Archive for April 2013

Taxibeat raises €1.5 million to fuel its expansion to new markets

Greek taxi hailing mobile app startup Taxibeat announced that they raised €1.5 million from Greek fund Openfunds and a consortium of international investors. This recent round builds on the €1 million they’ve raised to date.  Having launched in 2011 and in France at Le Web last December, Taxibeat has gone international at a break-neck pace […]

Did the French government put the breaks on the Dailymotion – Yahoo deal?

Did the French government put the breaks on the Dailymotion – Yahoo deal?

As was widely reported last month, Yahoo had supposedly been in ongoing talks with Orange to take a majority stake of 75% in Dailymotion, the 31st ranked site globally.  However, now comes the news from Le Monde that the talks have abruptly come to an end. It’s well-known that Orange had been searching for a […]

French Researcher from Cambridge says, “The Potential of Graphene is Huge”

French Researcher from Cambridge says, “The Potential of Graphene is Huge”

Photo credit: James Hedberg Bruno Dlubak, French associate researcher at Cambridge University, waits for me in Paris’14th district near Montparnasse. His research is the forefront of Europe’s most talked about idea since the Chanel Jacket, the fabrication of Graphene for commercial use. Enthusiasm from the Press Gizmodo Can Cure foot odor Irish Times Graphene Flagship = […]

How Personal Finance Technology has evolved in Europe in the last six years

The following is a guest post from Nick Hungerford, CEO and Co-founder of, which offers a fresh, straightforward and transparent way of investing. You can follow Nick on Twitter @NickHungerford, Although the modern banking system can trace its origins back to the Medicis in Renaissance Italy, there is a strong argument for saying that there […]

With 250K+ downloads & 110K publishers, Tactilize releases v3 with eyes on the publishing industry

Tactilize has released the v3.0 of its tap publishing iPad app , which provides an instant on-the-go multimedia storytelling solution. The mobile-first publishing solution announced as well that it has racked up 250K+ downloads, with 110K+ active users. The publishing app connects to almost any service you might want to important from – Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Dropbox, […]

[TNW STARTUP RALLY] Meet kompany: the online background check for companies

As we get ready for TNW Conference, and the Startup Rally, the Rude Baguette sat down to talk with kompany, one of the startups who will be competing this week. kompany was founded in February 2012 by Russell E. Perry, Bernhard Hoetzl, Peter Bainbridge-Clayton and Iris Pittl to provide easy and instant access to international  business background […]

S&P highlights French mobile operator troubles, takes France Telecom down a grade

Citing concerns about mobile pricing pressure in the French market and an anticipated big drop in France Telecom / Orange’s earnings, S&P has decided to follow Fitch’s lead and cut France Telecom’s debt rating to BBB+, the third lowest investment grade. This cut puts France Telecom somewhere in the middle of the European telco pack […]

Hollande’s €150 Million Lottery for Disruptive Innovations

The Race to Innovate or A Hit Reality Show? When we think sponsored events and prizes, we think of the Tour de France, marathons, maybe even nationally televised shows like Nouvelle Star.  Like a cosmetic surgeon promising instant reduction in wrinkles and long-lasting results, French President, François Hollande, has a “quick fix” strategy to unearth France’s […]

The Azendoo and Box Integration is Fierce

Azendoo users can now upload or download in safe territory with Box, a secure online infrastructure that gives users control and protection of their data. Data + Fierce Collaboration = Your Brain The cloud has changed my life. A device equipped with a classic keyboard and screen has slowly become an extension of my brain. […]

Ahead of the TNW Startup Rally, “IFTTT for Business” raises 250K€ seed round from KIMA Ventures & angels

Last month, we spoke to you a bit about, A Seedcamp-backed startup participating in TheNextWeb’s Startup Rally this week in Amsterdam. Well it seems TheNextWeb had good reason to accept the company, whose dashboard for CFO’s has garnered quite a lot of attention despite not having launched yet – the company announced today […]