Archive for June 2013

Mobile app Soundwave answers the question “What are you listening to?”

Earlier this month, Dublin-based Soundwave made a big splash when they launched their iPhone and Android app. With a launch event featuring Stephen Fry, the polished mobile app promises to change music discovery for the ages. A newsfeed that aggregates music that your friends listen to on popular music services like Spotify, Soundcloud, or YouTube, the […]

Adobe snatches up French marketing platform Neolane for $600M

Adobe snatches up French marketing platform Neolane for $600M

Adobe announced this week that they have acquired French conversational marketing company Neolane for a whopping $600M this week. With more than 400 customers worldwide, Neolane will allow Adobe to beef up their Adobe Marketing Cloud offer to include their cross-channel campaign management technology. Among the investors of Neolane’s $27M in fundraising were Battery Ventures, […]

digiSchool raises €3 million to revolutionize eLearning

digiSchool raises €3 million to revolutionize eLearning

Born in 2011 out of the merger of Anthony Kuntz’s Kreactive and Thierry Debarnot’s Media Etudiant, e-learning startup digiSchool announced this week that they raised €3 million with Turenne Capital and Alto Invest. This new round of funding will enable them to reinforce their position in France via both organic and acquisition fueled growth. As […]

[Interview] Yahoo! Japan CEO talks partnership opportunities for French startups and more

Yahoo! Japan has had a very different trajectory than that of its joint venture partner Yahoo. Having heralded in its 16th year of record high sales and profits and continuing to be the #1 visited site in Japan (#15 in the world), Yahoo! Japan is a force to be reckoned with. From search to advertising […]

European Commission to lower roaming charges across Europe by up to 36% as of July 1st

Neelie Kroes announced today that a new price cap on roaming charges, which will take effect July 1st, will cut roaming by 36% across Europe, with countries like Croatia seeing as much as a 93% reduction (15 times cheaper). This comes as part of a greater effort by Neelie and the European Commission to make data and […]

Rocket Internet continues their eCommerce domination – JUMIA launches in the Ivory Coast

It seems every week a Rocket Internet product (they call them companies, but let’s be honest) is announcing some eight to nine figure fundraising and launching in a suite of countries. Today, the launch is in the Ivory Coast, with Jumia, which already established itself as an eCommerce leader in Nigeria (the #4 site with […]

Streaming continues to surpass downloads in France

Hadopi and Opinion Way have just released an extensive study on how French internet users access content online.  The study confirms what has been a rapidly growing trend since the introduction of the Hadopi law in 2009, namely that streaming is the dominant way the French access video and music online. Some 84% of French internet […]

With 100K users, Mention revamps its media-monitoring app & adds enterprise offer

“Google Alerts on steroids” Mention now counts over 100,000 users (as of last night around 11:00PM, I’m told), and has celebrated the milestone by launching a revamped version of its media-monitoring service today. The community management service allows users to track traditional account activity, as well as keyword and competitors mentions. “We built the new mention […]

Parse & Scribd founder Tikhon Bernstam to give talk at TheFamily July 16th

UPDATE: In the original version of this article, he stated that Tikhon was a part-time partner at YC; while he has been funded twice by YC, we have been told that he has never worked for YC, and have updated the article accordingly. Paris accelerator TheFamily will welcome Tikhom Bernstam, founder of Scribd & Parse […]

Founder of ZipCar, Robin Chase’s BuzzCar buys CityzenCar to double down on French car-sharing

BuzzCar announced the acquisition of car-sharing service Cityzencar, now counting 50,000+ members sharing 7,000+ cars in 2,000+ cities in France. Founded by ZipCar founder Robin Chase, BuzzCar allows individuals to rent out cars from other individuals by the hour or by the day. Currently focused on the French market, this acquisition will help slim out […]