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The enchantment of prefacing the French translation of Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment (US translation)

March 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment is out today in the US and will be published in French by Diateino at the end of this month. To read the French version of this preface, please go to the Diateino blog. Thanks to my daughter, Sophie Delphis, for translation it into English!

Entrepreneurs, re-enchant the world!
There are people who [...]

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Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup: Do More Faster, by Brad Feld and David Cohen

October 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Book Review, Entrepreneurs

David Cohen is the founder and CEO of Techstars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, and Brad Feld has been an early stage investor for over twenty-five years. Both authors are innate entrepreneurs and authentically love entrepreneurs. So Do more faster is not simply a platform to create speaking-opportunities, but the sincere expression of their desire to [...]

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Dominique Gibert, the French publisher of Guy Kawasaki

December 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

I had lunch with Dominique Gibert earlier this week at one of my favorite Parisian haunts, the Brasserie Lipp, Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Dominique is the founder of Diateino, the French publisher of Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start and Reality Check as well as of Seth Godin’s Tribes, three books that I translated for her. She [...]

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Guest-speaking in Bob Lowry’s class at UMass Amherst: Entrepreneurs are storytellers

October 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs

It is simply a great pleasure to step into a class of some eighty highly motivated students: when I asked who planned to start a company one day, at least half of them raised their hands!
The name of the course for which I was a guest speaker is “Leadership and Networking,” taught by Bob Lowry. [...]

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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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Guy Kawasaki, a DICEE man

March 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs

I recently finished translating Guy’s new book, Reality Check, into French. It will be sold as La réalité de l’entrepreneuriat at the end of March, and is published by the Editions Diateino.
It is when you translate a book that you best realize that there is a lot to it. It is also a significant [...]

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Startups: Starting during a recession

December 2nd, 2008 · 10 Comments · Entrepreneurs

How bad is it for startups seeking financing? This is the title of a post by Jeremy Liew on November 24th[1]. Well, it’s bad and as usual, Jeremy Liew says it pretty much like it is:

Angel financing had dried;
A slowing economy has reduced near term revenue growth expectations;
Venture Capitalists are focusing on their portfolio companies.

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Peter Yared: iWidgets (cool and powerful stuff)

November 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs

Peter Yared? I met him… arghh… almost twenty years ago. He was a 4D developer during his time at IDS. I lost track of him while he was Prograph and later at JRad Technologies, an enterprise Java tools company that he founded in 1995 and was acquired by NetDynamics where he stayed – until the [...]

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M.B.A. for hi-tech entrepreneurs?

October 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

Probably because of the downturn, I have never been asked as often as this year if it is useful for entrepreneurs to have an M.B.A!
Entrepreneurs are, almost by definition, “francs-tireurs,” (literally meaning “sharpshooters”), in other terms “guerrilla fighters” operating separately from the regular army. (Incidentally, this French word appeared in the English vocabulary as early [...]

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“Reality check,” a book for realistically visionary entrepreneurs

October 15th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Entrepreneurs

Guy Kawasaki just gave me “Reality Check.” It is a sequel to “The Art of the Start”. Contrary to most sequels, it is an extremely good one. “The Art of the Start” became the starting point of a discussion between Guy and entrepreneurs, and among entrepreneurs – reality-checking the “Art of the Start”. Great interactive [...]

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