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Interview: Nicolas Mendiharat, Recommend: Personal tips will always beat algorithms

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Recommend, a platform which enables its users to find recommendations such as restaurant reviews from trusted, human sources like friends and experts, was a finalist at LeWeb’12 Paris. Since doubling its VC investment post-LeWeb, the startup has come a long way. CEO Nicolas Mendiharat explains just how far…   LeWeb Blog: How do Recommend’s recommendations work? Nicolas Mendiharat: Music, video and other …

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Roxanne Varza: 7 ways startups can learn from failure

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For Microsoft France’s startup lead — recently named one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in Technology Today” by Paste Magazine — startup success is impossible without failure. Which is precisely why she set up the first non-US edition of FailCon in France in 2011: so entrepreneurs can share what didn’t work for them, and how they’ve learned from that. …


Lisa Hu: Rising Above the Noise: 5 ways your startup can attract big brands

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Every startup wants to be the new eye candy that big brands are looking up and down to partner with. Of course, securing a partnership with the likes of Coca-Cola, McDonald’s or Toyota is no easy feat, especially when you’re the new kid on the block. So how can you make it on their wish list? What are the do’s and don’ts …