• 2013 landing on a good note

    December 17, 2013

    Various topics have been tumbling around my brain about which to write in this last post of 2013 on France’s startup ecosystem. There’s the alarming passage of a wide-reaching French surveillance law, or yet another French fiscal flap like the Eckert proposal, and of course the depressing pronouncements by Arnaud Montebourg at LeWeb last week. […]

  • Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em

    December 10, 2013

    During a panel at a tech conference several years back, a seasoned and respected French early-stage VC that I will not name boasted about how he (of course it’s a ‘he’) had never had a portfolio company go bankrupt. Needless to say, this remark was an eyebrow-raiser for me about France’s venture capital sector. My […]

  • Who wants my ticket to tomorrow’s party: The Other Night ?

    December 9, 2013

    This might well be the hottest party during this year’s LeWeb conference. Sponsored by TheFamily and Rude Baguette, The Other Night promises to be a night tech entrepreneurs will never remember. And I cannot attend. So I’m giving away my ticket for free. Interested ? Contact me on Twitter @markbivens with your answer to the […]

  • Holiday Toys for Tohoku Project

    December 8, 2013

    Here’s where I’ve decided to allocate my charitable giving this year: toy gift cards for children in Tohoku. By no means is this a solicitation for a donation, and I appreciate that many of you are already overwhelmed with opportunities for charity during this holiday season. With that caveat, if you’re looking to for another, […]

  • Why the latest RBS scandal smells so rotten

    December 3, 2013

    If claims in a UK government report published last week have any basis, then the latest scandal surrounding the Royal Bank of Scotland makes LIBOR manipulation look like just a rainy start to the cricket season. The Tomlinson report, established by UK Business Secretary Vince Cable, found evidence that RBS intentionally forced small and medium […]

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