Trading And Ipo: In some interviews, particularly in the international press like Time Magazine and Le Monde in France, you were already talking a long time ago about a "disruptive economy as a continuation of a capitalism that has merged its two main two main currents, the Rhineland current and the Anglo-Saxon current ". Today, how do you react to a vision that has, in effect, became a doctrine?
Thierry Ehrmann: You can only understand the Internet (which we pioneered in France as of 1987) if you admit that we are facing a veritable paradigm. Based on this assumption, the Christensen doctrine becomes perfectly clear. In my view, in 2014 we have arrived at less than 10% of the history of the Internet. As a pioneer of the Internet in Europe, I see the internet as one of the most exciting engines for historical change that we have ever experienced. That's why we want to pursue the rest of this digital revolution in the USA.
Trading And Ipo: It has to be said that this cold and hard economic analysis leaves little room for emotion.
Thierry Ehrmann: That may be so, but do you know that aside from my role as CEO and founder of my industrial groups, I managed to organize a 30-year retrospective of my monumental sculptures (1982 to 2012) at the Contemporary art museum which I founded in Lyon, the Musée l'Organe, also known as La Demeure du Chaos, or, as the New York Times called it, the Abode of Chaos. So we can reconcile industry, finance and art… because art will always be the bridge between the material and the spiritual.
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