• 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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