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Startups, VC, and innovation in France

Welcome to The French Tech Journal by Chris O'Brien. I’m an American journalist based in France since 2014. Previously, I spent 15 years covering Silicon Valley for the LA Times and San Jose Mercury News.

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Under construction for now, as they used to say in the olden web days. But here’s the mission: In the 6 years I’ve been in France, the French Tech scene has transformed into a dynamic, entrepreneurial engine. While there is growing coverage of the nation’s startups in the French press, my goal is to create an English-language publication that shines a light on the most interesting entrepreneurs, startups, investors, and innovations. From early-stage to digital transformation at large enterprises, from breakthrough products to cutting-edge research, there are a wealth of stories to tell.

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In the coming weeks, you can help get this off the ground by spreading the word and offering feedback on what you’d like to see in terms of English-language coverage of French Tech. Drop me a line at with your thoughts and ideas.

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