• What packing can teach us about management at a startup

    May 27, 2014

    Ever notice how packing a suitcase always seems a lot more stressful and time-consuming when you’re planning what to bring on your trip at the same time? Conversely, drafting a packing list before actually opening the empty suitcase makes the packing exercise flow so much more smoothly. Behind this phenomenon lies a trait inherent in […]

  • LINE vs. WeChat. Get ready to rumble.

    May 20, 2014

    An enthusiastic user of LINE, Mark Bivens faces off against Jerry Yang, a WeChat apologist, on the merits of each app. MB:    First, I think we can agree on one thing: that WhatsApp, BBM, Viber, Telegram, eBuddy, Nimbuzz, SnapChat, and even Kik do not swim in the same pond as Line, WeChat, and KakaoTalk. To […]

  • Leveraging your VC’s network

    May 13, 2014

    Two weeks ago I wrote about a good way for entrepreneurs to ask one VC for a referral to another. This time let’s talk about one of the most effective ways to ask your VC for business referrals once you’re venture-backed. This also applies to entrepreneurs who are looking to derive the most from any […]

  • VC internship opportunity

    May 9, 2014

    My dynamite colleague in Truffle’s Energy sector is looking for a dynamite intern. Here are the description and application requirements: Position: Internship at Truffle Capital in Energy/Cleantech Department reporting to the Investment Director – Energy Role: Assist with analysis, strategy and build-up of energy/renewables portfolio companies Requirements: A dynamic and entrepreneurial individual with aspirations to […]

  • How I pitch “La French Tech”

    May 6, 2014

    I’m blessed to have the opportunity to travel a fair amount, and the people I encounter often ask me about the state of the French tech ecosystem. Admittedly, sometimes I’m the one who first puts the topic on the table, but I only share my pitch with those who are interested. Furthermore, calling this a […]

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