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.

Roxanne Varza

Director @ Station F

If you don’t know Station F, it is the biggest startup campus 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. For more information on Station F or to arrange a tour, please visit our website.

Member of the EIC & AFP

I also believe there is a lot to be done on the policy side of things. Therefore, I am also part of the European Commission’s European Innovation Council (EIC) – run by Commissioner Carlos Moedas. Prior to the EIC, I was part of France’s national council on digital, the Conseil National du Numérique (CNNum).

More recently, I also joined the board of Agence France Presse (AFP), which is the 3rd largest news agency in the world after Associated Press and Reuters.

The Microsoft & TechCrunch days.

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.

Roxanne Varza Satya Interview

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, Business Insider and several other publications.

Roxanne Varza DigitalK

Tech.eu, StartHer & Failcon.

I am also the co-founder of Tech.euStartHer (ex Girls in Tech Paris) and the co-organizer of the FailCon conference in Paris – which was the conference’s first stop outside of the US. 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.


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.


  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.

  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,


  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)!!

  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 🙂

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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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