Go West, Young Frenchman

A torrent of high-tech talent is leaving--maybe for good

When Eric Di Benedetto got his degree from the Essec Graduate School of Management in Paris, he was one of a handful who headed straight for Silicon Valley. That was 1989, and Di Benedetto knew that in France, 15 years might pass before he could assume any serious responsibilities. In California's high-tech mecca, by contrast, his career took off. Last year, the 32-year-old expat launched his own venture firm, Convergence Partners, with two U.S. colleagues--and had a $60 million fund the day it was born.

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