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Laurent Daudet


Co-CEO and Co-founder

Laurent Daudet is the Co-CEO of LightOn, a startup he co-founded in 2016. He has a key role in growing a cutting-edge team of 40, and drives the business roadmap while fostering fundraising and key partnerships worldwide. Laurent is currently on full-time leave from his position as Professor of Physics at the Université Paris Cité, one of France's leading universities. He has held various academic positions, including fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France, associate professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (now Sorbonne University), and visiting positions in London, Tokyo, and Stanford. Laurent has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific publications, and has been a consultant to various small and large companies. He is a physics graduate from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Marseille University. Recently, Laurent Daudet co-authored Dream Machine, the first graphic novel on Generative AI (Appupen / Daudet, French version released in 2023 by Editions Flammarion, English version released in 2024 by MIT Press).