Archive for February 2014

Dealissime cofounders launch Selectionnist to bridge Women’s media & eCommerce

Two of France’s biggest success stories in recent years, Tatiana and Lara Rouyres, cofounders of Dealissime which sold to Living Social just one year into launch, have left their roles as French country managers of Living Social, and have announced their next startup: The Selectionnist. Meant to bridge the gap between magazines like Elle, Vogue […]

Orange releases Le Bloc, a connected wireless video projector to access your digital life

Orange releases Le Bloc, a connected wireless video projector to access your digital life

We’ve covered the last Hello Show from Orange back in November and at the time they promised to bring us the Bloc, a connected mobile video projector for the home. This surprised many back then as it was Orange’s first stab at their own hardware and while the concept was strikingly promising we were left […]

’15-Minute’ law against Chauffeur Apps suspended in France

’15-Minute’ law against Chauffeur Apps suspended in France

France’s Conseil d’Etat (top judiciary handling administrative matters) took up its role as arbiter this week of the now internationally infamous dispute between taxis and chauffeur services over the 15-minute law (actually a presidential decree), which came into effect this past January. The ruling came down today, as reported in LeFigaro, that the decree would […]

Is there logic behind France’s rumored €1 Billion Google Tax?

French Minister Arnaud Montebourg, in charge of ‘getting the economy back in shape’ (paraphrasing), is rumored to be putting together yet another ‘Google Tax’ that could hit the search giant with more than €1 Billion in back taxes on previous years. The minister, who was received by his fellow Frenchmen at LeWeb last December to […]

[Sponsored] How do you choose your cloud service provider?

The following articles is sponsored by Oxalide, a cloud-hosting company which provides DevOps management.   Cloud storage capacity might be proving Moore’s law right and the inverted trend for prices also come as a nice add-on to that trend. There is however a silent truth glooming over the all-new service providers popping up everywhere like […]

French, Turkish and German startups big winners at Midemlab

Every year during the Midem music business conference in Cannes, thirty startups and app developers have the chance to pitch during the Midemlab international competition. The awards presented by Pepsi and Vivendi, are judged per category, by an international jury made up of leading entertainment executives, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, incubator specialists and innovators in the […]

Japan’s NTT acquires unified communications specialist Arkadin International

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within global telco giant NTT, has closed on its acquisition of French unified communications specialist (UCaaS) Arkadin International for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition of Arkadin, who are the third largest specialist globally in internet-based collaborative audio, video, web and unified communications, will not […]

Uber to tackle urban ridesharing, launches UberPop in Paris

Uber announced today via their blog that they will launch on February 5th UberPop, an urban ridesharing service that will undercut UberX prices by nearly 50%. The offer, which will allow individuals to register their car on Uber and transport other individuals, comes just days after the 15-Minute law was confirmed by the French Government, forcing […]

RudeVC: Don’t judge every regulation by its cover

Last month the French parliament voted in favor of a new law regulating the discounts allowed by book merchants. Sponsored by French Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, the “anti-Amazon law” is aptly nick-named as it set its sights directly on the $150 billion e-commerce giant by prohibiting its practice of combining a 5% price discount […]

Voxeet raises $1.5 Million for its pitch-perfect conference call solution

If you haven’t caught one of YouTube’s most recent viral videos – A Conference Call in Real Life – then you might be more surprised about the news that yet another conferencing solution, Voxeet, announced a $1.5 Million round of fundraising from Partech, Xavier Niel, and a handful of others. Since the adoption of WebRTC, there […]