• Don’t shoot the messenger (app)

    October 29, 2013

    In continuity of last week’s piece on the arrival the Japanese mobile game models to Europe, I thought it appropriate to discuss another tech trend in Asia which makes me enthusiastic for potential investment opportunities, even here on the old continent: the next-generation of mobile messaging apps. Most Europeans are familiar with WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, […]

  • Japan to Europe: Game on ! (act 2)

    October 22, 2013

    Fasten your seatbelts, because the European mobile games market is about to become a lot more interesting. Not that the market has been dormant. I can’t think of a recent ride on the Paris metro or London tube without witnessing someone playing Candy Crush or Clash of Clans. And now Candy Crush maker King.com is rumoured to […]

  • How the 2013 Ironman championship relates to entrepreneurship

    October 15, 2013

    Frederik Van Lierde won the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii this past Sunday. The Belgian broke the 6-time winning streak held by Australians in the swim/bike/run grand-daddy (that’s 3.9km/180km/42.1km for each segment, respectively). These pro triathletes are in my opinion the most elite athletes in the world. Merely having an opportunity to compete at […]

  • A mESS in the diaper

    October 8, 2013

    Regular readers of this blog know that I generally don’t do politics. I prefer to spend my waking hours helping my portfolio companies, and by extension, the French startup ecosystem in general. It is in this latter category that when I detect legislation that could seriously imperil our ecosystem, I feel an obligation to openly […]

  • Those silly fees

    October 1, 2013

    My earlier piece about the French government’s newly-announced PEA-PME initiative led to a broader discussion about transparency and investment performance. [By way of recap, I had written that I’m hopeful the PEA-PME could offer indirect benefits to small tech startups that trickle back by helping capitalize downstream companies that are larger and already listed, thus […]

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