Should you take payments in Bitcoin?

Getting paid is always the most important part of keeping a business afloat and, if you are to believe the local companies, getting paid in France can be even more of a challenge given some companies’ lackluster payment practices.  So it falls upon us to make payment as simple, and as frictionless as possible. The […]

RudeVC: Can eBay’s failure in China teach us something in Europe ?

RudeVC: Can eBay’s failure in China teach us something in Europe ?

Most of us in the West have never shopped on Tmall or Jingdong. Yet these two firms represent the leaders of the imminently largest e-commerce market in the world: China. Although (formerly 360Buy) is a distant second to Alibaba’s Tmall platform, the firm still served a cool $16 billion worth of goods to 140 […]

RudeVC: Five films filled with lessons for entrepreneurship

RudeVC: Five films filled with lessons for entrepreneurship

Apparently the Academy Awards took place last week. This annual distraction represents one of the primary conversation topics at watercoolers in American workplaces for a week each year (French workplaces treat the Oscars with a bit less ceremony; then again, fewer conversation topics are taboo around the office Nespresso machine). Even though I haven’t viewed […]

OpenDataSoft announces deal with French cloud provider Numergy

OpenDataSoft, a fast-growing startup in the area of publishing, visualizing and sharing OpenData online, has just announced a partnership with ‘French cloud’ provider Numergy. The partnership will make OpenDataSoft available on Numergy, aka France’s ‘sovereign cloud’, enabling both their public and private clients to put the information utilized in OpenDataSoft’s solution in a cloud environment that […]

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 […]

FNAC goes head to head with Spotify & Deezer with its new music service

FNAC tried a few years back to tackle the digital music world, but never managed to build a sizeable digital music business given the dominance of iTunes. In 2012 however, they eventually ended up stopping their digital music activity and partnering with Apple instead. Now FNAC has decided to jump into the world of digital […]

Dassault Systèmes leads $14.2 million investment in US-based NuoDB

Having completed 7 acquisitions totaling nearly $1 billion over the last two years, Dassault’s appetite for investing in cutting-edge technology is showing no signs of slowing. This week NuoDB, a Cambridge, MA based company specializing in distributed database management, announced that they raised a $14.2 million round with Dassault as the lead investor. This investment […]

Numericable to purchase Vivendi’s SFR for €15 Billion; TelCo consolidation just getting started

Internet service provider Numericable has reportedly confirmed talks with Vivendi to purchase their ailing subsidiary SFR at a valuation of €15 Billion. The deal, which will see the new Numericable-SFR merger owned 32% by Vivendi and  50% by Altice, the parent company of Numericable, was first reported on Les Echos, though rumors of such a […]

Coinbase is paying contract workers in… BitCoin

At least one contract worker for Coinbase, the Bitcoin startup backed by Union Square Ventures & Andreessen Horowitz with over $30M in investment, has been paid in BitCoin to do work on a contract basis. Given that the startup manages thousands of dollars worth of bitcoins on a regular basis, it’s no surprise that it […]

RudeVC: Musings on ethics in VC

Lunar new year has taken place and the Year of the Horse is now underway. I had never really thought about the varied interpretations of the horse as a symbol across different geographies until now. For my French colleagues, the horse is a manifestation of elegance, nobility, and masculine energy. I understand that in China, […]