Archive for April 2013

Rocket Internet’s coupon aggregator CupoNation partners with Habitat, Marionnaud, and Levi’s for launch in France

German savings platform CupNation has launched in France today, partnering with local retail stores Habitat, Marionnaud, and even Levi’s in France. This is the startup’s eighth market, having already launched in India, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, India and Brazil. The startup also announced they have hired Marc-Antoine Thiriat, a former product development intern at l’Oreal, as their country manager for France […]

The Problem with The French…

The Problem with The French…

… is they host events called “The Problem with the French.” Last week in San Francisco, Paris Soma and Fabernovel, two French companies allegedly dedicated to helping the French digital ecosystem, organized an event that can only be described as a mix between a circle jerk and a support group, entitled “The Problem With the French…” […]

AppGratis says Apple approved their iPad app one day before pulling their iPhone App

AppGratis says Apple approved their iPad app one day before pulling their iPhone App

Earlier this week we reported on the news that AppGratis’ app was unexpectedly removed from the Apple App Store during the weekend, due to infringing on a few of Apple’s quite generic rules regarding applications pushing notifications that are paid by advertisers, as well as apps that are similar to the app store. AppGratis was first […]

Berlin Web Week’s star event Heureka 2013 focuses on the ‘elements of a startup’ on May 14th

This year Berlin’s tech showcase week, Berlin Web Week, is set to kick-off on May 13th and once again, the Heureka networking conference, set for May 14th, will be a big highlight of the week.  This year’s edition of Heureka will welcome over 500 entrepreneurs, startups, investors and others interested in the tech scene to […]

Rude VC: Givers, Matchers, and Takers

An interesting conversation I enjoyed last week directed me toward some research by Adam Grant, a tenured professor of organizational psychology at Wharton. Grant’s research, on which he elaborates in his upcoming book, Give and Take, (and encapsulated in a great article by Susan Dominus in the NY Times Magazine), espouses the notion of how […]

Ridesharing marketplace Blablacar launches in Germany – already 3 Million registered users in Europe

Ridesharing marketplace Blablacar announced today that they have launched into Germany, their 11th market in Europe. The company raised $10 Million from Accel Ventures back in January 2012, after they had already launched in France, Spain and the UK, and have since acquired PostinAuto to enter into Italy, acquired a team to enter into Poland, and […]

Sketchfab accepted into TechStars NYC, so why would anyone apply to TechStars London?

Last week TechStars announced their Spring 2013 class of startups for their New York program – 11 startups which will receive $18K in funding and a $100K convertible note. Among those announced was LeCamping alumnus Sketchfab, who recently raised a small seed round to continue the growth of its YouTube for 3D website. With 20K+ users […]

After OVH announced $181M to go to N. America, Mailjet snags partnership as only newsletter tool in OVH’s marketplace

Last month, OVH, the number one hosting provider in Europe and fourth globally, announced that it raised $181M to fuel its North American expansion. Now comes the news that they’re integrating Mailjet into their new OVH Marketplace.  Mailjet, who are a key competitor of MailChimp and define their offering as a “the email service for […]

La Poste & Parrot deliver April Fools Day joke that US bloggers fall for and subsequently declare April Fools Day dead

Last week you may have heard a story about La Poste delivering newspapers using Parrot AR Drones – this of course was a hoax put on by the two companies in the spirit of April Fools day; however, despite the conveniently timed announcement, it seems several US & French blogs fell victim to the hoax, including VentureBeat, […]

[Interview] Ebuzzing, changing the game in social and video advertising

Ebuzzing was originally founded at the end of 2007 by 12 year web veteran Bertrand Quesada, whose vision from the beginning focused on offering brands a platform to help scale their PR and ‘buzz’ on social media. Quesada joined forces with Kelkoo founder and serial entrepreneur Pierre Chappaz shortly thereafter with the objective of building Ebuzzing into a […]