• Free tech conference ticket

    October 30, 2016

    For those who are interested in playing… Nearest guess on the location of this photo will go on my list for a complimentary ticket at a tech conference TBD (e.g. Slush, Web Summit, Next Web, VivaTech, etc.). Send any guesses via DM to me on Twitter, no later than Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2016.

  • Pepper Salé: Lessons from the bitter Aldebaran / SoftBank project

    October 29, 2016

    Bloomberg published an article yesterday on the failed Pepper program, the emotionally intelligent robot originally developed by French company Aldebaran Robotics which was largely acquired in 2012 by Japan’s SoftBank for approximately $100 million. The demise of Pepper has long been rumored (in fact The Rude Baguette originally broke the story nearly two years ago), […]

  • Bureaucratic Blunder: Backtracking on the Loi Macron for startups

    October 21, 2016

    As Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live used to say, “It’s alwaaaayyyys somethin’.” Or for you millenials in the audience, “Here we go again.” (Kanye West). [We Gen Xers usually reach for Homer Simpson in these instances]. Hey French legislators, you’ve got to be kidding me. After the praise we heaped on you for implementing […]

  • Free, unsolicited advice for Station F: France’s future startup campus

    October 13, 2016

    “You get what you pay for,” is a good adage to bear in mind whenever I proffer free advice, and this time is no exception. The beneficiary of my dubious and wholly unsolicited advice is Station F: France’s planned startup campus set in a former freight station in Paris’ 13th arrondissement, due to open next […]

  • Our sweet spot reloaded

    October 9, 2016

    Years ago someone gave me the moniker of “Rude VC” because I had a reputation for giving curt (ok, sometimes rude) feedback to investment opportunities which we’ve chosen to decline. The moniker stuck, partly because I espouse the idea of being direct and transparent to entrepreneurs. Time is an entrepreneur’s most precious asset, so why […]

  • Portfolio job openings

    October 5, 2016

    Many of our portfolio companies are seeking talented, adaptable individuals with a hunger to join a startup adventure. [For my views on why I believe everyone should consider working in a startup, read: Free your career]. Here are a few open positions among our current investments: CoolGames Ad sales manager – Japan Medior Backend Developer […]

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