• Triathlon Team Truffle

    September 30, 2013

    Well if it wasn’t the fastest race performance in the world, it was undoubtedly among the most entertaining. Yesterday my two colleagues and I ventured up to Chti territory (the deep north of France for the uninitiated) for a little team-building seminar when a triathlon broke out. The Triathlon of Ardres took place in the […]

  • How to pitch me

    September 24, 2013

    I consider myself really fortunate to work as a VC. It feeds my ego to think I’m smart, but the truth is that my smarts come mainly from exposure in high volumes to truly smart people, i.e. you, the entrepreneurs. My purported wisdom derives mainly from the catbird seat my job affords me to witness […]

  • Do what you say

    September 17, 2013

    Ok, I’ll admit it: ever since I naturalized to French citizenship I’ve become somewhat more critical of my adopted country. I don’t view this as betrayal; on the contrary, I’ve developed an affinity for France so strong that it pains me to witness habits that in my opinion are destructive to the future of this […]

  • Portfolio job openings

    September 13, 2013

    In spite of Europe’s macro-economic malaise, many of our startups are still growing wildly and seeking to recruit top talent. Here are a few open positions: At BoosterMedia: Brazil Business development manager Java and HTML5 Developers Graphic Artist/Designer Marketing   At other portfolio companies: CFO Comptroller VP Operations VP Marketing Any interested candidates are welcome […]

  • More on the PEA-PME and tax optimization game

    September 10, 2013

    Last week’s post on finance minister Pierre Moscovici’s newly announced measure of a PEA for SMEs in France prompted some feedback that caught me off guard. Beyond the customary reactions wavering between praise and consternation (usually tilting toward the latter), I found myself in the unusual position of being solicited for tax planning advice. “Should […]

  • France’s new PEA-PME

    September 3, 2013

    For tech startups in France, the September rentrée from summer holidays often seems to hold regulatory and fiscal surprises, certainly from the current government administration. This year is no exception, although the rumors are promisingly less detrimental than last year’s bombshell, when the new fiscal budget announced a debillitating capital gains tax regime. The flagship […]

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