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French Tech News with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse

French Tech News with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse

By Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse
An audio and video podcast series, in English, highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders, with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.
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Small Business Payments and Financial Management with Qonto
Chris and Ethan had a chance to catch up with Alexandre Prot, Co-Founder and CEO of Qonto, on their amazing growth and what's ahead.  ----- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Sign up for the newsletter: https://frenchtechjournal.com/signup/
34:48
July 11, 2022
People and Product-Driven Investment with Pascal Cagni's C4 Ventures
Join us for a passionate discussion with Pascal Cagni, Founding Partner at C4 Ventures and Chairman at Business France, previously GM & VP, Apple EMEIA, and GM Europe, Packard Bell. Intro and background 0:28 Pascal's journey at Apple 4:50 C4 Ventures' focus and interests 7:12 C4's investment themes and thesis 12:35 France is back and French Tech's growth 15:02 From French Tech startups to European scaleups 22:36 Government's role in driving tech growth and addressing new verticals 28:49 ----- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Sign up for the newsletter: https://frenchtechjournal.com/signup/
38:15
April 20, 2022
Ynsect Vertical Insect Farm Visit
The French Tech News visited Ynsect's mealworm farm in Dole, France, and spent some time with CEO Antoine Hubert learning more about Ynsect's journey, their mission, their science, and where they go from here.  1. Intro and acquisition of US mealworm factory, Jord Producers: 00:48  2. Vertical insect farm factory description: 1:57 3. Behind the Engineering, Data, and Biology of farming insects (mealworm beetles, Tenebrio molitor) 3:37 4. Inventing the intellectual property of insect farming 5:20 5. What's next and the the challenges ahead: regulation for US and EU animal and human consumption of insect protein, human and financial capital 7:33 Video version available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxLH7t51lw ----- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.  Sign up for the newsletter: https://frenchtechjournal.com/signup/
09:48
April 08, 2022
Effective Company Carbon Programs with Sweep
Discussing reducing carbon emissions in your business and value chain with CEO and Co-Founder of Sweep, Rachel Delacour. Description and history of Sweep: 1:49 Climate change startup investment landscape 3:52 Doing good can also be good business 5:14 Sweep's $5m seed fundraising 6:47 Optimism and the COP26 Experience 7:14 Will technology save the planet? 11:47 Founding BIME Analytics and the Zendesk acquisition 16:04 Build your passion 20:55 On to angel investing 23:15 Heading to space? 24:47 ----- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Sign up for the newsletter: https://frenchtechjournal.com/signup/
29:10
April 06, 2022
Building the Future of Work with Startup Studio eFounders
Founder & Managing Director of eFounders, Quentin Nickmans, takes us back to the beginning of their startup studio to share the journey of building a portfolio of 29 companies and raising more than $400 million. 1:15 Intro to eFounders 4:25 Spinning out one SaaS startup after another 9:11 Solve the problems you have yourself. Build the solutions you need. 11:53 Discovering founders and matching them to ideas 16:38 $400M in fundraising and 2 unicorns 20:33 Being a studio founder and resisting building each project yourself. Watching your kids grow up. 25:11 Logic Founders fintech startup studio 28:44 Web3 and other vertical startup studios 31:15 Building a successful founding team Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on your preferred podcast platform and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
36:59
March 16, 2022
Growing Life Anywhere and Everywhere with Interstellar Lab
Barbara Belvisi, Founder and CEO of Interstellar Lab, shares their mission to create sustainable plant cultivation both in space and here on Earth. Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on your preferred podcast platform and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
31:38
March 10, 2022
Seyna, The All-In-One Platform for Insurance Brokers
Stephen Leguillon, CEO of Seyna, shares their journey on creating a regulatory-compliant, all-in-one platform enabling insurance brokers to build and operate digitally native insurance programs. 0:48 The journey from Appetise to La Belle Assiette to ezCater to Seyna 2:50 Becoming an Insurtech entrepreneur 5:31 Joining an existing team to build the next insurance scaleup 9:27 Innovating the technology and processes of insurance  15:12 The complexities of the insurtech business 21:10 Most insurance companies or insurtech startups can be partners or clients of Seyna 26:25 Raising a $33M Series A and structuring for hypergrowth Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on your preferred podcast platform and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
38:23
February 24, 2022
Innovating Music Streaming with Deezer
Join Chris and Ethan for a fascinating discussion with CEO Jeronimo Folgueira on Deezer's continuing mission as an independent music streaming platform: 1:01 Intro to Deezer and Jeronimo's background 2:55 Deezer's place in the music industry 4:30 Deezer's unique value proposition as a music streaming service 10:24 The Home of Podcasting or Music? 12:13 and speaking of Spotify, let's talk about Joe Rogan 17:13 Music Exclusives... Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Alicia Keys original sessions 18:25 European data/privacy sovereignty vs US platforms 21:25 Web3: Music NFTs, social tokens, and digital collectibles  24:39 The Future of Deezer Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on your preferred podcast platform and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
29:44
February 16, 2022
Relationship-based Customer Communication at Scale with Front
Chris and Ethan had the pleasure to sit down and discuss Front's mission to build an authentic, relationship-based customer communication hub with Co-Founder and CEO, Mathilde Collin. 1:20 Intro to Front 2:50 eFounders and the origin story of Front 8:07 Onward to Y Combinator 11:03 Raising a $66M Series B in 2018 14:22 More fundraising and pandemic-powered growth 18:00 Building in San Francisco for French entrepreneurs 23:34 The Entrepreneur/Operator model of angel investing 26:36 Hyperscale growth coming in 2022 Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on your preferred podcast platform and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
31:08
February 10, 2022
Elevating Sound in Our Lives with Devialet
A fascinating chat with Franck Lebouchard, CEO of Devialet, on their mission to elevate sound to its rightful place in our lives through an exacting attention to engineering and design: 1:28 A short history of Devialet 4:07 Being different about sound and design 8:50 People want better sound as streaming and video quality massively improve 11:46 3D and immersive audio are coming 13:53 Devialet's explosive growth and continuing demand 16:10 Phantom speaker for consumers and bringing great sound to cars, televisions, laptops, and more 19:43 B2C vs B2B revenue 20:30 ArianeGroup, materials science engineering, and rocket audio 23:43 2022 ambitions: what's next after amplifiers, connected speakers, and true wireless 27:26 Autonomous driving: your car will become an extension of your living room and the need for low energy consumption audio Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
32:54
February 01, 2022
Shaping The Future Of Music with Believe
Today our guest is Denis Ladegaillerie, Founder and CEO of Believe, to discuss how they enable independent musicians to build and engage with their community and fans: 1:23 The mission of Believe 2:04 Believe's history and the evolution of the music industry 6:25 Tunecore, helping independent artists build their career through premium and automated solutions. 8:57 Scaling your music's visibility and reach through platforms vs. doing it on your own 12:26 Do you still need a label and its team? 14:37 The impact of social media on music promotion 19:36 Believe's Euronext Paris IPO: Going public in Europe for French Tech companies 24:14 Music NFTs: Crowdfunding/Financing your music vs monetizing community and fanbase Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
33:10
January 25, 2022
Interview: Benoist Grossmann (Eurazeo) at France Digitale Day
Our interview with Benoist Grossmann, Co-President of France Digitale and CEO of Eurazeo (formerly Idinvest), at France Digitale Day.  – Idinvest becomes Eurazeo   – A little history of Idinvest   – About yesterday's announcement of $1.5B invested into Sorare, Mirakl, and Vestiaire Collective   – 'Values' and Sustainability at France Digitale Day   – Sustainability, greentech, and impact venture capital as good business   – The market is demanding Tech4Good   – We now have the capital, so talent is the next problem facing the ecosystem.  Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
17:15
October 01, 2021
Interview: Yann Lechelle (Scaleway) at France Digitale Day
Our interview with Yann Lechelle, CEO of Scaleway, at France Digitale Day.  – Scaleway's view on datacenter environmental impact and sustainability  – Energy and water-efficient datacenters  – Datacenter optimization vs legacy infrastructure  – Sustainability as a business decision  – Greentech and sustainability as a competitive advantage  Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
15:54
September 29, 2021
Interview: Audrey Soussan (Ventech Capital) at France Digitale Day
Our interview with Audrey Soussan, Partner at Ventech Capital, at France Digitale Day. The mission and thesis of Ventech Capital  Early-stage valuation trends and VC competition  What might IPO/acquisition exits look like for these higher valuation early-stage investments?  Does the IPO location matter?  Does private equity growth investment create liquidity or do you wait for an exit?  Any specific trends, markets, or opportunities to watch?  Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
15:09
September 27, 2021
Interview: Fleur Pellerin (Korelya Capital) at France Digitale Day
Our interview with former Digital Economy Minister of France and Korelya Capital CEO, Fleur Pellerin, at France Digitale Day. Intro to Korelya Capital  Asian opportunities for European entrepreneurs  Cultural and business considerations on entering Asian markets  Growth capital (finally) comes to Europe  Is private equity a rival or partner to venture capital  $1.5B of investments in Mirakl, Sorare, and Vestiaire Collective announced in just one day  Fleur Pellerin speaking on Values ESG, Social Impact, Governance at France Digitale Day  Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.  Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
14:10
September 23, 2021
Transforming Insects into Premium Natural Feed with Ynsect
Ynsect CEO, Antoine Hubert, explains their mission to develop sustainable nutrition for both animals and humans using insect protein: 1:41 10 years of progress 4:29 Building an industrial agricultural company 9:20 Technical challenges, commercial challenges, then the regulatory challenge 13:09 Why do we want to feed the world with insects? 19:55 Feeding animals, great...but feeding people? Creating ingredients for sports nutrition, meat alternatives, and more... 26:10 Robert Downey Jr's fund, FootPrint Coalition, comes onboard 30:03 Scaling up insect-based feed in the US 32:26 Building a sustainable and impactful company 35:41 Largest vertical farm and insect production site in the world under construction in France Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
44:04
August 04, 2021
Interview: Thomas Courtois (Nickel) at Vivatech
Our interview with Thomas Courtois, President of Nickel, at Vivatechnology in Paris. –  Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
17:44
June 21, 2021
Building the Global IoT Network and Community with Jeremy Prince, CEO Sigfox
Today our guest is Jeremy Prince, CEO of Sigfox, to discuss their mission to build the largest IoT ecosystem in the world. 3:20 Transitioning to a new CEO 5:22 What drew you to Sigfox in 2018?  12:26 2020, a difficult year 20:33 IoT Mass Adoption – 3 drivers: transforming customers' businesses, regulatory compliance, and new, disruptive business models leveraging IoT 26:25 The growth of IoT's different segments and markets 28:30 The impact of 5G on IoT 31:16 Is it finally time for IoT to scale? 38:00 Chocolatine or pain au chocolat? Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
39:47
June 15, 2021
Ledger Unicorns; Pasqal and C12 Quantum Computing Funding; Tunecore's Believe IPOs on Euronext; Vivatech Paris is Next Week
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we'll cover great stories about: 1:02 Ledger, the leading manufacturer of cryptocurrency cold storage hardware wallets, raises a $380M Series C at a $1.5B unicorn valuation, making them France's 15th unicorn and 5th so far in 2021, 11:45 Pasqal quantum computing raises €25M Series A from France's Defense Innovation Fund for their programmable atomic arrays, 18:50 C12 Quantum Electronics raises $10M from Bpifrance, Airbus Ventures, BNP Paribas, and OVH's Octave Klaba, 22:30 Digital music management agency Believe, parent company of Tunecore, IPO'd on Euronext Paris, 31:38 Vivatechnology Paris physical and digital hybrid innovation conference is June 16-19, 2021. We'll be recording French Tech News interviews in the podcast studio and moderating a few panels. Come say hi! Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
34:21
June 11, 2021
On The Road To Becoming The Intercity Transportation Super-App With BlaBlaCar
Today our guest is Nicolas Brusson, Co-Founder and CEO at BlaBlaCar, the world’s leading intercity ridesharing service. We’ll be discussing carpooling in the pandemic / post-pandemic world, lessons in international growth especially of BlaBlaCar’s bus service in markets like Mexico, India, Russia, and Brazil, the road to becoming the intercity transportation super app, and building a culture of entrepreneurship and legacy through the BlaBlaCar mafia. 1:08 Effect of the pandemic on transport and travel. The economic power of collective intelligence. 6:57 Trust broker building community and maximizing connections between passengers and drivers. 10:05 Intercity transport. Connecting bus carriers to the platform. Scaling across Russia, Eastern Europe, Mexico, India, and Brazil. 15:11 Ridesharing competitors in bus and carpooling. Becoming the Expedia or Booking.com of buses. 20:06 Going international: the transformation of BlaBlaCar as it expands to 22 countries. 80% of usage is now outside of France…60% is outside of Europe. On the road to profitability and an IPO? 25:12 Lessons in growth. Offline-to-online transformation of transportation infrastructure. 30:37 Intercity transportation super-app. 33:50 BlaBlaCar in the US? 37:50 The BlaBlaCar mafia and building a culture of entrepreneurship. When you leave, do something great, build a legacy… Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
44:34
May 24, 2021
Cloud-based Call Center and Phone Systems with Aircall
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we have the pleasure to chat with the founders of Aircall on the journey of building the cloud-based call center and phone system of choice for modern businesses. Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
42:33
May 12, 2021
Back Market: The Leading Marketplace Dedicated To Refurbished Devices
Back Market is the leading marketplace dedicated to refurbished devices. On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Co-Founder Vianney Vaute and US Managing Director Serge Verdoux join us to discuss their mission to make resurrected devices mainstream. Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
59:40
March 26, 2021
Anti-Cancer Startup Resilience Co-Founder Jonathan Benhamou; CEO Adrien Fernandez Baca from Cubyn On-Demand E-commerce Logistics; Jungle Vertical Farming Raises €42M; Literacy EdTech Lalilo Acquired
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Jonathan Benhamou shares the story behind his new anti-cancer startup Resilience and Adrien Fernandez Baca from Cubyn talks about on-demand e-commerce logistics and their recent €35M fundraising. We will also discuss: Jungle Raises €42M to continue scaling their vertical farming platform And literacy startup Lalilo has been acquired by US EdTech leader Renaissance Learning Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
52:03
March 23, 2021
e.Ventures and Kili Technology on France’s Data Science Startups; Anti-Cancer Startup Resilience; Cubyn e-Commerce Logistics Raises €35M; Split-Payments Platform Pledg Raises €80M
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Paris Managing Partner Jonathan Userovici joins us to talk about e.Ventures entering the French market, the unfair advantage of French startups in data science, artificial intelligence, video games and other verticals, as well as the growth cycle of innovation ecosystems… Edouard d’Archimbaud, CTO of AI and data annotation platform Kili Technology, joins. We’ll also cover:  New anti-cancer startup Resilience from FrenchTech veterans Céline Lazorthes et Jonathan Benhamou E-commerce logistics startup Cubyn raises €35M Pledg raises €80m for its split-payments platform and France’s privacy watchdog CNIL opens investigation into, gasp, #Clubhouse Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
57:41
March 19, 2021
French Tech Miami with Hugging Face, SimpliField, and Ynsect
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we will be chatting with French Tech entrepreneurs in New York and Miami on the growing trend of startups to locate their businesses and teams in up and coming ecosystems like Miami and related topics around quality of life, access to venture capital, local talent pools, engaged local politicians and organizations, and other subjects… Joining us for our discussion will be  Clement Delangue, CEO and Co-Founder of natural language processing starting Hugging Face, fresh off of their recent $40M Series B fundraising, Benjamin Zenou, CEO and Co-Founder of retail performance platform SimpliField, Alain Revah, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Ynsect, the world leader in insect protein and fertilizer production, Caroline Faucher-Winter, Operating Partner at C4 Ventures as well as leading French Tech New York City, and Stan Coignard, CEO of online to brick and mortar marketing platform S4M as well as leading French Tech Miami. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
01:03:01
March 16, 2021
Gender Diversity in the French Startup and VC Ecosystem with SISTA
On today's live clubhouse podcast, join us for a conversation with SISTA, an association founded 2 years ago to address the imbalance between male and female entrepreneurs in France. Sista's recent barometer report highlighted many of these inequalities. We'll discuss that report and see what lessons Sista has for other ecosystems. You can learn more about SISTA and download their most recent report in partnership with BCG on gender diversity in startups and fundraising in France. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
52:53
March 12, 2021
Vestiaire Collective and Kering on their $215M Unicorn Fundraising
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we will chat with Clara Chappaz from Vestiaire Collective as well as Grégory Boutté from Kering on Vestiaire’s recent $215 million dollar Series H fundraising announcement making them France’s 11th unicorn and the world's go-to second-hand fashion platform. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
55:19
March 09, 2021
Sorare Raises $50m For Its NFT/Blockchain-powered Fantasy Football Platform
CEO and Co-Founder of fantasy football/soccer platform Sorare, Nicolas Julia, joins us for another great Clubhouse discussion of French Tech News. On the list is their recent $50m raise from Benchmark, Accel, Antoine Griezmann, Alexis Ohanian, and Gary Vaynerchuk, as well as the current buzz over NFTs and digital collectibles. One of the largest Series A fundraising rounds for any French startup, let alone a blockchain one, this was an exciting discussion about where things are heading in the space. Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
30:11
March 08, 2021
David Bitton on Serena Capital’s €300m Fund III and the Operating Partner model; Sorare raises $50m; Xavier Niel funds Hectar agriculture school
Operating Partner David Bitton of Serena Capital joins our clubhouse discussion to talk about Serena's recent close of €300m Fund III and his role as operating partner in accompanying their portfolio companies. We will also discuss NFT-powered fantasy football startup Sorare's $50m raise from Benchmark, Accel, Antoine Griezmann, Alexis Ohanian, and Gary Vaynerchuk, and then Xavier Niel's investment to launch a 600 hectare agriculture school, Hectar, on a similar model to his free Ecole 42 coding school. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
44:00
March 05, 2021
Marc Menasé's Venture Studio Founders Future Raises $50m and Skeepers Acquires Sarah-Diane Eck's Surprise App
Entrepreneur and investor, Marc Menasé, joins us for a Clubhouse discussion on raising $50m for his super-angel, venture studio, Founders Future, and shares his thoughts on helping founders build companies. Marc created and participated in many European successes including nextedia (acquired by Lagardère Group), Kelkoo (acquired by Yahoo Inc), teads (acquired by Altice), Le Petit Ballon (acquired by Vente-Privée.com), Menlook, lendix, Molotov.tv,… Marc is very involved in the European tech industry, he co-founded France Digitale (French digital and venture association) and was elected French E-commerce personality of the year in 2012. We are also joined by Sarah-Diane Eck to discuss the acquisition of her blockchain-powered rewards app, Surprise, by e-commerce reviews platform, Skeepers. (Avis-Vérifiés, Verified Reviews, Teester). More good news from FrenchTech blockchain startups... Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter.
46:38
March 01, 2021
French Tech News Trailer
Hello and welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series, in English, highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Recent interviews have included the founder of France's "next fintech unicorn" financial super app, Lydia, noted investors from Elaia Partners, Korelya Capital, and Serena Capital, as well as ecosytem leaders like France's Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Cédric O, Director of the government's French Tech Mission, Kat Borlongan, and CEO of startup associations France Digitale and European Startup Network, Nicolas Brien. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms, interviews, and links at FrenchTechNews.club
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February 28, 2021
France's Cybersecurity Strategy with Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Cédric O
Today, we have a Clubhouse conversation with France's Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Cédric O, discussing the new national cybersecurity strategy for France. Announced last Thursday, February 17th, by President Macron, this strategy allocates over €1.3 billion of public and private capital to develop and reinforce new cybersecurity solutions for the government as well as businesses and individuals, educate and train new cybersecurity professionals, create 20,000 new jobs in the sector, as well as help scale France's cybersecurity startups, scaleups, and intellectual property. Discussion: Minister O's Introduction €1.3B National Cybersecurity Strategy Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity, and French Healthcare System Budget Breakdown Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Startups, Scaleups, Unicorns, Decacorns Research and Development Cyber Campus at La Défense Questions: Capital deployment in healthcare system Sovereign vs global partner participation Cyber campus goals...international visibility vs building the sovereign cybersecurity ecosystem Defensive vs offensive cybersecurity initiatives Digital culture as part of a cybersecurity strategy (QAnon and other digital disinformation campaigns) French cybersecurity startup acquisitions European cybersecurity agenda Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform, and check out the video version on our YouTube channel. --- The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements. --- This conversation was recorded on Clubhouse in compliance with Clubhouse's Terms of Service as all speakers provided permission to record and publish this content.
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February 25, 2021
France Digitale, Apple, and the Coalition for App Fairness
Today, we have a fantastic Clubhouse conversation with Nicolas Brien, CEO of French startup organization France Digitale, as well as President of the European Startup Network, whose combined mission is to foster the growth of future European digital champions. He is joined by Paul Christophle, investor at Korelya Capital. We'll be discussing France Digitale joining the Coalition for App Fairness as it defends European startups against the Apple app store commission structure. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter. --- This conversation was recorded on Clubhouse in compliance with Clubhouse’s Terms of Service as all speakers provided permission to record and publish this content.
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February 23, 2021
Lydia, The Financial Services Super-App, with CEO Co-Founder Cyril Chiche
Cyril Chiche is co-Founder and CEO of Lydia, a financial services super-app offering digital payments, donations, loans, checking accounts, payment cards, and other services… Discussion: The Lydia origin story The Numa Café Early investments Product Market Fit and early growth Lydia, a super-app for your money Moving into then back out of the UK market 2020, first Tencent (WeChat Pay) then Accel invests in Lydia Covid and financial services trends and adoption Cryptocurrency buying/trading and financial services apps Accel's newest venture partner and former Venmo General Manager, Amit Jhawar, joins the board 2021 and onward Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter.
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February 22, 2021