This week, Tariq Krim announced his intention to create a list of 100 French hackers who have been integral in the development of the Internet as we know it today. Initial reactions to the project were mixed. The list, which is part of Krim’s work with Fleur Pellerin to help promote and encourage the growth of the startup ecosystem, will not be a “leaderboard’-style listing, but instead, is meant to call attention to an arbitrary 100 hackers influential in the startup scene.
In the same spirit, I thought I would share a list of a few startups I have come to reference when asked about France & entrepreneurship. People are generally familiar with Dailymotion, Criteo, Deezer & other France-based startups; however, whether in the Silicon Valley or Norway, French entrepreneurs are building companies all around the world, so here’s a list of 10 of them:
eBay: Pierre Omidyar
Pierre Omidyar is likely one of the ‘youngest’ expatriates in our list – that is, the Paris-born billionaire left France in grad school to move to the US. Nonetheless you know what they say: you can take the Parisian out of Paris…
VLC: Jean-Baptiste Kempf
Originally a project of Paris University École Centrale Paris, the world’s most-used video player (more than Quicktime, more than Windows Media Player) remains a Paris-based project, and the project’s co-founder, Jean-Baptiste, is still active in VLC’s development & maintenance. In the mean time, he’s started a number of companies; today, he is the co-founder of Videolabs, a startup providing development consulting on top of VLC.
AppAnnie: Bertrand Schmitt
If you’re looking for statistics on mobile apps today, you’ll look no further than this China-based startup. The gold standard of mobile app analytics, AppAnnie is not the only China-based startup founded by French entrepreneurs. Viadeo’s CEO currently calls China home, as do anumber of French-run eCommece sites…Continue Reading
Source: Rudebaguette.com Retrieved from (https://www.rudebaguette.com/2014/01/20/10-startups-didnt-know-founded-french-entrepreneurs/)