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.
Napoleon might have said the first part of the quote when he learned that an English ambassador refused the condition of the Chinese emperor. 200 years later, this sentence is still accurate in the digital economy.
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.
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
On the settee…
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.
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