• Infographic on French VC activity 2012/S2

    March 28, 2013

    Courtesy of our friends at Chausson Finance…

  • Regional incubators

    March 26, 2013

    Friday I had the pleasure of spending the day at Cap Omega, the Montpellier-based incubator of startups sponsored by the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. In conjunction with OSEO, many regions of France organize such events in order to enable the most promising tech startups of the particular region to meet investors and business angels from all […]

  • Silicon Valley’s secret sauce

    March 19, 2013

    Over the past few weeks in this space, inspired by Fleur Pellerin’s current government initiative to replicate Silicon Valley, I’ve recapped some of the history of the region and reconsidered the wisdom of attempts to reproduce the Silicon Valley model elsewhere. I submit that trying to imitate Silicon Valley is futile. However, France’s government and […]

  • Voulez-vous Yahoo ?

    March 12, 2013

    A worrying phenomenon is brewing among a handful of French companies that are using the brouhaha at Yahoo! as an excuse to forbid working from home. Unless you’ve miraculously escaped the tireless media coverage, you’re aware that Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced last month that she was abolishing the firm’s work-from-home policy, saying that to […]

  • Copying Silicon Valley

    March 5, 2013

    A couple weeks ago I provided a very succinct recap of the Silicon Valley narrative. For a more in-depth review, A History of Silicon Valley by Piero Scaruffi and Arun Rao might well be the most comprehensive, and Robert Cringely’s Accidental Empires focuses on the pc industry empire-building during the pre-web era. Understanding the Silicon […]

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