Friday Inspiration is a selection of the latest innovative ideas we would like to share with our community every week.
This week, read about four foreign entrepreneurs who found success by starting their business in France!
Indian-American Meryl Job – Videdressing.com
Meryl Job co-founded Videdressing.com in 2009, a fashion platform where consumers re-sell their fashion pieces of clothes. Found of fashion, Meryl worked first at Chanel before founding her startup and was looking for a place to re-sell fashion-designed and original items, without going to a thrift shop. Videdressing.com offers a great diversity of items to satisfy all customers’ fashion tastes. With 500,000 registered products, the online platform today counts 2 million visitors per month and 450,000 active members. Featured in Business-O-Feminin, Meryl Job also advocates for women in business and encourages female networking activities.
Chinese – Laotian Bounmy and Bou Rattanavan – Tang Frère
You may ignore their original name, but the business of the two brothers found success in the city of light. In 1976, the two Chinese entrepreneurs from Laos founded Tang Frère, the Asian Food market in the 13th district (also known as the Parisian China Town). They expanded in other areas of Paris and also opened two markets in Laos. The success of their activities led to the opening of two restaurants called Tang Gourmet. In 2006, they partnered with French Telecom (Free, Bouygues) to give to the Chinese diaspora and Chinese-lovers access to TV channels in Chinese Mandarin. The Tang brothers were named “supermarket emperors of Paris” in 2016.
Source: South China Morning Post
American Tony Fadell – Future Shape
The founding father of Ipod has been living in Paris for a year and a half now, as the head. Inspired by the city where he first wrote down the business plan of home automation company Nest, the burgeoning and growing French ecosystem – as well as the life in the city of Lights – convinced him to settle down with his family. Launched in 2010, he made Paris the headquarters of his incubator Future Shape. Serial entrepreneur, Tony Fadell describes the framework of Future Shape as a place to solve “the problems seen in the world, that people know about through their adventures, experiences, and are curious and care about”. So far, Future Shape has worked with Phononic or Modern Meadow, and the world’s biggest incubator Station F.
Marc Grossman – Bob’s Juice Bar
Originally, Marc Grossman moved to France with his (French) wife. The film-maker had no idea that he would become an entrepreneur. From New York, Bob’s Juice Bar was largely inspired by his home city, from the name to the idea. Serving the fresh juices and New York’s original bagels, the American entrepreneur identified a profitable market demand. Two other shops appeared since the opening, and Grossman also partnered with Kitchen and Shakespear&Co library in Paris. Invited on the stage of La French Touch Conference Paris 2017, he confessed that being a New York entrepreneur played in his favor in France, as he brought a different shade to the Parisian food market.