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What the Gallois report means for tech startups

Last week the French government’s Commissaire général à l’investissement, Louis Gallois, released his eagerly anticipated diagnosis on France’s competitiveness to the Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault. Encompassing six major themes and 22 specific proposals, the Pacte pour la Compétitivité de L’industrie Française is both sweeping in its analysis and prescriptive in recommending solutions. The Gallois Report […]

Paris Capitale Startup is a Huge Mistake by Pellerin

Paris Capitale Startup is a Huge Mistake by Pellerin

While a battle rages on between entrepreneurs & investors against the government’s proposed laws, dubbed The Pigeon Movement, Minister of the Digital Economy Fleur Pellerin has announced today her intention to build a tech hub for Paris. According to La Tribune, Fleur Pellerin has been inspired by London’s £10 Billion project “UK Tech City,” which […]

Rude VC: Pigeons don't poop in private

Rude VC: Pigeons don't poop in private

Wow, it has been quite a week ! President François Hollande’s Socialist government unveiled its draft 2013 budget comprising some potentially devastating tax dis-incentives for entrepreneurs and VCs. A revolt ensued, with the birth of the Pigeon Movement, an explosion of emotion on social media sites, worldwide media attention, and the culmination of a dialogue […]

The #Geonpi Movement – A victory for French Entrepreneurs

As the story begins to wrap up, much like the eve of an election night in the US, pundits are racing to declare the #geonpi movement a success. Having managed to get a meeting yesterday afternoon with two French ministers, entrepreneurs and investors spoke their peace about the adverse impact that the proposed law changes […]

Rude VC: Pour une France Compétitive

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of perusing France Digitale’s whitepaper “Pour une France compétitive et créatrice d’emplois.” I say pleasure, because I really did enjoy reading the organization’s pragmatic proposal of four concrete measures to include in the upcoming Loi des Finances 2013. For those who are not familiar, France Digitale is a […]

LePetitBallon's Wine Subscription Box raises 1st seed round

This morning, Frenchweb reported that Le Petit Ballon raised an undisclosed seed round from a group of business angels, including Marc Ménasé, president of Meninvest, and co-chair of France Digitale, the French startup/VC advocacy group. Le Petit Ballon’s service launched in January of this year and offers subscribers two bottles of wine for twenty euros per month. […]