Archive for November 2012

Good social customer service – the next big challenge

Yesterday we attended The Social Customer 2012 here in Paris, a bilingual bootcamp/conference about social customer service hosted by leading social media services firm and blog, Our Social Times. Although smaller in size, The Social Customer punched well above its weight with prominent, engaging speakers such as customer service guru Frank Eliason, as well as useful, […]

Here are the 20 startups selected for Seedcamp Paris

Here are the 20 startups selected for Seedcamp Paris

The European micro-investment fund and mentoring program Seedcamp have announced the 20 startups who will be attending Seedcamp Paris next Monday, December 3rd. The full-day event, which precedes LeWeb annually by one day, will be attended by a mix of local and international mentors, such as Kwaga founder and mentor Philippe Laval, Index Ventures‘ Martin Mignot (1 of […]

10 French entrepreneurs who attended Stanford

10 French entrepreneurs who attended Stanford

Since arriving in France, I’ve noticed a very strange phenomenon. You see, whenever I introduce myself, it inevitably comes up that I was born in Menlo Park, just up the road from Stanford University, and that’s always been a way for me to gauge someone’s experience in the Silicon Valley – if they recognize “Menlo […]

Paris Business Angels: The Startup Trap

Being a first time entrepreneur is like walking blindfolded through a minefield: you only know you’ve taken a wrong step when you lose a limb. In France, it’s even worse, because there are only so many people who have walked through that minefield before, and they often keep the information to themselves. One of the […]

France tops the charts in Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA

After the release of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in France and in other countries earlier this week, which highlighted display ad-tech startup Criteo & online music streaming service Deezer as France’s fastest growing startups, the Deloitte 500 EMEA has confirmed that Criteo not only placed on top in France, but its 202,100% growth over the past […]

Evernote bans Class Action Suits

Do you have a moleskine- an elegantly crafted leather-encased journal that carries your thoughts, sketches, and heartaches? Moleskine has an internet equivalent called Evernote. It’s a logical next step for someone who wants to make his or her diary the internet. No, this is not a Xanga or Livejournal (90s kids!), this is an organized […]

Why Webshell should get into Y-Combinator

Y-Combinator, one of the most renowned startup accelerators in the world, is interviewing French startup Webshell today for the next season of their acceleration program. It’s a great opportunity for any startup to be selected for this program. With about a 3% acceptance rate, Webshell is facing tough odds. Let’s take a closer look at […]

Why being cut-off from funding is not all that bad.

The following is a guest post by our Rude BA, Jerome Camblain. Recent French tax changes will have many negative impacts on the startups ecosystem. The main one is the widening of the funding gap between the seed round and the VC round, mentioned in my previous post: In France, the A in Series A is for […]

Berlin startup Twago brings its recruitment solution to France

Whether you are on LinkedIn or Viadeo, your account is like a dating profile for job recruiters. Some of us use attention-grabbing headlines or upload various publications to improve our own click-through-ratings. CEO’s like Richard Branson have profiles with intriguing past experiences and various memberships to exclusive organizations. I especially love reconnecting with old friends […]

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. […]