Archive for February 2013

Quandora raises a seed round from KIMA Ventures for its white label Q&A platform

Quandora announced today that they have raised a $150K seed round from KIMA Ventures in order to continue growth of their white label solution for Q&A Platforms. We profiled Quandora‘s “Quora for Enterprise” last July, and it seems the company has been growing quite well since then. The company, which offers a white-label private Q&A-based […]

Rude VC: Why I’m enthusiastic about HTML5

Rude VC: Why I’m enthusiastic about HTML5

I find that my best venture investing tends to happen when I structure my thinking around investment themes or theses. One current thesis I hold is that HTML5 will usher in a democratizing force comparable to the advent of web itself. It almost sounds like I’m overstating the obvious when I think about it like […]

“Remember when you sucked my d*ck?” and other things not to do/say on Social Media

“Remember when you sucked my d*ck?” and other things not to do/say on Social Media

A while back I wrote a [rant] called Turning Angry Users into Users for Life – you may not have read it, because well, you didn’t know who we were back then, but the tl;dr version is thus: If someone takes the energy to tell you how much your product sucks, it’s the best opportunity to turn […]

CloudConf brings Heroku, Elastic Search, dotCloud, and Hadoop to Paris June 7th

The latest event brought to you by dotConferences, CloudConf brings together speakers form the world’s leading cloud startups to speak about the most important topics in Cloud Computing. The event will feature Noah Zoschke of Heroku, who came out to Paris last month as well for UXD4Startups, as well as Shay Banon, the creator of Elastic […]

With 20,000+ users on board, Sketchfab raises a 370K€ Angel round for its YouTube of 3D

Sketchfab, the YouTube of 3D content,  has raised 370,000 euros from Oleg Tscheltzoff, Jacques-Antoine Granjon, Nicolas Rosset &Jerry Nieuviarts (Clubic), Sylvain Zimmer (Jamendo, Joshfire) and Andrew Lacy (Tapulous, LeCamping mentor). The startup, which just finished Season 3 of LeCamping, was one of the most well-taken to startups in the season, having attracted 20,000+ users to the platform. […]

Recommerce Solutions raises 7.1M€ from Seventure, 3T & more to go international

Recommerce Solutions announced today that they have raised 7.1 Million euros from Seventure Partners, 3T Capital, the FSN PME (managed by CDC Entreprises) in order to take its used products eCommerce international. The company, already #1 in France for its reselling solution, has had particular success in the mobile phone industry. The service allows individuals […]

France’s Cloud Startups (series): Why Videodesk will positively transform the customer service experience

Perhaps the biggest frustration of any consumer these days is the poor and often inhumane customer service experience.  While ecommerce, whose growth seems to be unstoppable, has made life a lot more convenient for many of us, it also has removed most human contact from our shopping experience. When you order something online and what […]

MWC: Withings announces full android compatibility for its Wireless Scale and Baby Monitor

French startup Withings announced this morning that Android users will now have full compatibility with two of Withings’ leading devices: The Black Wireless Scale, which uses Bluetooth & Wifi Connectivity and can recognize individual users, & the Smart Baby Monitor, which gives parents a new generation of communication with their infant. The Wireless Scale, which […]

Mobile World Congress: What you can expect for the French Market this week

Mobile World Congress is going on all week in Barcelona, and it seems the entire news world is watching to see what will come out of it. Last night, a few press conferences were held already – Mozilla announced Firefox OS, which stole the evening, despite the fact that Huawei announced the Ascend P2 – […]

France will have 4G soon, but at what cost to users?

At the end of last year, Bouygues Telecom announced they would request permission from ARCEP to transform their old 2G network into a 4G Network which would be notably compatible with the iPhone 5. Over the past two months, ARCEP has listened to the other three operators – SFR, Orange, and Free – as they […]