Archive for June 2013

Meanwhile in France: Criminal Case surpasses all Zynga games to become 2nd most popular Facebook game

Pretty Simple Games, the studio behind Criminal Case, announced today that they have surpassed every single Zynga title to become Facebook’s 2nd most popular game, behind’s Candy Crush. The crime-solving social game has 9 Million Daily Active Users(DAUs), 17 Million likes on Facebook, and the highest rating in the Facebook top ten, putting them […]

Viadeo launches VMail, creating a direct connection between advertisers and your inbox

Viadeo launches VMail, creating a direct connection between advertisers and your inbox

Viadeo announced this week that it is rolling out a new advertising opportunity on the platform, VMail, which allows advertisers to send 100% customizable messages to Viadeo users. Advertisers can target users by a variety of profile characteristics, and it seems that the message will arrive directly in the users’ personal email inbox, as well […]

With 700M emails analyzed, WriteThat.Name exposes the “Anatomy of an Email Signature”

With 700M emails analyzed, WriteThat.Name exposes the “Anatomy of an Email Signature”

WriteThatName has released an infographic based on the half a billion emails they have analyzed with their smart contact organizer in the two years since they’ve launched. The infographic examines the “Anatomy of an Email Signature,” including the most common details included in an Email Signature and the best practices for labelling an email signature […]

Twilio’s head of European Marketing Ben Nunney discusses the French Tech Market

As we announced last month, Twilio, many startups’ go to cloud communications partner, will be making it’s big debut on the Paris tech scene next week with two great events –  the Rude Baguette & Twilio Apero on the 11th and the Intro to Twilio Workshop on the 12th. I caught up with Twilio’s Head of […]

Sunrise raises $2.2M to reinvent the calendar on mobile

Mobile Calendar app Sunrise announced on their blog that they have raised $2.2M from a slew of VCs(Resoluto, NextView, Lerer, etc.) and Angels (Dave Morin, Hunter Walk, Loic Le Meur, etc.). Founded by Pierre Valade and Jeremy Le Van, this round of investment validates the praise the currently iOS-only app has been getting as the first […]

Steve Jobs called it: France claims Amazon is killing bookstores with loss-leader prices

During a conference of bookstore owners in Bordeaux this week, Aurelie Filippetti, France’s Minister of Culture, renewed her fight against Amazon, who she says has killed the market by lowering prices and by introducing free shipping. As reported in LeMonde, Amazon has taken advantage of one French law which allows books to be discounted at […]

Rude VC: Open up the French Open

On Friday my colleague and I walked by a shop window at lunchtime that displayed a large flat screen televising Roger Federer’s match at Roland Garros. We were immediately struck by the abundance of vacant seats in the stadium during the match. Granted, it was a Friday afternoon (heaven forbid the French cut out work […]

Giftiz creators Purple Brain tackle the Android game monetization and ad challenge with AdBuddiz

Last fall, we covered the launch of Giftiz which could be best described as a game discovery / incentivization app that helps game developers and publishers attract and retain gamers. With 400k downloads thus far, various high-profile game clients and a swathe of positive reviews, Gifitz has definitely be a solid first success for its creators […]

With 20.000 Social Headhunters already on board, MyJobCompany launches in the UK

Social recruitment solution MyJobCompany announced this week that they are launching in the UK. The service, which builds upon the traditional recruitment tools by adding “social headhunters” – individuals who push job listings to their network and earn money if the post is filled because of them – already counts 20,000+ social headhunters, and has […]

Shopmium raises $5.6M Series B from Ventech, Accel & ISAI to crack retail shopping & mobile

Mobile promotions startup Shopmium has announced a $5.6M Series B from Ventech as well as previous investors Accel Partners & ISAI. Founded in September 2011 by Eli Curetti, Quentin de Chivré and Philippe Cantet, the startup previously raised $2.1M from Accel & ISAI in order to connect shoppers and their mobile phones, and it seems they’ve had some […]