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
01Net published an article on Friday based on a recent study by Ifop (The French Institut of Public Opinon) on the progression of various social media platforms in France. Facebook is still not #1. According to this study. Of the 1,002 people to participate in the study, 49% had an account on French social network site […]Read More Facebook: Still Not the Leading Social Network in France?
Just a quick note for French tech companies interested in developing activites in Silicon Valley or establishing relationships with some of the big US tech stars: La Mission Economique and UbiFrance are now accepting applications for the 2010 French Tech Tour. From June 4-11, 15 leading French companies hand-picked by the following list of leading […]Read More France goes to Silicon Valley: French Tech Tour 2010
Yes, that’s right my friends; while Silicon Valley was over there spreading rumors that it’s impossible to score VC money in France, the French government got a little creative. Since 2007, French tax payers can lower their wealth tax (ISF) by investing in a company. French taxpayers can now reduce their wealth tax by up to […]Read More Invest in a Start-up = Reduce your Taxes
To any French and international companies interested in expanding or setting-up in Silicon Valley, you may want to consider this virtual event (done via Adobe Connect – computer + headset mandatory, webcam optional). Hosted by Marc Dangeard (founder of Entrepreneur Commons, former President of the European American Angel Club, Managing Partner at Paris-based investment banking firm […]Read More Silicon Valley Connect
Is Mark Zuckerberg making you fat? In France, “company loyalty” is not synonymous with “food”.Read More Will work for food, er, ticket resto
LeWeb came and left Paris and we couldn’t even get President Sarkozy – or Baby Sarkozy (Jean), for that matter – a verified Twitter account. Sad. Especially after Robert Scoble’s post-LeWeb rant (which made me cringe because it seemed so Silicon Valley-centric and arrogant), I would’ve thought French companies would’ve tuned into the need to get on Twitter ASAP. A […]Read More France, meet Twitter.
Dear Silicon Valley, I’m writing you this letter because I too believe that you are a magical land of business opportunity that is different from the rest. But that doesn’t mean you’re perfect. I’m sure that you think the French are always striking, that they only work 12 hours a week and that they’re on […]Read More A Letter to Silicon Valley