• Triathlon de Montpellier

    April 26, 2011

    Well, Jordan Rapp I was not, but it felt good to return to triathlons post-bike/car crash with a sprint in Montpellier over Easter weekend. The weather conditions proved ideal.  Far cooler than the heatwave in Paris, Montpellier offered a morning temperature of 15 degrees, perfect for biking and running.  At 14 degrees, the swim split […]

  • A good time to raise funds

    April 17, 2011

    In France we’re now entering what I think of as the “easy money period” for startups. The easy money period begins roughly around April 15 (perhaps coincidentally, the U.S. tax deadline) and runs until June 15 (the French wealth tax filing deadline, and that’s no coincidence). To be fair, fundraising in a startup is never […]

  • The rest of us are mere mortals

    April 11, 2011

    In her victory speech at the 2009 Ironman world championship in Kona, Chrissie Wellington described her ambition to build a “platform for change” that enables her to translate her athletic accolades into positive humanitarian causes. Judging from her performance in yesterday’s Ironman South Africa, Wellington’s “platform” is like a stainless steel structure built on bedrock […]

  • The hardest half

    April 3, 2011

    To declare the field competitive would be a massive understatement in yesterday’s Half Ironman in Oceanside.  It seemed that 80% of the world’s top full ironman athletes raced yesterday. Andy Potts and Mirinda Carfrae grabbed the victories at 3:55 and 4:26 respectively, but I was particularly delighted to see Ronnie Schildknecht and Jordan Rapp in […]

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