Author Archives | Roxanne Varza

France should stop saying “GET OUT” to talented foreigners

Let me preface this article with a bit of a disclaimer. A while ago, I published a response to the diversity debate that Michael Arrington kicked off in the Silicon Valley. I mentioned that – contrary to what one would think – France’s tech startup scene was incredibly diverse, including entrepreneurs of Moroccan, Tunisian, Israeli, […]

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A mini wave of French acquisitions?

A while ago, I published an article titled “I’m sorry, did you think French companies don’t acquire?” Despite the fact that France lacks a company with an aggressive acquisition strategy comparable to that of Google, there ARE companies that acquire. At the time, my list was oriented towards larger companies – like Ubisoft, France Telecom […]

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In Paris for LeWeb? Let Drinkon.me 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.

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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 will share their insights with their biggest undercover fans: European entrepreneurs. And if we can base this year’s performance on anything from the past, then we’re definitely in for a real treat. Here are some predictions about what will happen at this year’s LeWeb event…

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Announcing the RudeBaguette Tshirt contest

Even though you may not realize it, fashion is kind of a big deal in the startup world. I’m not talking about haute couture à la Dior and Chanel – but the stuff Mark Zuckerberg wears. Or Steve Jobs. Yes, I’m talking about the laid-back Google dress-code. The simplicity, practicality and functionality of good old jeans and a t-shirt.

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The Trouble with Blog Comments

I began blogging on New Years eve 2009 (sad, but true). That was almost 2 years ago. And this isn’t the first time I am dealing with an issue involving problematic blog comments…

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The problem with Smartdate

For anyone who has been following the story concerning French dating startup Smartdate, there is clearly a lot of intentional ambiguity. For the moment, the investors in the company have either refrained from commenting or simply stated that there was a mutual disagreement that has left the company’s future a bit up in the air (potentially with some of the investors leaving the board).

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Smartdate, the French startup everyone is asking questions about

First off, for anyone who doesn’t know Smartdate, it’s often defined as the French Zoosk. It’s a Facebook-based dating platform that helps you date people within your online network. The company officially launched in March 2010 raised some €5.5 million with 360 Capital and 2 well-known French entrepreneurs (in the country where it is supposedly impossible to raise money), launched its platform in 6 different languages and accumulated 650K members within a year.

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Bref.The French TV show that is now a video CV.

For anyone who lives outside of France, there’s a new show that has taken over the country.

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Coockly, the worst French startup name?

Now, you all know that I’m not one to usually criticize French startups or entrepreneurs. And I’m not about to criticize what anyone is actually doing (well, at least not in this article). But every now and then I come across a French startup name and giggle to myself, thinking “uh, really?” But recently I came across one startup name and I just couldn’t let it get away…

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