"They basically said 'we want to transform the country.' They want to do job creation, they want to do training, they want to do R&D together on how to transform their businesses. It's a partnership to literally change how the whole country runs," he said.
France is now the number two country for startups in the world, he said, and the announcement didn't see a traditional press conference — it was announced by Twitter, a sign of the times. Other countries, such as Germany, have signed up for similar deals, as have a multitude of cities, such as Barcelona.
"We want to drive every single company, regardless of size. Until every single city, every single country becomes digital. This is not over the next 20 years, but over the next 5-10," he said.
His pitch to partners was simple:
"I truly think this next year will be the inflection point where every company becomes a digital company.
"We are positioned in this eco system in a manner in which no one else is, we should lead this one, challenge ourselves and really push each other hard," he said.
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