In the summer of 2012, I left my comfortable R&D job in Silicon Valley
and took a 40% base salary cut to come to Paris. Almost two years later, I found myself finishing my MBA program at a top European business school and working as a venture capitalist, not least in a country that was once critisized by George W. Bush as having no word for "entrepreneur"
when, of course, this very word is all but French etymologically.
There are a lot of people on this planet that have much more twisted career paths than I do, for sure. However, I do feel that as a classically trained, quote-HARDCORE-unquote, electrical engineer
with more than a decade of experience under the belt, my own winding path and the compulsive desire for change allow me to see the venture industry differently.
If anything, I believe the constant drive inside me to jump out of the comfort zone — one that led me directly into a 4-year startup adventure after my first job out of school, one that prompted me to join the R&D team of a foreign company in Taiwan instead of pursuing the significantly higher bonus in the local design houses, one that unrooted myself entirely to move to California, one that eventually took me to the City of Light
— allows me to recognize the real entrepreneurs that embrace wholeheartedly the uncertainty and have the drive to see it through.
By the same logic, I believe that as a VC I'll be able to provide the pertinent support and network to anxiously passionate fellow entrepreneurs, beyond the cold stinking capital with a price tage of 30% IRR
Above all, I believe in the progress of human condition — be it better access to clean water in struggling African regions or more efficient data marketing approaches that breed new genres of service offering. And I wholeheartedly believe that it is my calling as a VC to help make it happen.
Having read all this, if you are an entrepreneur who share similar visions, I am all ears. I do have my own, albeit still evolving, investment philosophy
that you would probably want to take a look before dropping a pitch deck in my mailbox. Otherwise, it's always great to make a new friend.