Canal+ buys France’s #1 YouTube Channel – Studio Bagel

Just a few months back, Canal+ decided to change from its strategy of only diffusing its content line via their own player to developing a Canal+ ecosystem on YouTube by launching 16 of its own channels. Now they seem to have changed course yet again, announcing that they have bought a 60% stake in Studio […]

“Les Soldes” continue to trend digital

“Les Soldes” continue to trend digital

According to a study conducted by CSA for FEVAD, France’s leading e-commerce and mail order trade association, 7 out of 10 of internet users plan to either prepare for or make their actual purchases on-line during “les soldes” (bi-annual sales), which equates to 30 million people. Perhaps reflecting the apparent slow-down in France e-commerce sector […]

5 French tech companies shaking up the Mobile AdTech space

5 French tech companies shaking up the Mobile AdTech space

The writing is written on the wall: the next frontier for advertising is mobile. The difference between advertising budgets devoted to mobile and usage on mobile vs. desktop is staggering, and analysts predict that it’s only a matter of time until the budget percentage and usages converge. Startups in France don’t seem to think it’s […]

Midemlab announces finalists to top music industry competition

Midemlab which takes place each year during top music ecosystem event Midem has an impressive track record as a launch pad for the industry’s most promising startups. With names like The Echo Nest, Songkick, Mobile Backstage and, most impressively, SoundCloud having participated in the competition, Midemlab has proven itself as great platform for startups to […]

France continues its Open Data mission with the 4th annual Dataconnexion competition

Dataconnexions, Etalab’s contest to identify the most promising up-and-coming open data startups,  honored the 8 winners of its 4th edition yesterday. This time around, the jury was presided over by Blablacar co-founder Frédéric Mazzella and consisted of 30 key personalities from France’s tech and economic communities. Dataconnexions is truly sector agnostic as past and present entries have come […]

Offline Mode: The Elephant in the HTML5 Room

There seems to be 3 groups of people involved in the HTML5 discussion: Evangelists, whose role is to push technology adoption.  In most industries they’d be called salespeople but in Tech we like to coin words to make us sound specials so the tech evangelists were born!  They are comprised of both staff from large […]

RudeVC: Don’t shoot the messenger (App)

In continuity of last week’s piece on the arrival the Japanese mobile game models to Europe, I thought it appropriate to discuss another tech trend in Asia which makes me enthusiastic for potential investment opportunities, even here on the old continent: the next-generation of mobile messaging apps. Most Europeans are familiar with WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, […]

Europe as divided as ever over NSA allegations & Data Privacy laws

Sparked by the NSA documents released by Edward Snowden earlier this year, Europe’s most recent confrontation with US technology companies & data privacy has reached its peak in the most recent weeks. Allegations quickly turned to accusations when Angela Merkel pointed fingers at the United States’ National Security Agency, claiming that her phone had been […]

What every CEO needs to know about data privacy in France

The following is a guest post by Sonia Hadjadj, a French business lawyer who works with expatriates women entrepreneurs and businesses owner. You can connect with her by email [email protected] & twitter @sonia_hdj Last month, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (the CNIL), the French data protection public agency, opened a procedure to impose sanctions to […]

Twitter’s Transparency Report lacks one key ingredient: context.

This week, Twitter released its Transparency Report for the first half of 2013, revealing which countries have made take-down and data requests between January and June of this year. The social network first started releasing these figures in 2012, though there were only 48 requests in total to remove tweets or users. In 2012, we […]