As a global executive in the mobile tech sector, I have been fortunate to build reliable and trusted relationships with many venture capitalists (VCs) from three continents. For various projects combined I have raised north of $US80 million through more than ten rounds of venture capital financing from China, USA, France, UK, and Germany.
In my previous post, I predict that the news industry will follow a similar trend as has digital music and digital video, evolving through a massive delinearization of content on mobile. The success of Yahoo News on the web, cumulating with the facts that six of the top 10 news applications are aggregators on Google Application Store, as are five out of the top 20 apps on US appstores, confirm this trend.
In the last ten years worldwide the music industry value chain has been fully reshuffled by iTunes and some early predecessors. In the last five years the video industry has been changing with the massive international success of YouTube. News content is next to see this scale of international change.
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.
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.