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Xavier Niel

Xavier Niel, is a French entrepreneur and businessman, active in the telecommunications and technology industry. He is best known as founder and majority shareholder of the French ISP Iliad, trading under the Free brand.

Xavier Niel is an atypical character due to his management style in a company where hierarchy is flat. He is always keen to associate his employees with the company’s success. His approach: “A small team, a commando spirit and adrenaline”, he acknowledged last April in Challenges which dedicated its front page to him .

Thanks to Xavier Niel’s strong capacity to innovate and anticipate market expectations, Free revolutionised the French telecommunication market, demonstrating the value of open competition. As a result, France, which was lagging far behind in internet access ten years ago, is now ranking as one of the most advanced countries for digital technologies. He now looks forward to expanding this revolution to the mobile market: lower prices, innovation and a clear-cut offering.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
ShareDesk 2/2014Seed$1.1M14
Stootie 1/2014Venture Round€420k3
TVShow Time 7/2013Seed€500k3
Mirakl 11/2012Series A$3M4
Appsfire 2/2010Angel$1M6
Square 11/2009Series A$10M19
Kwaga 4/2009Seed€600k6
Deezer 7/2008Series A$6.8M3



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  1. ShareDesk Raises $1.1 Million Seed Round and Launches Enterprise Solution ( [edit]
  2. Confidential: Stootie up EUR 420 000 and launches garage sale ( [edit]
  3. TvShow Time Raises €500K In Seed Funding ( [edit]
  4. Confidentiel : Mirakl lève 2,5 millions d'euros pour sa solution de marketplace ( [edit]
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  7. Seedcamp invest in Kwaga’s smart email solution ( [edit]
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