Are entrepreneurs born or made?

The entrepreneurship DNA

Audrey Soussan
Mar 15, 2016 · 5 min read
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1. The Visionary

Sebastien Fabre from VestiaireCollective, Denis Ladegaillerie from Believe Digital and Hervé Brunet & Gilles Chetelat from StickyADS.tv. Ask these guys about what they think of “copy cats”, I’m pretty sure they will not even consider them as part of entrepreneurship!

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2. The Audacious Go-getter

I have always been impressed by the go-getter but I am also very scared of him! His excess of optimism and confidence sometimes makes me feel he is unrealistic, or even very naïve. I often see him as a reckless dynamic! But I’m wrong. Because whatever the topic, whatever the challenge and whatever the deadline, this entrepreneur will always think that this is achievable… and he will always make it happen! Why? Because persistence and execution are his two keywords.

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3. The Industry Expert

Before launching Withings in 2008, Eric Carreel and Cedric Hutchings already had 10 years of expertise in the wireless and telecom markets. Through their Inventel background, they had already pioneered the designing of wireless devices while creating the Livebox for France Telecom. No one could have been more appropriate for launching the European champion for smart devices: they saved precious time and money and created strong barriers to entry from their first-mover advantage.
And this is the exact same reason which made Ventech invest in Webedia. After 10 years in the online advertising industry, Guillaume Multrier had the exact expertise for founding an extremely profitable online media company.

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4. The Natural Leader

I am usually over-patriotic but I have to admit that the natural leader is rarely French. He embodies the type of good entrepreneurs that I have seen the less for now. And to be fully transparent, I only understood his power when meeting Robin van Lieshout, the CEO of inSided. This guy clearly has inborn leadership ability. This skill is a mix between communication, empathy (social intelligence, understanding the other) and inspiration. He is able to infuse spirit into the whole organization.

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Ventech Insight & Stories

European VC firm based out of Paris, Munich, Helsinki and…

Audrey Soussan

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Ventech Insight & Stories

European VC firm based out of Paris, Munich, Helsinki and Shanghai with more than €500m invested and €7bn value creation. We fuel entrepreneurs and their digital project.

Audrey Soussan

Written by

Ventech Insight & Stories

European VC firm based out of Paris, Munich, Helsinki and Shanghai with more than €500m invested and €7bn value creation. We fuel entrepreneurs and their digital project.

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