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Nicolas El Baze

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Rated 4.1 / 5.0 by 8

Partner Information:

Title:     Managing Partner

Location:  San Francisco, US West

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Rated 2.4 / 5.0 by 9

Firm Information:

Company:   Partech International

Type:      Medium Private VC

URL:       Firm Homepage

PERSONAL SPECIALTY: None.

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Partech International is a leading global venture capital firm with offices in the U.S., Europe and Israel. We focus on early stage start-ups in Information Technology. It is our belief that "technology is global" and therefore, venture capital must be global. Some of our globally successful companies include: Ascend Communications, Alvarion, Business Objects, Cadence, CSG Systems, Digital Island, Informatica, Pentasafe, VeriFone and Vignette.

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Great Firm

Fund: Partech International

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-21

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They can be too easy in board situations with other VC's instead of forcing the issues. Also in spite of having a french heritage, this firm is as "un french" as they come in thier way of approaching startups.

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The Supportive Culture at Partech

Fund: Partech International

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-05

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My experience in working with Partech has been very positive in three important areas:
1. Quality input on business strategy direction
2. Participating in the identifying and recruiting top talent-they had a number of contacts that were very helpful in building my team
3. loyalty-many VC's are with you during the up times but run for hills when the going gets tough--these guys understand the that companies go through cycles and just how difficult it is to build companies.

My relationship with them spans 5 years and they have been supportive throughout the time period--they are in it for the long run.

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Nicolas El Baze is Excellent

Fund: Partech International

Posted by miyaspot on 2007-05-01

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Nicolas has an entrepreneur's mindset and experience. He empathizes with what entrepreneurs sacrifice to build their businesses. He's also smart and a good listener. I highly recommend him.

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Nicolas El Baze is a Fantastic Board Member

Fund: Partech International

Posted by andrewbeebe on 2007-10-03

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While the fund is not as well known as many on Sand Hill, it has a few real gems within. Nicole El Baze is one.

Nicolas is a serial entrepreneur who actually rolls up his sleeves and helps out. I had him as a board member when he was just starting out with Partech. We went through the ups and downs of the bubble together, and he was unwaivering in compassion, thoughtfulness and discipline.

if you have a chance, get this guy on your board. Partech isn't the most powerful brand in the Valley. Once you realize that doesn't matter *at all* (we had those brands too), you'll be thrilled you've got real guys like him on your board.

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Partner Variability

Fund: Partech International

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-15

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Reading some comments, I can only tune some very positive comments. I guess variety of views is due to the different Partech partners. I had Partech as a VC, and will strongly recommend to double check partners track record and reputation before moving forward. I set up 3 companies, did 8 fund raisings, and my experience with Partech was by far not the best one.

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Philippe Collombel a Great Board Member

Fund: Partech International

Posted by joseki on 2008-02-14

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I founded two Companies backed by Partech (and others). In both cases Philippe was board member and in both cases, clearly to the benefit of the Companies. I'd call him immediatly for a third venture.

The dark side: Partech's distributed team (US - EU) is a real asset, but may be sometimes "challenging" to understand and manage.

The bright side: Philippe dedicates an amazing level of creative energy to the Company's success. He contributes numerous and relevant data, ideas and connections. He efficiently works for fast paced, ambitious development of the Company.

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Nicolas El Baze: First on Board Next Company

Fund: Partech International

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-04

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I was founder and CEO of a software startup with a successful exit. We had three VC investors through two rounds of funding before being acquired by a large public company. Previously, I was an officer at several other VC-backed startups, so I have boardroom experience with many other firms beyond these three. I can say with conviction, that if I seek VC funding in the future, Nicolas, will be first on my wish list for a partner.

Nicolas is an entrepreneur at heart and has successfully built companies himself - from scratch. He was the most helpful when it came to actually running the business. He is smart and articulate. He is level-headed and consistent in the boardroom. He and Partech were always the most helpful when we needed an introduction to someone or some organization. His input was always relevant and grounded in experience.

If you need a firm that can add value from Series A onward, I highly recommend Partech, and Nicolas in particular.

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Nicolas El Baze Rocks

Fund: Partech International

Posted by donahuj on 2007-11-26

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Nicolas is one of the best VCs I've had the pleasure to work with, and I've worked with over 20 during my career. Nicolas is now on my second board and he brought me in to run the current company based on our experience working together at the last company I ran. Nicolas is the strongest VC I have worked with from the perspective of personnel issues. While he is careful to look out for the interests of his limited partners, he is also sensitive to the personnel management issues within our company, and has done an excellent job in balancing those two forces. Nicolas is also an excellent problem solver. He has historically been the VC I have gone to when large challenges arise such as creative deal structuring with an acquiror. His combined experience as a serial entrepreneur plus his time as a VC makes him uniquely suited here. I would strongly recommend Nicolas as a VC for any enterprise software or systems management company. Aside from Nicolas, I have not closely worked with other members of Partech, but have always found them to be upstanding where I have had the opportunity.

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Philippe Collombel is a Great & Valuable Board Member

Fund: Partech International

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-11

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I am now working with Philippe and Partech since January 2001 and I have to say that we have always been on line on each decisions.
I am always impressed by the quality of Philippe's advice. He really has the capacity to understand, analyse and propose solutions very quickly. On top of that, we really have friendly relationship which helps a lot to take the best decision at the right time.
From the experience I have, Partech is definitively one of the best VC on place. They try to help the management as much as they can.

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Nicolas

Fund: Partech International

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-07

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I was a cofounder of a company that went through 2 rounds of financing with Partech led by Nicolas, and we exited with an acquisition. Nicolas had been an excellent board member and really had the interest of the entrepreneurs in mind because he had been an entrepreneur before, understood their needs and dynamics. When we were deciding whether to go forward with the M&A, while other VCs were pushing us not to take the deal, pushing us to hold out for longer to swing for the fences, Nicolas sided with the founders because he understood that it was the founders' first success, and securing that success and the first pot of gold is much more important than turning the company into Google (with the possibility of losing everything on the way.)

As an entrepreneur, I really appreciated Nicolas taking our benefit into consideration, instead of pushing us to take higher risk than were comfortable in. (Well, it was a good deal in the end for our VCs too, even though it's not a 20x return.)

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Vice Founder/Business Development Officer

Fund: Partech International

Posted by joachim on 2007-10-01

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We closed 2 deals with this fund. Philippe Collombel is the partner in charge of our company.
We have a closed, powerful and quite friendly relationship.
Philippe Collombel put his entire network at our disposal.
If I had to choose again a fund to finance our company, I would go with Partech without any doubt.

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Variable

Fund: Partech International

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-03-17

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