Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Highlights: Criteo, Deezer & Idinvest

Deloitte has released the Technology Fast 50, a list of top growing companies per country in various technology sectors. Each year, Deloitte chooses companies that are less than 5 years old  No surprises for France, with Criteo taking the number one slot – the company has seen a reported 202,100% growth over the past 5 years. […]

Concur's $150M TravelTech  global fund takes off!

Concur's $150M TravelTech global fund takes off!

Concur Technologies, a traveltech giant who acquired TripIt last year (and owns a few other notable properties), has launched a $150M fund, called The Perfect Trip, dedicated to funding innovation in the traveltech sector. According to Pierre-Emmanuel Tetaz, head of Concur France and former founder of ETAP ON LINE before it was acquired by Concur, the […]

Infinvision – Two design workshops in Paris for tech startups

Infinvision – Two design workshops in Paris for tech startups

Design is always an issue for me when it comes to startups in Paris – probably something to do with why their product marketing isn’t good ether. It always surprises me, because French graphic designers are traditionally sought after by big graphics studios (like Pixar), and cities like Nantes have renowned design schools; nonetheless, many […]

Scaling your startup successfully into the States

Nic Brisbourne of DFJ Esprit wrote a great piece last week called, “The smart way to expand software companies to the U.S.” I won’t rehash the whole post but definitely recommend you read it. While Brisbourne’s advice is geared for British startups, much of it is relevant for France as well. His money shot is […]

Sorry VentureVillage, numbers don't lie – Paris outranks Berlin

Scrolling through my twitter feed this morning, I came across a wonderful tweet by @VentureVillage, one of Berlin’s English language startup blogs (there’s also Techberlin & Silicon Allee, EU Startups, & others). The tweet commented on Startup Genome’s most recent report on startup cities, which places Berlin(#15), Paris(#11), and London(#7) in the top 20 European […]

myBlee's education apps for kids continue to grow internationally

Fresh off a visit at General Assembly last week for the European Buffet, I’ve got my eye on alternative education startups, and there is none more advanced in France than myBlee. They have 20 iOS apps and 4 Apps on Windows 8 dedicated to education for children,  primarily basic mathematics courses. Their apps have 70,000+ […]

Appsfire 4.0 – finally mobile app discovery the way it should be

This week news was buzzing that over 1 million apps had been approved in the app store since its launch (as reported by Appsfire); what better a time for someone to come along and dethrone it as the go-to place for finding new apps. Appsfire announced today the release of Appsfire 4.0, which they think […]

Vevo launches in France, Spain and Italy with 50K new videos

Vevo, the #2 video site in the US, broadened its European expansion with launches in France, Spain and Italy after kicking-off its expansion last year in the UK.  Given that Vevo was founded out of a partnership between the music majors Universal and Sony, YouTube and Abu Dhabi Media Company, their positioning focuses on licensed music […]

Lekiosk raises 5.6M€ to go international

Lekiosk, the self-professed ‘World’s first 3D newstand’, has just announced that they closed a series B round, raising 2.85M€ from CM-CIC (who also invested in Deezer) and 2.75M€ from CDC Entreprises (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations). They plan to leverage their newly raised funding to extend their geographic reach beyond France and (recently launched) UK […]

Supermarket giant Carrefour launches 1st virtual store in France

This week in the Part-Dieu region of Lyon, France, passersby were surprised at a new type of “pop-up store” – a 9×9 stand filled with images of 300+ supermarket goods lined with barcodes – Carrefour’s 1st experiment at a virtual store. The test store will be available until October 18th, thought another store is expected […]