• Governments’ bite of the Apple

    May 28, 2013

    There has been a lot of gnashing of teeth recently about Apple’s alleged dodging of paying taxes on tens of billions of profits from 2009~2012. Incidentally, that’s merely what the U.S. government deems it forfeited. Apple of course pays a paltry tax bill in France, despite the fact the France remains the world’s third best […]

  • Triathlon du Sud 2013

    May 26, 2013

    In the sequel to my fantastic experience at last year’s Triathlon du Sud, my expectations were high, albeit the new location represented an unknown variable. The sudden freezing downpour just prior to the race start (no fault of the race organizers), combined with the poorly-marked bike course on narrow roads open to traffic unfortunately rendered […]

  • The sun is rising again

    May 21, 2013

    As I have crowed many times in this space before, Japan is demonstrating renewed energy and enthusiasm in the tech sector. Mobile gaming giants like Gree and DeNA, explosive social networks like Line, and e-commerce leaders like Rakuten, are inspiring success stories for France which recently began venturing abroad. Now Japan’s overall economy seems to […]

  • More on the Zombie VC theme

    May 14, 2013

    Exactly ten days ago the yearly ritual of ‘Woodstock for Capitalists’ took place. Also known as the annual shareholders meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, this may well represent the only public company’s shareholders meeting whose promise of attendance can be the sole reason for investors to purchase a share of its stock. Of course, another reason […]

  • Euronext’s SME Marketplace

    May 7, 2013

    Last week NYSE Euronext announced the imminent launch of an “SME Marketplace.” Managed by a dedicated subsidiary set up in France, it will have its own brand, operating budget and team. It is hard to understand exactly what this means. Judging from the Euronext press release, the initiative appears to represent more of a hierarchical […]

  • Triathlon de la Vallée de l’Oise

    May 5, 2013

    Wow, that was a rude awakening to the triathlon season following a long winter hibernation. Perhaps my most difficult triathlon experience ever. Even though it was a sprint distance, the race felt endless since the moment my face hit the 12-degree water (for reference: pre-hypothermic symptons like loss of dexterity can begin after 15 min […]

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