Archive for November 2012

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 […]

Perfony – The online tool that increase meetings performance

Perfony – The online tool that increase meetings performance

Perfony is one of those startups that’s not broke, not in the seedy part of town, and not run by twenty-somethings. It’s quite a different animal: it’s one of those startups done by established entrepreneurs who got an idea, raised funding through their existing network, and quietly started building a business leveraging their business experience. […]

Rude Hangout: Olivier Rousseau talks Roaming & Telco.

Rude Hangout: Olivier Rousseau talks Roaming & Telco.

Each week, Rude Baguette invites a member of the French startup community to a live video chat on Google+, where viewers can participate live with questions as well as joining in by video. Rude Baguette is excited to welcome this week Olivier Rousseau, Co-Founder of French Connection. Join us this Wednesday at 3:30PM here to […]

Actiplay (ConcoursMania Group) acquires leading French game publisher Telaxo

NYSE listed and French online games specialist Actiplay (ConcoursManiaGroup),  announced this week that they acquired game publisher Telaxo. Telaxo is France’s #1 games publisher and one of the top 10 global games publisher on Facebook.  This acquisition was rooted in Actiplay’s strategy to establish a significant business on social media.  Increasing their presence on Facebook will help […]

Mandala Games adds real-money mobile gambling through Betable

The two biggest challenges for any web app are user acquisition and user monetization. The game industry is no exception, and with the rise of freemium models, user acquisition is more competitive than ever, and monetization needs a bit more thinking than the traditional retail model. French studio Mandala Games, based in Nantes, has partenered […]

Web app development conference JS.Everywhere() comes to Paris

November 16th-17th, 4D presents JS.everywhere() in Paris, a conference dedicated to Web Application development. The conference promotes web technologies and web standards to the enterprise world. attracting a mixed audience of web developers, entrepreneurs, business app developers, product managers, and CTOs. The event’s first edition took place in Boston last year as part of the […]

4 French startup names that really don't work in English

It’s been quite a serious week with article topics – governments and Google and all that – but my day is often lifted by the occasional email pitches by French startups. Just like any country (I hope), I often receive emails from startups with very poorly thought out pitches – “i’m a 3rd year university […]

Battle of the Bands: iTunes knocks FNAC out!

The French retailer of digital music, FNAC, will now use Apple’s storefront, iTunes. After 8 years of plans to compete in a rapidly evolving digital landscape, FNAC will finally close its doors ‘online.’ FNAC will bring in the new year on January 1, 2013 transferring all it users’ credits to iTunes accounts under a terms […]

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 […]

Jobs: Collateral Damage of Investment

The following is a guest post by Business Angel Jerome Camblain, who runs Camblain Advisors. He previous wrote about how startups in France need to worry of a funding gap between angel and VC funding. The collateral effect of a investing in a startup aiming at a capital gain is accidental and unintended but almost […]