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Michel Serres, the “troubadour of knowledge”

November 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Talents, Innovators

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis We just celebrated thirty years of lectures in Stanford by French Academician Michel Serres (left with Robert Harrison on his right). The party was organized by Audrey Calefas-Strebelle at the residence of Brigitte et Jean-Louis Gassée in Palo Alto, and included very closed friends of Michel, celebrated philosopher (and also from […]

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Alain Calefas: How his entrepreneurial quest for adventure led him to create Serenity Valley next to Silicon Valley

November 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs

Alain Calefas, Serenity Valley founder, with Michel Serres at DBF, a networking organization for French entrepreneurs, on November 2, 2009. That day, Alain Calefas was interviewed by Jean-Louis Gassée (who co-founded DBF in 1994). Alain Calefas graduated from the French Ecole Polytechnique, arguably one of the most elitist schools in Europe. To get in, you […]

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Neil Minkley: Forever an Evangelist!

April 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs

The launch of Guy Kawasaki’s Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition in France, which I translated as La Realite de l’Entrepreneuriat – le Guide Irreverencieux pour Depasser, Devancer, Distancer ses Concurrents gave me the opportunity to reconnect with a man whom all the French Macintosh developers and quite a number of […]

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Angelika Blendstrup: They Made It! (Foreign Hi-Tech Entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley)

April 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Entrepreneurs

Do you imagine a world without Yahoo!, Google, eBay or Paypal? Would these companies have existed without Jerry Yang (Yahoo!) who was born in Taipei, Sergey Brin (Google), whose parents came from Russia when he was six, or Pierre Omidyar (eBay), an Iranian born in Paris or Max Levchin, an Ukrainian Jew (Paypal)? What would Intel […]

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