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Arnaud de la Fouchardière
Arnaud de la Fouchardière has founded several companies in the course of his career. He is now the founder and CEO of the Vitirover company based in Saint Emilion, France, which specialises in robots for agriculture and industry (herds of robots to replace Glyphosate). In San Francisco, Arnaud has launched Quickeo, web 2.0 software proposing email as the universal distribution channel for rich multimedia content. He is an early pioneer of smartphones and finger-touch software and he founded NOVINIT sold to the US company THUMBIT. In 1998, he created the first French e-commerce site selling domestic appliances, Marcopoly.com. The company was acquired by France Telecom/Orange in 2000. Prior to Marcopoly, Arnaud spent 15 years in the marketing industry. He founded marketing agency TEQUILA and, as chairman and CEO, oversaw its international expansion before selling it to TBWA\Omnicom in 1994. Arnaud is also an independent expert in robotics and digital farming at the European Commission and has the rank of Commander in the French Army Citizen Reserve.