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.
Member of the #CNNum
I was also nominated to France’s national council on digital, the Conseil National du Numérique (also known as the CNNum) in early 2016. We are an independent body that advises the French government on all digital matters. I’m truly honored to be part of this organization.
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 FailCon conference in Paris – which was the conference’s first stop outside of the US. I continue to be involved in Girls in Tech, Failcon and Tech.eu alongside my role at La Halle Freyssinet. 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 and I’ve been called all kinds of weird names by the press as well. 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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