Archive for November 2012

4 new announcements out of the Apple-esque Orange event

This morning, twitter is buzzing with the set of announcements coming out from telecom giant Orange‘s event Orange Hello. Creating a lot of buzz internationally and covered by TC & TNW, the event included the launch of new iPhone app Libon in 95 countries (available on Android soon), the launch of a new multimedia mobile sharing service […]

US accused of hacking Elysee computers days before last election

US accused of hacking Elysee computers days before last election

French officials announced that they have concluded an investigation into a cyber-security breach into the Elysee that occurred just days before the last election, in which Sarkozy lost to Francois Hollande. Currently trending on TechMeme after being picked up by The Hill, L’express originally reported the story that French officials had identified the virus as having […]

Strasbourg startup Pulpfingers acquired by 500px

Strasbourg startup Pulpfingers acquired by 500px

500px, the photo-sharing site taking on the likes of Flickr and Google’s Picasa, announced this week that it has acquired the two-man French startup Pulpfingers in an all-stock acquisition. Reported by Techcrunch, the Pulpfingers team have been developing slick iOS apps in the photography space for sometime, including an app for viewing 500px photos on […]

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

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 […]

NooSphere launch event this Monday at Microsoft France

This Sunday, former Business Insider editor and one of the founding members of BI Intelligence, a premium insights service, Pascal-Emmanuel “PEG” Gobry will launch NooSphere. In addition, the launch will feature a talk by ISAI GM Jean-David Chamboredon, also the spokesperson for the #geonpi movement. The event will also feature a fat visualization by French […]