Archive for 2012

  • 5 Best (worst) VC holiday greetings

    December 18, 2012

    I’ve often remarked how U.S. venture capital firms are miles ahead of European VCs in their strategies and execution. Mercifully, there is one so-called ‘best practice’ in Silicon Valley that has not really caught on here in Europe: the one-upmanship in releasing humorous holiday parodies. Here are 5 standouts over the past decade (caveat viewer: […]

  • Giving thanks

    December 11, 2012

    The atmosphere surrounding France’s VC and startup ecosystem over the second half of the year has provided ample opportunities to dampen one’s spirits. Between the dearth of stock market liquidity, the potentially devastating fiscal policies of the new government, VC’s who behave more like overpaid lenders than risk backers, and the general macroeconomic malaise within […]

  • Saying Oui, Maître

    December 10, 2012

    An excerpt from the brochure distributed at LeWeb12 under France’s Say Oui campaign. Am I the only one troubled by how the recommended legal steps to create a business in France outnumber by 10-to-4 the steps on business feasibility ?                               […]

  • Musings on advanced urban ecosystems

    December 4, 2012

    For the second time in a month this weekend, fortune had it that I caught one of the brand new trains on RER B. I’ve long suspected that one of the reasons that keeps Paris below other world-class cities in various rankings (such as the recent 11th out of Startup Genome’s Top 20 Startup Ecosystems) […]

  • Moody Blues in France

    November 27, 2012

    It has been a demoralizing 10 days for France in its standing in the business world. A week ago Friday, The Economist published a damning report on the parlous state of France’s economy with a cheeky cover story calling the country The Time-Bomb at the Heart of Europe. Then on November 19th, Moody’s downgraded France’s […]

  • Scaling your startup successfully into the States

    November 20, 2012

    Nic Brisbourne of DFJ Esprit wrote a great piece last week called, “The smart way to expand software companies to the U.S.” I won’t rehash the whole post but definitely recommend you read it. While Brisbourne’s advice is geared for British startups, much of it is relevant for France as well. His money shot is […]

  • Infographic: HTML5 mobile gaming

    November 18, 2012

    Many mobile game companies still choose native iOS or Android as their first route to market, only to discover that it’s very challenging to stand out among hundreds of thousands of other games in the traditional app-stores. There is, however, a viable alternative approach that is quickly gaining interest worldwide: HTML5. BoosterMedia has released a […]

  • Another internship opportunity at Truffle Capital

    November 15, 2012

    If you’re interested in experiencing first-hand the daily grind of working in Venture Capital, I invite you to consider becoming an intern at Truffle Capital. Here’s a summary of the position. Requirements: a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual with aspirations to spend 6 months working in a VC fund authorized status in French university to qualify […]

  • What Gallois’ report means for tech startups

    November 13, 2012

    Last week the French government’s Commissaire général à l’investissement, Louis Gallois, released his eagerly anticipated diagnosis on France’s competitiveness to the Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault. Encompassing six major themes and 22 specific proposals, the Pacte pour la Compétitivité de L’industrie Française is both sweeping in its analysis and prescriptive in recommending solutions. Gallois begins by […]

  • Japan’s renewed appetite for Europe?

    November 6, 2012

    The Rude VC disappeared to Japan last week for a combination of business meetings and some spiritual recalibration. I return refreshed and pumped up. Pumped up because the country that the West likes to deride as the one of the “lost decade” is demonstrating a renewed appetite for expansion abroad, especially in the tech sector. […]

  • Inspiring leaders crack the agency problem

    October 23, 2012

    Of the multiple traits that distinguish inspiring leaders, I submit that the fundamental undercurrent relates to their ability to crack the agency problem. The theory of the agency problem, or more accurately, agency costs, represents the inherent misalignment in the relationship between an agent and a principal.  Agency costs arise when a company’s employees (the […]

  • The power of immediate feedback

    October 16, 2012

    Probably the best recruitment I ever made when I was running my internet real estate startup was of a salesman named Bob.  I stumbled onto Bob by accident and hired him in a daze of desperation after a disastrous experience with a previous salesperson. Bob was coaching high school football when I met him, and […]

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