Archive for March 2014

How French startups are disrupting the medical device industry

The following is an interview of Sofinnova senior associate Katie Ellias by John Gridley, the co-founder of BSG which has developed a functional brain monitoring system ( which has received FDA 510(k) clearance. Which segments of the French medical device industry are attracting the most startup venture investment? What are some startup companies to watch in those […]

The limit(ation)s of Connected Devices

The limit(ation)s of Connected Devices

I am absolutely fascinated with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  This mystery gives us a perfect window into how we view, react, and interact with technology and our ability to make up stories to explain the data. I am not talking about stories in the sense of the bedtime lullaby that we tell […]

European babysitter marketplace Yoopies acquires Yokoro to expand into homecare

European babysitter marketplace Yoopies acquires Yokoro to expand into homecare

Yoopies, the marketplace for parents to find babysitters for their children, has acquired Yokoro, a marketplace for homecare services including babysitting, cleaning, tutoring & personal assistance. Yoopies’ founder & CEO Benjamin Suchar says that Yokoro’s users will be gradually transferred over to Yoopies, and that, while the terms of the deal were not disclosed, he […]

After raising nearly $10M, Prestashop brings insights & analytics to eMerchants

Following a $9.3 Million fundraising earlier this month, open source eCommerce platform Prestashop released its version 1.6, including a new suite of analytics & insights for eMerchants. The 600,000 member community will receive business intelligence, predicative insights & analytics about users & purchases on their ste. “We are extremely proud of PrestaShop 1.6 and excited to introduce […]

France’s tech companies’ flagship Criteo is recruiting. Meet them at the Paris Job Fair!

Pursuing its mission to fight unemployment and talents’ misfits, the Rude Baguette is featuring interviews of startups (small and bigger) participating in next edition of the Paris Startup Job Fair. Whether your job is insanely boring, your talent is misunderstood by your boss or you are not so keen on going back to Pôle Emploi, join us […]

Kontest raises €600,000 in a bid to dominate the world of online contests

Paris startup Kontest has raised a seed round of €600,000 from 3T Capital and Priceminister Co-founder Olivier Mathiot, the startup announced this week. Founded in 2010 by former Deezer employee Jacinthe Busson and former Googler Sylvain Weber, I had the pleasure of sharing an office with them in their very early days, and have watched them […]

‘Romeo’ makes his big debut at Lyon robotics fair Innorobo

A human-sized, personal assistant, ‘Made in France’ robot could soon becoming to a home near you. French startup Alderbaran Robotics has unveiled for the first time at Lyon’s big robotics fair Innorobo ‘Romeo’, the anxiously awaited 1,4m, 40 kg humanoid robot.  The development of Romeo has been an extremely ambitious project, which since being kicked-off in […]

Festicket launches its B2B platform for festival organizers, suppliers and affiliates

Festicket, the platform that makes life easier for all live-music lovers, opens the door to a new strategy by offering all its business partners a new platform to track, manage and improve sales. The London-based startup was founded in 2012 by Zacharie Sabban (CEO) and Jonathan Younes (CTO) and aims at gathering on one platform a booking […]

RudeVC: Can eBay’s failure in China teach us something in Europe ?

Most of us in the West have never shopped on Tmall or Jingdong. Yet these two firms represent the leaders of the imminently largest e-commerce market in the world: China. Although (formerly 360Buy) is a distant second to Alibaba’s Tmall platform, the firm still served a cool $16 billion worth of goods to 140 […]

Synthesio raises €14M to eavesdrop on you for Brands

French startup Synthesio has raised a €14 Million Series B led by IDInvest, the startup reported this week. The startup provides solutions to enterprises looking to listen in on what is being said about them on social media. Founded in 2006 by Loic Moisand & Thibault Hanin, the company has offices in Paris, London, New […]