• Musings on shaving, child actors, and business models

    September 30, 2014

    Anyone exposed to American television in the early 80s might remember the hit series Different Strokes. The sitcom portrayed a story of two African American boys from Harlem (played by Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges) who were taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman and widower named Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his […]

  • Should I hire a fundraising agent for my startup?

    September 23, 2014

    Within the span of a week this August came two excellent opinion pieces from VCs about whether entrepreneurs should mandate an intermediary to help them raise their early stage financing. The first is from Hunter Walk of Homebrew (Don’t Send a Banker to Do a Founder’s Job). Then John Henderson of White Star Capital wrote […]

  • Alibaba valuation: the comparables method

    September 17, 2014

    The valuation analysis I released on the Facebook IPO two years ago proved popular, so I figure why not do it again for the hottest tech IPO planned this month: Alibaba. Please refer to my earlier piece on this topic for an explanation of the various valuation methodologies. Also, please note that my objective in […]

  • Reliability is a USP in France

    September 16, 2014

    This past weekend, Rude Baguette held its Startup Job Fair, third in the series. By all accounts, the fair proved a rousing success, and I commend the Rude Baguette organizers for their heroics. From what I understand of this event, it in many ways encapsulated the current state of affairs of the French tech ecosystem, […]

  • LINE continues its global expansion

    September 15, 2014

    Here are penetration figures released by LINE last week on its international adoption. Wow!

  • Employee equity grants in French startups (aka, did the tax authority poach my spreadsheet?)

    September 9, 2014

    One major inconvenience in VC investing in French startups which consistently raises its ugly head is the complexity to incentivize key personnel with equity. I’m not referring to the employees who eschew the upside potential afforded by equity in favor of fixed pay with high job security. While certainly understandable at certain positions in a […]

  • Vichy Half Ironman

    September 6, 2014

    The “So-called Triathlon Team” at the Vichy Half Ironman last weekend. The guy on the right is the slow one. Hats off to the Challenge Vichy organizers, and bravo @TriClubTSD !

  • Five French startups best positioned for Asia

    September 2, 2014

    When someone from Journal du Net contacted me about my piece last year on 5 French Startups I Can’t Live Without, apparently they liked it so much that they decided to ride with the theme (hey, imitation is the best form of flattery, I suppose). JDN interviewed a handful of France’s first-rate VCs to each […]

  • Internship opportunity in Truffle’s commercial team

    September 1, 2014

    Following the deepening of it strategy to focus on tax-incentivized retail fund management, Truffle Capital has extended its retail commercial team. An 6-month internship opportunity is open on this team. Here are the description verbatim and application instructions: Offre de Stage Commercial / Truffle Capital / 2ème semestre 2014. Truffle Capital, acteur reconnu du capital […]

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