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Letter from the Editor — What is The Innovator ?

What CEO wants to see the company’s share price tumble, announce massive
layoffs and be forced to issue a profits warning because one of its cash cows is suddenly looking lame? That is what happened to the telephone company KPN’s CEO, Eelco Blok, in April 2011.
Blok, who had just been appointed chief executive, was immediately faced with the havoc being played out in his industry by startups that created a way for people to send text messages over the Internet. Three years later Facebook paid $19 billion for one of those upstarts, WhatsApp — more than the market cap of KPN. Welcome to the new order, where the smartest people at the top are constantly being blindsided by seismic shifts in their sectors.

The impact is ongoing and all encompassing, and no media outlet is effectively helping companies across all industries to understand the waves of change and their impact. That is why Groupe Les Echos is launching The Innovator, its first English-language international publication. The aim is to produce world-class print and online content that fills that gap by explaining technology shifts and giving actionable business information to C-Suite executives. The Innovator will endeavor to inform its readers about the startups fromaround the world that should be on their radar before it’s too late, and tell them what they should know in order to prepare. What will make us different from other tech and business publications is deep knowledge of the global tech sector and an ability to explain tech trends to a general business audience. The Innovator recognizes that technology alone is not enough. To truly prepare for digital disruption, every company will have to reinvent itself and the way it is managed. So, the publication will also endeavor to provide insights about change management across industries.

We will offer daily updates on our website, produce a weekly newsletter to put tech news in context and print six print magazines a year, each with bonus distribution at an international technology conference. Mathieu Fritsch, The Innovator’s publisher, and I look forward to your feedback.

About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.