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Linkedin is a nice competitor December 3, 2011

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http://www.linkedin.com/
“Companies you may want to follow” section on Linkedin website.
Look at the bottom on the right 😉

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Fear Palo Alto November 27, 2011

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Trader Joe’s, Palo Alto

Beautiful California November 20, 2011

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Beautiful California

Hey Frenchies, don’t belive you can (all) fly October 30, 2011

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A great video is buzzing those day, showing 2 French guys playing with nature and explaining how they’re inspired by nature. Have a look…

Really inspiring, and apparently so easy, just with some preparations, testing height by sending some rocks, evaluating the angle,  a good equipment and let’s go! I wanna fly!!!

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No. No guys, it’s scary, it’s crazy and almost impossible to do for the majority of us.

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Now my point here: French “startups” and Silicon Valley. It’s the same thing. You must be ready to jump there like those guys, and you MUST be prepared. Because it requires a lot of preparation, a lot of knowledge, a lot of advices, a good equipment, and it’s just a 15 seconds jump. Well, if you have to possibility to pay for a 2nd jump, a 3rd jump, it does not matter, that’s cool. It’s called a “pivot”, and there are still so many paint points on B2B’s or niche in the consumers market, you can find happiness.

And I agree, it’s Paradise for developers, and there is still some money to get from VCs. There is more Business Angels than everywhere else, that’s true. But how to get out of the crowd, should you jump from Coit Tower by parachute to be identified? It’s all about connections. The right ones.

I like the conclusion of this guy about freedom. Like many others, I felt it in this huge playground Silicon Valley can be. But it’s not enough. If you don’t have a good parachute, don’t jump.

(fr) Je suis heureux ce matin : Dismoipourquoi October 21, 2011

Posted by Phil Jeudy in Geektrip, My business, News!, San Francisco, Silicon Valley.
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La nouvelle est officielle (et pour le coup, ce n’est pas une rumeur a la con diffuse sur ce que l’on peut appeler “du petit web”) : Maximiles annonce la signature d’un accord en vue de l’acquisition de 100% de la société Badtech SAS, opérateur des services Dismoioù en France et Tellmewhere à l’international, application sociale mobile basée sur les technologies de géolocalisation.

J’ai collabore plus d’un an avec Gilles de ce cote de l’Atlantique, et j’ai eu le plaisir de prendre part a l’histoire de cette startup Francaise qui n’avait pas peur de defendre fierement les couleurs du Web Francais devant des geants locaux comme Yelp, leader incontestable de la categorie… mais pas sur mobile 😉
L’equipe de Dismoiou, apres un remarquable pivot opere en 2008, avait su utiliser une technologie de personalisation tout a fait maline sur le mobile pour atteindre le fameux million dont revent bien des startups. Nous avons obtenu ici dans la Silicon Valley une reelle attention, car le produit a su se demarquer de la concurrence a une epoque ou Foursquare tentait de forcer le passage sur ce creneau sur des mecanismes differents (le “checking”, le gaming…).

Je souhaite a l’equipe d’atteindre un maximum de miles (nous nous sommes beaucoup entendu sur la qualite reciproque de notre sens de l’humour), et je leur adresse toutes mes felicitations ! Avec au passage egalement le temoignage de toute mon amitie a Gilles Barbier avec qui j’ai adore travailler. Un Grand Monsieur, avec qui je suis tres heureux d’etre ami aujourd’hui.

Une petite video souvenir lors du 1er French SF Newtech a San Francisco a l’occasion d’un Geektrip ou Gilles etait present…

So you want to do a startup, eh? by @missrogue June 21, 2011

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Tara Hunt is the Queen of slides 😉
This is very interesting to read, whatever if you’re based in Canada or not!

(fr) Le Blog d’etat de Twitter May 13, 2011

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L’internationalisation d’une société, notamment en ce qui concerne celle publiant un site web a haute fréquentation n’est jamais une affaire simple.
Sortir de ses frontières commercialement ou en terme d’audience, affronter un langage qui n’est pas le sien, une culture qui vous est étrangère… quelle galère !
Quand on a acquis une certaine notoriété, c’est a ce moment que l’on a besoin de cet état d’esprit “startup” :
– on est dans le one-shot, une chance, une balle a chaque fois, si on manque notre coup, on est pénalisé, sur plus ou mois long terme. En plus, sur Internet, il y a les Bloggers, une sacre tranche d’utilisateurs…
– on prend soin du détail : la perfection est indispensable quand on sort de ses bases, on ne peut pas se permettre l’a-peu-près, ça fait un peu désordre avec les normes corporate,
– on ne fait pas les choses a moitie, on prend des bases, on localise localement, c’est dur d’avoir une vue de ce qui se passe a distance, cela évite des erreurs de jeunesse.

J’ai choisi l’exemple de cet écran de Twitter qui est apparu en Français (ce qui est étrange, je n’utilise pas le Français sur Twitter, et mon adresse IP doit être Américaine) en m’invitant a rejoindre le “blog d’état” qui s’avère être l’état des “status” en Anglais de la plateforme… qui n’est qu’en Anglais. J’aurai personnellement traduit cela autrement, quitte a faire un peu d’anglicisme, on est de toute façon dans du langage Geek dans la mesure ou l’on parle de 2 Millions de visiteurs uniques début 2011 avec Twitter.
Même le grand Twitter a ses propres défauts, ceci afin de consoler les petits Frenchies qui s’évertuent a vivre la grande aventure au pays de la Silicon Valley.
Au delà de ses frontières, même combat. I wish I could help you more guys on this matter. To be followed.

Facebook Developer Garage May 12, 2011

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Facebook Developer Garage, a photo by Philjeudy on Flickr.

Facebook is expanding: 700 Millions of users seems to be the more updated amount those days.
Now in terms of development, the business model has been proved, but that’s a fact: you can make a huge amount of money with Facebook.
Zynga, Zong, iFeelGoods (soon very succesfull I hope) are examples of companies that did benefit from Facebook growth, and there are so many other examples.
Now, what about developers. I mean, you and I, having already produced sucessful applications on iOS, maybe Android (I said maybe), web ones… How how to port, how to develop, how to to get the traction, how to monetize, how to get the relationship with Facebook?
That is what Facebook Developer Garage is about. Look at the flags on the picture. Many cities are missing, and I expect to see one more very soon in a place with great and talented developers.

Keep fingers crossed, stay tuned…

Reminder: I’m a proud Board Member of Watzatsong, co-producer of a musical quiz on Facebook called CrazyCow (now We Are Music) with Freshplanet, and partner in the company which developed WittyWishes, a very pretty application to invite friends and manage your calendar on Facebook.

Linkedin = 100 Millions May 5, 2011

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I remember I was in Mountain View at Linkedin offices with Geektrip#1. They were celebrating 20 Millions. It was in March 2008.

Big achievement in such a period of time. Mostly by organic growth. Revenues, profitability, IPO: beautiful tags for this Silicon Valley company.

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

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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 😉

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