• Longevity of the firm and zombie corporations

    May 20, 2016

    In stark contrast to say, The Netherlands, France bemoans the moment one of its home-grown emerging champions gets acquired by a foreign company. [I have a whole blog post in my head on just this topic alone]. Corporations are viewed in France as containers of jobs, with the obligation to provide secure employment to its […]

  • Name-dropping

    May 11, 2016

    Although the proportion of startup pitches employing a technique of name-dropping may well have remained more or less constant over the past several years, I notice that this animal of pretension has evolved. When I first moved to France in 2001, the most common variation of name-dropping from startups involved citing one’s university (inevitably, une […]

  • Tour de Tohoku 2016

    May 4, 2016

    Il existe des moments dans la vie où l’on tombe sur une opportunité de faire quelque chose d’extraordinaire. Pour les amateurs de vélo, avec un coeur en or, une telle opportunité se présente le 18 septembre 2016. En mars 2011, un séisme de magnitude 9.0 suivi par un tsunami ont ravagé le Japon. Une muraille […]

  • Musings on hardware investing in France

    May 3, 2016

    Since May is hardware month in Paris, I’ve been reflecting lately on venture capital investing in French hardware startups. I’m far from an expert on hardware investing — only a small fraction of my VC portfolio over the years has been in hardware. Despite this, I’ve noticed an order-of-magnitude leap in incoming deal flow from […]

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