Archive for December 2011

French and German Entrepreneurs: Time to Go Global

Guest Post: Thomas is the founder of, a blog that covers Internet and Mobile startups out of Europe. EU-Startups also has bloggers in Spain, Ireland and the UK. The vision behind is it to connect the European startup scene and to encourage entrepreneurship within Europe. Since France and Germany are the two largest non-English speaking markets  inside […]

In Paris for LeWeb? Let show you a good time…

In Paris for LeWeb? Let show you a good time…

There are 2 times per year when my inbox gets flooded with "Hey Roxanne, what should I do in Paris?!" emails: during summer and LeWeb. Usually I send my friends a few random things to do, like see a Chopin concert in the Eglise Julien le Pauvre near Saint Germain or go to the 5th floor of the Louis Vuitton building via the "secret" elevator for the hands-down best view of Paris and other weird things as well.

Sarkozy talks failure and e-commerce with Eric Schmidt

Sarkozy talks failure and e-commerce with Eric Schmidt

Note: All quotes are direct translations of French quotes. Yesterday, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Google CEO Eric Schmidt  sat down with some French Googlers to answer questions. They came together to inaugurate the opening of the new Google France building, a big step for Google, which previously lacked substantial footing in France, despite its popularity. In […]

Philippe Laval: Turning a Nice-To-Have into a Must-Have

For the past few months, I have been using a service called WriteThat.Name. It’s a pretty nifty “nice-to-have” service – not quite a “must-have” – and it has one interesting property: once you use it, it works so well you forget you use it. To put it simply, WriteThat.Name manages your email address book. Anytime […]

Wondering what's going to happen at LeWeb? Here, we'll tell you.

Oh yes, it is finally the most wonderful time of the year. The 8th edition of Europe's most hyped tech event, LeWeb - which has grown from some 250 participants in 2004 to over 3,000 attendees this year - will be taking place this week in the number-one tourist destination in the world: Paris. Silicon Valley's tech titans will finally succumb to a few painful days in a city with a bit of history, culture and good-quality coffee, where they

If Siri is Hacked in a French Forest, Does Anybody Care?

Two weeks ago, Paris-based research firm, Applidium — part of the esteemed FaberNovel group — surprised everybody by announcing that they had hacked Siri, the iPhone 4S’s voice-recognition personal assistant.  On November 14, they posted a lengthy blog post, in French and English, detailing (and I mean detailing) the efforts that went behind the reverse […]

Three Golden Rules to Finding a CTO

This article is not meant for Tech Guys – this article is for the legitimate Biz Guys, whether you’re a tech guy who’s decided to run the business-side of a project instead of the development side, or if you’re someone with great product vision. I have watched many a biz guy hunt for a developer, […]