Archive for January 2014

Jolicloud’s Brenda O’Connell to join Twitter as Head of Business Development EMEA

Twitter has been beefing up its team in Europe in the past year, including some major shifts in Dublin & Paris; while the French startup scene hasn’t been given a social bump despite having Twitter’s head of International Katie Stanton being based in the Paris office, perhaps Twitter’s most recent high-profile hire will do the trick. […]

Nest’s only European Investor is France’s Super Angel Xavier Niel

Nest’s only European Investor is France’s Super Angel Xavier Niel

The acquisition of Connected Home startup Nest by Google last week has stirred up several questions around what it might mean for Google to have access to the data which Nest uses in its smart thermostat and smoke detector. In addition, several publications have been looking into Nest’s investors; however, it seems one of Nest’s […]

The flaw in Uber’s surge-pricing algorithm

The flaw in Uber’s surge-pricing algorithm

Last week witnessed a lot of excitement around chauffered car services in France. On Monday Paris taxi drivers held a general strike, blocking airports and roads with their idle cars and in several incidents allegedly attacking competitive private car services. This comes on the heels of France’s introduction of its ’15-minute law’ designed to thwart […]

Don’t miss out on applying to the Hello TOMORROW Challenge by January 29th!

Last week saw the official, public launch of the SIE Network‘s Hello Tomorrow Challenge which seeks to connect, promote and accelerate European entrepreneurs looking to leverage science and technology to develop truly innovative, disruptive products and services.  As such, the challenge will focus on innovations in the following five areas:  biotech and medical technology, energy, big […]

10 Startups you didn’t know were founded by French Entrepreneurs

This week, Tariq Krim announced his intention to create a list of 100 French hackers who have been integral in the development of the Internet as we know it today. Initial reactions to the project were mixed. The list, which is part of Krim’s work with Fleur Pellerin to help promote and encourage the growth […]

French Senate holds a Bitcoin hearing to discuss risks & opportunities

This week the French Senate held a hearing to discuss the decentralized currency Bitcoin. As reported by Coindesk, the hearing, which was broadcasted live, featured high-profile French politicians as well as directors from the French Tresory, the Banque de France, the anti-trafficing authority TRACFN, the border-patrol authorities, and notably, Paymium co-founder Gonzague Grandval. Paymium runs Bitcoin Central, […]

Adobe add 3D Printing support for Photoshop – partners with Sketchfab, Makerbot & Shapeways

Adobe announced a suite of changes to its Creative Cloud offer, the online subscription-based service which Adobe launched last year. Embracing one of tech’s largest trends, 3D Printing & Imaging, Adobe has added support in Photoshop for 3D Images, allowing users to publish to platforms like Sketchfab, as well as to push 3D Designs to […]

3 Months after launch, “MTV for Mobile” Mindie raises $1.2M led by SV Angels & Dave Morin

If you’ve been following the story of Mindie, then it’ll come as no surprise to learn that Mindie just raised $1.2 million from SV angels, Lower Case Ventures, David Tisch, Dave Morin & Slow Ventures, Betaworks, Pete Cashmore, Michael Arrington, Troy Carter, Chris Howard & Cashmere Entertainment, along with many other angels. The product, which launched […]

A Tale of Two Taxis

The following is a guest post from Michael Ferranti, a marketer and product guy living and working in San Francisco, USA. You can follow him on Twitter @ferrantim where your tweets in English and français are welcome, or on his blog. My favorite way to travel in Paris is the metro, but when I was […]

After its Folders acquisition, a big iOS update affirms Box’s position as “cloud meets mobile”

Box released an update to its iPhone & iPad app this week which the company hopes will make its users more efficient with the way they collaborate, communicate & work on mobile. The company currently offers 50Gb of free storage to all users who sign up (of which the company currently has 20 Million), with its […]