Why 2012 was “The Year of the Internet” in France, and what the future holds.

Médiamétrie recently released the results of its annual internet study confirming that the French lifestyle is becoming increasingly digital. Based on their findings, they hailed 2012 the ‘Year of the Internet’, where there were more users than ever before accessing all types of content in a ‘multi-screen’ environment. In France last year, more people than […]

Can Neelie Kroes & the European Commission really fight the developer crunch?

Can Neelie Kroes & the European Commission really fight the developer crunch?

It’s hard times for a startup in 2013 – with the barrier to entry significantly lowered to actually starting your company (or at least, launching a website), it seems that barrier has been replaced by another – a barrier to hiring. As many startups begin to scale up all over the world, a ‘developer crunch’ […]

DrinkOnMe’s Groupon for drinks closes, with Lydia born from its ashes

DrinkOnMe’s Groupon for drinks closes, with Lydia born from its ashes

While it may not be as big of news as Groupon CEO Andrew Mason’s firing earlier this week, it comes as no surprise that DrinkOnMe, a “Groupon for Happy Hour,” has sent an email out to users annoucing that it will disctontinue its service, which alloewd users to buy 20€ worth of drinks at select […]

Is Twitter being too picky about who heads up Twitter France?

Spring is just around the corner, and all of us are patiently waiting for the end of snow, and the arrival, not just of sun, but of Twitter France. Word broke last year that the social network would be opening up a subsidiary, which may be a smart play, given all the government grief that […]

Rude VC: Copying Silicon Valley

A couple weeks ago I provided a very succinct recap of the Silicon Valley narrative. For a more in-depth review, A History of Silicon Valley by Piero Scaruffi and Arun Rao might well be the most comprehensive, and Robert Cringely’s Accidental Empires focuses on the pc industry empire-building during the pre-web era. Understanding the Silicon […]

LinkedIn France gets a visit from the taxman

The French tax authority is definitely earning its money this year!  Hot on the heels of the tax reclamations from pretty much every other big US tech player in France (Ebay/Paypal, Facebook, Amazon,Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo), now comes news of another; This time its LinkedIn.  The news of a visit by the French taxman to LinkedIn’s Paris […]

After DocTrackr, LeCamping’s qunb accepted into TechStars Boston

Techstars Boston announced last week the 14 companies who have been accepted into the Spring edition of Techstars Boston, among them French startup qunb. The data visualzation company recently won Best French startup at The Europas as well as the LeWeb Paris startup competition – they’ve really been on fire since they launched last year. […]

Google France Country Manager leaves to found e-learning startup

Google France announced this morning that their country manager Jean-Marc Tassetto has left the company to pursue “an entrepreneurial project around e-Learning.” In its announcement, Google France lauded Tassetto as a great asset to the company, having notably worked on its commercial growth since his arrival in July 2010, according to Gizmodo France. Google has […]

After France’s “success”, German press seeks remuneration from News snippets

It seems that Google just can’t past this whole “stop pirating our bylines” thing these days: the German lower parliament approved a bill requiring Google (and other search engines) to pay a licensing fee for re-publishing bylines of news stories. This comes just months after the French press industry settled its similar disputes with Google, […]

Bouygues Telecom offering free unlimited Skype calls

Bouygues Telecom announced last Thursday at MWC in Barcelona that they are partnering with Skype to allow all of their customers (including those of their B&You brand, whether they have a price plan or not) to use the VoIP service for free on their phones. Now this is interesting news to me because, when I was living […]