Media and “Start-Up”

They have wrote, talked about or judged “Start-up”

– Most recently, in 2010, it was from Finland (pdf here)

and in Russia, a Forbes article by Николай Бадулин.

Manuela Salvi on “Haute Definition

An indirect topic: a debate on collaborative innovation on RSR, the French-speaking Swiss Radio station, with André Schneider, COO of World Economic Forum, Xavier Contesse (Avenir Suisse) and Hervé Lebret, moderated by Mehmet Gultas (RSR).

Jerome Colombain on France Info

– Annie Kahn in Le Monde

-David Orenstein for the Stanford School of Engineering
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– Doris Obermair, an interview in Spanish: “Más pasión y sueños, menos infraestructura y experiencia” (english version)
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and the video (in English)
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– Andrew Conry-Murray in Information Week
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– Murielle Pascale – A video interview (in French) for Capital-Pôles (credit: “Service Communication des ministères de l’économie de l’industrie et de l’emploi et du ministère du budget des comptes publics et de la fonction publique”)
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– “Is there a recipe for entrepreneurship?” – An article published by Philip Schweizer for the Student Voice at EHL
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– Hervé Kabla on his K-Blog
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– William Bole in Innovation – Le Journal
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– Ghislaine Bloch in Le Temps

– Geneviève Morand in Le Matin Dimanche (web link to article)

– Pierre Cormon in Entreprise Romande

Even if there is no apparent link to “Start-Up”, let me mention that Pierre Cormon is the author of a marvellous book…

– Xavier Biseul in 01Informatique (Feb. 7, 2008)

– Laurent Suply in Le Figaro

On change de rayon. Hervé Lebret, spécialiste français des start-up et capital-risqueur en Suisse, consacre un ouvrage au phénomène des « start-up », exception culturelle de la Silicon Valley, toujours copiées mais jamais égalées. Amateurs de statistiques en folie, ce bouquin ultra-documenté est pour vous. Il permet de cerner tous les aspects du gouffre culturel qui sépare le modèle d’innovation en Californie de ceux du reste du monde (côte Est des Etats-Unis y compris).
Cet état des lieux passe par des graphes et autres tableaux sur l’importance du capital-risque ou les courbes de croissances des entreprises, mais aussi par des éléments plus sociologiques sur l’âge des fondateurs d’entreprises, les « social graph » qui relient les profs de Stanford aux boîtes de leurs étudiants, ou encore sur certains comportements inconnus sur notre continent tels que le « school dropout » (lâcher ses études pour lancer sa boîte avant que quelq’un ait la même bonne idée).
On en ressort cependant avec l’impression que toutes les tentatives d’imiter la Valley via des pôles d’excellence et autres structures téléguidées par des programmes nationaux sont vouées à l’échec. Parce que tenter de recréer la Valley revient, pour des biologistes, à essayer de recréer sur la Côte d’Azur un écosystème aussi unique que celui des Galapagos.

– A special issue of Cash about Innovation

“Seit mehr als 20 Jahren befasst sich Hervé Lebret mit Technologie. Zuerst als Wissenschaftler, später dann bei einer Risikokapitalfirma. Das Fazit seiner Erfahrung lässt sich nun in seinem Buch: “Start-up” nachlesen. Er schildert die Unternehmerszene in Europa und den USA und kommt zum Schluss, dass es in Europa letztlich an ambitionierten Menschen fehlt. Um das zu ändern, regt Lebret unter anderem an, Unternehmer schon in Schulklassen zu schicken, um die Schüler für Technologie und Unternehmertum zu begeistern”. Cash Special Innovation, 12 Februar 2008

– Karma Peiró in 3cat24.cat (an interview in Catalan)
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– Florence Luy in EPFL’s Flash newsletter

– Vittorio Mischi in La Jaune et la Rouge
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– Bruno Giussani in LunchoverIp

– Marc Thouvenin in Alterclickr

– Jose A. del Moral in Alianzo

– Doris Obermair in Barcelona wants myspace
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– Carlos Trenchs in Managing Growing Companies
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– Nicolo Borghi in Silicon Valley Study Tour
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– Philippe Lagane in Accessoweb

– Youen Chéné in Yet Another Entrepreneur Blog
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– Pierre-Jean Duvivier in AgoraVox

– Jean-Philippe Lallement in startup-boost

– Paul McNamus in Wag the Dog!

– Guillaume Frat in GuiM.fr

– and more bloggers:

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Last but not least

“Your book is a tour de force and covers many of the issues I get involved in discussions about particularly trying to compare Silicon Valley with Cambridge and anywhere else. You have used your intimate knowledge of many of the cast of players to produce a highly readable and informative book. I believe that what you have achieved is to weave valuable and hard to find data into a story which is both fascinating to read and fills many gaps in people’s knowledge and understanding.” Charles Cotton, ex-CEO of Virata and non-executive director of the Library House (Cambridge, UK)

“I was sad it was over. It stirred up the same emotions as reading Peter Drucker or Guy Kawasaki. This is a must read for anyone interested in high tech start-ups and entrepreneurship” Andre Mercanzini, EPFL PhD and BSc, Uni. of Toronto

“The subject of the book “start-up” is of high interest for entrepreneurs and policy makers and of special interest for all universities; the concrete analyses (of a Stanford lab for example) are original and insightful. It should become a standard for courses in high-tech entrepreneurship.” Martin Vetterli, Professor EPFL, Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley

“It’s great! Your writing style is great and it’s an easy read.” Katharine Ku, Head of Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University

“In 11 chapters, former researcher and venture capitalist and current innovation fund manager at EPFL (CH), Hervé Lebret explores the phenomena behind the ecosystem which created the success of Silicon Valley and points to the reasons why Europe has not managed to do the same. This is a book with wide appeal and a must for innovation specialists and high-tech entrepreneurs.” Technology Innovation International (www.tii.org) – Luxembourg

“I have become a fan. Now I can put a name on my motivations: the “Have Fun” that we do not have in Europe, i.e. enjoying hard work because you develop your idea and not wishing to have another and better job elsewhere” Fabien, student, Paris area

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