Tag: Start-up

Is the 2008 Crisis Responsible for the “French Tech” Boom?

The development of France’s technological sector was certainly not sparked by the election of Emmanuel Macron. Long overshadowed by England and Germany, the emerging “French Tech” is now thought to have begun with the 2008 crisis and the burst of the dot-com bubble. Young French graduates are now spurning traditional industries and civil-service jobs in favor of innovation and start-up...

In California, a Car Wash with a Green, French Touch

Car washing is America’ quintessential chore. But when French entrepreneur Bertrand Patriarca arrived in the U.S. three years ago, he was surprised by the industry’s lack of structure. Washers don’t need a license to operate. The largest car washing company owns less than 0.25 % of the country’s 113,000 stations. Patriarca intends to change this, along with three French associates...

Macron-Apple, a Meeting of Leaders

The French president met with the CEO of Apple in Paris on October 6. Should we see this as a business meeting, or an encounter between two heads of state? French journalist Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber published The American Challenge in 1967, which went on to be a best-seller both in France and the U.S.A. The writer observed in his work that...[Subscriber]

France Needs an Innovation Revolution

Start-up incubators like Station F, which opened recently in Paris, are a sign of progress, but France needs radical change. Silicon Valley-based French-American innovator Navi Radjou lists three steps to foster innovation in France. With Emmanuel Macron as president and his party winning a decisive majority in recent parliamentary elections, France’s ailing economy may finally receive a shot in the arm....

The French Number: The App that Lets you Connect with French Locals

[Partner Article] The French Number, the crowdsourced hotline for France, now has users in 167 countries — a veritable telephone social network. Cocorico! Connect with a targeted French person based on location, interests or gender. For instance, for Chelsea from New York, who is preparing for a trip to Nice, getting in touch directly with a local will enable her to get...

The New York Times
Can France Become the Next Silicon Valley?

An old train depot in the heart of Paris, which was inaugurated this Thursday, is the new symbol of France’s dream to become the start-up capital of Europe. Station F, a 366,000-square-feet space that hopes to house over 1,000 budding companies, is supported by tech giants like Facebook and Amazon as well as legislation from French President Emmanuel Macron. Though...

A Message to American Entrepreneurs: “Come to France, We Love you!”

While on a trip to New York for the French Touch Conference, the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, reiterated Emmanuel Macron’s message to American entrepreneurs: “Come to France, you have a home here.” It’s become something of a tradition; the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs has attended the French Touch Conference every year since...

The French-American Business Awards Return to the West Coast

California entrepreneurs take note! The 4th French-American Business Awards (FABA) will take place in San Francisco on May 25. Applications for the Start-up of the Year Award will be open until April 23. Created in 2013 by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco (FACCSF), the French-American Business Awards (FABA) is an annual competition which rewards francophone businesses and...

The Graphic Novel Unveiling the Underbelly of Silicon Valley

In 2013, along with her husband and daughter, French cartoonist Laureline Duermael left Metz and moved their video games developing business to San Francisco. The experience quickly became a living nightmare. She started to blog her misadventures as a comic strip, which was then published as a graphic novel called Comme convenu (As Agreed) in 2015. She recently launched an online crowd-funding campaign to help...

French Sea Worms Set to Save the Lives of American Soldiers

The Britany-based French startup Hemarina has developed a blood substitute using sea worms. This new technology could be used to stabilize cerebral edemas resulting from explosions, which is the leading cause of death for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. The company’s French researchers have signed a research partnership with the U.S. Navy, and on February 8 they received the Creative...

Applications Are Open for the FAEA Award

Young entrepreneurs, this is for you! You have until March 24 to apply for the French-American Entrepreneurship Award, an annual startup competition recognizing French entrepreneurs launching businesses in the United States. Applications are open to company founders who are 35 or less, who have been in business for three years or less, and who are fluent in both French and English. Eligible entries...

A Boost for Made-in-France Products in the US

French Wink, a startup that assists French brands in reaching consumers abroad, is introducing American consumers to quality, made-in-France goods in order to promote the “French attitude” in the US. Upon moving to New York City, Claire Obry, a 34-year-old mother of three, noticed that French brands attempting to break into the market were struggling to expand beyond New York's...

French Start-Ups Take the U.S. by Storm

French start-ups are booming in the United States. Largely based in San Francisco and New York, they have honed in on the American entrepreneurial spirit while exporting French expertise. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in Las Vegas every January. While Sony, LG, Samsung, Intel, Panasonic, Nikon and other global electronics giants settle into the aisles of the...