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BIME ! STAY Zen(desk)… AND CARRY ON Rachel !!!


From left to right: Jeremy Uzan (Alven Capital), Nicolas Raspal (BIME), Rachel Delacour (BIME),  John Geschke (General Counsel of Zendesk Inc.)

We would usually never do that !

I keep repeating that Frenchy is not a media and not a blog either…But  a unique inspiration catalyst and a truth revealer…  The truth of those who do and change the world: OUR ENTREPRENEURS.

At Frenchy, we actualy refuse to be guided by the news…

But today we are so happy to make an exception and celebrate SMACHING NEWS:

Rachel Delacour, Co-founder of BIME ANALYTICS, and her team have achieved a wonderful exit. Their company has been acquired by Zendesk Inc. for $ 45 million cash.

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The finalists of the Lady Pitch Night 2014

(Girls in Tech Lady Pitch Night Sept2014) Candidates (1)BW

I know usually, Frenchy, it is not about the products but the people and more especially about their path and personality but that is usually…

Usually, it is also 1 entrepreneur = 1 portrait = 1 post but… But the Lady Pitch Night 2014…

The event, organised by Girls In Tech Paris, was that smashing, gathering that top class speakers in such a The Family mood – Neelie Kroes (European Commission), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Joanna Shields (Digital Advisor to the UK Prime Minister), Mike Butcher (TechCrunch), Reshma Sohoni (Seedcamp), Brenda O’Connell (Twitter), Eliane Fiolet (Ubergizmo) and Pascal Latouche (Orange) – that I have been very happy to make one exception !

But the happiest ones would probably be you guys… discovering more about these 3 finalists out of 178 applicants from across Europe, 3 ladies, 3 entrepreneurs and 3 unique sensibilities…

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Marie Ekeland, Partner, Elaïa Partners


Marie Ekeland, a partner at Elaia Partners, is currently a member of the board of directors of Criteo,, Seven Academy, Teads, Wyplay and Ykone.

She began her career in 1997 at the New York investment bank JP Morgan, where she participated in the development of a front-office worldwide application. She then moved to Paris, and managed a team to support that global application.

In 2000, Marie joined CPR Private Equity and has been acting as a Venture Capitalist since, first within the Credit Agricole Group, and since 2005 at Elaia Partners.

It is all about Marie !

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Stephan Dietrich, VP Adobe Campaign, ex-Neolane


Stephan Dietrich is a serial entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in the high tech industry and an exceptional track record growing start-ups from the ground up, all the way to successful exits.

Founder of Neolane in 2001, President North America, Stephan was responsible for driving Neolane’s corporate vision, international business development and its high growth in North America.

In 2013, with revenues in excess of $60M and 400 employees, Neolane was acquired by Adobe Systems for $600M. Prior to Neolane, Stephan was Founder and CEO of CubicSoft and also co-founder and VP of AGDS, acquired by Peregrine Systems, now HP.

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Fabrice Grinda, Co-founder OLX


As an Internet entrepreneur and investor, Fabrice has successfully operated and invested in businesses in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. In March 2006, Fabrice co-founded OLX, Inc. with business partner Alec Oxenford, in the hopes of building the largest free local classified site in the world. Until December 2012, as co-CEO, Fabrice drove the company’s business development, investor relations, M&A and product development efforts. OLX now has over 300 employees and is present in over 90 countries and 50 languages with over 150 million unique visitors per month.

Fabrice is also a prolific angel investor with over 100 active investments in various companies including Viajanet, Peopleperhour, Brightroll, and many others.

The golden boy of the Web ?

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