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American Leaders are in Paris this week

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Investors and thought leaders from Silicon Valley and New York will be present on the 11th and 12th of June to meet with members of the French Tech Initiative and with government officials. The objective: to demonstrate the advantages of France as a start‐up nation, beyond the clichés...

From the 10th to the 13rd, follow their trip within the French Startup Ecosystem on Twitter : #BonjourLFT

Investors and influential figures:

  • Doug CarlisleMenlo Ventures: Created in 1976, Menlo ventures manages more than $4 billion dollars. They have notably invested in Hotmail, Ascend, UUnet, Check, Siri, and Uber.

Douglas Carlisle

  • Margit WennmachersAndreesen Horowitz: Created in 2009, Andreesen Horowitz, manages more than $4 billion dollars. They have notably invested in successes such as Skype, Instagram, Oculus VR, and Airbnb.


  • Om MalikGigaOM and True Ventures: Om Malik is the founder of GigaOM, one of the most‐read blogs in Silicon Valley. He is also Venture Partner at True Ventures. Created in 2006, True Ventures manage nearly a billion dollars and have made more than 100 investments, which have already created nearly 2000 jobs.


  • Dylan TweneyVenture Beat: Dylan is editor of Venture Beat, one of the most‐read blogs in Silicon Valley


  • Matt TurkFirst Mark Capital: Created in 2008, First Mark manages nearly a billion dollars. They have notably invested in Netgear, Pinterest, Shopify, and others.


  • Will GaybrickThrive Capital: Created in 2009 by Joshua Kushner, Thrive Capital is an investment fund focused on media and the internet. With close to $200 million in the current fund, Thrive has notably invested in Instagram.


  • Jonathan SeeligGlobespan Capital: managing more than $1 billion, Globespan Capital are a venture capital fund who are very active in the fields of technology, the internet, and mobile


  • Ed ZimmermannGrape Arbor VC: Grape Arbor VC is a network of highly active business angels, working in New York.


Detailed program of events:

  • 6/10 – Reception at Critéo with Arnaud MontebourgMinister of Industrial Renewal.
  • 6/11 – France Digital Days
  • 6/11 – Meeting with Fleur Pellerin, Delegate for SMEs and Axelle Lemaire, Secretary of State of Digital Affairs at France Digital
  • 6/11 – Business Meeting at Elysée with French President, Francois Hollande
  • 6/12 – Futur en Seine
  • 6/12 – Tour of Ecole 42 with Nicolas Sadirac and Xavier Niel, the school’s cofounders
  • 6/12 – Visit to startups in the Sentier neighborhood
  • 6/12 – Startup Assembly

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