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Eric has extensive high tech management experience in Silicon Valley and Europe. A French native, he has over 20 years of experience in founding, scaling and investing in disruptive technology companies and in environmentally and socially impactful projects. He is widely known for his deep insights and experience in social networking, machine learning, data mining and electronic marketplaces as well as his passion for the food sector.
It was this passion that led to Eric currently serving as the Global Chairman of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, focusing on education and consumer behavioural change regarding food.
From 2000 to 2002, he was at Benchmark Capital where he led and co-led a number of deals, including Betfair (listed in London BET.L), Almonde (acquired by Misys), and Instranet (acquired by Salesforce.com), while pioneering an active Entrepreneur-in-Residence programme in London. Eric joined Benchmark from Atlas Venture, where, in Silicon Valley, he initiated a number of successful investments including Tsqware (acquired by Globespan) and Obongo (acquired by AOL).
Before 1999, Eric was a serial entrepreneur. First, in 1993, he was co-founder and CEO of RightPoint, a pioneer in data mining and a top provider of marketing automation enterprise software (acquired by e.piphany). Secondly, in 1998, he was founding CEO of Trading Dynamics (acquired by Ariba). Eric was also a founding board member of eGroups, acquired by Yahoo! in 2000. And prior to all of this, in the 1980s, he worked in the semiconductor and EDA industry in Silicon Valley, most notably with VLSI Technology Inc.
Eric is also one of the founders of Social-Impact, a professional development programme helping social entrepreneurs worldwide increase their social impact and reach their full potential. He also lectured at INSEAD, where he founded the Social Entrepreneurship Department.
Eric has an MBA from Santa Clara University, an MSME from the University of California at Berkeley, an Engineer degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Grenoble University.