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Philippe has worked in the technology industry for the past 14 years, most of it based in Silicon Valley. Since joining Accel, Philippe's focus has primarily been on Cloud Computing, SaaS and Internet sectors. He led the firm’s investment in Blablacar, the leading European ridesharing community and Docusign, the global SaaS leader in electronic signature. He also co-lead Accel's investment in Housetrip, the next generation holiday rental booking website. Prior to joining Accel, Philippe worked close to five years in the Menlo Park office of Bessemer Venture Partners, a global venture firm, where he led or supported investments in early and late stage companies in the US and Europe, including: Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), Eloqua, Criteo, Bizo, Involver (acquired by Oracle), Intacct, Intego, Adap.tv and Retail Solutions. Before joining Bessemer, Philippe spent eight years with the high-tech practice of McKinsey&Co. in Silicon Valley and Europe, specializing in the software and Internet industries. During that time, Philippe led the development of "Web 1.0" Internet start-ups, was a key contributor to the firm's work with "on-demand" software, and advised clients on sales, marketing, and growth strategies. Philippe began his career as a business manager with the Danone Group. Philippe also served in the French Navy. In addition to his native French, he is fluent in Italian and loves Italian food. Philippe lives in London with his wife Helene and likes surfing, snowboarding and martial arts. A frequent speaker at cloud-computing events, Philippe has authored several articles on SaaS and cloud computing that can be found on his blog "Cracking the code". Philippe holds an MS in Science from the Ecole Polytechnique and an MS in Applied Engineering from the Ecole des Mines.