• 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, […]

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