• Summer reading list 2013

    July 23, 2013

    Last year’s summer reading list proved so popular that I’ve decided to renew it. The guiding criteria for books to fit this list are merely: i) to have some connection to startups, technology, VC, or Europe; and ii) to not be too heavy or intensely intellectual. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, […]

  • 5 French startups I can’t live without

    July 16, 2013

    You live by your tools, as the old saying goes. Of course, the corollary says that you can also die by your tools (MS Outlook comes to mind…). It’s a rare occasion that I find such a productivity enhancer that I adopt it for regular use. In the spirit of this past Sunday’s fête nationale, […]

  • Europe’s leading countries for VC

    July 9, 2013

    Inspired by Richard Florida’s piece in The Atlantic Cities, America’s Leading Metros for Venture Capital, I decided to craft a comparable bubble chart for Europe’s VC activity in 2012. The European version of the map illustrates VC investment in all major European countries (excluding Russia and Turkey), with the amounts converted into US$ and indexed […]

  • The misplaced pride of no marketing

    July 2, 2013

    I heard it again just the other day during a startup’s pitch. “We’ve done no marketing, and look how much we’ve accomplished,” boasted the founders of the venture for which they were trying to raise money. Imagine what we could do if we spent money on marketing, was the intended implication of what they were […]

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