Archive for October 2013

Approaching €100 Million, Dailymotion to open office in the Land of the Rising Sun

It’s been some time now that the French press is watching closely every move Dailymotion is making, mainly because of the French government intervention last spring putting an end to the Dailymotion Yahoo deal. Dailymotion and a few UK media announced several days ago a new partnership between the two parties consisting in Dailymotion appointing […]

Want to pitch at SXSW?  Apply to the SXSW Accelerator pitch event by November 8th!

Want to pitch at SXSW? Apply to the SXSW Accelerator pitch event by November 8th!

SXSW will hold its 6th annual pitch event at their renowned music, film and interactive/digital mega-conference coming up on March 8-9. Out of the approximately 500 early-stage startups that will apply, 48 will be selected to pitch on the first day at the SXSW Startup Village in front of live audience and a panel of three judges […]

Rude VC: How the 2013 Ironman championship relates to entrepreneurship

Rude VC: How the 2013 Ironman championship relates to entrepreneurship

Frederik Van Lierde won the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii this past Sunday. The Belgian broke the 6-time winning streak held by Australians in the swim/bike/run grand-daddy (that’s 3.9km/180km/42.1km for each segment, respectively). These pro triathletes are in my opinion the most elite athletes in the world. Merely having an opportunity to compete at […]

How the closing of one of Berlin’s top nightclubs underscores its evolution as a Startup destination

You may never have been to Berlin, but you’ve certainly heard about the change it’s been undergoing. Whether or not it’s producing the next Facebook may still be in question; however, the massive influx of artists, entrepreneurs, developers and young, jobless hopefuls from Eastern Europe, Scandinavia & the rest of the world set the stage […]

Bunkr announces 35,000 users, 500 customers & a sleek overhaul to their web app presentation editor

html5-based presentation creator ( & “Powerpoint Killer”) Bunkr has relaunched its web app with a whole new design, a suite of new features, and some pretty amazing growth figures. The startup has brought in 35,000 users from all over the world in the past 5 months, with more than 500 of those going on to become […]

WebDeux Connect kicks-off its 7th and biggest edition on November 6/7th

WebDeux Connect (aka #W2C), one of France’s largest and most renowned French-language tech conferences brings its 7th edition to Paris which promises to be bigger and bolder than ever.  Last year W2C saw over 600 tech and internet enthusiasts join to discover and debate the latest trends, ideas and happenings in the tech sector. This […]

Soundcloud for Food, a fresh approach to the cookbook

Youmiam is looking to revolutionize how we share recipes with friends, and they might as well succeed doing it. The recently launched service from Youmiam aims at all the foodies out there, an astounding 120 million people worldwide who say they like cooking. Speaking with founder Théo, I was inspired by the way they came […]

Apply and help finance the first StartupBus in Africa!

The following post is a guest post by Theophil Haberstroh who helps support startups with their expansion to either France or Germany. Theophil is also an active member of the Digital Club Franco-Allemand (DCFA).  Founded in 2008, StartupBus is building an entrepreneurial ecosystem through a unique experience. The annual competition currently runs across two continents – […]

Criteo sets the terms of its IPO: $176 Million at a $1.5 Billion valuation. Find out who’s getting rich.

After announcing it had filed IPO papers last month, the Nasdaq has reported that Criteo will look to raise $176 Million in their IPO, at a total valuation of $1.5 Billion. This represents a huge achievement for the Paris-based company, which has grown to become one of Google’s largest competitors in the Display Ad business. […]

“God has given you the Internet” & other great quotes from Oliver Samwer

Here at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Business today, the annual IdeaLab! Founders’ Conference has kicked off. The event, organized by WHU students, has brought out a plethora of founders & executives – a mix of WHU alumni  – including, notably, the CEO of Deutsche Telekom & Axel Springer, as well as Rocket Internet […]