In this episode, Hall welcomes Julien Coulon, Directeur Général at Crédit Mutuel Innovation.
Headquartered in Paris, Ile-de-France, Crédit Mutuel Innovation is the evergreen venture capital entity of Crédit Mutuel Equity (€3.5 billion in capital). They invest €1-20M in life science, digital and deeptech companies from seed to growth stages. Today, the 350 companies in which they have invested generate a cumulative annual turnover of €50bn and create more than 250,000 jobs.
In 1996, Julien created a strategic analysis for 2 years at France Telecom in New York. He was in charge of the Internet and Minitel site for the football World Cup France ’98, then he developed the hosting business. In 2000, he participated in the création of Virtual Languages, a web conferencing start-up bought by Genesys Conferencing. He joined Akamai in 2002 to launch the e-Commerce, media, telecom, social networking business and managed to position the company as the key leader in content delivery and application acceleration on the market.
In mid-2009, Julien founded Cedexis, “The Waze of the Internet”, a community monitoring solution that can be combined with a patented fully configurable real-time flow routing service. After raising more than $33 million and deploying services worldwide, setting up 9 offices in Europe, the USA, and Asia, Cedexis was sold to Citrix in early 2018.
In 2019, Julien took over the general management of Crédit Mutuel Equity and has 250 million to invest in digital start-ups, disruptive technology, life science, electronics. Julien is also a member of the boards of Recommerce, Stimio, ABTasty, Antidot, Training Orchestra, Little Big Job, and is a regular speaker in telecom schools & HEC. He is self-taught and recently graduated from Exec MBA at HEC.
Julien shares how he sees the industry evolving and advises startups and investors.
Julien can be contacted via email at email@example.com, via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/juliencoulon/?originalSubdomain=fr, and viaTwitter at https://twitter.com/juliencoulon?lang=en.
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