My name is Antony Passemard. I’m french and came in the US only a couple years ago to study for an MBA at Haas (UC Berkeley). I will certainly talk a lot about what I have seen, heard and learned while at Haas as I went there to focus on entrepreneurial skills and felt blessed by the tremendous amount of resources I had there.
Before coming to Haas, I was an entrepreneur. after graduating with a Master degree in Computer Sciences from EFREI (LINK) in 1998, I have been focused on developing my skills to be able to start a business.. The opportunity came up in 2001 and I co-founded with 3 other partners my first company INTEGRITY. This company was to provide high level of services around network security solutions (Checkpoint, Juniper, Fortinet, Cisco, Sophos, etc…). We opened our doors on September 11th, 2001 (tough) and after much lessons and some good business, we closed them in the summer of 2005.
At the end of 2005, I joined the funding team of INIFLUX a small startup in Paris providing services around Open Sources solutions. I took a general management role and helped growing the company from $300K in revenue to close $1.3M while enjoying a very fun work environment thanks to Eric Paumerat and Benjamin Devichi, the founders of INIFLUX. INIFLUX is still on track to become more than a small business and I warmly recommend them for any IT services you would need in Paris.
During my two years at Haas, I have been very involved in the various entrepreneurship programs, obtaining a Certificate in Entrepreneurship at my graduation. I have been the Manager of the Venture Lab for the Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) for one year, and held a role of Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for an undergraduate entrepreneurship class for 2 semesters. during those semesters I worked closely with amazing professors: Iklhaq Sidhu and John Burgstone from whom I have learned a lot. I have been an organizer of the UC Berkeley business plan competition 08 responsible for Mentorship (finding mentors for participating team reaching the semi-final) and reached the final stage of the BPlan competition 2009 with my company ulteamail, now known as Effecteev. I also initiated the new program that Haas has launched this year: The Venture Launch Pad which seemed to be a missing link between wannabe entrepreneurs and the fantastic resources available at Haas. All this involvement was rewarded by the Gloria W award that I received for outstanding leadership in entrepreneurship at Haas.
I still haven’t launched a startup in the “Silicon Valley” sense of the term but I feel that I have valuable insight from INTEGRITY and INIFLUX but also from what I have seen from students and friends. In the last 2 years I have personally been involved in about 5 ventures and analyzed over a hundred business plans.
Today I am working at Yahoo learning a tremendous amount about the “Consumer Web” and those insights reinforce and complete other area I have worked on before.
This blog is about entrepreneurship, in the hope that wannabe entrepreneurs will succeed.