Gotta Love Paris Entrepreneur Events =]

I’ve attended several entrepreneur events over the last few weeks, and I could not be more thrilled! The energy is great in the Parisian entrepreneur community and the atmosphere is always pleasant (probably helps that many of them are held in bars O=] )

Quick recap, I attended an Apero entrepreneurs happy hour in early January, then a Girlz in Web Twitter workshop last week, and finally a Start in Paris last night. I’ve been busy! And it’s been awesome =]

I won’t go into detail since I already wrote a post about the Apero entrepreneurs happy hour, but here are a few pictures from the Girlz in Web workshop.

Catherine Ertzscheid and Emilie Ogez

The women leading the workshop, Catherine Ertzscheid and Emilie Ogez were great! Here’s a quick recap of their best tips:

  1. Personalize your Twitter page. Use sites like Tweety Got Back, Themelon, and Twitter Mosaic to let your personality shine through.
  2. Don’t follow people so they will follow you. It doesn’t always work, and then you’ll just end up following a bunch of people…
  3. Don’t be too uptight. It’s OK to have fun and engage in conversations with your friends. Just make sure you don’t tweet anything you wouldn’t want the whole world to see (unless your Twitter account privacy settings make your tweets only visible to users you approve.)

One of the things I loved about the workshop was the atmosphere. Girlz in Web is an organization created by and for women because they feel a little less visible than their male counterparts, but they don’t victimize themselves or push men away. There were a few men at the Twitter workshop and they didn’t seem uncomfortable at all. They have such a healthy, open, optimistic outlook =] I love it!

Lastly, the location was pretty cool! 

I don’t remember what it was called, but it was a really cool home deco store!

You can follow Girlz in Web at!/GirlzInWeb on Twitter and like their Facebook page.

Now on to last night’s Start in Paris. Start in Paris is a monthly meetup where entrepreneurs come to hear someone give a short 15-20 minute speech about a topic of interest, and then listen to startup pitches that culminate in a pitch competition.

Last night, 5 very interesting startups pitched! I’m now going to very cleverly give you a link to Liam Boogar’s blog, The rude Baguette, since he wrote an article describing each startup (and because I just really like his blog and would love for him to get even more readers =])

I can’t let him do ALL the work though! A few cool things from last night:

Maxime Valette, creator of FML

I saw the creator of FML present last night. Live. Did you know FML was created by a French startup? It started out as Vie de merde.

Of the 5 startups that pitched, I especially liked 2: Ben & Fakto, a web site that sells eco-friendly and/or socially responsible clothing online, puts 10% of the money you spend into micro finance, and lets you choose which entrepreneur to give that money to. Pretty cool concept, right?

One of the founders of Ben & Facto

The second one is Le Petit Ballon. For 20 or 40 euros a month, these guys will send you 2 bottles of wine each month and you can find wine-tasting resources (videos to teach you, info about the wines, etc.) on their website.

Looks like I may start drinking more wine O=3

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