Archive for July 2013

The worst appears to be over as seed and early stage investments jump dramatically in first half 2013

After a dismal Q4 2012 for startup investing in France due to the ill-conceived tax hikes and ‘reforms’, things turned around significantly in the first half of 2013 for seed and early stage investments with a 80% jump in the total amount raised and 108% in the number of announced fundraising events. This encouraging news […]

Forgetbox’s Plug Kickstarter campaign raises $70K in 12 Hours to turn any hard drive into your cloud

Forgetbox’s Plug Kickstarter campaign raises $70K in 12 Hours to turn any hard drive into your cloud

Yesterday around 8PM, I was with two of the Forgetbox cofounders Gawen Arab and Severine Marcombes in the basement of a bar, where they had invited friends to announce the launch of their Kickstarter campaign for their flagship product Plug. In French tradition, we were a little late in kicking off the presentation, which consisted […]

[Sponsored] Make it easy and seamless for customers to connect with you

[Sponsored] Make it easy and seamless for customers to connect with you

With the growth of mobile and continuously connected devices, agenda management, while not perfect, has become a lot easier than in the past. The vast amount of applications out there offering to help us all better manage our time is seemingly endless. From standard and usually reliable Google calendars to ‘smart calendars’ such as Tempo […]

[Interview] Giving Corner leveraging charity to improve employee morale & performance

Long-time tech and startup veterans Tim Lovelock and Francois Bracq set out in 2010 to create a business with a double mission. The first, to enable companies to improve employee performance and engagement and the second, to help these same companies better deploy their corporate philanthropy budgets. The answer was Giving Corner, the first platform of its kind to […]

Publicis Groupe’s latest acquisition of Chinese Social Media Agency Netalk reveals bigger plans

Publicis Groupe announced the acquisition of Netalk, a social media services group specializing in social media content, monitoring, & analytics for Chinese social plaforms like Weibo(Chinese Twitter clone), Renren(Chinese Facebook clone), Youku(Chinese YouTube Clone), Taobao(Chinese equivalent of eBay) and WeChat(Chinese equivalent of Viber/Line/WhatsApp). Evoked earlier this year in Adage, this acquisition is part of a more […]

With 750K€, Clic and Walk looks to expand its crowdsourced marketing analytics app

Lille based startup announced they raised 750.000 euros from Breega Capital. Clic and Walk, already financed by Oseo, offers real-time marketing analyses directly from its community of users, called ClicWalkers. The crowdsourcing app already counts 50.000 ClicWalkers and customers such as Logitech, Suez, Kingfisher (Castorama, Brico Depôt) and Ikea. The service is simple to use, […]

Pearltrees launches its Android app as mobile adoption grows

UPDATE: In a previous version of this article, we suggested that the Android news was an update. While Pearltrees was previously accessibly by web browser, this is the version Android mobile app version of Pearltrees. Pearltrees announced today the launch of the Android version of their content library tool, bringing all of the company’s most recent features […]

Wearable devices and the future of our homes

The new Flex device from Fitbit released in January, the new Pulse device from the French Withings announced this month, and rumored revamp of the current Nike+ FuelBand later this year make the self tracking devices a hot market right now. So far, these companies have been working hard to add more input variables into […]

With 30 startups in its program, has TheFamily cracked the code on European Accelerators?

TheFamily has announced a few figures in its first months since launching earlier this year. The accelerator now counts 30 startups under its roof – that’s up from 10 just 3 months ago – and, more importantly, says they have receive 800 applications to the program. The high application rate may be due to their minimal […]

Orange announces its 5-point SmartCities program to help transform cities

One of the key drivers of growth outlined in Orange’s Conquest 2015 plan is leveraging digital technology to help support the transformation of cities. With all the modern challenges faced by today’s urban areas, including optimizing power supplies and transport, improving quality of life for inhabitants and attracting business and tourists alike, Orange believes their […]