Archive for 2011

  • American ambassadors or traitors ?

    December 15, 2011

    I’m not feeling very patriotic today. Part of my mood stems from the thought of today’s hearing by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on the Stop Online Piracy Act. The SOPA legislation currently winding its way through the U.S. congress would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court […]

  • Does Local matter ?

    December 8, 2011

    We hear the repeated siren’s call of social / local / mobile.  As of matter of fact, this year’s LeWeb conference captures this three-part mantra as its very theme.  And you’d be hard-pressed to find a VC fund in Europe today not following this guiding light for its investment strategy. Among the takeaways of LeWeb’11, […]

  • Portfolio job openings

    November 30, 2011

    Despite the macro-economic distraction, some of our startups are still growing wildly and seeking to recruit top talent.  Here are a couple open positions: A java back-end developer, to work closely with the Head of Technology and the Game Development team. A mobile games content manager, responsible for testing and selecting new mobile games that […]

  • These premises are utterly confidential

    November 29, 2011

    Fred Wilson captured my feelings perfectly in his post today about Reception Desk NDAs. Thankfully, this practice has not taken hold in Europe yet, European subsidiaries of US firms notwithstanding. European startups, particularly their fundraising advisors, love asking VCs to sign an NDA.  As I’ve written before, I think NDAs waste precious time, bring little […]

  • Looking for a right-hand dude or dudette

    November 10, 2011

    I’m running out of band-width and need help.  While space constraints prevented this for a while, I’m now able and ready to re-implement an internship program. So I’m looking for an ambitious intern with the following profile: a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual with aspirations to spend 6 months working in a VC fund authorized status […]

  • Recent digital media investments

    October 31, 2011

    Well, it’s been a hectic Q3, with three new digital media investments. Scan & Target Utel CrowdyNews All three were investments in conjunction with 3 of the 16 independent holding incubatrices vehicles we advise. As readers of my blog know (yes, I’m talking to both of you), I’m not a big fan of vc blogs […]

  • Darwin beats intelligent design in financing innovation

    October 12, 2011

    Luke Johnson’s opinion in today’s Financial Times really resonated with me. I’ve long argued that the VC model in Europe is plagued by the tendency to keep Zombie startups alive, to the detriment of plowing more time, resources, and capital in the real disruptors. Johnson cites recent research from the UK’s National Endowment for Science, […]

  • Chart of the quarter

    October 4, 2011

    Blame it on the Greeks, on the ECB, on European politicians, or on high-frequency computer trading. Heck, blame it on the rain. But no matter how you slice it, the CAC 40’s 25% nosedive over the past 3 months reflects the worst decline since 2002. Uncertainty causes unease. Unease causes indecision. Startups: if you sell […]

  • MVP: Winds of change in France

    September 13, 2011

    MVP! MVP! MVP!  In the States you can hear this chant on any given Sunday afternoon at the ballpark, as well as frequently in the open workspace of any given web startup. The only reaction this three-letter acronym would elicit in France, however, would be ‘Tony Parker’. And even that is limited to a select […]

  • Laboring over the weekend

    September 5, 2011

    The irony was not lost on the timing of its release just before Labor Day weekend of Friday’s unemployment report showing the U.S. unemployment rate unchanged at 9 percent.  Relative to historical standards, this is catastrophic. Here in France, unemployment improved slightly in Q2 but still hovers between 9.5 and 10%.  Relatively speaking, the figure […]

  • Triathlon de la Montagne Noire

    August 20, 2011

    Two weeks ago I started the Triathlon de la Montagne Noire deep in the heart of France’s Languedoc region. The region is beautiful and offers a challenging but gorgeous course. Shame I couldn’t finish it. The swim featured a three-loop lake circuit with a “double-australian” exit and a tight transition area. Not ideal, but ample […]

  • Rumors of Flash’s demise greatly exaggerated ?

    August 3, 2011

    Last summer’s heated public brouhaha between Apple and Adobe has been more of a low simmer during summer 2011. The initial calamity of not being able to play Flash on the iPad (and not being able to do this even faster on the iPad2) has subsided. This is probably due to a number of factors, […]

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