Europe Gets A Seat In Silicon Valley
The company moved to NY and raised subsequent rounds with both US and French investors. Bornglobal is now a reality in Europe. Laurent Feral-Pierssen, CEO, Silentale Laurent Feral-Pierssens, CEO, Silentale, a global social data enterprisemarketing company who successfully engineered the 2013 Democrats Abroad social campaign with data, has a unique viewpoint on this US / Europe pipeline. His company is both US, French and Canadian with funding from all three countries. But this hasnt made things easier for him despite a cash flow positive bank balance and clients in both continents. Our clients become partners leveraging our global footprint and entrusting us with bringing to them the best expertise and platform. In contrast, investors have usually the opposite mindset. US investors think were French, French investors say were US and Canadian investors say were both, saidFeral-Pierssens.We have great individual and angel investors from all three continents buying into the fact were born global, but the traditional investment community sees us differently, so to us investment is still local, not global. But Cook says he wants toencourage more of the Silicon Valley state of mind to entrepreneurs globally. According to Scott Sage, Partner, DFJ Esprit, in the first three quarters of 2013, DFJ Esprit made 18 new and follow-on investmentsincluding SportPursuit, Conversocial, Bitbar, Movidius, M-Files, StrikeAd, Neul, Getbulb, Lime, Oxford Immunotec, ZBD, Metalysis, Camsemi, Netronome, Aveilant, Tagsys and Horizon Discovery. Image via CrunchBase DFJ Esprit is also one of the most active VC investors in hardware in Europe with around 30% of their fund investment in hardware through the backing of deep technology deals such as Greenpeak Technologies which makes low power wireless chips, whose founder, Cees Links was in the team that created and launched Wi-Fi. Ah, hardware. The long game. Areas like Robotics will benefit from the larger investment and connections that an international VC firm like DFJ can provide.
Continental Europe end 13 year wait for victory
They were very strong, he said. We gave it everything, but came out just short. Simon Khans back injury meant his match was halved, Thomas Bjorn sitting out for the Europeans, leaving either side in need of five points for victory. Great Britain & Ireland led when Tommy Fleetwood upset the form book to claim his first point of the week with a 3 and 2 victory over Joost Luiten, ending the Dutchmans 100 per cent record in the process. Jamie Donaldson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano shared a scrappy opening contest, before Nicolas Colsaerts held his nerve from five feet on the final green to see off Paul Casey following an epic duel. Gregory Bourdy delighted the home fans as he became the first player in the tournaments history to win five points out of five, some sumptuous iron play helping him overcome Scott Jamieson 4 and 3. Marc Warren won by the same margin against Thorbjrn Olesen to square the contest again at 12-12, but by then Continental Europe had full control of three of the last four ties. Miguel Angel Jimenez had four birdies in his first six holes as he beat an out-of-sorts David Lynn 6 and 4 the Englishmans flu symptoms presumably not helped by twice hitting his ball in the water. Matteo Manassero delivered a short-game master class to see off Stephen Gallacher 3 and 2 to take Europe to the 14-point mark, and despite Mikko Ilonen being behind to Paul Lawrie at that stage, Molinari looked on course to provide the winning point as he took a two up lead down the closing stretch. Lawrie duly held on to win 2 and 1, leaving Molinari needing just a half as he reprised the anchor role that saw him beat Tiger Woods to clinch Europes Ryder Cup victory last year. He went one better than that a 12 foot birdie putt at the 16th overcoming the battling Wood. It feels great, for us, for Chema, for all the times that we have lost in the past, said the Italian. I played the last two before this, and it’s never a good feeling to finish on the losing side. We tried really hard; they played great yesterday afternoon to get back into it and it was all to play for today. It was funny yesterday when Olazabal was reading the list; I kind of knew I was going to be last, but I was waiting every name, hoping to hear mine, and I didn’t until the tenth spot. But it’s great for us and for everyone.