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Why France needs to build a bridge to Silicon Valley

French entrepreneur Jerome Lecat has an open letter for the president of France: Build a bridge between Silicon Valley and France, and lower the barriers to creating startups in France.

How France’s SFR used a ‘chocolate factory’ to launch a European cloud

France’s second largest carrier, SFR, came to VentureBeat’s CloudBeat last year, and went away with a clear strategy on how to launch an Amazon.com competitor in France. SFR’s Benjamin Revcolevschi explains here how his team arrived back in France, and executed the strategy through an extraordinary change in corporate culture, i.e., by building a “Chocolate Factory” within a $12 billion revenue behemoth….