Archive for 2010

  • Meilleurs Voeux 2011 !

    December 31, 2010

    Customarily corny new year’s greeting, as is compulsory for any tech VC to prove he’s “hip” and “gets it”… Watch this only if you have absolutely nothing better to do for 5 minutes… voeux 2011

  • Macro vs Micro

    December 29, 2010

    As we close out the previous year and begin a new one, there is a natural tendency to make resolutions and set goals for the year to come.  This of course holds true in many walks of life, e.g. enrolling in a gym membership, resolving to improve personal relationships, committing to advance one’s career, etc. […]

  • Dollars over euros

    December 8, 2010

    An article in the Wall Street Journal today, ironically during the LeWeb conference in Paris, reports on the tremendous funding gap between the size of later stage deals signed in Europe compared to those in the U.S., particularly concerning deals exceeding $5 million in investment size. While I’ve written before about the scarcity of venture […]

  • The G2: my new number 1

    December 5, 2010

    About a year ago, Bill Gurley penned an excellent write-up called Android or iPhone ? Wrong Question, which submitted that both Google and Apple and will dominate the smartphone market while injuring innocent bystanders.  With the accelerating growth spurt of Android-compatible devices and the increasing propensity of app developers to limit themselves to these two […]

  • A bubble in seed investing ?

    November 30, 2010

    Brad Feld published an article in yesterday’s Huffington Post about the Seed Investing Phenomenon of 2010.  In it, he cites anecdotal evidence that suggests that a disproportional majority of seed deals funded in 2010 by angel groups and seed VCs will not succeed in raising subsequent rounds.  Brad also references some other professionals, such as […]

  • Radical suggestion to Big Media: You are not the story.

    November 15, 2010

    Readers of my blog know that I rarely shy away from criticizing the French financial press (the reality is that I still read it regularly and often find it relevant and thought-provoking).  But to paraphrase Winston Churchill, the only thing I find more infuriating than the French media is… all the other media.  Particularly the […]

  • Calling all geek girls

    November 10, 2010

    I’ve written in the past about the dearth of women entrepreneurs in France, and Vinita Gupta’s column yesterday in BusinessWeek zeroes in on the scarcity of women in senior roles within tech companies. Her data centers on the U.S. but many of her observations apply to some European countries as well, others less so. For […]

  • Sad to know that you’re leaving, Gregory

    October 31, 2010

    Distracted by my own minor medical emergency, it’s only just now that I learned of Gregory Isaacs’ passing last Monday. Gregory Isaacs reached international stardom beyond the reggae world in 1982 with the success of his ‘Night Nurse’ album.  NY Times music critic Milo Miles called Isaacs ‘the most exquisite vocalist in reggae’. Lung cancer […]

  • The death of the mobile web greatly exaggerated ?

    October 16, 2010

    Reminiscent of the debates of the waxing and waning of the ideal size of the client (as in client/server) during the 1990s, the mobile apps vs. mobile web debate seems equally sinusoidal. For those millennials who were too young to remember, the client/server revolution taught us the virtues of transforming the all-powerful mainframes combined with […]

  • The 177,000-year repayment schedule

    October 6, 2010

    Not many people expected him to be found totally blameless, but Jérôme Kerviel’s verdict yesterday astonished even the most buttoned-up bourgeoisie of Paris’ finance-centered 8th arrondissement. A French judge found Kerviel, Société Générale’s infamous « rogue trader » who manipulated €50 billion worth of false trades which almost brought about the French bank’s demise, solely responsible for […]

  • Internet bubble 2.0 in France ?

    September 24, 2010

    It seems that since the return from summer holidays in France this season, not a day goes by without some significant announcement in the internet space here. Some notable strategic fundraisings have taken place (e.g. Groupe Casino’s investment in Rue du Commerce), Opodo and Meetic have put themselves up for sale, and there’s the highly […]

  • The joys of interoperability

    September 17, 2010

    I’m in a chirpy mood this Friday for the dullest of reasons.  Two incidents are responsible, and both have to do with interoperability. First, my office iPad is now functioning properly with our office wifi network, so I can shut off the power-rapacious 3G connection.  Despite both the iPad and our wireless lan being fully […]

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