Last week, Zlio’s Jérémie Berrebi and Iliad’s Xavier Niel announced the launch of their new seed fund, Kima Ventures, which I wrote about in TechCrunch Europe. Kima’s aim is to invest between €5,000 and €150,000 in 100 start-ups within the next 2 years. Uh, that’s a lot of seed. There’s been a lot of whispering about whether […]Read More Le Seed: FCombinator and the TechEtoiles
I naturally get excited when I come across a young entrepreneur. But, in the male-dominated tech environment, I get even more excited when that young entrepreneur is female. Here is a look at 3 French start-ups founded by 20-something-year-old ladies. Leetchi (@Leetchiweb) The company is founded by 27-year-old Céline Lazorthes (@celinelazorthes) and is a platform that […]Read More Liberté, égalité, sororité: women in the French tech space
Disclaimer: this post is probably more for myself than anyone else. 🙂 Remember that terrible 80’s song by The Buggles, “Video Killed the Radio Star”? Well, if video killed the radio star, I’m pretty sure that the evolution of web 2.0 – with my figer pointing at micro-blogging in particular – has killed le vouvoiement. French 101 For […]Read More l’Académie française: Has Micro-blogging Killed le Vouvoiement?
The other day I bought a box of tea from the French brand Kusmi Tea. For anyone who doesn’t know Kusmi, their teas are amazing but somewhat expensive. And despite having somewhat modern packaging, the company’s history dates back to 1867. So you can imagine I was surprised to discover the company had a Facebook […]Read More French companies you probably didn’t know were on Twitter
Everytime I meet a new entrepreneur – French, American or otherwise – the topic comes up: What are the differences between being an entrepreneur in the US and in France? In my former job, I was constantly confronted with the opinion from the other side of the Atlantic vis-à-vis doing business in France: “The French are always […]Read More Dear US Entrepreneurs, You Have it Easy.
Yesterday, Marc Thouvenin (Regioneo founder) posted a tweet that caught my eye: “Can interns make good community managers” with a link to this blog post by Benjamin Rosoor of Web Report. Traditional recruitment meets realtime web. For anyone that can’t read French, Rosoor’s post argues against younger employees – and more specifically, interns – doing the […]Read More Trying to Make Sense of the French Job Market
In an earlier post, I applauded the French VCs that I found on Twitter. Turns out a majority of the French VC adoption of Twitter is from the younger VC crowd. I’ve included them in my FrenchVC list on Twitter but here is a quick look at who they are. Serena Capital Has funded companies like […]Read More The Truth: (Young) French VCs ARE on Twitter
This is just a quick post in honor of Aardvark (@vark) and my experience with the service that was apparently worth 50 million Google dollars. Think before you Aardvark. In the beginning, I was utterly annoyed to get rather irrelevant questions from Aardvark flooding my inbox. “What time is it in France?” would get my blood boiling. Are these people just […]Read More The Aardvark Hall of Fame
Sequoia and Benchmark, you may want to listen. Jeff Bezos too. MyFab: THE next hot start-up to come out of France. First off, let me say that I do not write this for just any old company and it is very likely that this will be the only post of its kind for a long time. […]Read More I’m Putting My Money on MyFab
One of my first posts was called “A Letter to Silicon Valley” where I named 3 things in France that desperately need to be exported to Silicon Valley: SOS Medecins, the TGV and the Freebox. Add electronic ticketing to the list. I don’t care if public transporation is more popular in France than in the […]Read More Eticketing: What Silicon Valley is Bad At