I am both entrepreneur and musician. I own and run the web design company 'Phillips Internet Consulting' as well as Yogamassala, a yoga portal offering on-line yoga classes. As a musician, I compose and perform with my group, called "Bidaia" play the hurdy-gurdy and sing. We just came out with a new album called "Agur Shiva".
As for my web agency, Phillips Internet Consulting, I founded the company in 1996 after observing that France was like the Wild West at the time - and not many .DOT COM gunsligners were around. Like most of the NetGeneration, I am mostly self-taught through hours of surfing, thinking, reading and attending industry conferences. I believe that quality of life is important which is why I choose to live in the south of France in the beautiful area called the Basque Country.
I was born in Northern California's Bay Area, hothouse of a rich and varied artistic culture. Thanks to the benevolence of ultra-liberal parents and a singularly genteel and cultivated grandmother, my childhood was a cultural cornucopia of music, performing arts and provocative pursuits. My summers were spent learning French in a camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains called "La Joie de Vivre".
I moved to the Basque Country in 1992 and have made it my home base. I learned both Basque and Spanish which I speak somewhat fluently and founded the group Bidaia with Mixel Ducau.
I discovered the Web in 1995. My passion for the Internet drove me to create the web agency P.I.C. In May 1996 I integrated a start-up incubator in the south of France (Biarritz) and founded Phillips Internet Consulting in December 1996.
Today : I own Phillips Internet Consulting an interactive web agency specialized in consulting, e-marketing & web design for companies, government agencies, and non-profits we have two in-house products : a multi-lingual email marketiing suite and a multi-lingual e-commerce application.
Musicwise : I play with my group "Bidaia" - play the hurdy-gurdy and sing in basque. I also direct a women's choir. I practice Ashtanga yoga and meditate whenever I can.
I'm a TEDx organizer and held two TEDxBasqueCountry events, both in Biarritz in 2010 and 2011. The next will be in November 2011. I'm also involved in community development in the Basque Country through the Conseil de dÃ©veloppement du Pays Basque.
TEDWomen 2013, TEDGlobal 2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TEDIndia 2009
Areas of Expertise
eBusiness, women's leadership, Regional Development, Yoga and Meditation, Emarketing, Music, hurdy-gurdy
An idea worth spreading
Hmm. So many. Mainly TOLERANCE. Tolerance and acceptation of differences and different behaviours in others.
I'm passionate about
Music, voice, hurdy-gurdy, piano, classical music, opera, traveling, democracy, Barak Obama, languages, Astanga Yoga, travel, India, reading on m'Kindle : do u GROK this? Giving.
Talk to me about
E-business & web consulting
Music and my hurdy-gurdy
Yoga and my project Yogamassala.com
Community and urban development
People don't know I'm good at
Vocal coaching.... cooking southern Indian cuisine, standing on my head for 10 minutes.
My TED story
Went to TEDIndia, loved it, submitted to talk at TEDU in 2010 .. and did it ! Look up 'hurdy-gurdy' :)