Avril 2014 – Vous êtes conviés au siège d’une société que nous appellerons “STARTUP”, pour un ‘board’, une réunion du conseil de surveillance. Cet article est Inspiré de fait réel, toute ressemblance avec des personnes existantes ou ayant existé n’est pas fortuite. STARTUP est une startup technologique européenne créée en 2009. Pour financer la croissance, ses fondateurs ont décidé de lever des fonds aup
Fifteen years ago, I had a corner office overlooking Times Square in New York, a secretary, a VP title and a fat monthly salary. I was a young single female advertising executive on top of my game. Life was good and things were looking up as my career was on the upswing.
For the past few years, my son has been repeating that he wants to be an inventor, and he’s been coming up with all kinds of crazy ideas – like many kids do. What’s great about childhood, is that all your ideas work instantly – because kids can’t quite tell the difference between dreams, ideas and reality. But my son is now 11, and he is starting to put his ideas to work, and “real reality” kicks in.
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Why My Thoughts on it?
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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.