Archive for October 2012

High Speed Internet falls short in 1.7 Million User Test

Recently, the magazine 60 Millions de Consommateurs(“60 Million Consumers”) released a study on high speed Internet, testing the connection speed for over 1.7 million consumers in France between January 2011 and May 2012. As reported by Numerama[FR], the study showed that, while most operators advertise high-speed internet as 10Mb/s, 50Mb/s, or even 100Mb/s, the reality is […]

3 Changes in France the #geonpi Have Not Prevented (yet)

3 Changes in France the #geonpi Have Not Prevented (yet)

French tech news has been pretty shook up this past week with readers and journalists trying to keep up to date with the ever changing announcements of how the new tax laws will affect entrepreneurs and investors – the globally known Pigeon movement has achieved a lot of amazing things in such a short time, […]

YouTube's new TV Channels confirm its dominance over Dailymotion

YouTube's new TV Channels confirm its dominance over Dailymotion

YouTube has launched several TV channels in France, based on content specifically developed and curated for the new channels.  The new channels will be focused on various subjects, including news, health, comedy, cooking, celebrities/gossip, etc., which to develop, YouTube will lean on newly established partnerships with Endemol France, Groupe Aufeminin, Euronews, Capa Prod and Lagardère Active.  In addition to France, new channels are […]

Capitaine Train leaves the Beta-station – All Aboard!

Capitaine Train announced today on their blog that they are officially leaving their invite-only beta mode into a publicly available service. The beta mode, which allowed travelers to purchase tickets from French companies SNCF & iDTGV as well as Germany company Deutsche Bahn, had over 22,000 signups. In their blog post, the company also announced […]

Rejoignez Une Startup – Feedback from Recruiting Startups

Two weekends ago was held the 1st edition of Rejoignez Une Startup (“Join a Startup”), a startup recruiting event which aimed to attract top-level engineering talent to interest them in working for startups. More than 40 startups – including Capitaine Train (just raised $1.4M), VoitureLib (just raised $2M – here’s an interview with the founder on […]

Deezer raises €100M from Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik

Deezer has finalized a round of €100 million by Russian-American billionaire Len Blavatnik via his investment fund Access Industries, with 75 million euros injected into the company, and 25 million euros to buy out previous shareholders. The announcement, originally reported by Le Figaro, indicates that while French investor Idinvest has maintained its stake in the company, Dotcorp […]

Game Connection announces upcoming conference program

Game Connection has unveiled a jam-packed, impressive conference program for Game Connection Europe, taking place November 28 – 30 at Paris’ Porte de Versailles.  As discussed previously, for the first time, the program will include marketing focused sessions as well as production and business operational aspects of game creation and distribution.  The Game Connection team […]

Paris Motor Show: virtual tour in 360° video

Yesterday, Citroën launched their new website dedicated to the Paris Motor Show, one of the most important auto shows in the world that is expected to attract more than 1.5 million visitors. No worries if you’re unable to make it to Paris before 14 October, Citroën’s home page features a 360° tour of their exhibition floor, and it feels as […]

The #Geonpi Movement – A victory for French Entrepreneurs

As the story begins to wrap up, much like the eve of an election night in the US, pundits are racing to declare the #geonpi movement a success. Having managed to get a meeting yesterday afternoon with two French ministers, entrepreneurs and investors spoke their peace about the adverse impact that the proposed law changes […]

Despite Delays, SFR launches 3G in RATP

After an agreement signed between French telecom provider SFR and the Paris region transport authority (RATP), SFR brought up the 1st iteration of their 3G network in the RATP – specifically in two main stations, Chatelet & Gare De Lyon. SFR customers in these areas finally have access the 3G networks underground after 3 months […]