FrenchConnect London – Member interview – CHRISTOPHE PARCOT
Meet Christophe Parcot, Business Scaler & Transformer, Operating Partner – Advisor at C4Ventures
He has been managing and developing international digital businesses over the last 16 years, most recently as global COO of Teads (advertising video marketplace). In 2 years, they scaled Teads from a start-up of €75M-300 people to a scale-up of €188M-500 people, pivoting the E-Buzzing ad network into Teads.tv native video ad platform. Teads was sold to Altice in March 2017 for €330 million.
He spent 8 years at Yahoo ending up running the EMEA region in 2012/13 ($700M Rev & 750 people), launched Overture in Southern Europe in 2002/05 ($60M Rev & 100 p.), was part of the founding team of LibertySurf in 2000 (European ISP, $200M Rev & 770 p.), and held various financial and business development positions at Lagardère, Bertelsmann and LVMH.
Deeply connected to start-up ecosystem in London and Paris, he is currently advising PE funds and companies as Managing Partner @Sixt5 Partners. He recently joined C4Ventures as Operating Partner while actively considering operational opportunities across Europe. Passionate about digital transformation, he is a Professor of Digital Transformation Strategy in the new Master of Innovation and Digital Transformation at Sciences Po Paris.
1. How would you describe yourself in 1 sentence?
Citoyen du monde passionné par les technologies
(Global citizen passionate about technologies)
2. Who’s the entrepreneur you admire most at the moment?
3. A good VC is…?
Smart, courageous and caring
4. Where would you invest $1m now?
5. Main quality you value in business?
6. What was your biggest professional failure?
Some hiring decisions
7. What’s your idea of success?
Creating value while helping other succeed
8. Latest book read or movie / play / exhibition seen you’d recommend?
“La guerre des intelligences” by Laurent Alexandre
9. Latest bar, coffee shop or restaurant you’d recommend?
Lunch at the Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street… in good company
10. What do you like most about London?
The British humour
11. Your favourite quote?
Chaque chose en chantant !