Saturday, July 10, 2010

Liberté, Egalité and ...a TechCrunch Summer Pitch Battle?

I just ran across an announcement from the European side of TechCrunch.

As we’re postponing The Europas Awards for tech companies in Europe until after the Summer...we’re instead holding an event we’re calling “TechCrunch Summer Pitch Battle”.

It is on July 14 in London, 6.30pm at the new coworking space for startups, TechHub, Ground Floor, 76-80 City Rd, right by Old Street tube station.

Now when I saw that announcement, something immediately occurred to me.

Perhaps I should point out that my company is owned by a French company.

Do you see what I see? If you don't, let me tell you about another event that will be taking place on the same day, one Chunnel away:

France's national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille at the start of the French Revolution. Crowds line the Champs-Elysées for a military parade led by the President, and Parisians party until dawn as fireworks explode over the Trocadéro....

[T]he big parade on the Champs-Elysées sees jets fly in formation as top military brass march from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Bringing up the rear and receiving the loudest applause are the fire brigade, perhaps suffering from a hangover or two. It's wise to arrive early if you want to get a good view.

The partying continues all day and later thousands of people come together again at the Champ-de-Mars to watch the fireworks at the Trocadéro. On top of all that, most bars and clubs stage their own celebrations, so take your pick. If you're not in Paris, don't worry: every single village in France has their own dance, with champagne, fireworks, street fun and lots more. Everyone should take in at least one Bastille Day in their lives.

Unless, of course, you would prefer to go to a TechCrunch event in London.

Yeah, right.

I'd like to know what Loic Le Meur thinks of this, especially considering Michael Arrington's love of all things European.
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