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SXSW Interactive 2014

Paris: A Thriving Ecosystem Despite Itself

The Paris startup ecosystem has been silenting churning out $1 Billion companies since the 1970s; however, its anti-Anglophone history, anti-business government, and the language barrier has influenced international opinion of France, and specficially of French Tech.
Our panel will explore the inner-workings of French culture, such as the attitude of "If I have to market my product, it means its not good enough," as well as to explore the startup ecosystem itself, such as how France's strong engineering and industrial past has positioned it as a leader in one of the most exciting sectors in the tech world today: connected hardware.
This talk is not meant to convince anyone to most to Paris (or anyone for that matter) to start their company, nearly to point out that, if you're going to build a global company, you will eventually launch in France (probably among the first five markets), so you might as well know a little bit about the culture before you launch there.

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  1. How does the French government actually influence, for better & for worse, French tech companies?
  2. How does France continue to put out $1 Billion companies despite the constant flow of anti-government news?
  3. How & when should a company start considering launching in France, and to what extent can market penetration be managed from, say, London?
  4. What are examples of companies that have successfully integrated into the French tech market? What are some bad examples? What can we learn from both sides?
  5. As Europe continues to push the "single market" philosophy, how will the French tech market interact with other countries, and what will a single-market Europe mean for European and non-European tech companies?



Liam Boogar, Editor & CEO, The Rude Baguette

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism and Business
  • Level: Intermediate
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