Archive for February 2014

I’ve tested 10 connected bracelets, here’s how I feel about it

Wristbands and smartwatches are going to be a major trend in the upcoming years according to Canalys due to significant improvements into both hardware and software components. As a result, smartbands sales will grow rapidly in 2014 : around 17 million of these connected objects will be sold this year. Connected objects manufacturers are expected […]

Numericable to purchase Vivendi’s SFR for €15 Billion; TelCo consolidation just getting started

Numericable to purchase Vivendi’s SFR for €15 Billion; TelCo consolidation just getting started

Internet service provider Numericable has reportedly confirmed talks with Vivendi to purchase their ailing subsidiary SFR at a valuation of €15 Billion. The deal, which will see the new Numericable-SFR merger owned 32% by Vivendi and  50% by Altice, the parent company of Numericable, was first reported on Les Echos, though rumors of such a […]

With 1.3 Million users, Tariq Krim ditches the JoliOS & announces Jolicloud 2

With 1.3 Million users, Tariq Krim ditches the JoliOS & announces Jolicloud 2

Tariq Krim and a few members of his staff gathered at Numa to present Jolicloud’s 2 Home and Drive. The low-key event called Jolicloud Ecosystem Party saw circa 100 people attend, and was structured around 3 moments: Tariq Krim’s intro speech, François Beaufort Chromium Evangelist presenting APIs, and 4 selected french startups that will soon […]

Criteo acquires Tedemis for €21 Million in its first acquisition post-IPO

Criteo announced today that is has acquired Tedemis, a real-time opt-in email marketing solution solutions startup, for €17 Million in cash and €4 Million based on hitting certain agreed milestones. Found in 2006, the Paris-based company will help evolve Criteo’s offering, which saw record revenue last quarter – Criteo currently offers CPC advertising solution on the […]

After acquiring Viber, Rakuten announces new European R&D center in Paris

With Asian tech leaders like Gumi and Samsung and French stars like Criteo setting up tech centers in Paris, is France finally starting to build a name for itself as one of the top places in Europe for international companies to put their R&D operations?  Yesterday’s announcement that ecommerce giant Rakuten has selected Paris as the […]

Introducing The Connected Conference – Europe’s response to CES

It’s an exciting week here at Rude Baguette, as we’ve formally kicked off the Connected Conference, Europe’s first conference exploring the future of the Connected Hardware, the Internet of Things, and 3D Printing. The conference will take place at La Halle Freyssinet in the heart of Paris, and we’re excited to announce our first speakers, including […]

Salezeo raises €1.5 Million for its crowdsourced lead generation platform

Lead generation startup Salezeo has raised €1.5 Million from Newfund capital in order to expand into foreign markets, the company announced this week. Started in 2011 by Olivier Piscart (previously of Emailvision), Stéphane Chaillou, Olivier Candau and Karin Olsson, Salezeo provides prospecting software, leveraging a private database of over 1 million contacts, crowdsourced by its 15,000+ […]

Coinbase is paying contract workers in… BitCoin

At least one contract worker for Coinbase, the Bitcoin startup backed by Union Square Ventures & Andreessen Horowitz with over $30M in investment, has been paid in BitCoin to do work on a contract basis. Given that the startup manages thousands of dollars worth of bitcoins on a regular basis, it’s no surprise that it […]

‘4YFN’ Event to put the spotlight on mobile entrepreneurship during Mobile World Congress on Feb 24th

Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest can’t miss event about everything mobile, seems to move in more of an entrepreneurial direction each year. Over the last few years, an increasing number of startups have been joining the Congress with stands, side events, start-up competions, etc. This year Mobile World Capital Barcelona, orangizers of the Congress, […]

[INTERVIEW] Spotify’s Yann Thebault discusses the evolution of streaming and the future of digital music

In the final of my interviews with top music tech leaders participating at MIDEM this year I speak with Yann Thebault, Managing Director Southern Europe for Spotify.  In our discussion, Thebault goes into more depth about the importance of startups for Spotify, how streaming is still very much on an evolutionary path, and how the […]