Elaia Partners has recruited Scoop.it cofounder Marc Rougier to lead up seed investments via their next Seed Fund, which is expected to reach €120 Million, according to Frenchweb. Prior to cofounding Scoop.it, one of Toulouse’s most prominent startups, Rougier co-founded Goojet, a predecessor to Scoop.it that counts SIGFOX co-founder & CEO Ludovic Le Moan among its cofounders.
When I first met Marc Rougier back in 2012, we had a longer than expected chat about Scoop.it and the need for curation on the Internet. Rougier is a curious builder, and quickly wraps his head around an idea, a problem, or a situation, regardless of his expertise. Having spent time in the Silicon Valley, and the past 7 years as a co-founder, Rougier will bring some much-needed fresh blood to Elaia Partners.
When Marie Ekeland announced her departure just over a year ago, the biggest question that was raised was whether Elaia Partners would be able to fill the shoes left by the partner who led the fund’s seed investment in Criteo, among others – Marc Rougier may be one entrepreneur with big enough feet to fill those shoes.
Speaking with Scoop.it co-founder Guillaume Decugis, who has been based in San Francisco for the past few years, it was clear that Scoop.it has transitioned out of the ‘just keep building so we can stay alive’ phase into the growth phase. The company is profitable, but has given themselves the necessary means to invest in growth, and the product roadmap looks quite exciting.