Which big company has the worst management ? HP, RIM and Yahoo trust prizes !

Yahoo just nominated Marissa Mayer to try to steer back Yahoo on the growing path, giving  her a more than hefty salary package, which could go up to more than $30 Millions ! Did the board of directors finally make a wise choice after a series of very pricey mistakes ? Time will tell !

But Yahoo is not the only company whose board of directors have kept making big mistakes over the past years : among the winners are RIM (Blackberry) and Hewlett Packard, slowly disintegrating into a banal company.

Discover in the great infographic below the 5 worst managed american companies of the last 2 years, and how poor management decision steered them toward trouble !

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Why startups fail : an amazing infographic !

The Startup Genome association analyzed and scrutinized more than 3,000 high tech startups all over the world to understand patterns of success and failures, and understand the ecosystems they evolve in.

Out of their study and thanks to the great visualization site visual.ly, an amazing infographic will help clarify key components in the success of a startup, and why failures often come from one of them missing.

The most common reason for failure ? Premature scaling. For the rest, take a look below and don’t forget to read this excellent Techcrunch’s article 

What’s wrong with Venture Capital ? Maybe Limited Partners.

Broken Venture CapitalThe first numbers of 2012 just got released, and Venture Capital, after a great year 2012, is being pulled back on Earth, with investments down 22% from Q4 2011. That’s not good news for entrepreneurs seeking capital, but we can hope the General Partner will raise their investments for the next quarters of 2012. The only positive news are for companies that are at seed and early stage levels, as VCs are more and more prone to invest in them. They represent about 1 investment out of 5 this year, the highest rate observed in years.

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Last posts on entrepreneurship : Silicon Valley secrets and the US Government playing the VC game

Venture Capital news and Silicon Valley SecretsWe have now increased the size and talent of our workforce, in order to bring you the best news about entrepreneurship and innovation from all around the US ! Camille de Rosay and Sebastien Rouif joined our San Francisco office, and will give their best to deliver you insider analysis on this fantastic entrepreneurial region. And of couser I will continue to provide you with the latest news and trends on a national level, and reveals some secrets of the East Coast !

Unfortunately for those who don’t speak a second language, most of these great articles are in French ! It can also be a good reason to jump in and learn a new language while improving your knowledge about entrepreneurship !

On the menu this week (in French), a definite 4 stars 3-courses meal :

Appetizer
Why the Silicon Valley is unique ? Interview of Prof. Miller at Stanford University
Author : Camille Rosay, San Francisco

Main Course
The US Government want to play the Venture Capital game : a risky move ?
Author : David Boucard Planel, Boston

Dessert
The entrepreneurial life in Silicon Valley
Author : Sebastien Rouif, San Francisco

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Should other ecosystems stop trying to copy the Silicon Valley ?

It’s a fact that nobody can deny: the SIlicon Valley is the most dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world. Yearly studies keep confirming it, and it is increasing its overall domination: last year the Valley attracted about 40% of private investments in startups (about $20 B). Other states leaders and foreign governments keep scrutinizing this area, hoping to replicate its secret formula and host the next Facebook. Unfortunately, the secret is well kept and no one succeeded in this enterprise until now. Continue reading

The Most Innovative Countries in the World : France Rises to 3rd Place !

Every country wants to win this new title : the most innovative country in the world. Ask anyone about this, and the answer will almost always be the same : the United States of America. And they’re right, the USA are the biggest innovation generator in the world, thanks to a broad range of universities and companies that keep inventing the next generation products and technologies.

But who’s next ? Thomson Reuters gives you the answer in this beautiful infographic below. And Cocorico, France is ranked 3rd, with an excellent result ! So take a look at this chart and see how your country is doing !

French and social media : some trends and challenges for the 2.0 years


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If Facebook is as popular in France as it is in the US, it is not the case of other social media networks and tools such as Twitter, Linkedin, Foursquare and similar applications. Nonetheless, According to the Inria/TNS Sofres survey conducted this year, nearly one French person in two declared they could not do without social networks.

Such interest on its own proves what a success the social web is, although success is not without an increase in private data now present in cyberspace. A thorough grasp of interaction tools and controlling one’s web image are becoming major challenges for tomorrow’s web, both for individuals and companies… as well as a challenge for researchers developing social web management tools. 

To know what the 2012 trends in social media will be, the INRIA interviewed two of the best specialists in France : Frederic Cavazza – Social Media Consultant, and Fabien Gando, Researcher at Inria.

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