Phil Jeudy is the creator of Geektrip, whose aim is to bridge innovation and emerging technologies between Silicon Valley and France. His wealth of expertise in strategic council, technology investments and human resources guides French companies, helping to bridge the gap between their efforts in the States and their on-the-ground activities in Europe.
Phil is Board Member at Ivesta International, a mobile application development company, a Board Advisor for startup WatZatSong.com (music community portal) since 2007 where he’s developing Business Development, and Investor in Koko Entertainment, the company producing artist Francis Jocky (based in New York).
Phil is the organizer of Barcamp in Paris, focusing on Mobile, Video and Open Source and he leads the Ignite events in this City.
Words can’t really do justice to Morten Lund‘s speech to close 2010′s GeeknRolla event. The Danish serial investor and entrepreneur, who invested in more than 80 start-ups including Skype but was declared bankrupt in January, brought the house down with his straight-talking advice and on-stage antics (video below).
When a conference speech involves teaching VCs to play flutes and a clip from a… → Read More
It’s what most start-ups dream of: securing big money investment from one the top VC houses in America. The chance of a bigger exit, bigger returns and some serious prestige are just some of the reasons that lure UK businesses to New York and Silicon Valley in search of funding.
Before you sign any deal, you need to make contact. For most start-ups seeking that all-important first meeting with potential investors or partners, email is the first means of communication. But as Chris Fralic, managing partner at First Round Capital, told GeeknRolla delegates on Tuesday, there’s a right way and a wrong way to establish email contact with VCs and he says start-ups could… → Read More
Serial entrepreneur CEO Andrew J Scott has launched a handful of online businesses, survived to tell the tale and returned as founder and CEO of location-based mobile app Rummble. Scott was on hand to offer delegates at GeeknRolla on Tuesday some of his hard-earned advice for running start-ups… See the video below at time market 2.36. 1. Don’t choose a crap name: One of Scott’s… → Read More
Mention the phrase “mobile web” to almost anyone and the chances are their mind will turn to Apple’s iPhone and the new-fangled iPad. But Ewan McLeod, editor of Mobile Industry Review, is not one of those people.
In his fast-paced post-lunch speech, McLeod warned that despite the iPhone’s… → Read More
Pitching to a panel of sceptical VCs is just like a first date. The point is to get a second date and maybe a long-term relationship out of it and many of the same rules apply. At least that’s according to Katy Turner and Andy Chung from Eden Ventures who told GeeknRolla delegates just where some inexperienced pitchers are getting it wrong. Preparation: “It’s like a first date… → Read More
It was hard enough to attract the attention and cash of VCs before the econony almost crashed into oblivion, so it’s a really tall order for start-ups to stand out from the crowd and get funded these days.
So what state is the UK/Europe investment scene in right now? A GeeknRolla panel on investment trends was largely positive about the possibilities – even cautiously optimistic – that a good… → Read More
SongHi is an entertainment-based online community aimed at the “Guitar Hero generation” across the world. It lets users create and personalise their own musical identity and form bands in customisable virtual spaces. Launching to the world at GeeknRolla 2010 on Tuesday, the company’s Carl Costa said: “We’re creating a social network or environment around music… → Read More
StrippedFinance is a social media platform for personal finance that allows consumers, finance professionals and companies to come together in a secure place tailored for regulatory and financial business processes. The company describes itself as “a social network for the personal finance vertical”. Founder and CEO Eddie George told the last GeeknRolla start-up pitch slot of the day… → Read More
When consumers have issues with companies, like their broadband provider or an airline, they rarely know how to complain. But that’s where pownum comes in: the site acts as a “social platform to air opinions about companies”. The name is an amalgamation of “power” and “numbers”. Co-founder Marty Carroll, launching Pownum at our second GeeknRolla start-up… → Read More
musiio.com wants to be the source of the freshest music and is proposing a new model for music distribution. Fans can listen for free, buy tracks to download or see what their friends are listening to while artists get to choose the number of free listens, price and receive 100 percent of the revenue. Co-founder Matt McCallum told a GeeknRolla start-up panel that the still-to-launch Musiio is a… → Read More
Maptales is a location-based “social broadcasting and exploring” mobile app designed to help users capture, edit and share their lives and experiences.
Launched at our GeeknRolla event on Tuesday by co-founder Philipp Wassibauer, the free iPhone app is due by the end of Q2 while BlackBerry and Android versions are due in Q3. The app organises users’ daily events into “Xperience Feeds”, which… → Read More
iGlue is a knowledge organisation service which creates an additional information layer over web pages. In other words it can understand a web page’s content and start building a database of knowledge. No, it’s not another Google, but when applied to a web page, iGlue recognizes names of relevant entities, such as people, geographical locations, institutions etc. and on the spot… → Read More
Graph.me is described as “social benchmarking”. You can start your own poll on graph.me and find out to which piece of the pie chart you belong – and who’s “on your side”. Rene Karsten Kunkel, the site’s head of marketing, told the first GeeknRolla startup pane of the day that Graph.me could be used to chart…. well, just about anything. Sports and… → Read More
Gigaboxx allows artists and record companies to sell direct to their live audience, through their own mobile music stores. These stores can be quickly produced and managed, by using a simple online wizard. A Bluetooth box is then used to deliver the site URL to the audience’s mobile phones, allowing them to take advantage of the very moment when fans are most likely to make an emotional… → Read More
GameCreds is a an innovative new social network allowing gamers to create and manage their “Gamer ID” online through a set of automated tools, connecting gamers in a new way It effectively combines some of the web’s star concepts – successfully developed by Netvibes, YouTube, Linkedin, Monster and Facebook – having re-designed these to ﬁt gamers’ speciﬁc… → Read More
Decibel supplies in-depth music data to drive the next generation of digital music, with over 30 million tracks in the database to help people discover music. What can it do? For the music biz it could mean increased sales and for music services better listings and information for users. Decibel wants to licence its information and search technology via its API to software developers, music… → Read More
You’ve got your idea, you’ve assembled a team and set your goals. All you need now is some funding. Easy, right? Not quite. Running a start-up is hard and attracting the right sort of funding is even harder. One man who could help you is Jason Trost, CEO and co-founder of social betting start-up Smarkets. He pitched his company at last year’s GeeknRolla and has been running… → Read More
It’s one thing getting funding for your start-up, but when’s the best time to exit? Tommy Ahlers, founder and CEO of mobile contacts app Zyb, which was sold to Vodafone in 2008 for €31.5 million, knows a thing or two about the subject and told delegates at our GeeknRolla event on Tuesday that to sell isn’t always the best option. Why should you listen to this guy? Simples… → Read More
DriveK says it isn’t just a new car configuration platform. The site, officially launching today at GeeknRolla, says “it’s like Kayak or MoneySuperMarket but for new cars and light commercial vehicles”. Explaining the company’s model to the day’s first start-up panel, the company’s Marco Marlia told the conference: “We’re not only a site but a… → Read More
CuteFund is a “crowdscourced mutual fund”. And the big difference between this and other mutual funds is it has no fund manager – each user can vote for stocks and controls investments. Investors can start with as little as £100 and pay in two percent a year, with one percent distributed back to the top performers. $60 trillion is today managed by equity and mutual fund… → Read More
This is a bio-inspired image recognition business spun out of Imperial College London, in February 2009. After six and a half years of research into “human visual cortex”, to understand how humans see – and two years building algorithms and computer models which can accurately mimick human visual recognition – Cortexica is now going live. It’s Visual Search API is now in closed beta, which… → Read More
Hire early, hire often, but hire the right people. That’s the advice from Pete Smith, co-founder of music concert alert service Songkick, who told the assembled GeeknRolla crowd that “Everyone you hire is crucial to a company’s ability to grow faster and faster.” So what’s his advice for finding the right people? – “Always be hiring” and integrate hiring… → Read More