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Eric has extensive high tech management experience in Silicon Valley and Europe. He is widely known for his deep insights and experience in social networking, data mining and electronic marketplaces. A French native, he enjoys over 20 years of founding, financing, and investing in young technology companies.

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, as co-founder and CEO of RightPoint, a provider of marketing automation enterprise software (acquired by e.piphany), then, in 1998, as founding CEO of Trading Dynamics (acquired by Ariba). Eric was also a founding board member of eGroups, acquired by Yahoo! in 2000. In the 1980s he worked in the semiconductor and EDA industry in Silicon Valley, most notably with VLSI Technology Inc.

Eric is one of the founders of Social-Impact, a professional development programme helping social entrepreneurs worldwide to 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.

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