April 2016


French Innovators: Luncheon discussion with Antoine Bello & Jonathan Benhamou


The French-American Foundation is launching a New York-focused series of discussions with successful French entrepreneurs based in the United States from diverse sectors such as technology, telecommunications, finance, biotechnology, arts and culture, and the culinary world. These entrepreneurs will share their stories and explore the challenges and advantages related to the creation or expansion of new business in the United States compared with France, among them: 

  • Access to financing and networks
  • Differing notions of success and failure
  • Managing expectations with respect to achieving profits and growth
  • The role of incubators

The first event will feature a conversation between Antoine Bello, Founder of Ubiqus, business angel and writer, and Jonathan Benhamou, CEO and co-Founder of PeopleDoc, moderated by William J. O'Farrell, co-Founder, CEO of Body Labs, Inc. and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School. 


Antoine Bello 
Antoine Bello was born in Boston in 1970. A dual French and American citizen, he lives in Purchase, NY.
While studying at HEC Business School, Bello founded Ubiqus, a company offering reporting and summary services to meeting planners. Ubiqus grew at a brisk pace during the next 15 years, to reach approximately 350 employees and 45 M€ in revenue in 2007, when it was sold to Finama Private Equity.
Bello has been a business angel for almost 20 years, both in France (e.g. Finexkap) and in the United States (e.g. Dollar Shave Club, AdoreMe).
Bello is now a full-time writer, published in France by Gallimard. He is the author of eight novels, including the Falsificateurs trilogy, Eloge de la pièce manquante, and Roman américain. His works have been translated in a dozen languages. They will soon be available in English.

Jonathan Benhamou  

Jonathan Benhamou co-founded PeopleDoc, a leading provider of cloud-based HR Service Delivery solutions, in 2007 in France.  In 2014, Jonathan moved to New York to oversee the global expansion of PeopleDoc. The same year, Gartner recognized PeopleDoc as a "Cool Vendor" in the Human Capital Management space. 

Jonathan helps other young innovative companies and technology start-ups as a member of the delegation of Young Entrepreneurs of the G20. He has been recognized as a Technology Young Leader - an honor awarded by 20 of Europe's top technology leaders, including Apple, Google, Intel, Oracle, and Cisco. Jonathan holds a Master's degree in Business from HEC Paris.  

Organized with the generous support of:

Official airline of the French-American Foundation


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