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Entries from September 2010

Proust’s Overcoat by Lorenza Foschini: How the passion of a perfumery entrepreneur saved the most famous overcoat in French literature

September 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Book Review

By Marylene Delboug-Delphis @mddelphis
After preparing my speech for entrepreneurs at La Cantine, a remarkable coworking space in Paris, I ended my trip to Europe reading Proust’s Overcoat, a 124 page lovely book by Italian journalist Lorenza Foschini published in Italy in 2008, and this year in the United States. It is well translated by painter and [...]

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English translation of my preface to the French version of Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod

September 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Book Review, Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis
Note: This book will be published in French by Diateino in January 2011. As a reminder, Diateino is also the French publisher of Seth Godin’s and Guy Kawasaki’s most recent books. To read my French version of this preface, please go to the Diateino blog.
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I’m a cartoonist – This is how Hugh [...]

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Harry McCracken: Understanding industry trends & new products requires the accuracy of consummate bird watchers.

September 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Talents, Innovators

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis
Sometimes when I go to a party or to a conference, I think of Dr. Seuss’s If I Ran the Zoo, and look for the most interesting people around, i.e. those who combine some exotic traits with an outstanding intellect and an extraordinary kindness – an endearing subspecies of “nerds.” Quite a [...]

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When good investment decisions end up backing more women CEOs: Conversation with Cameron Lester at Azure Capital.

September 5th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis
Azure Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $650 million under management, has been remarkably successful since its inception a little over ten years go. One of its no less exceptional achievements is the number of women CEOs they back in the 23 companies in their active portfolio: five, i.e., [...]

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