• More on Line

    November 28, 2013

    What a difference a month makes. Japanese chat app LINE has reportedly gained an additional 50 million users since I wrote Don’t Shoot the Messenger (App) last month. They haven’t officially embarked in France… yet.

  • Investing in competing firms

    November 26, 2013

    The other day my partner received a fundraising teaser from an intermediary which contained a section on the project’s competitive landscape. The competition mapping followed the common quadrant format, yet to my partner’s astonishment, included one of our existing portfolio companies smack in the sweet spot of this project’s competition. To solicit us for fundraising […]

  • The latest local example of how business model can go from sweet to bitter

    November 19, 2013

    It seems that almost on a weekly basis these days an emblematic French company falls into financial distress. The most recent which caught my attention is Hédiard. It’s impossible to wander through a chic quartier of Paris without seeing a Hédiard store. The venerable French brand synonymous with French gourmet foodstuffs counts nearly 200 years […]

  • Disruption here, there, everywhere

    November 12, 2013

    So with the announcement of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ acquisition of Booz & Co. (formerly Booz Allen & Hamilton) the other day, another strategy consulting firm joins one of the Big 4 accounting firms. This announcement spurred me to think about the indisputable trend of the Big 4 scooping up strategic advisories. In 2010 PWC purchased Diamond Management […]

  • Tour de Tohoku

    November 7, 2013

    Although I generally conserve my limited athletic abilities and energy for triathlons rather than single bike or run races, the chance to cycle in the Tour de Tohoku was an opportunity that I could not pass up. A gorgeous ride through the rolling hills of the jagged coastline of northeastern Japan, the Tour de Tohoku […]

  • Maybe Local matters after all

    November 6, 2013

    Two years ago I wrote a short blurb entitled, “Does Local Matter?” in which I provocatively questioned the future relevance of the Local network component in the overhyped buzzwords of Social / Local / Mobile. We even jumped on the bandwagon by launching a tax-optimizing holding vehicle called SoLoMoCo to focus on this fad. So […]

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