France is good at launching tech startups, but not at growing them

May 19, 2019 - Quartz

“France is maybe the best place to start a company,” said Jean-Rémi Kouchakji, co-founder of PayinTech, a Paris-based fintech firm that was among the 9,000 startups at the Viva Technology conference this year. Paradoxically, he said, it’s a difficult place for small- and medium-sized companies to thrive, a necessary step for building a corporate titan.

This long-running question—why hasn’t Europe created tech giants like China and the US—played out in dozens of forms during th...