Julie, an international virtual assistant!

Michael Ferranti is the Marketing VP of a software company specialized in Container Data Management. 

Michael is based in France but his work demands constant traveling. An effective management of his calendar is, therefore, a real challenge, especially if he has to take into account all different time zones.

“I travel intensively and managing my meetings scheduling process while taking into account different time zones is a real nightmare!”

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Meet Ferdinand Roth, Data Scientist at Julie Desk #LifeAtJulie

It might be a new year but some things don’t change and sometimes that’s for the better! The #LifeAtJulie series continues and today, let’s meet Ferdinand Roth, Data Scientist and Basket Officer in Chief at Julie Desk!

You can still find previous episodes of #LifeAtJulie, in case you’ve missed them. 

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1. Hi Ferdinand, can you tell us a bit more about your background?

I studied mathematics for 4 years at the University of Nancy before joining Telecom Paris Tech Engineering School, where I deepened my knowledge and skills in statistics and machine learning. Then, I worked as a Data Scientist at Bluestone, where I stayed for a year. Following that year as a consultant, I joined the startup PriceMatch, where I worked on a Revenue Management algorithm. And after that, I was hired at Julie Desk. 

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Happy New Year 2017! (Infographics)

I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations with your family and friends. May the new year lead to the achievement of all your goals, both personal and professional.

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2016 was the year for the launch of chatbots for Facebook and the development of many companies in this conversational economy in the hopes of better serving their consumers. Virtual assistants are increasingly present in our daily lives and soon there will be no more need to press buttons to use your services. You will only need to speak to your device.

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5 Tim Ferriss Podcasts you should listen to! (part 2)

Our main objective at Julie Desk is to help you save time so you can be more efficient and productive in all areas of your life. To help in this, today, I share with you 5 more The Tim Ferriss Show episodes worth listening to. This is the final part of the two-part series on the Tim Ferriss Show podcast.

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Missed the first 5 episodes I recommended? Not to worry, you can still see and listen to them in the

Missed the first 5 episodes I recommended? Not to worry, you can still see and listen to them in part 1 of the selection 🙂

These episodes cover a range of topics such as leadership, business, personal and professional development, culture and much more. 

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5 Tim Ferriss podcasts you should listen to! (Part 1)

In recent years, podcasts have become increasingly popular and the topics covered vary greatly. There is a large number of podcasts that discuss the subject of productivity and efficiency like the Tim Ferriss Show.

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The Tim Ferriss Show is a weekly podcast hosted by, well, Tim Ferriss of course! We have already mentioned this entrepreneur and best-selling author in our “10 Productivity Influencers You Should Know” article. His podcast is also ranked #1 business podcast on iTunes and has been nominated for Best Podcast of the Year on several occasions. If you are looking to boost your productivity and personal and professional development skills, then I strongly recommend it! 

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How to maximize efficiency during meeting scheduling: Withings case study.

Created in 2008, the consumer electronics company Withings is specialized in Health-related connected objects.

Alexis Normand has been the Healthcare Development Director at Withings since 2013 and an essential part of his business consist of maintaining interpersonal relationships. He is constantly in meetings with various actors of the Health ecosystem with whom he wishes to develop the use of connected objects. 

“Meeting scheduling is a repetitive and tedious activity. We spend hours verifying availabilities, juggling between various emails to find a time slot that suits everybody, canceling and postponing meetings. Basically, it’s a real puzzle that I needed to liberate myself from.”

It is important for Alexis to maintain a relation with his various interlocutors and mismanaging his appointments, with repetitive errors, could have a very bad impact on these relationships. That is the reason why he needed to find a successful and trustworthy solution to handle this time-consuming and repetitive task.

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How to build Empathy in AI?

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at AI Europe in London.

Lots of interesting and passionate debates on the evolution of AI. I want to get back to a question I was asked and I tried to answer during my keynote speech: How will Virtual Assistants impact the Internet and, on a larger scale, Society as a whole?

First, it’s important to define what we mean when we talk about virtual assistant based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). We are mainly influenced by science-fiction movies, and we all have our own fantasies about what our lives could look like with an assistant like « HER », capable of achieving every task we ask of her, and in the end, become a part of our daily life, and even a close friend!

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