SAIP, the French alert app, shuts down

Launched in 2016, prior to the Soccer competition (Euro 2016), the terror attacks alert app shuts down. The French government will now rely on social networks (namely Facebook and Twitter) as well as Google. Is it a blow for digital sovereignty or a logical update? Could there be another option?   A good idea, at […]

You can’t tell human from AI with Google Duplex

You can’t tell human from AI with Google Duplex

Google’s annual I/O conference was dominated by the announcement of Google Duplex. Duplex is an artificial intelligence that is able to make phone calls to businesses for a consumer. The purpose of Duplex is to make appointments, place orders or even cancel reservations.   Google’s Duplex mimics the way a real person would speak, marking […]

The Race for Autonomy: Europe, North America and Self-Driving Cars

The Race for Autonomy: Europe, North America and Self-Driving Cars

    Autonomous cars are on everyone’s mind these days — for both good and bad reasons. While it may seem like many of the biggest names in the industry — Google, Tesla, Uber, etc. — are located in the United States, North America is actually lagging behind when it comes to autonomous car regulations […]

Buy ICO tokens in a store: a world first for French token “BTU Protocol”

  Not long ago, in French Tech Friday, we covered the BTU ICO (Initial Coin Offering) by French Tech startup 808 Labs. It promised to disrupt the entire reservation industry. As it seems, they are also disrupting the presale ICO process by being the first to sell their tokens in a brick-and-mortar store (as well […]

#FrenchTechFriday: Wizzili, the family wizard

This morning, your youngest kid cried. He had run out of cereals for breakfast. Then your best friend asked you if you’d care for a BBQ this weekend. You said yes because you had forgotten your eldest’s concert on Saturday. And that was before your spouse grumbled because you don’t find time for family outings. […]

#FrenchTechFriday: the gardian angels of WaryMe

  Being wary is now second nature in France. Terror attacks have made sure of that. Being wary is also a requirement in any establishment open to a large number of people. The French Tech startup WaryMe makes sure all are safe and sound.   The WaryMe idea Five years ago, Boris Berger and Philippe […]

#FrenchTechFriday: Can Arvey take you somewhere?

  The area of new mobilities is still in hyper-growth mode. But despite what Uber may imply, there is room left for newcomers. French startup Arvey is securing its spot with a more relevant and ethical approach.   An “across the corridor” partnership   Arvey’s story starts with the two founders working in separate startups […]

#FrenchTechFriday: don’t travel alone with Onsenvol

This is not a meeting app, yet you meet people. This is not a travel app, yet you travel. It’s a matching app but not for romantic purposes. Meet Onsenvol (“we’re flying off”), a French startup to end lonely travel.   The need for a travel buddy Many don’t want to travel alone. There are […]

#FRENCHTECHFRIDAY: the blockchain crusade of 808 Labs

  [UPDATE: 50 million tokens are on public sale starting April 10th 2018] In times when wealth is in the hands of a few giant groups, some aim to use blockchain to give back power to individuals. French startup 808Labs may have found the way to correct the economic imbalance.   Internet started with a […]

#FRENCHTECHFRIDAY: Five friends launch Fintech start-up Ticoon right out of school

    Never underestimate what you can do with a bunch of friends. It is such a bunch that created fintech start-up Ticoon right out of business school, well almost out.   Sébastien Bergès, Gatien Cantais, Mathieu Mhun, Antoine Grimal and Niels Rolland were all in the same preparatory class in Toulouse. Entering different Business […]