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Une belle invention : que ce soit tous les jours dimanche. Et Plonk. January 29, 2012

Posted by Phil Jeudy in France, Fun.
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J’ai beau travailler très dur tous les jours, c’est un peu l’impression que j’ai au quotidien, parce que j’aime ce que je fait. Je dois, sans doute, moi aussi, appartenir au Royaume des Plonk.

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Why we should stop comparing France and Silicon Valley April 27, 2011

Posted by Phil Jeudy in France, Silicon Valley.
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I saw another post yesterday in some tech blog from another “French expat in SF thinker” explaining, by visiting a very trendy place in Paris and talking with a random startup, why France will never be Silicon Valley.

Well, just “Silicon Valley” in a title is obviously a ticket for a high number of readers usually. But I think it’s time to switch from this enlightment stage, and as a passionate guy involve in bridging France and Silicon Valley, this is what I wrote…

“This is another cliche about comparing France and Silicon Valley. Would you compare pears and apples? Le ver et le papillon? France is a great place for technologie, and it’s not going to La Cantine, La Cuisine or Le Camping you can have a good overview of what’s going on there, what it’s good for, what France is providing in this area. Go to Regions, laboratories, incubators all around the Nation. We all know that Silicon Valley is not reproductible. In Paris, in Tel Aviv or in Moscow. We all know that France is a great place to develop R&D, with a big potential in grants, engineers, and even partners. Yes, can you believe it, you can make business in France. Better than reaching easily US tech bloggers, We all know that too.”

More about the source here.

I know, I work and write with a lot of passion, I told you.

Let me tell you this. I love my job. I love Silicon Valley, I love how great this region is, people, VCs, entrepreneurs… What has been created there for ages is unique, this ecosystem is not something you can copy and paste. We all know that. But please never forget that 2/3 of entrepreneurs here are not Americans.  There are even some French VCs (like an early stage one I know in Palo Alto) who are very active those days and succesful.

There are things happening in France which are not imaginable in Silicon Valley in terms of technology. And not just strikes! And it’s bringing France to a level which is unique too. A lot of French entrepreneurs I know in Silicon Valley did not forget that.

So let’s write on this too please. No more curation, just elaborate and develop the topic 😉

(fr) France vs US : une autre difference dans la liste February 26, 2011

Posted by Phil Jeudy in France, Silicon Valley.
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Le ridicule ne tue pas. C’est encore plus vrai aux US… Les Americains vont au bout de leur idee, sans honte, et tant pis si ca n’est pas parfait, on fait le job, comme prevu…

Verizon avait prevu le lancement de l’iPhone a la mode Apple. Malheureusement, il n’y a pas grand monde a vouloir leur version a la mode CDMA. Cette particularite m’a totalement refroidi au moment de remplacer mon modele AT&T…

(fr) Quelques mots sur les Français January 16, 2011

Posted by Phil Jeudy in France.
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“Un seul objet fixe ici l’attention. Le demon de la politique s’est empare de tous les esprits , & la morale, qui semblait exclusivement releguee dans leurs Livres, occupe, agite, exalte tous les Francais. Vous connaissez l’effervescence de cette Nation. Des qu’un objet de discussion a frappe les fibres d’un Français, il fait aussitot explosion. La conversation devient un debordement; l’idee dominante semble sortir par tous les pores. Il est difficile de se trouver dans son tourbillon, sans etre entraine par sa rotation rapide. Aussi ne soyez pas surpris, si je cede a l’impulsion que je recois en public, en particulier, a la ville & a la campagne, chez l’homme de la Cour & chez le Financier. Un peuple, depouille par dix siecles d’abus successifs, a tant a repeter au moment de son reveil, que la matiere devient intarissable. Apres vous en avoir parle, il vous en parle encore, & il lui reflete toujours a dire.”

Histoire politique de la Revolution en France entre Lord D**** et Lord T**** a Londres, 1789

Les siecles passent, les mentalites ne changent pas. Meme apres un peu plus de deux siecles de Republique, cense etre la representation politique ideale d’un peuple dans le monde moderne. Alors l’Homme ou la Nature ?

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