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.
Director @ Halle Freyssinet / 1000startups.fr
If you don’t know the Halle Freyssinet (also known as 1000startups.fr) , it is set to be the biggest startup space / incubator worldwide – located in the heart of Paris. The project is an initiative of Xavier Niel, who is the founder of Free/Iliad, and is also the man behind incredible startup organizations including France’s free coding school Ecole 42 and hyper active seed fund Kima Ventures.
Startup love in the land of Microsoft.
In September 2012, I joined Microsoft and was there for 3 years running some of the startup programs, including the Microsoft Ventures accelerator program and Bizspark. Instead of using my overly-complicated title, I preferred just to be known as a “startup lover.” I left the company in October 2015 but can still help you get in touch if you need to reach someone there. That said, if you are looking for a job at Microsoft, you are better off going directly through their careers page.
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 Kernel, BetaKit and a few more.
Tech.eu, Girls in Tech & Failcon.
I am also the co-founder of Tech.eu, Girls 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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