'france' Tag

  • French VC sector brain vastly under-illuminated

    September 7, 2016

    Remember International Women’s Day back in March ? Oh, so you’ve forgotten already… Since apparently women in France are only slightly less attracted to entrepreneurship than men (and by slightly, I mean 0.1%), it feels like the French VC industry stands at a mere fraction of total brain capacity. What do YOU think? [graphic credit: […]

  • My personal crib sheet for equity incentive instruments in French startups

    June 2, 2016

    As venture investors, we favor equity compensation in our portfolio companies for two primary reasons: i) improved alignment between employees and shareholders toward company success; and ii) the affordability of employing strong, driven people without an unwieldy up-front cash outlay. For investors unfamiliar with the intricacies of French regulation, granting equity in a French startup […]

  • The France Japan Year of Innovation is more than mere words

    March 1, 2016

    Government-sponsored initiatives involving startups and innovation often meet skepticism. I understand because I often tend to be one of the skeptics. It’s a familiar drill. A group of politicians announce with great fanfare some theme of cross-border collaboration, accompanied by numerous platitudes extolling the virtues of entrepreneurship, job creation, etc. The official framework here dates […]

  • When engineers mix with artists, amazing things can happen. So why segregate them?

    July 7, 2015

    Skimming through the alumni magazine of my undergraduate engineering school, I stumbled onto an article about a student project from a course called Data as Art. Data as Art is a course that groups students from my engineering school alma mater with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in a combined art-meets-engineering curriculum. […]

  • 5 Ineffective approaches to VC funding in France

    April 30, 2013

    Although there are no guaranteed methods to successful VC funding in France, some approaches are doomed from the start. Here are five such missteps I’ve witnessed, all from just the past few months, and of course kept anonymous because I believe in second chances. Send me a blind teaser, aka Project X, containing such a […]

  • Moody Blues in France

    November 27, 2012

    It has been a demoralizing 10 days for France in its standing in the business world. A week ago Friday, The Economist published a damning report on the parlous state of France’s economy with a cheeky cover story calling the country The Time-Bomb at the Heart of Europe. Then on November 19th, Moody’s downgraded France’s […]

  • Okay President Hollande, you’ve got our attention !

    September 11, 2012

    {The following is merely a tongue-in-cheek attempt at an imaginary letter I could write to President François Hollande. Its opinions are purely personal and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or my industry.} Dear Mr. President, First off, thank you for opening my mail. If you’re reading this letter, you would be the […]

  • Boards: Control vs Support

    July 3, 2012

    Admittedly, I still have a lot to learn about how to be a good boardmember. It’s still early days into my second career after selling my company and becoming a VC. I haven’t even witnessed a full decade-spanning macroeconomic cycle, which is a prerequisite for a venture capitalist to become an experienced practitioner. I am, […]

  • The easy money period (relatively)

    April 17, 2012

    In France we’re now entering what I think of as the “easy money period” for startups. The easy money period begins roughly around April 15 (purely coincidentally, the U.S. tax filing deadline) and runs until June 15 (the French wealth tax filing deadline, and that’s no coincidence). To be fair, fundraising in a startup is […]

  • France’s Chopra moment

    February 13, 2012

    It has been interesting to follow the recent transatlantic flap triggered by Ilan Abehassera’s interview in Betabeat. Abehassera denigrated the French entrepreneurial scene in a piece that oozed of auto-pr; Liam Boogar of Rude Baguette called b.s. In reality, I suspect both individuals were viewing the same market but through the lenses of different eras. […]

  • Calling all geek girls

    November 10, 2010

    I’ve written in the past about the dearth of women entrepreneurs in France, and Vinita Gupta’s column yesterday in BusinessWeek zeroes in on the scarcity of women in senior roles within tech companies. Her data centers on the U.S. but many of her observations apply to some European countries as well, others less so. For […]

  • Internet bubble 2.0 in France ?

    September 24, 2010

    It seems that since the return from summer holidays in France this season, not a day goes by without some significant announcement in the internet space here. Some notable strategic fundraisings have taken place (e.g. Groupe Casino’s investment in Rue du Commerce), Opodo and Meetic have put themselves up for sale, and there’s the highly […]

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