website dedicated to their favorite artist since 1996! Each album is analyzed for three hours with professional production quality. Check out Violet by Schkopi.com. (French)
Are there any articles that you liked recently 📰 ?
A LinkedIn article on the cultural differences between Germany and France during the first confinement by Célia Maury. (French)
A Medium article on what is happening in China by Julien Breitfeld, who spent two months in Asia before the start of the pandemic. (Use Google Chrome’s translate tool to read this in English.)
A New York Times article on an unnoticed new past: “Why the Big Bang Produced Something Rather Than Nothing.”
If you were to stay alone on an island and only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be 🏝?
An island alone? Without my wife and two children, never.
One last word 😊
Some principles that I have tried to convey to my teams in recent years at a time when everything is becoming more complex and changes are accelerating: Continue to cultivate your expertise, be curious, listen to podcasts, attend webinars, take initiatives, be educators.
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