Planète PME in Paris

June 15, 2009

For those in Paris, tomorrow at the Palais de Congrès is the Planète PME conference. The event is organized by the CGPME (Confédération Générale des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) and should attract quite a few entrepreneurs and startups.  Now, I know a lot of people who roll their eyes at the thought of European entrepreneurs, but trust me when I say that unlike Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, they do exist! There’s actually some good science and technology going on over here, it’s just that the overall ecosystem for venture and entrepreneurship is embarrasingly undernourished. 

Anyway, it should be worth checking out.  I’ll be there!

Also, quick French lesson for the non-Francophones out there: PME (Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) translates into SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) in English. 


13 Things You’ll Never Hear a VC Say

June 15, 2009

Apologies for the long absence, but the MBA is officially over (Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!) and I’m thinking how to best move forward with the blog. I’ve got several ideas and it’s just a matter of finding the right approach. I do know that it will be more personal (so far the target audience has been students, particularly my fellow classmates, with the content focused on timely stories across the entire spectrum of PE).

Anyway, here’s a fantastically jaded (and unfortunately all too accurate in many cases), take on 13 things you’ll never hear a VC say: