10 Reasons to be proud to be working in Tech in France

Last week, Adobe bought Neolane, a marketing technology company, for $600M in order to beef up its Adobe Marketing Cloud offer. Sorry, let me repeat that. Six hundred million dollars, for a company that is twelve years old. Sure, maybe you hadn’t heard that much about Neolane before the day they got bought, and maybe […]

European Commission to lower roaming charges across Europe by up to 36% as of July 1st

European Commission to lower roaming charges across Europe by up to 36% as of July 1st

Neelie Kroes announced today that a new price cap on roaming charges, which will take effect July 1st, will cut roaming by 36% across Europe, with countries like Croatia seeing as much as a 93% reduction (15 times cheaper). This comes as part of a greater effort by Neelie and the European Commission to make data and […]

Rude VC: Governments’ bite of the Apple

Rude VC: Governments’ bite of the Apple

There has been a lot of gnashing of teeth recently about Apple’s alleged dodging of paying taxes on tens of billions of profits from 2009~2012. Incidentally, that’s merely what the U.S. government deems it forfeited. Apple of course pays a paltry tax bill in France, despite the fact the France remains the world’s third best […]

Did the French government put the breaks on the Dailymotion – Yahoo deal?

As was widely reported last month, Yahoo had supposedly been in ongoing talks with Orange to take a majority stake of 75% in Dailymotion, the 31st ranked site globally.  However, now comes the news from Le Monde that the talks have abruptly come to an end. It’s well-known that Orange had been searching for a […]

Neelie Kroes’ European Leaders Club is bringing sexy back to entrepreneurship in Europe – is that enough?

Last week, Commissioner Neelie Kroes welcomed nine entrepreneurs to Brussels for the first meeting of the European Leaders Club. Armed with experience and the desire to bring Europe “up to code” with the rising digital economy, the club hopes to bring to light some of the strongest issues in the European Startup Scene. Baptized the […]

Start-Up Chile seduces French entrepreneurs with Sun, Cash & Business-Friendly Government

Life’s tough for a French entrepreneur – you get treated like a pigeon, they try to move your ecosystem to the suburbs, they raise taxes on all your investors, and the media mocks you. Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to move to another city. London? Berlin? San Francisco (good luck on the VISA)? What about […]

Not content with abusing users, now Free is holding its employees hostage as well

After Bouygues made a formal request to convert its 1800MHz 2G network into 4G in order to have a iPhone 5 compatible 4G network (the only one), a relatively quick and inexpensive process, Bouygues has been patiently awaiting the TelCo regulatory committee (ARCEP)’s response, which was expected to come in the beginning of 2013. In […]

Vacances à volonté, a rising trend of unlimited vacation days

“Impossible, that would never work in France; don’t be so idealistic,” chided my friend with a dismissive wave of the hand. With a storied career rising through the ranks of a CAC40 firm and more recently a business owner, my friend knew a lot about managing people in a French workplace. We were discussing a […]

Government announces new members of the influential Conseil National du Numérique

Created under Nicolas Sarkozy, the CNN (Conseil National du Numérique, roughly the National Digital Council), was initially conceived as a body that would give advice and recommendations favoring the development of the internet sector in France. Seeing this initial remit as too limited in scope, the new government decided to broaden the mission of the […]

Hollande threatens to push for the Google Tax if press issue not resolved by the end of the month

French President Francois Hollande announced Monday that Google and the French press have until the end of January to resolve their proprietary issues before Hollande will push for legislation requiring Google to pay press for the snippets of text that appear in Google News. “It is normal that those who make a profit from you […]