Author Archives | Liam Boogar

How to get hired by a French startup. No Bullshit.

Ok, so before I get started, this article presupposes that you have the legal right to work in France – either you’ve got an appropriate VISA or you’re a citizen in a country in the European Union (ps: check where your grandparents were born if you don’t have the right to work in France – […]

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[rant] Turning Angry Users into Users for Life

This past weekend, Angel-funded startup AllThis made headlines across the internet for their seemingly sketchy practices. In short, the service allows people to ‘buy time’ from other people using virtual currency. I happen to find the idea interesting, but that’s not the point of this article. An issue came up with their ‘company practices’ when […]

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John Lewis launches private accelerator DojoBoost

Earlier this month at LeWeb, I ran into entrepreneur, professor and startup mentor John Lewis. Having been funded at least 6 times by my count, John Lewis has been living in Paris for quite some time, helping startups at LeCamping, mentoring at StartupWeekend events, and as a professor of finance at both HEC and IAE […]

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European Blogs to Follow in 2012

I read blogs. Lots of ‘em. Sometimes it’s a personal blog, sometimes it’s a collaborative blog  (which is basically a news site, but with the editorial freedom that we used to expect from the news). I get introduced to a new blogs in a variety of ways – sometimes I meet the blogger, sometimes someone […]

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François Cazor: Finance Engineer to Green Startup

A few months back a friend of mine told me about a company that was French, Green, and Financial. I sat down with François Cazor, co-founder of eCO2market, to talk about eCO2data, their flagship product. He explained to me the history of carbon credits, and how governments are slowly beginning to make companies pay for their […]

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The Only Thing French About LeWeb ’11 Was Its Name…

Last week Loic Le Meur hosted LeWeb for the 7th time on the outskirts of Paris. Silicon Valley bloggers, investors, and entrepreneurs rode in on Uber Carriages, bringing with them French companies, European startups, and fanbois of all shapes and sizes. For three days, croissant-fueled networking and wine-induced pitches filled the air as startups pitched […]

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French and German Entrepreneurs: Time to Go Global

Guest Post: Thomas is the founder of EU-Startups.com, 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 EU-Startups.com 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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On his CV he put 'sign' under one of his coding languages...

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, […]

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