About

I’m just a bit of a TechBaguette.

I’m originally from Silicon Valley and I love anything that has to do with start-ups, innovation and entrepreneurs. You can find my official bio on Crunchbase.

Startup Lover @ Microsoft.

In September 2012, I joined Microsoft. Even though I have a long and complicated title, I prefer to use the job title “Startup Lover” because I think it better represents what I do: showing startups love on behalf of Ballmer SATYA NADELLA. In other words, I run our startup initiatives in France – mainly our Microsoft Ventures accelerator program and Bizspark. Any startup-related projects that you’d like to involve Microsoft in, by all means, get in touch!

The TechCrunch days.

Prior to Microsoft, I was the Editor of TechCrunch France. After TechCrunch, I went on to work for several European startups, doing mainly communications and editorial work. I’ve also been a guest author for The Telegraph and Business Insider and a contributor for other publications such as The KernelBetaKit and a few more.

Tech.eu, Girls in Tech & Failcon.

I am also the co-founder of Tech.euGirls in Tech Paris and Girls in Tech London and the co-organizer of the first international edition of the FailCon conference in Paris. I continue to be involved in Girls in Tech, Failcon and Tech.eu alongside my role at Microsoft. If you want to know more or need to get in touch regarding these projects, see this link on how to contact me.

Media & Events.

I’ve been a speaker, moderator and judge for various conferences and tech competitions, a mentor for different startup programs and featured in some publications and media. In April 2013, I was listed by Business Insider as one of the Top 30 women under 30 in tech. Business Insider also listed me amongst the Coolest 25 women in tech in the UK in December 2014 (I must be an honorary Londoner). In April 2014 the Evening Standard listed me as one of the Silicon 60, or people to watch in the UK tech scene. And in November 2014, Vanity Fair France listed me as one of the 10 women in that are shaking up tech in their 30s (even though I am actually 29).  Of course it’s nice to get credit but ultimately, my goal is simply to shed light on the European tech ecosystem and also encourage and promote successful women (tech) entrepreneurs.

English, French, Persian.

I’m trilingual, an epilepsy advocate and a wannabe artist (and entrepreneur, obviously). If you think there is something I can help you with – whether it be lacing your shoes or finding a developer – feel free to reach out to me.

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Feel free to post any comments, questions, concerns, etc. below. We’ll make this my public Facebook wall. Otherwise, you can find my contact details here.

***Please note that everything published on this site is my own personal opinion or affiliation and does not reflect that of my employer.

21 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Roxanne

    Thanks for stopping by Wordy.com and tweeting about it.

    It’s all about spreading the word of Wordy right now, so if you know any bloggers / people / etc. that could be interesting in hearing from me you are more than welcome to get in touch.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Anders

  2. Hi, Roxanne, thanks for the tip on French funding.
    I am also an entrepreneur and interested in art as well.
    Check out artandseek.wordpress.com, it’s the blog of my artsite artandseek.com (temporarily separated).
    Let me know what you thnk.
    Best
    Andrea

  3. Hi,

    The Twitter logo with link (that is on your site in the column on the right) is not correct. Twitter says: Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!

    Best regards,

    Dnns

  4. Hi Roxanne,

    As you are interested in startups and enterprise you might like to know about WEConnect Europe – a not for profit organisations that runs a global supplier diversity initiative connecting majority women-owned businesses with multinational corporates.

    Have a look at our site http://www.WEConnectEurope.org as we are trying to spread the word across Europe and you might be able to help us do this!

    Hope you find it interesting – let me know.

    Sue Stockdale

  5. Un outil de diffusion vidéo pour les entreprises

    Basé sur un concept original, un canal d’information entièrement consacré aux entreprises a pris naissance sur Internet. WebinfoTV va rapidement devenir un outil indispensable pour toutes les sociétés qui souhaitent voir leurs activités prendre de l’extension en profitant des compétences de professionnels en référencement web et cela quel que soit leur secteur d’activités.
    WebinfoTV permet aux entrepreneurs de diffuser une vidéo de présentation de leurs produits et services et d’offrir ainsi à leur société une E marketing communication optimale et originale.
    Le principe de la webtv est la réponse idéale aux besoins actuels des entreprises et leur offre une belle opportunité de se faire connaître sur Internet grâce au référencement du contenu des vidéos.
    Si vous êtes à la recherche d’une entreprise ou d’une offre de service, WebinfoTV vous aidera également dans votre démarche. Mieux qu’un simple annuaire, vous pourrez choisir la société qui répond à vos besoins en visionnant les vidéos classées par thématique, par région et par nom.
    Si vous êtes intéressés par les services aux entreprises de WebinfoTV, nous vous proposons de découvrir leur site et de profiter des avantages de son canal de diffusion et de son outil de référencement intégré.

  6. Hi Roxane,
    I’m originally from France, spent 6 years in the Silicon Valley and I love anything that has to do with start-ups, innovation and traveling.
    I just launched the French version of a German carpooling site: http://www.envoiture.fr for “covoiturage” in France and in Europe.
    I love this startup. They are #1 carpooling site in Germany and they remind me of everything I saw in the Silicon Valley: fun, open to crazy ideas, user-focused and tech-lovers.
    It is so refreshing to hear about all these initiatives in Europe.
    Thank you for being a Techbaguette… and sorry I only work in France remotely (but 95% of my time)!!
    Odile

  7. Sorry to read your question so late… I am based in Munich in Germany, at the headquarters of mitfahrgelegenheit.de (crazy name but all Germans know it!)
    Yes I had read your article but my site was not live yet – only in other countries had the traffic drastically increase during the volcano eruption. I would not say that Comuto has no real competitor in France anymore :-)
    Cheers,
    Odile

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  9. Really enjoyed reading your profile, it sounds like we have a lot in common; I live in Paris, from the Bay area in California (Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco), Epileptic, entrepreneurial and an artist/geek. Thanks for being inspiring, keep it up. : )

    -Alexis Vabre

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