Archive for 2015

  • Four things Japan Inc. should learn from Softbank

    December 18, 2015

    The op.ed. in this morning’s Japan Times from William Pesek of Barron’s Asia strikes me as incredibly relevant and timely. Japan’s small business leaders just voted Toyota’s Akio Toyoda as CEO of the year. Credit to Toyoda-san, who drove Toyota to record profits in a difficult economic year. However, as Pesek points out, another CEO […]

  • Opportunity for a high-calibre French ICT entrepreneur to speak at G7 Ministerial Summit

    December 16, 2015

    The upcoming G7 Summit will take place in Japan next Spring, with the Ministerial session on ICT taking place on the island of Shikoku, Japan on April 29-30. Each member government will propose a handful of keynote speakers for the summit, one of whom could include a leader from a promising French startup. So if […]

  • Europe’s tech IPO market: Where’s Santa?

    December 10, 2015

    Just when it felt like the market for European tech IPOs was opening, the events of the past few weeks have dashed those hopes. Days after Deezer announced the delay of its initial public offering, HelloFresh drew the same conclusion. In France, the only notable IPOs of late were Amundi and ShowroomPrivé. The asset management […]

  • VC Shenanigans, Chapter 1 (of Volume I, Book 1…)

    December 3, 2015

    “Never a dull moment,” one on my favorite co-investors would like to quip. After practicing the business of venture capital for almost a decade and a half now, I’ve witnessed my share of moments that were anything but dull. Someday I’ll write a book, I used to think to myself. Maybe someday. But until then, […]

  • How I’m Coping

    November 21, 2015

    These acts of terrorism in Paris have me shocked, sickened, and I admit it, scared at times. Never before have I felt such intense patriotism for my adopted country. The last thing I’m qualified to give is any kind of certainty on how to process these tragic events. I’m even skeptical of diagnoses and prescriptions […]

  • An ode to the expat

    November 11, 2015

    I spent a fair bit of my childhood in a very comfortable expatriate life overseas, but once I entered the workforce I never really felt inclined to become a proper expat in the original sense of the term. Growing up as an expat kid couldn’t be more cozy. Generally, the parent’s multinational company, at least […]

  • A global, dream team workforce that doesn’t cost a cent

    November 3, 2015

    Fans of Elon Musk know that in addition to his primary projects of Tesla and SpaceX, the seemingly tireless Musk has also espoused the construction of a hyperloop. The hyperloop is a vacuum-like transportation pod that if successful, could whisk passengers from say, San Francisco to Los Angeles in just over half an hour. Pretty […]

  • Is France prepared to make the sacrifices necessary to foster the innovation ecosystem it claims to want?

    October 28, 2015

    Open Innovation, the Year of Innovation, Young Innovative Enterprises, etc. we cannot stop talking about innovation. But we also should acknowledge that innovation comes with certain demands. For example, innovation requires flexibility. For companies to be innovative, they must be agile. Lack of agility is one of the reasons large established firms are caught flat-footed […]

  • Imagining the future of food

    October 20, 2015

    What will the future of food look like ? On the one hand, the world is facing a food crisis. Roughly 1 in 9 people lack enough food to eat, while pressures are mounting from population growth to climate change. At the other end of the spectrum, the developed world’s expectations are growing increasingly sophisticated. […]

  • How to stand out in your LinkedIn connection request

    October 19, 2015

    It has practically become a cliché now: somebody jokingly tweets out some variation of the following: “logs in to LinkedIn. sees you have XYZ unread notifications. logs out of LinkedIn (sigh)” It’s a tired joke in the Twittersphere, but I can feel their pain. Without exaggeration, it seems like I receive 50~100 new LinkedIn connection […]

  • My two favorite perks of the Loi Macron for French startups

    October 13, 2015

    Following much debate and anticipation, France’s Loi Macron was finally adopted into effect in early August, during a period when many people weren’t paying too much attention. The Macron Law (inheriting not coincidentally the namesake of the Economy Minister whose ideas inspired it) is technically called the law “for growth, activity and equality of economic […]

  • Beyond Robots, France and Japan Launch Year of Innovation

    October 6, 2015

    It was an honor to participate in France’s governmental delegation to Japan to launch the Year of Innovation between the two countries. Seriously, I’m not being sarcastic. It’s true that I like to mock government initiatives in innovation, and my first reaction to the ministerial invitation to serve in the official kick-off of FrenchTechTokyo was […]

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