Archive for February 2013

Twitter promises Promoted Tweets and Trends to combat hate speech in France

At the end of last week, representatives from Twitter sat down with the French Government and some of the anti-hate speech associations in France to discuss how Twitter could enable these associations to have priority access to alerting Twitter of any hate speech, which is illegal in France. The overall theme behind these proceedings is […]

1001Pharmacies closes €600K angel round to bring the pharmacy online

1001Pharmacies closes €600K angel round to bring the pharmacy online

1001Pharmacies, the first marketplace for pharmacies in France, has announced this morning that they have closed a €600K Angel round, which includes Priciminister Co-Founder Olivier Mathiot, MenLook CoFounder & France Digitale VP Marc Menasé, Wyde cofounder Jean Renée Lyon, LAB cofounder Gilles Emmanuel Bernard, cofounder Marc Rougier, and Happyview’s Marc Adamowicz. With this monster line-up of investors, […]

More tablets will be sold than laptop PCs in France this year

More tablets will be sold than laptop PCs in France this year

France will soon reach a major digital milestone…2013 will be the year that tablet sales, projected to easily reach 5.1million this year, will officially surpass those of laptop PCs.  With the number of tablets sold in France more than doubling in a year (up from 1.5 million in 2011 to 3.6 million in 2012), this […]

Ventech goes Russian, invests $3 Million in TrendsBrands

Ventech has invested $3 Million in Russian fashion startup TrendsBrands, GoalEurope reported today. Trends Brands is a global online fashion retailer that offers over 10 000 branded items across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, and jewellery, with approximately 1500 new product items being introduced each month. The company reportedly did $10 Million in revenue since its […]

Orange & Alcatel Lucent lay down the fastest internet connection (400G/sec) from Paris to Lyon

This past week, a joint effort between French telecom company Orange and Alcatel Lucent has led to the fastest internet connection in the world, a 400 gigabyte/second connection, being set up between Paris and Lyon (450km or 275 miles). The connection, which uses Alcatel Lucent’s latest optical fiber technology, will consist of 44 wavelengths, and […]

TakeOff conference: A technical review of an international tech conference in Lille.

The following post is a guest review by an attendee, Quentin Adam, and speaker, Thomas Parisot, of the TakeOff Conference, which took place two weeks ago in Lille as one of the first international tech conferences in France taking place outside of Paris. Enjoy. The TakeOff conference just ended for the first time in Lille (you know, […]

Social network monetization startup Feeligo announces €250k seed round

Feeligo, whose goal is to essentially become the “Google AdSense of the social web”, has announced today that they closed on a €250k seed round with Petit Poucet Participation and a group of successful web entrepreneurs. This seed investment caps off a strong first year for Feeligo, which was founded by business-tech duo Jonathan Levy-Bencheton and Davide Bonapersona. […]

Orange and Deutsche Telekom poised make billions off of EE in 2013

Reports have been trickling in since last November that Orange and Deutsche Telekom are planning an initial public offering for Everything Everywhere (EE), their wholely owned joint subsidiary in the UK. Most of the conversation was sparked by Orange’s CFO Gervais Pellissier, who stated last November that “there could be a place for an EE IPO […]

JCDecaux bringing real Open Data for Paris bike riders

Paris, like many other French cities, has a network of bicycle stations called Velib, where people with (very cheap) subscriptions can take a bike for free for as long as a half-hour. However, up until now, the data of what stations are full of available bikes, and which have space to put one back, was […]

Investors & Entrepreneurs: forget everything you’ve heard about taxes in France in the last 6 months.

In the past 6 months, there have been a lot of new tax ideas thrown out around France, most of which has resulted in smoke & a bad reputation for French businesses & entrepreneurs. Paris went from 6th to 10th in ‘attractiveness for investment’ in just one year according to a recent study reported on […]