Archive for 2014

  • 2014 Year-End To-Do List

    December 23, 2014

    As another year draws to a close, I prepare to clear my desk and tie up a few loose ends that I had been meaning to address since the start of the year but never got around to doing… In laughter or in pain, happy holidays to all !

  • Dear LaFrenchTech: Let’s never stop learning

    December 16, 2014

    Arguably at one point the hottest tech conference on the European continent and still undisputably one of the top tier events, LeWeb took place last week and brought leading international entrepreneurs and investors like Phil Libin, Hiroshi Mikitani, Kevin Rose, Yossi Vardi, Tony Conrad, David Hornik, Jeff Clavier, and Fred Wilson to Paris. The conference […]

  • My five takeaways from LeWeb Conference

    December 14, 2014

    The sharing economy is already impressive, and we ain’t seen nothing yet. Bitcoin has fallen out of favor, for now, and hence is probably a good contrarian play. Japan tech is the ultimate contrarian play. Expect the unexpected when a French politician takes the stage. Meditation is the new black turtleneck in Silicon Valley.   […]

  • European entrepreneurs: Beware the Silicon Valley travel trap

    December 9, 2014

    There seems be a growing trend in startup communities throughout continental Europe that I find a bit fatiguing. It has to do with the plethora of consultants offering to organize tailored travel packages for young tech companies to global tech hubs, usually Silicon Valley. Consultants are like ants: they usually show up when there’s a […]

  • Musings on VC internships in France

    December 2, 2014

    Last Friday at the office we held the pôt de départ (farewell party) of one of our interns. Although this young man was not working directly with me, I know that my colleague greatly appreciated this intern’s contribution for six months. This was my colleague’s first experience of recruiting a VC intern in France, and he’s […]

  • November cycling

    November 29, 2014

    This has been a perfect month for weekend cycling in the south of France. Even though I generally prefer spring and summer, I could really get used to this.

  • The billion dollar startup club

    November 25, 2014

    The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource recently started publishing a list of companies that are valued at $1 billion or more by venture-capital firms. Here it is in graphical format (credit to J.Peng). The qualification criteria for the club are: privately held companies that have at least VC firm in the capital and […]

  • Is investing in gaming like betting on Hollywood?

    November 18, 2014

    On a recent trip to Tokyo, I met with a handful of business partners and investors in the mobile gaming sector, one of my investment themes over the past few years centering on European endeavors in this space. A familiar debate comes up every time: Is mobile gaming as a sector still investable? Has mobile […]

  • Why Asian startups should prioritize Europe

    November 17, 2014

    In my travels for work I’ve had the honor to meet hundreds of inspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world. Setting aside China, and in a gross over-simplification, domestic markets in East Asia could be characterized as either i) mature or ii) emerging (Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, in the former; the rest of Southeast […]

  • 11/11: Remembering our veterans and remembering the genesis of the EU project

    November 11, 2014

    Today is a holiday: 11/11. Europe celebrates it as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I (the war to end all wars), of which the fighting stopped on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918). The Commonwealth nations observe 11/11 as Remembrance Day in honor of the […]

  • Here’s hoping the ISR trend does not become Corporate Greenwashing 2.0

    November 4, 2014

    Socially responsible investment practices, or ISR in French (investissement socialement responsable), has been catching on among fund management companies in France lately. The notion of SRI in modern portfolio management began gaining momentum in the late 1990s, mainly in the US and UK. The first sell-side brokerage in the world to offer SRI research was […]

  • Pre-M&A buzzing

    November 4, 2014

    It looks like Publicis’ announced acquisition of Sapient yesterday was characterized by some pre-announcement “leakage.” Imagine if Sapient were subject to the Loi Hamon !

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