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Sunday, March 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Paris: A Thriving Ecosystem Despite Itself

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The Paris startup ecosystem has been silently 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 specifically 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's 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 move to Paris (or anywhere for that matter) to start their company; instead, it seeks to highlight the fact that, if you're going to build a global company, you will eventually launch in France (probably be 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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Liam Boogar

Editor & CEOThe Rude BaguetteCofounder of the Rude Baguette, Liam Boogar is originally from Menlo Park, California. Since his move to Paris in 2010, Liam has become a thought leader on the European Startup Ecosystem, being interviewed in online, TV, and radio all over the world. He... Read More →
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Pierre-Simon Ntiruhungwa

Co-founder & CEOSilicon StudentsPierre-Simon believes that there's not enough entrepreneurs in the world. Not enough people looking at the problems in their daily life and in the world while asking themselves "What can I do about it?" This belief made him found Silicon Students in... Read More →

Sunday March 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon G 500 E 4th St