Archive for September 2013

In 2016, Paris to be home to the biggest startup incubator in the world (30,000m²)

UPDATE: This article originally suggested the space would be 100Km² – that is the amount of total incubator space in Paris. 1000 Startups will be 30Km², and the article has been updated to reflect that. Yesterday at Paris’ classic town-hall Hôtel de Ville, the city of Paris officially launched the anxiously anticipated and much debated […]

Silicon Sentier’s future: bigger space, bigger vision. An interview with Adrien Schmidt.

Silicon Sentier’s future: bigger space, bigger vision. An interview with Adrien Schmidt.

Silicon Sentier, which in many ways was a key spark in the evolution of France’s tech ecosystem, is moving into a new, bold phase. With a huge new space to housing all its activities and Squid Solutions founder Adrien Schmidt at the helm as their new president, Silicon Sentier is looking to broaden its impact […]

Intro’s, investment sweetspots, NDAs (or not): How to pitch me

Intro’s, investment sweetspots, NDAs (or not): How to pitch me

I consider myself really fortunate to work as a VC. It feeds my ego to think I’m smart, but the truth is that my smarts come mainly from exposure in high volumes to truly smart people, i.e. you, the entrepreneurs. My purported wisdom derives mainly from the catbird seat my job affords me to witness […]

Youboox raises €1.1 Million led by Atlas Editions to become the Spotify of eBooks

On the back of raising funds via media-for-equity fund 5M Ventures earlier this year, Youboox have raised €1.1 Million from Atlas Editions, according to Frenchweb. Founded by Vincent Daubry, Helen Merillion & Fabien Sauleman, Youboox’s goal has been to provide an alternative way for casual book-readers to consume eBooks, namely through a freemium model similar to Spotify. The […]

With 10M downloads, edjing raises $2.5M, adds Deezer cofounder Daniel Marhely to board

Digital DJ tool edjing announced today a $2.5 Million round of funding led by French VC Entrepreneur Venture; the mobile startup also announced that it has added Deezer Co-Founder Daniel Marhely to its board, and that he is also participating in the round of funding. The company has been growing quite quickly, now counting nearly 10 Million […]

Pre-targeting startup Ezakus totals 4.7M€ in funding from IDInvest, sets sights on London & New York

Ezakus announced today that it has secured another €2.5 Million from French VCs IDInvest, bringing the total funding to €4.7 Million to date. Founded by Christophe Camborde(CEO), Yannick Lacastaigneratte (COO), Christophe Hélary & Henri de Capèle, the Bordeaux-based team has its roots in Carrefour, Alcatel, Nortel & General Electric, and the team has been looking to go […]

How Webit Congress connects the Entrepreneurial and Enterprise worlds in Istanbul

On November 6 – 7th, Istanbul will again welcome one of the fastest growing global digital, tech, and telco events, the Webit Congress. Webit can best be described as a mega-event rather than a simple conference given its multiple simultaneous conference format, tradeshow exhibitions, startup competition, workshops, and, highly impressive, 200 speakers. The central focus […]

After winning LeWeb London startup competition, LeCamping’s Pricing Assistant raises €500K

Pricing Assistant announced on their blog this week that they have raised €500K from 5 Angel Investors, naming Nicolas Vauvillier, former COO of LeGuide, amongst their investors. Pricing Assistant won the LeWeb London startup competition earlier this year, and is a graduate of Season 4 of LeCamping. Having previously co-founded free music platform Jamendo, and current co-organizer […]

GigaOm Structure Europe reminds us that we know absolutely nothing about “The Cloud”

Last week just across the street from the Tower of London, GigaOm hosted the second edition of Structure Europe, a two-day conference focusing on the next big innovations in Cloud Computing. While last year’s edition featured name-brand speakers like Box COO Dan Levin and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, this year went head-first deep into the growing […]

Sitting Across the table from Bernard Liautaud: CEO, Board Member & Investor

If you find yourself in London near Oxford Circus, you need only turn down Balderton Street in order to find Balderton Capital, formerly Benchmark Europe – though the VC fund has certainly made a name of its own merit since separating from the American VC fund. Understanding Balderton Capital is easy enough: “We invest in […]