• 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) […]

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