Go West, Young Frenchman

A torrent of talent is leaving France

When Eric Di Benedetto got his degree from the Essec Graduate School of Management in Paris, he was one of a handful who headed 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 a venture firm, Convergence Partners, with two U.S. colleagues--and had a fund worth $60 million the day it was born.

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