A playground economy (know-how + rebellion) turning into a contractor economy (know-how only). Even if they don’t leave the country, ultimately engineers get fed up with failed projects trapped in the playgrounds. For them, it takes only one step to become contractors. This is precisely the reason why every French startup aims at becoming the next Google and ends up becoming a small IT service business or Web agency. It’s OK, it pays the bills, but margins are thin and it doesn’t scale—at all. These startups-turned-Web-agencies don’t add up to an entrepreneurial economy, they contribute to developing a contractor economy with very little innovation.