Archive for December 2012

5 Things to be Thankful for in the French Startup Ecosystem

The atmosphere surrounding France’s VC and startup ecosystem over the second half of the year has provided ample opportunities to dampen one’s spirits. Between the dearth of stock market liquidity, the potentially devastating fiscal policies of the new government, VC’s who behave more like overpaid lenders than risk backers, and the general macroeconomic malaise within […]

Increased Smartphone Adoption in France fueled by Free Mobile

Increased Smartphone Adoption in France fueled by Free Mobile

According to the annual French digital economy barometer conducted by the Unversity of Paris-Dauphine and Médiamétrie, France’s digital economy, continues to demonstrate impressive growth.  However, there are definitely a few areas of opportunity, and some watch-outs that need to be address.  Here are a 3 key takeaways: The smartphone boom is evidence that competition can […]

LeCamping: Season 4 Applications Open – Why should you apply?

LeCamping: Season 4 Applications Open – Why should you apply?

With Season 3 safely behind them, LeCamping has opened up applications to Season 4 of its 6 month accelerator program, which will go from March until August 2013. The applications are open today, available on their website, and will close at the end of January. The Paris-based accelerator has already seen 36 startups go through, […]

4 Google+ Communities for startupers to join (& 100 to avoid)

Last week Google+ announced the launch of Google+ Communities – think Facebook Groups, and despite what any other article will try to tell you, they are identical, both visually and in overall usefulness. +Rude Baguette has been on Google+ for quite some time – we’re evening doing exclusive Rude Hangout’s each week. While it’s still early days […]

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to launch in France, now accepts €/£

Speaking at LeWeb last week,  co-founder of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo Danae Ringelmann spoke about Indiegogo’s progress in helping projects get funded. With Kickstarter having announced their launch in the UK, Indiegogo looks to get ahead of them on continental Europe, and announced today that they would be soon accepting euros & pounds sterling, in order to expand […]

Connecthings powers cities and companies with NFC solutions

One of the many startups I discovered at last week’s LeWeb was Connecthings. Founded by Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, Connecthings is supplying clients (companies, smartcities, etc.) with contactless mobile services today in order to create a valued mediation between a place or object and a human being. Laetitia worked as a consultant for years for mobile operators after having […]

Here are the details on Twitter's newly formed French subsidiary

According to LeFigaro, Twitter has officially created a subsidiary, Twitter France SAS. It was announced early this year that Twitter was interviewing for a Head of France position, and then this summer the Mayor of Paris tweeted from Twitter HQ that he was looking forward to welcoming Twitter to Paris in Spring of 2013, and […]

TakeOff Conference brings Developers to Lille, January 17 & 18 2013

Lille’s going to be the place to be on January 17-18th. Tech center / incubator EuraTechnologies and Promotion of Future Digital Technologies Association (founded by entrepreneurs Benjamin Tierny, Robin Komiwes, and Florian Le Goff) have teamed up to create the first TakeOff Conference.  The conference, which will be in English, offers passionate developers and designers the […]

LeWeb gets back to its Roots – A Review

With LeWeb safely under wraps, I think it’s about that time that we take a look at what we can learn from Paris’ biggest web event of the year, and one of Europe’s largest tech events. The three day event saw plenty of announcements – some of them we’ve already covered, many of them will slowly roll […]

Twitter Trends now localized in 100 cities: What's the point?

Twitter announced on their blog[fr] this week that they are rolling out localization for Twitter Trends. Users will now be able to drill down trends not only to countries, as was possible before, but to specific cities. In France, users can choose between Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris, Rennes, Strasbourg & Toulouse – […]