Nicolas Princen

Entrepreneur in Paris, France

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Founder of Glose ( - making reading better to help people learn more.

I started my career joining a political campaign in France, as head of New Media for the Presidential election of 2007. Ever since, I have been working at the intersection of technology and politics - building products for the greater good (or at least trying to :))

Appointed advisor for innovation and information technology to the President of France in 2011, I lead several government initiatives such as the creation of theNational Digital Council, a group of top tech leaders gathered to foster innovation policies, and the organisation of the e-G8 Forum, first High-level meeting that brought together tech leaders, civil society, and heads of states to publicize the impact of the Internet on democracy and growth, and lead to the G8 's «Renewed commitment for freedom and democracy». The point was to act the importance of a free Internet for democracy and economic opportunity, on the highest stage of government. I think it worked.

In the 2012 French presidential elections, served as both head of the online campaign (implementing innovation with online/offline citizen mobilisation, use of big data and social media), and head of the technology and innovation agenda (drafting the France 2012 program to foster innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship). That did work, but we still lost the election :()

My experience in government made it clear that the biggest and most important challenge for the future is applying technology to scale and improve education in the world. And the best way to serve that mission is to build startups that build products for a new generation of learners. So after having consulted for McKinsey, Publicis, Solocal and other great companies to put money on the side, I founded Glose, ( a startup with a mission to make reading better to help people learn more. We make digital reading more collaborative, effective, and fun for a new generation of learners. We are growing fast in schools and universities - serving teachers who want their students to get more from the re

  • Work
    • Glose
  • Education
    • École Normale Supérieure
    • HEC Paris
    • Sciences Po