Atelier was very honored to receive Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, France’s Secretary of State in charge of Strategic Planning and the Development of the Digital Economy, who was in Silicon Valley to study the latest technology trends, part of a five-day fact-finding trip to San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C. As part of her “Tocquevillian voyage” (Dom’s words), Kosciusko-Morizet visited Silicon Valley businesses to study infrastructure and actors, as well as services and tech trends, in order to translate successful American models into the French tech ecology. Kosciusko-Morizet visits ATELIER from Atelier BNP Paribas on Vimeo. The Secretary of State was also interested in how e-commerce is transforming society. She was especially interested in how exploring US e-commerce is affecting the recession, in order to bring those lessons back to battle France’s own economic difficulties.

One of the problems facing the French digital economy, according to Kusciusko-Morizet, is that the European tech market is smaller than America’s, so many European startups come to the US to exploit the larger market.

Before interviewing Kosciusko-Morizet for his BFM radio show, Dom introduced her to L’Atelier’s role in the valley and worldwide. The Secretary of State seemed very interested in what we’re doing, especially our growth in new projects and new countries.

Kosciusko-Morizet was named Secretary of State in January, succeeding Éric Besson (who visited L’Atelier last August). Besson was promoted to Minister of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Mutually-Supportive Development.

Her brother, Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet, is one of the founders of Priceminister.com, one of the biggest e-commerce sites in France.

By Mark Alvarez