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82% of small business owners voted for Sarko

by wchurchill Mon May 7th, 2007 at 05:35:21 PM EST

We have had an off and on discussion of the difficulties of small business in France for 1 1/2 years.  I related my experience in starting a small joint venture in France, and the difficulties we had with the bureaucracy and with letting go employees who were not performing.  

Arguments have been made that France has an incredible number of small businesses started every year; people who are not performing can be fired rather easily, you just have to treat them fairly, follow the paper work, and they can be fired.  There has also been an admission that the burearucracy for small business needs to be improved.  

I have interpretted the argument that I've presented, and that has been supported by some others, is that there is a real problem for small business in France.  (Particularly in comparison to the US where you only have to look at the stock pages to see an abundance of successful start-ups--big names being companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Intel, Guidant, Boston Scientific).  I've interpretted the other side to be, while bureaucracy can indeed be improved for small business in France, it's really not that big of a problem.

Well I would say that 82% of small business owners would seem to agree there is a problem, and are looking for the improvements that Sarko seems to offer, as opposed to the continuation of labor and union policies Royal seemed to offer.    From an article by JAMEY KEATEN
© 2007 The Associated Press in the Houston Chronicle

Sarkozy cruised in his traditional electoral base: 82 percent of small business owners, and 67 percent of farmers voted for him, according to Ipsos. Befitting a conservative, he won 61 percent of votes by those over age 61, and 68 percent among voters 70 or older.

I guess the question is will Sarko really have a mandate to do this, because I would imagine there are some very strong opponents to the changes that would be required.

I think it's not very accurate to portray things this way. If you pay 30% in taxes, and someone promises you to slash your tax in half, would you vote for that person? I think that when you are involved in a certain environment (such as a small business), it is very difficult to look objectively at the situation. Sure there are problems, and people complain, and by no means is the situation perfect. But one can also compare this to the situation in the United States where the military always votes for the GOP by an overwhelming majority, because of the perception of what the party stands for rather than its true actions. I can guarantee you that Sarkozy will spend more of his time worrying about big "champions" rather than the little guy.

Mikhail from SF
by Tsarrio (dj_tsar@yahoo.com) on Mon May 7th, 2007 at 06:51:45 PM EST
How can you compare trading conditions in the US from decades ago with those in France today?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon May 7th, 2007 at 07:55:36 PM EST
in what way am I comparing the US decades ago to france today?
by wchurchill on Mon May 7th, 2007 at 09:13:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
None of the companies you mentioned are recent start-ups.

Even Google is more than ten years old now. And the origins of Intel and M$ are ancient history.

What's the current US record on:

  1. Creation of small businesses?

  2. Success rate - let's say still in business after five years?

  3. Insolvency levels?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon May 7th, 2007 at 10:34:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I of course mentioned the Googles and Microsofts so you would recognize the companies that were once startups and are now successful.  The money invested in startup ventures today in the US is far larger than it was when the initial investments were made in Intel and Microsoft, or more recently Google.  (I guess I expected that the readers might be aware of this.)  One way to look at a part of today's startups is to look at the Venture Capital firms and the companies they are currently funding.  As an example, here are the current companies funded by one of the more successful Venture Capital companies, Kleinert Perkins.  Somewhere between $20 and $200 million, I would guess, has been invested in each of these companies, with the hope that they would be the next Google or Boston Scientific.

3DV Systems
Breakthrough imaging technology captures the three dimensions of objects, enabling users to control personal space through intuitive body gestures.
Yokneam, Israel

3VR Security, Inc.
Has developed the world's first third generation video recorder.
San Francisco, CA

41st Parameter
Provides highly accurate, non-intrusive Internet fraud solutions for financial institutions and merchants.
Scotsdale, AZ

Designs and manufactures ultra-high-bandwidth laser communication systems based on the Company's patented adaptive optics technology.
Campbell, CA

High technology aesthetics and advancements in the field of light-based aesthetic treatments.
Pleasanton, CA

Has created a new class of network storage called information servers.
Sunnyvale, CA

Aggregate Knowledge
Performs item-to-item collaborative filtering in real time. Content Recommendation Services apply analytics across large datasets to derive and present personalized content recommendations for every visitor to your site.
 San Mateo, CA.

The first fully functional marriage of TV and the Internet, combining easy access to new and fresh shows with the comfort of watching them on your TV.
San Mateo, CA

Altra Biofuels
Developing and producing renewable fuels - ethanol and biodiesel.
Los Angeles, CA

Amyris Biotechnologies
Makes better molecules for the bio-fuels and bio-chemical industries using synthetic biology techniques.
Emeryville, CA

Applied Minds
Explores and evaluates technology and teams, coaches and consults with entrepreneurs at a very early stage.
Glendale, CA

The leading vendor in Enterprise Security Management (ESM).
Cupertino, CA

China's leading provider of digital map and location-based services for automotive and personal navigation systems, mobile and internet map applications and solutions. China Mobile's nationwide exclusive provider of geographic information system platform and digital map database.
Beijing, China

BAS Medical
Developing therapies using Relaxin for several unmet medical needs.
San Mateo, CA

Bit9, Inc.
Provides endpoint security software to help IT organizations increase the effectiveness of their endpoint security strategy while simplifying the effort it takes to manage those desktops.
Cambridge, MA.

Bloom Energy
Developing solid oxide regenerative fuel cells (SORFC) - renewable electrical energy generated from hydrogen and the oxygen in ambient air.
Sunnyvale, CA

Developing molecular diagnostic tests for use by cardiologists to assist in the identification and management of cardiac disease in patients.
Palo Alto, CA

Developing a gene therapy/delivery device combination (administered in a cardiac catheterization laboratory) for congestive heart failure.
La Jolla, CA

Codon Devices
Working to pioneer in the emerging field of synthetic biology.
Cambridge, MA

Dash Navigation
Connects people to the information that empowers them while in their cars.
Mountain View, CA

Devicescape (Formerly Instant 802 Networks Inc.)
Developing embedded and application software for wireless devices.
Brisbane, CA

Digital Chocolate
Creating an entirely new category of mobile phone software for millions of consumers worldwide.
San Mateo, CA

Developing a structured ASIC (shares characteristics of an FPGA and ASIC).
Santa Clara, CA

Over 100,000 entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, and managers rely on Elance to do the projects that start, market, and grow their businesses.
Mountain View, CA

Endforce (Formerly Smartpipes)
Provides the only proven, vendor-neutral framework that enables enterprise security executives to define and enforce endpoint security policies for their mobile users.
Dublin, OH

Five Prime Therapeutics
Discovering and developing novel protein based drugs from its breakthrough "high throughput protein screening" technology and systems.
South San Francisco, CA

Fortify Software
Develops and sells solutions to detect security vulnerabilities in source code and to have them removed before the products are ever released.
Palo Alto, CA.

An Internet-based social network in which consumers can find new friends, communicate with existing friends, and organize their social lives online.
Mountain View, CA

Good Technology
Provides secure wireless access to email and corporate data on devices running PalmOS, Smartphone, PPC, and soon Symbian.
Santa Clara, CA

GreatPoint Energy
Commercializing a proprietary catalytic process for converting coal (and other carbon-based feedstocks) into clean-burning, pipeline quality natural gas.
Cambridge, MA

IP Unity
Services platform and applications enable telecom service providers (wireless, wireline, and cable) to develop, manage and deploy revenue generating services.
Milpitas, CA

Infinera, Inc.
A Digital Optical Network uniquely enabled by the world's first Photonic Integrated Circuits.
Sunnyvale, CA

Each year hundreds of millions of dollars worth of used construction equipment is sold through IronPlanet to businesses all over the world.
Pleasanton, CA

Ketera Technologies
A leading provider of spend analysis solutions with an "on demand" business model.
Santa Clara, CA

KnowNow Inc.
A leading provider of event-driven integration solutions.
Sunnyvale, CA

Kodiak Networks
The leading provider of advanced wireless services.
San Ramon, CA

Technology to enable printed electronics.
Sunnyvale, CA

Lilliputian Systems
Miniature fuel cells for portable electronic devices and wireless appplications.
Wilmington, MA

M2Z Networks
Ad-supported wireless broadband Internet service.
Menlo Park, CA

Mascoma Corporation
Leading in the development of bio and process technology for cost-effective production of cellulosic ethanol, an inexpensive and source of renewable energy. Cambridge, MA

Provides solutions for federated data access and meta data management.
New York, NY

Enterprise Quality and Compliance Management Solutions.
Redwood Shores, CA.

Miasole is a low-cost, thin film CIGS solar company.
San Jose, CA

Develops low-power H.264 codecs for mobile applications such as camcorders, solid-state digital cameras and cell phones.
Santa Clara, CA

New Vine Logistics
Proprietary fulfillment systems that enable fully compliant consumer-direct wine shipping across most of the United States.
Napa, CA

Oakley Networks
The leading provider of security appliances that monitor and prevent proprietary information leakage from commercial and government entities.
Salt Lake City, UT

OnFiber Communications, Inc.
Fiber optic local access networks.
Denver, CO

One True Media, Inc.
Online service where visitors take digital media and express themselves in new and creative ways by eliminating the complexity inherent in video editing and making the entire process, from creation to output, fun and rewarding.
Redwood City, CA

Developing products and medical instrumentation to treat ocular diseases.
Santa Clara, CA

Orexigen is developing drugs for treatment of obesity. San Diego, CA

Pacific Biosciences
Developing an ultra low-cost, ultra fast gene sequencing instrument and related reagents.
Menlo Park, CA

Wireless transactions connecting banks, switches, merchants and customers using a simple, secure and seamless technology.
Mumbai, India

Building a breakthrough software platform for next-generation computing.
Redwood City, CA

Pelago, Inc.
Innovating on behalf of consumers to power the on-the-go lifestyle.
Seattle, WA

Enabling people to communicate with their voice in new and remarkably convenient ways.
San Jose, CA

A media network that brings together podcasting talent with advertising dollars.
San Francisco, CA

Connects friends and family by making it easy to share digital content. With Presto service and an HP Printing Mailbox, you can now send email and photos to people who do not have a computer or an internet connection.
Mountain View, CA.

Quorum Systems
Develops multi-mode radio tranceivers for cell phones.
San Diego, CA

RGB Networks
Web resource and solutions provider.
San Mateo, CA

RazorGator, Inc.
A leading provider of secondary tickets on the Internet for sports events, concert and theatre tickets.
Beverly Hills, CA

SS8 Networks
Develops and sells telcom equipment for carriers that provides voicemail, voice-value add services, signaling and security solutions.
San Jose, CA

Scintera Networks
Develops a high speed signalling processor in CMOS focused on communications applications to extend signal distance and performance.
San Jose, CA

Makers of the Segway Personal Transporter, the first two-wheeled, self-balancing, electric transportation device using patented dynamic stabilization technology.
Bedford, NH

Silecs, Inc.
Develops and manufactures advanced dielectric materials for semiconductor chips and flat panel displays, focused on enabling improved speed, power, density and image quality.
Mountain View, CA.

Spatial Photonics, Inc.
Develops and manufactures innovative microdisplays for high definition, high brightness and high contrast projection displays.
Sunnyvale, CA

Integrating open source middleware components for customers and providing service and support around these integrated stacks.
Redwood City, CA

Spinal Modulation
Developing a next generation Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) technology to treat chronic back and lower extremity pain.
Menlo Park, CA

Fixed mobile convergence technology.
Santa Clara, CA

Tellme Networks
Unites the Internet and telephone networks underneath an elegant speech user interface to provide the world's largest Voice Application Network.
Mountain View, CA

Developing a new treatment for cardiac ischemia patients.
Irvine, CA

Tidal Software (formerly Intersperse)
Provides IT teams with the tools needed to monitor all the components and services across the enterprise.
Pasadena, CA

Trumba OneCalendar includes Web and email publishing tools that give you a better way to communicate events, activities and schedules.
Seattle, WA

Harnessing the purchasing power of consumers in order to help them address some of the most important investments in life, starting with a college education.
Needham, MA

Virsa (acquired by SAP, April 2006)
Real time enterprise compliance solutions.

Visible Path
Provides companies with Relationship Capital Management (RCM) services to build, protect and extend corporate networks. Start building your private network today by registering at www.visiblepath.com
New York, NY

Affordable satellite broadband service.
Englewood, CO

XDx, Inc.
Develops and markets molecular diagnostic tests for immune system measurement.
South San Francisco, CA

Develops enterprise-grade virtualization solutions based on the industry's best server virtualization technology, the Open Source Xen hypervisor.
Palo Alto, CA

Building a data center switch for today's virtualized data center environments.
Sunnyvale, CA

Strives to be the most trusted, useful, up-to-date guide to quality dining experiences focusing on discerning customers in the major business cities of the world.
New York, NY

The leading Internet marketplace for custom products.
Palo Alto, CA

Using unique molecules to replace the deep trench capacitors in a traditional DRAM cell.
Englewood, CO

iZon (formerly Ophthonix)
High-resolution lenses for vision correction.
San Diego, CA

I would suggest you google any one of these companies to understand that they are substantial startup companies--not the one person setting up a tax dodge that has been referenced in earlier comments on this subject.

Then here is a list of the other venture capital companies that also fund startups.  They would each fund a portfolio of companies like Kleinert Perkins, and each company would have investments amounting to roughly the same range of $20--$200 million.  Each of these venture capitala firms would have a list of private investments, some larger some smaller, than the Kleinert Perkins list.  these would of course only include the VC firms that have chosen to register in the National Association of Venture Capital firms.  I would suggest you might want to Google each one of these, as most of them will list their portfolio companies--ie, startups they have invested in.

3i US
5AM Ventures
AAVIN Equity Partners, L.P.
Abbott Capital Management, LLC
Aberdare Ventures
ABS Capital Partners
ABS Ventures
Acacia Venture Partners
Accel Partners
Access Venture Partners
Accuitive Medical Ventures LLC
Adams Capital Management, Inc.
Adams Street Partners, Inc.
Adams Street Partners, L.L.C.
Adena Ventures
Advanced Technology Ventures
Advantage Capital Partners
Advent International Advisory S.L.
Advent International BV
Advent International Co. Ltd.
Advent International Corporation
Advent International GmbH
Advent International Kft.
Advent International Ltda.
Advent International Plc
Advent International Romania Srl
Advent International S.A.R.L
Advent International S.r.l
Advent International Sp.z o.o
Affinity Capital Management
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Alexander Hutton Venture Partners, L.P.
Alexandria Equities, LLC
Allegis Capital
Alloy Ventures
Alsop Louie Partners
Alta Communications
Alta Partners
Altira Group LLC
Altos Ventures
AltoTech Ventures
American River Ventures
Ampersand Ventures
Antares Capital Corporation
Anthem Capital Management
Aperture Venture Partners, LLC
Appian Ventures
Applied Ventures LLC
Arbor Partners, L.L.C.
Arboretum Ventures
Arcapita Ventures
Arch Development Partners L.L.C.
ARCH Venture Partners
Arcturus Capital
Arete Corporation
Ascension Health Ventures, L.L.C.
Ascent Venture Partners
Asset Management Company
ATA Ventures
ATEL Ventures, Inc.
Athena Technology Ventures
Atlas Venture
August Capital
The Aurora Funds, Inc.
Austin Ventures
Avalon Ventures
Axia Capital Partners, L.P.
B.C. Ziegler and Company
Baird Venture Partners
Baker Capital Corporation
BancBoston Capital/Ventures
Battelle Ventures
Battery Ventures
Bay Partners
BCE Capital
BCM Technologies, Inc.
Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company
Benchmark Capital
Beringea L.L.C
Bessemer Venture Partners
BioAdvance-Biotechnology Greenhouse of Southeastern Pennsylvania
BioVentures Investors
Blackrock Private Equity Partners
Blue Chip Venture Company, Ltd.
Blueprint Ventures
BlueRun Ventures
Boldcap Ventures
Borealis Ventures
Boston Capital Ventures
Boston Millennia Partners
Boston University Technology Development Fund
Bounty Equity Fund, LLC
Braemar Energy Ventures
Buerk Dale Victor
Burrill & Company
Cahn Medical Technologies
CambridgeLight Partners
Canaan Partners
Capital Southwest Corporation
Cardinal Partners
Cargill Ventures
Carlyle Venture Partners, L.P.
Castile Ventures
Catamount Ventures
CB Health Ventures, L.L.C.
Cedar Ventures
CEI Ventures, Inc./Coastal Ventures, L.P.
Centennial Ventures
CenterPoint Ventures
Charles River Ventures
Cherry Tree Investments, Inc.
Chisholm Private Capital Partners
CHL Medical Partners
Chrysalis Ventures
Claritas Capital
Clarus Ventures, LLC
Clearstone Venture Partners
CMEA Ventures
Columbia Capital
Comerica Ventures
Commons Capital L.P.
Commonwealth Capital Ventures
Companion Capital Management, Inc.
Compass Venture Partners L.P.
Connecticut Innovations, Inc.
Contour Venture Partners
Core Capital Partners
Coronis Medical Ventures
Court Square Ventures
Crescendo Venture Management, L.L.C.
Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
Cross Atlantic Partners, Inc.
CrossBow Ventures
Crosslink Capital
Crosspoint Venture Partners
CTTV Investments LLC
The Cue Ball Group
Cutlass Capital
D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
Davis, Tuttle Venture Partners
De Novo Ventures
Delphi Ventures
DoCoMo Capital, Inc.
Dolphin Equity Partners
Domain Associates, L.L.C.
The Dow Chemical Company
Draper Richards, L.P.
Duchossois Technology Partners, L.L.C.
DuPont Ventures
East Gate Capital Management, LLC
Eastman Chemical Company
Edelson Technology Partners
EDF Ventures
Edison Venture Fund
EGL Holdings
Element Venture Partners
Elm Street Ventures
Endeavor Capital Management
EnerTech Capital
Enterprise Partners
Entrepia Ventures, Inc.
Entrepreneur Partners, L.P.
Envest Ventures
Essex Woodlands Health Ventures
Euclid SR Partners
Expansion Capital Partners
Felicis Ventures
Fidelity Biosciences
Fidelity Ventures
First Round Capital
Fisher Lynch Capital
FLAG Capital Management,LLC
Flagship Ventures (OneLiberty.AGTC.NewcoGen)
Fletcher Spaght Ventures
Flywheel Ventures
Focus Ventures
Formative Ventures
Fort Washington Capital Partners Group
Forward Ventures
Foundation Capital
Foundation Medical Partners
Frazier Healthcare Ventures
Frontenac Company
Funk Ventures
G-51 Capital Management, L.L.C.
Gabriel Venture Partners
Gabriel Venture Partners L.P.
Garage Technology Ventures
Gefinor Ventures Management Inc.
Gemini Israel Funds
General Motors Corporation
GIV Venture Partners L.P.
Global Technology Investments
Globespan Capital Partners
Glynn Capital Management LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co, Private Equity Group
GrandBanks Capital
Granite Global Ventures
Granite Ventures, L.L.C.
Great Hill Partners,LLC
Great Pacific Capital
Greenhill SAVP
The Grosvenor Funds
Grove Street Advisors
GTCR Golder Rauner, L.L.C.
H.I.G Ventures
H.I.G. Ventures
The Halo Fund
Hamilton BioVentures, LP
Harbert Management Corporation
HarbourVest Partners, LLC
HarbourVest Partners,(Asia) Limited
HarbourVest Partners,(U.K.) Limited
HealthCare Ventures, L.L.C.
Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc
Highland Capital Partners
Highway 12 Ventures
HLM Venture Partners
HMS Hawaii Management Partners
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Hunt Ventures L.P./Hunt BioVentures
IBM Venture Capital Group
IDG Ventures Boston
IDG Ventures Pacific
IN-Q-Tel Inc.
Inflection Point Ventures
Infrastructure Fund
Innovation Works, Inc.
Intel Capital
Intersouth Partners
InterWest Partners
INVESCO Private Capital
Investcorp Technology Ventures
Investor Growth Capital, Inc.
Ironside Capital
IVP-Institutional Venture Partners
JAFCO Ventures
JatoTech Ventures
JK&B Capital
JMI Equity
Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation
JP Morgan Asset Management Inc
Jumpstart, Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
KBL Healthcare Ventures
Kearny Venture Partners
Kegonsa Capital Partners
Key Venture Partners
Kinetic Ventures, L.L.C.
Kitty Hawk Capital
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Kline Hawkes & Co.
Kodiak Venture Partners
L Capital Partners SBIC, LP
Labrador Ventures
Lacuna, LLC
Lambda Fund Management, Inc.
Lancet Capital
Latterell Venture Partners
Lee Munder Venture Partners
Legacy Venture
Legend Ventures, LLC
Lehman Brothers Fund of Funds
Levensohn Venture Partners
Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA
Lighthouse Capital Partners
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Lilly Ventures
Liquid Capital Group
Mason Wells Biomedical Fund
Massachusetts Technology Development Corp. (MTDC)
Matrix Partners
Mayfield Fund
Mayo Medical Ventures
MediBIC Alliance
Mediphase Venture Partners, L.P.
Menlo Ventures
Meridian Venture Partners
Microsoft Corporation
Milestone Venture Partners
Mission Ventures
Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners, Inc
Mitsui INCUBASE Corp.
MMG Ventures, L.P.
Mobius Venture Capital
Mohr, Davidow Ventures
Montagu Newhall Associates, Inc
Montreux Equity Partners
Morgan Stanley Venture Partners
Motorola Ventures
Mountaineer Capital L.P.
MPM Capital
Myriad Investments, LLC
National Healthcare Services
NC Idea
Needham Capital Partners
Nevada Ventures, L.P.
NEW Capital Fund
New Capital Partners
New Enterprise Associates
New Leaf Venture Partners, LLC
New Venture Partners LLC
New Venture Partners UK Ltd
NewSpring Capital
NGEN Partners L.L.C
NIF SMBC Ventures Co., Ltd.
NJTC Venture Fund
North Atlantic Capital
North Bridge Venture Partners
North Bridge Venture Partners (West)
North Coast Technology Investors, L.P.
The North Dakota Development Fund
North Hill Ventures, L.P.
Northern Light Development Corporation
Northwood Ventures
Norwest Equity Partners
Norwest Venture Partners
Norwich Ventures
Novak Biddle Venture Partners
Novartis Venture Fund
Nth Power
Oak Investment Partners
OCA Ventures
Okapi Venture Capital, LLC
Omidyar Network
OmniCapital Group LLC
Omron Advanced Systems, Inc.
ONSET Ventures
Open Prairie Ventures
Opus Capital Ventures
Osage Ventures
OVP Venture Partners
Oxford Bioscience Partners
PA Early Stage Partners
Pacific Horizon Ventures
Paladin Capital Group
Palomar Ventures
Pantheon Ventures Inc.
Paperboy Ventures, LLC
Pappas Ventures
Parish Capital Advisors, LLP
Path4 Ventures
Peninsula Equity Partners
Pennell Venture Partners, L.L.C.
Pfizer Strategic Investments Group
Pitango Venture Capital
POD Venture Partners Inc.
Polaris Venture Partners
Primus Capital Funds
Prism VentureWorks
Private Equity Investors, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Prolog Ventures, L.L.C.
Prospect Venture Partners
Provenance Ventures
Psilos Group Managers, L.L.C.
PTV Sciences LP
PureTech Ventures
Quaker Bioventures,Management, L.P.
Quellos Private Capital Markets
Quest Ventures
Radius Ventures, L.L.C.
RAIN Source Capital
RBC Technology Ventures Inc.
Red Planet Capital
Redhills Ventures LLC
Redmont Venture Partners
Redpoint Ventures
RedShift Ventures
Rembrandt Venture Partners
Research Corporation Technologies
Research Triangle Ventures
Ridgewood Capital
RiverVest Venture Partners
Rock Maple Ventures
RockPort Capital Partners
Rose Tech Ventures LLC
RRE Ventures
Rustic Canyon Partners
S.R. One, Limited
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
SAIL Venture Partners
Sanderling Ventures
SAP Ventures/SAP Labs, LLC
Sapient Capital
Saugatuck Capital Company
Scale Venture Partners (Formerly BA Venture Partners)
Seaflower Ventures
Seavi Advent
Selby Venture Partners
Sequel Venture Partners
Sequoia Capital India
Sevin Rosen Funds
Shasta Ventures
Shepherd Ventures
Sid R. Bass Associates, LP
Siemens Venture Capital, Inc
Sienna Ventures
Sierra Ventures
Sigma Partners
Signal Lake
Signature Capital, L.L.C.
Silver Creek Ventures
SJF Ventures
Slater Technology Fund
Sloan Ventures L.L.C.
SmartForest Ventures
Sofinnova Ventures
Solstice Capital
Southeast Interactive Technology Funds
Southern California Gas Company
Space Center Ventures, Inc.
Split Rock Partners
Sprout Group
Square 1 Bank
Steamboat Ventures, L.L.C.
Sterling Venture Partners
Storm Ventures
Summit Partners
Sun Mountain Capital LLC
SunBridge Partners
Sutter Hill Ventures
SV Life Sciences
SVB Capital Partners
SWMF Life Science Venture Fund, L.P.
TAT Capital Partners Ltd.
TD Capital Ventures
Techfarm Ventures
Technology Crossover Ventures
Technology Partners
Techxas Ventures
TEL Venture Capital, Inc.
Telecommunications Development Fund
TeleSoft Partners
Texas Instruments
Texas Pacific Group Ventures
TGap Ventures L.L.C.
Thoma Cressey Bravo, Inc.
Thomas Weisel Venture Partners
Thomas, McNerney & Partners L.L.C.
Three Arch Partners
Tilenius Ventures
TL Ventures
Topspin Partners, L.P.
Trellis Health Ventures, L.P.
Trellis Partners
The Trelys Funds, L.P.
TRF Private Equity
Triathlon Medical Venture Partners LLC
Trident Capital
Trillium Group, LLC
Trinity Ventures
Triton Venture Partners, L.P.
Tugboat Ventures
Tullis-Dickerson & Co., Inc.
Turner Broadcasting, Inc.
TVM Capital
U.S. Venture Partners
Unilever Technology Ventures
Union Square Ventures, LLC
Updata Partners
UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund
UV Partners
Valhalla Partners, L.P.
Vantage Partners, L.L.C.
VantagePoint Venture Partners
Venrock Associates
Ventana Capital Management, L.L.C.
Venture Capital Fund of America/VCFA Group
The Venture Capital Fund of New England
Venture Investors
Versant Ventures
The Vertical Group
Vesbridge Partners
Village Ventures
Vimac Ventures
Virginia Capital Partners
Visa International
Vista Ventures
VSP Capital
vSpring Capital
Vulcan Capital
Walden International
The Walnut Group
Warburg Pincus
Wasatch Venture Fund
Western Technology Investment
Weston Presidio
WI Harper Group
William Blair Capital Partners
Willowridge Incorporated
Windspeed Ventures
WRF Capital
Yasuda Enterprise Development Co., Ltd.
Zon Capital Partners

After perusing each portfolio of these private investment companies, and seeing that there are thousands of companies with millions invested in each company, you should keep in mind that this does not include startups funded by private investors, nor the startups that seem to be the rule in France that are ma and pa startups of a local coffee shop.

Comparing France to the US is comparing an elephant to a flea in terms of innovative new business startups.  I would guess that it is the difference in the two economic and business systems, in that French rules from what I saw in my limited experience with one joint venture startup, tie the hands of an entrepreneur, while in the US these innovations are obviously encouraged.

by wchurchill on Tue May 8th, 2007 at 02:54:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Even Google is more than ten years old now.
Well actually that is not true.  The first investment round in Google was May of 1999.  The founders would probably say
Co-founders Larry Page, president of Products, and Sergey Brin, president of Technology, brought Google to life in September 1998
, using the time when they first started working on it as the start.  But neither date makes the company "more than ten years old".
by wchurchill on Tue May 8th, 2007 at 07:08:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
So the French petite bourgeoisie don't vote socialist? What a surprise.
by TGeraghty on Mon May 7th, 2007 at 08:22:51 PM EST
I wouldn't call people starting up businesses petitte bourgeoisie
Starting from the mid-19th century, the term was used by Karl Marx and Marxist theorists to refer to a social class that included shop-keepers and professionals. Though distinct from the ordinary working class and the lumpenproletariat, who rely entirely on the sale of their labor-power for survival, the petty remain members of the proletariat rather than the haute bourgeoisie, or capitalist class, who own the means of production and buy the labor-power of others to work it. Though the petty bourgeois do buy the labor power of others, in contrast to the bourgeoisie they typically work alongside their own employees; and although they generally own their own businesses, they do not own a controlling share of the means of production. The modern term for the petty bourgeoisie, a class that lies between the workingmen and the capitalists, would be the middle class.
 imo they are hard working people from any class with an idea and a strong work ethic.
by wchurchill on Mon May 7th, 2007 at 09:22:00 PM EST
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One thing to note : in France, the "small business owners" is the sociological basis of the right-wing vote and has been for over a century. There were even right wing populist movements based on them, such as Poujadism in the 50's.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon May 7th, 2007 at 11:13:07 PM EST
An article in La Vie Numérique (Digital Life), titled "What are Nicolas Sarkozy's plans in the information and communications technology sector?" (date May 4, 2007), starts:

Days away from the second round of the presidential elections, members of the website Commentcamarche.net put forth 10 questions to the two finalists regarding the information and communications technology sector (TIC).  While Ségolène Royal has not yet provided a response, this website presents those of Nicolas Sarkozy...

followed by a question-answer formatted article in which Sarkozy covers DRM, education, the Internet, even a "Small Business Act à la française" (the last admittedly specifically brought up in the question), among a host of issues that are hot button topics for the entreneurial, small-to-medium sized business, hi-tech crowd.

Note one question in particular:

How do you count on helping young innovative companies in the TIC are to get started and how will you ensure that the risks they take will be compensated in a manner comparable to the most dynamic countries?

I would have the State facilitate, stimulate and support the proliferation of micro-initiatves.  Business incubators in the universites will take part in this liberation of creativity.  Income gained through self-employment in the IT areas will be exempt from social charges and taxes up to a limit to be determined.  Beyond that, a more simplified law for IT micro-enterprises [one-person businesses] will allow these to increase and develop.  Promising fields such as the software industry, whatever the development model [I believe he is referring to conventional commercial development vs. open source development] or the video industry, will be recognized as priorities in order to liberate their potential for growth and developmentt. The development of small and medium sized enterprises will be supported as a whole.  As we sorely lack angel investors, I would like to attract investors to stay and come back to France with tax incentives: a 50% tax ceiling, and the possibility of deducting up to 50,000 euros invested in  a small-medium sized enterprise from the wealth tax.  A portion of state purchases and loans [marchés publics et des crédits publics de recherche: not sure about my translation] will be allotted to small-medium sized enterprises.  By allotting a part of state purchases to these businesses, we will giving them the possibility of accessing a volume of business that they are currently almost completely excluded from.

Well, I smell quite a bit of baloney in this answer, as in much of the article, as he just too smoothly hits all the right buzz words and hot topics.  Clearly, he has some excellent advisers and consultants.

But that is not the most important point here.  The really relevant thing is that Sarkozy responded at all, while Royal did not even send these guys a response (as the very first line in hte article emphasizes.)  Furthermore, in his response, he demonstrate an awareness, even a certain familiarity and currency with the issues and concerns in this area.

For these guys, these small businessy, entrepreneurial, tech-minded guys, these are top issues!  And they feel like she just blew them off.  No wonder if a lot of these guys voted for Sarkozy, even if he was just shoveling them a lot of beautiful blather.  (I have no idea how widely read La vie numérique is, but based on the vote results, I would not be surprised if it is representative of that high-tech small business segment.)

I'm not saying Royal should have served up the same stew of half-promises, but she should have at least showed she cared about their concerns.  And on top of that, by not responding, she left open the door for real doubts that she even has an awareness of minimal comptence on these issues.

It's true that she has emphasized the importance of small and medium sized companies from the start of her campaign.  Propositin 1 on her website is Invest massively in innovation and research, Proposition 3 is Support small/medium sized businesses, Proposition 4 is Prioritize business investment, and Proposition 5 is Provide support to young creator-entrepreneurs by assisting in business creation.  But as much as I like these -- and the priority she gives these -- she does not flesh out these objectives, only provides one sincerely written but perfunctory paragraph each, and provides no hard numbers anywhere, on timelines, expenses, taxes, ages, company sizes, etc.  For business people, this may not be the most persuasive thing.

Incidentally, if despite Royal's emphasis on small businesses, so many small business people voted for Sarkozy, it makes one wonder why 57% of 25 to 34 year olds voted for Sarkozy as well.  Did they also feel like Royal was not addressing their concerns?  If so, what were those concerns?

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Mon May 7th, 2007 at 11:35:11 PM EST
Practical policies in respect of microbusiness is one of the areas where ET could add something to the debate, I am sure.

And naturally I believe (I would wouldn't I?) that the concept of the "Open Corporate" could be at the heart of such policies, which are making headway in both Scotland and Norway.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue May 8th, 2007 at 03:49:41 AM EST
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