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French Tech News with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse

34 EpisodesProduced by Chris O'Brien and Ethan PierseWebsite

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.

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Small Business Payments and Financial Management with Qonto

July 11th, 2022

34:47

Chris and Ethan had a chance to catch up with Alexandre Prot, Co-Founder and CEO of Qonto, on their amazing growth and what's ahead. 

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

April 20th, 2022

38:14

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

Ynsect Vertical Insect Farm Visit

April 8th, 2022

9:47

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 …

Effective Company Carbon Programs with Sweep

April 6th, 2022

29:10

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

  1. Description and history of …

Building the Future of Work with Startup Studio eFounders

March 16th, 2022

36:58

Founder & Managing Director of eFounders, Quentin Nickmans, takes us back to the beginning of their startup studio to share the journey of …

Growing Life Anywhere and Everywhere with Interstellar Lab

March 10th, 2022

31:37

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


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

February 24th, 2022

38:23

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

Innovating Music Streaming with Deezer

February 16th, 2022

29:43

Join Chris and Ethan for a fascinating discussion with CEO Jeronimo Folgueira on Deezer's continuing mission as an independent music streaming …

Relationship-based Customer Communication at Scale with Front

February 10th, 2022

31:07

Chris and Ethan had the pleasure to sit down and discuss Front's mission to build an authentic, relationship-based customer communication hub with …

Elevating Sound in Our Lives with Devialet

February 1st, 2022

32:53

A fascinating chat with Franck Lebouchard, CEO of Devialet, on their mission to elevate sound to its rightful place in our lives through an exacting …

Shaping The Future Of Music with Believe

January 25th, 2022

33:10

Today our guest is Denis Ladegaillerie, Founder and CEO of Believe, to discuss how they enable independent musicians to build and engage with their …

Interview: Benoist Grossmann (Eurazeo) at France Digitale Day

October 1st, 2021

17:15

Our interview with Benoist Grossmann, Co-President of France Digitale and CEO of Eurazeo (formerly Idinvest), at France Digitale Day.

 – Idinvest becomes Eurazeo 
 – A little history of Idinvest 
 – About yesterday's …

Interview: Yann Lechelle (Scaleway) at France Digitale Day

September 29th, 2021

15:53

Our interview with Yann Lechelle, CEO of Scaleway, at France Digitale Day.

 – Scaleway's view on datacenter environmental impact and sustainability 
 – Energy and water-efficient datacenters 
 – Datacenter optimization vs …

Interview: Audrey Soussan (Ventech Capital) at France Digitale Day

September 27th, 2021

15:08

Our interview with Audrey Soussan, Partner at Ventech Capital, at France Digitale Day.

  1. The mission and thesis of Ventech Capital 
  2. Early-stage …

Interview: Fleur Pellerin (Korelya Capital) at France Digitale Day

September 23rd, 2021

14:09

Our interview with former Digital Economy Minister of France and Korelya Capital CEO, Fleur Pellerin, at France Digitale Day.

  1. Intro to Korelya …

Transforming Insects into Premium Natural Feed with Ynsect

August 4th, 2021

44:04

Ynsect CEO, Antoine Hubert, explains their mission to develop sustainable nutrition for both animals and humans using insect protein:

  • 1:41 10 years …

Interview: Thomas Courtois (Nickel) at Vivatech

June 21st, 2021

17:43

Our interview with Thomas Courtois, President of Nickel, at Vivatechnology in Paris.

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Building the Global IoT Network and Community with Jeremy Prince, CEO Sigfox

June 15th, 2021

39:46

Today our guest is Jeremy Prince, CEO of Sigfox, to discuss their mission to build the largest IoT ecosystem in the world.

  • 3:20 Transitioning to a …

Ledger Unicorns; Pasqal and C12 Quantum Computing Funding; Tunecore's Believe IPOs on Euronext; Vivatech Paris is Next Week

June 11th, 2021

34:21

On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we'll cover great stories about:

1:02 Ledger, the leading manufacturer of cryptocurrency cold storage hardware …

On The Road To Becoming The Intercity Transportation Super-App With BlaBlaCar

May 24th, 2021

44:34

Today our guest is Nicolas Brusson, Co-Founder and CEO at BlaBlaCar, the world’s leading intercity ridesharing service. We’ll be discussing …

Cloud-based Call Center and Phone Systems with Aircall

May 12th, 2021

42:32

On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we have the pleasure to chat with the founders of Aircall on the journey of building the cloud-based call center and phone system of choice for modern businesses.

Be sure to …

Back Market: The Leading Marketplace Dedicated To Refurbished Devices

March 26th, 2021

59:39

Back Market is the leading marketplace dedicated to refurbished devices. On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Co-Founder Vianney Vaute and US Managing Director Serge Verdoux join us to discuss their mission to make …

Anti-Cancer Startup Resilience Co-Founder Jonathan Benhamou; CEO Adrien Fernandez Baca from Cubyn On-Demand E-commerce Logistics; Jungle Vertical Farming Raises €42M; Literacy EdTech Lalilo Acquired

March 23rd, 2021

52:03

On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Jonathan Benhamou shares the story behind his new anti-cancer startup Resilience and Adrien Fernandez Baca from Cubyn talks about on-demand e-commerce logistics and their recent …

e.Ventures and Kili Technology on France’s Data Science Startups; Anti-Cancer Startup Resilience; Cubyn e-Commerce Logistics Raises €35M; Split-Payments Platform Pledg Raises €80M

March 19th, 2021

57:40

On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Paris Managing Partner Jonathan Userovici joins us to talk about e.Ventures entering the French market, the unfair advantage of French startups in data science, artificial …

French Tech Miami with Hugging Face, SimpliField, and Ynsect

March 16th, 2021

1:03:01

On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we will be chatting with French Tech entrepreneurs in New York and Miami on the growing trend of startups to locate their businesses and teams in up and coming ecosystems like Miami …

Gender Diversity in the French Startup and VC Ecosystem with SISTA

March 12th, 2021

52:53

On today's live clubhouse podcast, join us for a conversation with SISTA, an association founded 2 years ago to address the imbalance between male and female entrepreneurs in France. Sista's recent barometer report …

Vestiaire Collective and Kering on their $215M Unicorn Fundraising

March 9th, 2021

55:18

On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we will chat with Clara Chappaz from Vestiaire Collective as well as Grégory Boutté from Kering on Vestiaire’s …

Sorare Raises $50m For Its NFT/Blockchain-powered Fantasy Football Platform

March 8th, 2021

30:10

CEO and Co-Founder of fantasy football/soccer platform Sorare, Nicolas Julia, joins us for another great Clubhouse discussion of French Tech News. On …

David Bitton on Serena Capital’s €300m Fund III and the Operating Partner model; Sorare raises $50m; Xavier Niel funds Hectar agriculture school

March 5th, 2021

44:00

Operating Partner David Bitton of Serena Capital joins our clubhouse discussion to talk about Serena's recent close of €300m Fund III and his role as …

Marc Menasé's Venture Studio Founders Future Raises $50m and Skeepers Acquires Sarah-Diane Eck's Surprise App

March 1st, 2021

46:38

Entrepreneur and investor, Marc Menasé, joins us for a Clubhouse discussion on raising $50m for his super-angel, venture studio, Founders Future, and shares his thoughts on helping founders build companies. Marc created …

French Tech News Trailer

February 28th, 2021

0:52

Hello and welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series, in English, highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and …

France's Cybersecurity Strategy with Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Cédric O

February 25th, 2021

49:35

Today, we have a Clubhouse conversation with France's Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Cédric O, discussing the new national cybersecurity strategy for France. Announced last Thursday, February 17th, by President …

France Digitale, Apple, and the Coalition for App Fairness

February 23rd, 2021

50:32

Today, we have a fantastic Clubhouse conversation with Nicolas Brien, CEO of French startup organization France Digitale, as well as President of the …

Lydia, The Financial Services Super-App, with CEO Co-Founder Cyril Chiche

February 22nd, 2021

51:02

Cyril Chiche is co-Founder and CEO of Lydia, a financial services super-app offering digital payments, donations, loans, checking accounts, payment cards, and other services…

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