• Tech Designers: Hurry over to London by July 10

    June 25, 2013

    No, this is not an encouragement to would-be fiscal exiles or pigeons. Nor do I have any specific conference or startup networking event in mind as I write this. In fact, the reason has nothing to do with tech, at least not in a directly obvious way. It’s about an art exhibition. Specifically, Shiro Kuramata, […]

  • Part 2 of the Alternext liquidity conundrum

    June 18, 2013

    Last week I wrote a fairly critical piece about France’s IPO market for tech firms. Specifically, I claimed that the Alternext, which is the main market on which VC-backed tech firms can go public in France, does not represent an adequate avenue for sustained financing and liquidity potential for these firms. Rude maybe, but surprisingly […]

  • Mobile Entertainment Awards 2013 Finalists

    June 15, 2013

    It’s of course important to take award competitions with a grain of salt. Still, I am proud to be an investor in finalists in two different categories of the 2013 Mobile Entertainment Awards. Hats off to the teams at both BoosterMedia and Momac !  I am honored to be an innocent bystander of your success. […]

  • The 3 broken arrows of growth capital in France

    June 11, 2013

    The other day during a stimulating conversation with five of French tech’s movers and shakers, the subject came up about the challenges facing high-potential tech firms in need of growth capital. Setting aside the Yahoo/DailyMotion debacle for a moment (which I fear will carry disastrous long-term consequences for cross-border m&a, one of the three ‘arrows’), […]

  • Open up the French Open

    June 4, 2013

    On Friday my colleague and I walked by a shop window at lunchtime that displayed a large flat screen televising Roger Federer’s match at Roland Garros. We were immediately struck by the abundance of vacant seats in the stadium during the match. Granted, it was a Friday afternoon (heaven forbid the French cut out work […]

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