• Owning the dot-com: even my grandma understood

    June 26, 2012

    I remember back in 1996 when my grandmother (since passed, bless her soul) caught me off guard, as she had a knack for doing, with a highly-esoteric tech question. She had invited me for lunch at the Hobees in Cupertino, an annual ritual in which we caught up on each others’ lives, and toward the […]

  • Before I hire you, tell me about your problems

    June 19, 2012

    I’ve noticed a typical recruiting occurence in the States sadly creeping into hiring processes in Europe, even among startups.  I’m referring to the dreaded question during a job interview of: “What are your weaknesses?” “Tell me about your weaknesses” is an interview question with which I’ve always struggled.  Without a doubt, it is far less […]

  • Feeling a part of something bigger

    June 12, 2012

    The other day a tech CEO that I admire and keep in touch with occasionally mentioned something that really resonated with me.  The guy is a fantastic entrepreneur, one of the best I know, as well as an excellent visionary in his marketspace.  Like most CEO’s in a fast-growing technology venture, this one finds himself […]

  • How do VC’s calculate valuations ?

    June 5, 2012

    The question I am asked most frequently by European entrepreneurs I know is: “How much is my company worth ?” I’ll pull a Henry Kissinger and answer a slightly different and more precise question, which is that of how VC’s in Europe calculate valuations of tech companies. Even if it’s more precise, the answer still […]

  • Triathlon du Sud

    June 3, 2012

    How I love the south of France. It’s only the first weekend in June, and I’ve already had my pick of 6 sprint or olympic distance triathlons within easy convenience of a tgv station (needless to say racing one every other weekend is certainly enough for me). This weekend brought me to the town of […]

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