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An audio and video podcast series, in English, highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders, with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.

French Tech News with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse

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An audio and video podcast series, in English, highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders, with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.

    People and Product-Driven Investment with Pascal Cagni's C4 Ventures

    People and Product-Driven Investment with Pascal Cagni's C4 Ventures

    Join us for a passionate discussion with Pascal Cagni, Founding Partner at C4 Ventures and Chairman at Business France, previously GM & VP, Apple EMEIA, and GM Europe, Packard Bell.


    Intro and background 0:28
    Pascal's journey at Apple 4:50
    C4 Ventures' focus and interests 7:12
    C4's investment themes and thesis 12:35
    France is back and French Tech's growth 15:02
    From French Tech startups to European scaleups 22:36
    Government's role in driving tech growth and addressing new verticals 28:49

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    The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.

    Sign up for the newsletter: https://frenchtechjournal.com/signup/

    • 38 min
    Ynsect Vertical Insect Farm Visit

    Ynsect Vertical Insect Farm Visit

    The French Tech News visited Ynsect's mealworm farm in Dole, France, and spent some time with CEO Antoine Hubert learning more about Ynsect's journey, their mission, their science, and where they go from here. 



    1. Intro and acquisition of US mealworm factory, Jord Producers: 00:48 

    2. Vertical insect farm factory description: 1:57

    3. Behind the Engineering, Data, and Biology of farming insects (mealworm beetles, Tenebrio molitor) 3:37

    4. Inventing the intellectual property of insect farming 5:20

    5. What's next and the the challenges ahead: regulation for US and EU animal and human consumption of insect protein, human and financial capital 7:33



    Video version available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxLH7t51lw

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    The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse. 

    Sign up for the newsletter: https://frenchtechjournal.com/signup/

    • 9 min
    Effective Company Carbon Programs with Sweep

    Effective Company Carbon Programs with Sweep

    Discussing reducing carbon emissions in your business and value chain with CEO and Co-Founder of Sweep, Rachel Delacour.


    Description and history of Sweep: 1:49
    Climate change startup investment landscape 3:52
    Doing good can also be good business 5:14
    Sweep's $5m seed fundraising 6:47
    Optimism and the COP26 Experience 7:14
    Will technology save the planet? 11:47
    Founding BIME Analytics and the Zendesk acquisition 16:04
    Build your passion 20:55
    On to angel investing 23:15
    Heading to space? 24:47

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    The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.

    Sign up for the newsletter: https://frenchtechjournal.com/signup/

    • 29 min
    Building the Future of Work with Startup Studio eFounders

    Building the Future of Work with Startup Studio eFounders

    Founder & Managing Director of eFounders, Quentin Nickmans, takes us back to the beginning of their startup studio to share the journey of building a portfolio of 29 companies and raising more than $400 million.


    1:15 Intro to eFounders
    4:25 Spinning out one SaaS startup after another
    9:11 Solve the problems you have yourself. Build the solutions you need.
    11:53 Discovering founders and matching them to ideas
    16:38 $400M in fundraising and 2 unicorns
    20:33 Being a studio founder and resisting building each project yourself. Watching your kids grow up.
    25:11 Logic Founders fintech startup studio
    28:44 Web3 and other vertical startup studios
    31:15 Building a successful founding team

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    The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.

    Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.

    • 36 min
    Growing Life Anywhere and Everywhere with Interstellar Lab

    Growing Life Anywhere and Everywhere with Interstellar Lab

    Barbara Belvisi, Founder and CEO of Interstellar Lab, shares their mission to create sustainable plant cultivation both in space and here on Earth.



    Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on your preferred podcast platform and check out the video version on our YouTube channel.

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    The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.

    Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.

    • 31 min
    Seyna, The All-In-One Platform for Insurance Brokers

    Seyna, The All-In-One Platform for Insurance Brokers

    Stephen Leguillon, CEO of Seyna, shares their journey on creating a regulatory-compliant, all-in-one platform enabling insurance brokers to build and operate digitally native insurance programs.


    0:48 The journey from Appetise to La Belle Assiette to ezCater to Seyna
    2:50 Becoming an Insurtech entrepreneur
    5:31 Joining an existing team to build the next insurance scaleup
    9:27 Innovating the technology and processes of insurance 
    15:12 The complexities of the insurtech business
    21:10 Most insurance companies or insurtech startups can be partners or clients of Seyna
    26:25 Raising a $33M Series A and structuring for hypergrowth

    Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on your preferred podcast platform and check out the video version on our YouTube channel.

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    The French Tech News is a newsletter, podcast, and video media highlighting important stories, in English, in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Hosted by Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse.

    Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.

    • 38 min

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