• Triathlon Saint-Cyprien

    April 30, 2012

    Returning to triathlon racing as a new season begins was a bit daunting for me this year, specifically because my prior race in August 2011 left me the souvenir of a broken clavicle. Sufficiently healed physically though with lingering doubts mentally, I approached this first sprint triathlon of 2012 with a modest goal: finish in […]

  • Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

    April 24, 2012

    Pardon the overused cliché, but I figured it was appropriate to pay homage to the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic’s fatal voyage since every media outlet seems to be doing so (my favorite was The Onion’s commemorative tribute in applying its rarely-used 100-point font to the headline). But the equivalent of rearranging deck chairs on […]

  • The easy money period (relatively)

    April 17, 2012

    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 (purely coincidentally, the U.S. tax filing 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 […]

  • The disruption and renewal of sakura

    April 10, 2012

    As style entrepreneur and design authority Tyler Brûlé once astutely observed, it’s always a good time to visit Tokyo. I had the honor of spending the past week there on a business trip, which by stroke of good fortune, coincided with a week of cherry blossoms (sakura) in full bloom. Appreciation of the fleeting moment […]

  • Warning: this blog post is unrealistically optimistic

    April 3, 2012

    I don’t think a week goes by in our office without at least one fundraising pitch employing some variation of the phrase, “These financial projections are conservative.” I understand the well-meaning intent. The entrepreneur’s objectives are often twofold: i) convey us that the market potential for the given startup is enormous; and ii) convince us […]

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