FRENCH TECH AMBASSADORS IN NEW YORK

A cross border network is a real advantage when one is looking to tap a global market. This is where newcomers and entrepreneurs established in NYC can find a forum to share their experience and knowledge.

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Frédéric Montagnon - Investor and Co-founder @ Legolas Exchange


Frédéric Montagnon is an internet entrepreneur and investor in tech-savvy startups. He has been a co-founder and CEO at Codanova, OverBlog, Nomao, and Ebuzzing. He now serves as the founder and CEO of Secret Media, an AdTech company that helps publishers deal with AdBlocking. In June 2017, he co-founded Legolas Exchange, a platform for institutions to access cryptocurrency.

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Alban Denoyel - Co-founder and CEO @ Sketchfab

Alban is the co-founder and CEO of Sketchfab - the leading platform to publish and find 3D content on web, mobile, AR and VR. With a community of over 1.5 million creators who have published over 2.5 million 3D files, Sketchfab is empowering a new era of creativity. Prior to Sketchfab, he launched a low cost web agency, and worked for 4 years in the 2D world of photojournalists at Polka Magazine. He loves making things, usually with wood or in 3D. He is the co-organiser of the NYC European Tech meetup. He graduated from ESSEC Business School (Paris, France).

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Mathieu Nouzareth - Co-founder and CEO @ FreshPlanet Inc.

Serial web entrepreneur, Mathieu Nouzareth is CEO of FreshPlanet, the New York-based developer of the highly-popular award winning social mobile game SongPop, the turn-by-turn, simulated real-time play game for music lovers that has built a global following of over 100 Million players since its launch in June 2012. Mathieu is a frequent panelist at tech conferences such as LeWeb Paris, CES Las Vegas, GDC or CrunchUp.

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Alexandre Winter - Founder @ Placemeter, Director of Computer Vision @ Netgear/Arlo

Alexandre is both a computer vision geek and a repeat tech entrepreneur. Born and raised in France, a proud Brooklynite today, he is currently leading the Artificial Intelligence team at Netgear/Arlo. He was the CEO and founder of Placemeter, a New-York based startup that quantifies human activity in cities using computer vision and video feeds. Placemeter raised 8m of venture capital and was sold to Netgear in December 2016.

Prior to placemeter, Alexandre co-founded LTU Technologies, a venture backed startup, pioneer in large scale image search by content. As a CTO then CEO of the company, he helped bring LTU to profitability in three years. LTU was successfully acquired by a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Prior to LTU, Alexandre was a researcher in Computer Vision at INRIA. He also worked at Airbus, building vision based missile guidance systems. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Image Recognition from Telecom ParisTech, holds 9 patents in the field. Alexandre also advises various startups in New York, and is a mentor of the Techstars NYC program. Prior to LTU, he was a researcher at INRIA in Paris, and a missile guidance engineer at Aerospatiale, now EADS. Alexandre holds a PhD in Computer Vision from Telecom Paristech and 10 patents in the field.

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Jonathan Benhamou - Co-founder and CEO @ PeopleDoc

As a Gartner 2014 Cool Vendor, PeopleDoc transforms the way organizations deliver HR services by providing easy to implement, affordable HR service delivery solutions. Over 400 customers and 1.5 million employees use PeopleDoc globally.

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Catherine Barba Chiaramonti - Founder @ PEPS Lab

A serial entrepreneur and digital pioneer in Europe, Catherine Barba is one of the top global experts in the intersection of retail and digital transformation since 1996. She develops the New-York-based PEPS Lab, a Retail Innovation Center that discovers the most promising retail omnichannel practices, from major retailers to fashion brands. Prior to that, Barba founded several digital businesses in France, among which Malinea, acquired in 2012 by the founders of Vente Privee, and Cashstore, acquired by Plebicom Group in 2010. She is also the author of several books about the future of retail, including “Stores are not dead”. A trusted advisor and mentor, Barba is one of the few French female business angels, and serves on the board of several successful tech start-ups, including Leetchi, MangoPay, Reech and Retency, among others. In 2015 and 2016, Barba was named one of 50 most influential figures in Europe’s digital economy and in 2014 one of 3 most influential female figures in France. In June 2017, she has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Renault-Nissan.

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Ilan Abehassera - Co-Founder and COO @ Willo

Ilan Abehassera is a NY-based Entrepreneur, now a Co-Founder and COO at Willo, a health tech startup building a device that's reinventing the oral care experience, making it automated, super fast, and efficacious like never before. Ilan previously founded Producteev, a productivity suite for SMBs, acquired by Jive Software ($JIVE) in 2012, and a consumer electronics startup, Ily, a new kind of communication device for young kids, acquired by Nucleus in 2016. Ilan is also an angel investor in great companies such as Sunrise (acquired by Microsoft), Wit.ai (acquired by Facebook), Algolia, Checkr, OKPanda, Campaign, SkyGiraffe (acquired by ServiceNow) and 15 more.

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Christophe Ménard - Founder & Americas COO @ Sublime Skinz

Christophe co-founded Sublime Skinz in Paris and is now COO Americas. Before moving to the US, he served as Chief Programmatic Officer. Founded in Paris in 2012, Sublime is a global high impact advertising marketplace that creates and delivers performance-based brand experiences at scale. Prior to joining Sublime Skinz, Christophe has held executive positions in different international advertising companies such as Kelkoo, Yahoo, Vibrant or Improve Digital.

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Matt Turck - Managing Director @ FirstMark

Matt Turck, a Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, invests across a broad range of early-stage enterprise and consumer startups. Prior to FirstMark, he was a Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures, the investment and incubation arm of Bloomberg LP, which he helped start. Previously, Matt was the co-founder of TripleHop Technologies, a venture-backed enterprise search software startup that was acquired by Oracle. Matt is passionate about building communities, and organizes two large monthly events, Data Driven NYC (which focuses on data-driven startups, Big Data and AI) and Hardwired NYC (which focuses on the Internet of Things, AR/VR, drones, and other emerging technologies).

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Laetitia Gazel Anthoine - Founder and CEO @ Connecthings

Laetitia Gazel Anthoine is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Connecthings since 2007. Connecthings implements contactless mobile services for its clients. These services can interact with the environment through tags deployed on items or buildings. Prior to Connecthings, Laetitia worked for mobile operators and device manufacturers. In 1999 Laetitia managed the implementation of the first Mobile internet gateway for Orange. In 2001, Laetitia founded a consultancy company providing operational support in mobile value-added services implementation.

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Alexis Lê-Quôc- Co-founder and CTO @ Datadog

Alexis is the co-founder and CTO of Datadog, a monitoring service for dynamic cloud infrastructure. Prior to founding Datadog, Alexis Le-Quoc served as a Director, Operations for Wireless Generation where he built the team and infrastructure that served more than 4 million students in 49 states. Before Wireless Generation, Alexis optimized network operations for Orange, and held software engineering positions at IBM Research and Neomeo in NYC.

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Paul Strachman - Partner @ ISAI

After a first work experience with LBO fund PAI Partners then with Bain&Company, Paul spent 5 years at the leading US premium fitness centers Equinox as Strategy Director. Over the past few years, Paul has been simultaneously business angel, consultant, interim manager for NYC start ups.
Based in NYC, Paul represents ISAI in the US : he is in charge of helping ISAI portofolio companies to launch in the US and find financing there ; he is also in charge of ISAI investments activities in the US. 

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Loic Moisand - Co-founder and CEO @ Synthesio

Loic co-founded Synthesio in 2006 with the original idea of providing marketing and communication departments with monitoring and analytics services tailored for the web. Under his leadership, Synthesio has achieved record breaking growth in revenue and clientele every year since its founding, and opened offices in both the United States and the United Kingdom in 2010 to keep up with growing demand worldwide. Loic is an international speaker at social media conferences and events in Europe and the U.S. (Social Media Summit, TechtocTV, Buzz Marketing Vienna, etc.), but when the speaking engagements are done, there’s a good chance you’ll find him skiing with his wife in the French Alps or travelling the world on his latest adventure.

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Yann LeCun - Director of AI Research @Facebook

Yann LeCun is Director of AI Research at Facebook, and Silver Professor of Dara Science, Computer Science, Neural Science, and Electrical Engineering at New York University, affiliated with the NYU Center for Data Science, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, the Center for Neural Science, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He received the Electrical Engineer Diploma from Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique (ESIEE), Paris in 1983, and a PhD in Computer Science from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) in 1987. After a postdoc at the University of Toronto, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ in 1988. He became head of the Image Processing Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research in 1996, and joined NYU as a professor in 2003, after a brief period as a Fellow of the NEC Research Institute in Princeton. From 2012 to 2014 he directed NYU's initiative in data science and became the founding director of the NYU Center for Data Science. His current interests include AI, machine learning, computer perception, mobile robotics, and computational neuroscience. He has published over 180 technical papers and book chapters on these topics as well as on neural networks, handwriting recognition, image processing and compression, and on dedicated circuits and architectures for computer perception. 

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Fabrice Grinda - Founding Partner @FJLabs 

Fabrice Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors. He has over 100 exits on 400 angel investments. Fabrice has served as CEO for three multinational companies and has an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Flexport, Zume Pizza, Delivery Hero, Betterment and Brightroll. Fabrice is currently running the startup studio and venture fund FJ Labs, which he cofounded with business partner Jose Marin. Prior to FJ Labs, Fabrice was co-founder and co-CEO of OLX, one of the largest websites in the world with over 300 million unique visitors per month. The company operates in 50 countries and has over 3,000 employees. OLX is the largest classifieds site in India, Brazil, Pakistan, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Portugal and many other emerging markets. Before OLX, Fabrice was co-founder and CEO of Zingy, one of the largest wireless media companies in the Americas. Fabrice successfully grew the business to $200 million in sales in four years. Fabrice started his entrepreneurial journey in 1998, at 23, when he co-founded and was CEO of Aucland. Soon after, Aucland grew into one of the largest auction sites in Europe. Before his entrepreneurial endeavors, Fabrice worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Fabrice holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996, and was awarded the Halbert White prize, given to the most distinguished economics student, as well as The Wolfe Balleisen memorial prize, awarded for best thesis. In his free time, Fabrice likes to travel the world, heli-ski, kitesurf, play tennis, and blog about his personal and professional life at www.fabricegrinda.com.

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Maëlle Gavet - Chief Operating Officer @ Compass

As Chief Operating Officer at Compass, Maëlle oversees technology, product, marketing, and other corporate functions and is responsible for the execution of the company’s strategic priorities. Most recently, Maëlle oversaw global operations at The Priceline Group where she was tasked with driving the company's strategy and integrating its six major brands. Prior to The Priceline Group, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Russia's largest e-commerce site and a principal at The Boston Consulting Group. Maëlle has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 and one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. A native of France, Maëlle holds degrees from The Sorbonne and Sciences Po.

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Bertrand Quesada - CEO & Co-founder @ Teads.tv

Bertrand Quesada is an entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and CEO of Teads. Teads is one of the most successful Ad Tech start up in France & the No. 1 video advertising marketplace in the world. Teads has a team of over 600 employees across 27 global offices. He has spent the last 20 years founding and growing Ad Tech companies. He is one of the most knowledgeable French entrepreneur when it comes to digital advertising and scaling Ad Tech companies internationally.  

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Tiffany Pham - Founder & CEO @ Mogul

Tiffany Pham is the Founder & CEO of Mogul, an award-winning worldwide platform enabling women to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other. A coder, she developed the first version of Mogul, which now reaches 18 million women per week from over 196 countries and 30,470 cities worldwide. Tiffany was named one of Forbes "30 Under 30" in Media, Business Insider "30 Most Important Women Under 30" in Technology, ELLE Magazine "30 Women Under 30 Who Are Changing the World, among others.

Previously Director of Business Development at CBS, Tiffany handled strategic initiatives and partnerships for more than 150 digital properties for CBS TV stations and radio stations across 29 US markets. For her contributions, she received the 2013 CBS Digital Media "All-Star" Award. She has also worked with HBO, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs.

She is author of the books YOU ARE A MOGUL and GIRL MOGUL. She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School.

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Hervé Brunet - Co-founder @ StickyADS.tv, General Manager Markets @ Comcast

Herve is a French tech entrepreneur, based in New York, who was the CEO and co-founder of stickyADS.tv, an advertising software that helps premium video publishers design and run their own digital video advertising marketplaces. In May 2016, stickyADS.tv was acquired by giant cable operator Comcast. At that time, stickyADS.tv had 9 offices globally across three continents, including, USA, Europe and Asia and it had been enjoying triple digit growth for more than 3 years in a row. To this day, the stickyADS.tv exit is the largest acquisition of a Frecnh adtech company by a US giant.

Prior to that, Hervé has led numerous international senior management positions in Europe and Asia (Hong Kong) and scaled businesses to hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Claude Wasserstein - Founder & CEO @ Fine Day Ventures

Claude Wasserstein is the founder and CEO of Fine Day Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in innovative and impactful technology, specifically fintech, medtech, aerospace, cybersecurity, AI, and energy.

Prior to her investment career, Wasserstein was a producer for CBS News, where she worked in the network's Dubai, Belfast, London, and Paris bureaus. During her time at CBS News, she won an Emmy for an investigative series. Claude began her career as a journalist for Newsweek, working out of the publication's Paris bureau.

Claude is a trustee of the King Hussein Cancer Center Foundation and the American Hospital in Paris Foundation, a member of the Metropolitan Museum International Council and the Brookings Institution, a life trustee at WNET Channel 13, and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

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Jean-Pierre Chessé - Founder @ Bleu Capital

Jean-Pierre is the Founder of Bleu Capital, a leading early stage investor in the Future of Commerce / Retail Technology in the US. Before launching the fund in 2018, Jean-Pierre and his 2 partners, Vincent Diallo and Joseph Sartre, invested for 3 years in the Future of Commerce in NY and SF building a great portfolio of successful start-ups like Cargo, OTO or Fordays.

Before moving in NY in 2014, Jean-Pierre worked 20 years in China where he founded and was the CEO of Sinodis, the leading imported food and beverage distributor in China. When Jean-Pierre exited Sinodis in 2013 - when it was acquired by Savencia - the company had a revenue exceeding 200M$ with the exclusive distribution of MNCs Brands from 16 countries around the world. Jean-Pierre became one of a very few foreign entrepreneurs to have built a billon Rmb business and successfully exit the difficult China Market. Jean-Pierre is also the co-founder and board member of National Sawdust, a non-profit and concert hall committed to support emerging composers and musicians in the vibrant neighborhood of Williamburg, Brooklyn.