Captain Dash is the most promising Company in Europe for IBM

Gilles Babinet and Bruno Walther, founders of Captain Dash, receiving the IBM Smartcamp French Prize in September.

Gilles Babinet and Bruno Walther, founders of Captain Dash, receiving the IBM Smartcamp French Prize in September.

We are very proud to announce that Captain Dash won the IBM SmartCamp on Wednesday 14th of November.
We were competing against ten other finalist Start-ups that have been selected among 600 submissions all across Europe.

This victory occurs just three weeks after the release of Captain Dash and confirms our status as best business App on the Windows8 Store.

For those who haven’t met with the Captain yet, let’s sum up this long process:

On early September, Captain Dash won the IBM Smartcamp in France. This marks the beginning of an increasing cooperation with IBM. From then, we have been working on the integration of IBM most powerful BI tools, such as SPSS and eventually, CCI.


As explained in a previous article this partnership with IBM stems from a common vision:

  • CMO is the next leader in Innovation Strategy
  • Data changes the world and makes the world a smartest planet
  • ‘Consumerisation of IT’ is a far-reaching phenomenon
  • Hadoop is the key element for Big data

The next step for Captain Dash will be the final of the IBM Smartcamp in New York in January which will award the most strategic Start-up worldwide.

Let’s rock!

You can watch Captain Dash presentation on stage here and the interview of Gilles Babinet after the victory here.

Comparing A and B data : the real challenge

Internet has really changed so many aspects of our daily life that it is sometimes hard to remember how we made things some years ago. Searching, buying, writing, creating are some of the few things that we can do better, faster and smarter today on the web.

Surprisingly, there is a a space where there are little changes in our life with the internet. That is about dealing with data and especialy with comparing it.

Some would say that the Internet is actually very good at comparing data… Price Comparators are great when it is about buying a fly-ticket, or to rent a car, and we would not argue with this. The point is about comparing -matching actually- data that are different. Take location and data for instance ;  that is a good example. Location and any type of data: A real estate price versus a location, the groundwater level of pollution at a country scale, or the price of gas in the 15 miles range around where you live. There are limitless example of that.


Indeed, you may find a website that make ONE of these things, but you would not find a generic place -such as a search engine- that would do ALL of these things as a one stop shopping place.

An utopia?  Technicaly unfeasible? Surprisingly, there are limited barriers to such innovation. Data, which is often seen as the key bootleneck are largely accessible as it was pointed out by a piece in The Economist. It seems that there is more of a mental or conceptual barriers at stake. « Dealing with data is boring and making data simple is therefore impossible » seems to be the common thought.