• Flush with cash

    July 30, 2011

    The other day I had lunch with an independent pan-European venture fund that I really admire.  They’re based in a modest country but invest all over Europe, and I would consider them to be among the top pro’s of true venture capital investing in Europe.  While they had made a number of investments in the […]

  • AMEX France insults my intelligence

    July 27, 2011

    I’m certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed, but some gifts are so insincere that even I can smell them a mile away. The recent policy change presented by American Express France to their Air France Amex Gold card stinks. According to a recent mailer, starting November 18 this year, my Air France Amex […]

  • An end run around roaming

    July 22, 2011

    When it comes to telecom expenses, I can be a real cheapskate.  I travel frequently in Europe, most often to my portfolio companies in the Benelux and the UK. One of the beauties of Europe is the accessibility of my habitual destinations via high-speed rail from Paris.  Paradoxically, an inexpensive and brief 2-hour train ride […]

  • A three-peat repeat

    July 3, 2011

    A new world Ironman record fell today in Klagenfurt thanks to Marino Vanhoenacker’s gobsmacking 7:46 performance in his sixth-straight Ironman Austria victory. And I thought last year we had seen it all.  I’m dumbfounded in awe and admiration.  

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