In the 1990s up to 2005, the digital value chain was dominated by the owner of the operating system and microprocessor manufacturer, it was the famous « wintel » success factor. Meanwhile, in the previous years, Microsoft continued to be a cash machine on PC. On mobile, Google and Apple demonstrated the importance of the operating system layer component (see : Google’s Brilliantly Cuckoo Strategy). However, in the re
LA DECISION ET SES CONSEQUENCES A l’unanimité, le board de STARTUP a statué en 2014 en faveur du départ du CEO pour la Silicon Valley, suivant en cela la recommandation du CEO lui-même. Les questionnements et inquiétudes étaient principalement liés aux coûts supplémentaires pour la société. Mais sur le fond, tout le board était convaincu du bien-fondé de ce départ. LE DEPART Notre CEO est donc parti avec armes et bag
Last August, News Republic (a startup from Bordeaux, France), creator of a content aggregation mobile application, announced its acquisition by Cheetah Mobile. XAnge happened to be one of its three investors since 2012, which means I was lucky to follow the entire adventure from the inside.
Probably one of the most impressive and discreet economic trends of the last 25 years is the invoicing to several billions of people of some few hundreds dollars every month to connect them to internet and mobile.
In Japan, unicorns are news applications. While the valley is focused on Flipboard and Apple News, in Japan, mobile news applications are the new unicorns of mobile, seeing massive success and hitting goals most US and European news companies only dream about. In what would be considered a stealth move, in the US, Gunosy went IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange at the end of April.
Gilles is the CEO & Founder of News Republic, publisher of news application for smartphones, tablets, and TV. Federating more than 1,000 publishers worldwide such as Reuters, Associated Press, The Independent, CNN International, Al Jazeera, and Gizmodo … Read More
Why My Thoughts on it?
Running a media company, working directly with more than 1,000 news publishers from regions all over the world, having lived and worked on three continents, after three start ups and 20 years of experience in digital content and mobile technology, many success and mistakes, and wrong interpretations… Read More
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Back in the nineties, Cyril started his career as an architect of embedded software. At the turn of the millennium, he created Alcatel’s first WiFi product line in partnership with the Israeli startup Alvarion. He filed three patents in the digital modulation domain.
After an MBA at INSEAD in 2001, he started a new life as an early stage investor, first for a Silicon Valley VC fund (Telesoft Partners), which taught him the underpinnings of the Venture world, and then for a German VC fund (Munich-based DVCG), where he focused on software and mobility. He joined XAnge in Paris in 2007 as a Partner and member of the Executive Committee.
Cyril holds a Masters’ degree in Engineering from Telecom Paris Tech as well as an MBA from INSEAD.