Archive for June 2014

Viadeo raises 5 million euros to accelerate its growth in China

Just ahead of their Paris IPO coming up on July 7th, Viadeo has announced the closing of a 5 million euro round with A Capital. The purpose of this new round is to support the increasing growth of Viadeo’s Chinese professional social network, Tianji which it purchased in 2007. Tianji has been posting strong growth, […]

Algolia’s Quest to (re)Build the Search Layer of the Internet

Algolia’s Quest to (re)Build the Search Layer of the Internet

Back in 2012, I sat down with two former Exalead engineers and they looked me square in the eyes and said they had built a search engine that was faster on mobile than anything that existed – Elastic or otherwise – and that they wanted to be for databases what Google was for web pages. […]

With 15 million monthly unique visitors, Feeligo is at the forefront of the ‘sticker revolution’

With 15 million monthly unique visitors, Feeligo is at the forefront of the ‘sticker revolution’

Similar to many startups, Feeligo has evolved over time. Having started off offering monetization applications for social networks, over the past year they’ve honed in on a fast-growing and more directly monetizable opportunity – stickers. As recently pointed out by our RudeVC, the sticker market is an extremely lucrative one and, as demonstrated so aptly […]

Paris Founders Event Summer Edition: Tickets Now on Sale

Each season, the Rude Baguette picks up five very special, brand new startups to demo on stage at the Paris tech networking event: the Paris Founders Event. Five products – that have the potential to become France’s next big – get to launch on stage in front of an audience of 250 international investors, journalists, […]

Salesforce to increase its footprint in France and elsewhere in Europe

Today, the Salesforce1 World Tour comes to Paris. Many large companies host their own events to connect with customers, publicize what they’re up to and make big announcements. However, Salesforce’s events, including their stalwart Dreamforce and now Salesforce1World Tour, are well-known to stand-out from the pack. This year, Salesforce founder Marc Benioff is joining the […]

Pre-order your Qleek: a device for those who miss when medias were objects

How not to fall in love with Qleek? Although not so easy to acknowledge, Qleek seems just right. It brings the greatness of object design together with the easiness of a media playing device. It makes you re-discover the pleasure to collect beautiful media-related objects without giving up the digitalization of your media collection. It […]

Withings brings together “connected” and “fashion” inside a smart watch

Earlier this year, we leaked the info that Withings, leader in connected health, was working on a “dandy” series of wearable technologies. The news is now official: Withings released yesterday its new product “Activité”, a luxury smart watch that will reconcile top geeks with fashionistas/os. Activité uses state-of-the-art technology developed by Withings: it can track your […]

What is the point of La FrenchTouch Conference?

This week 200-300 entrepreneurs, business angels, and other actors in the startup ecosystem will gather in New York City for a conference about startups, with a bit of a French twist. The twist is that the majority of the speakers, as well as many of the attendees, are French. La FrenchTouch Conference (LFTC – June 26th/27th) […]

Etsy acquires A Little Market showing “Handmade in France” is in fashion

A Little Market, the six years old French startup where customers can buy artisanal products made in France online was acquired by Etsy, the marketplace for vintage and hand-made goods. The details of the deal remain undisclosed, yet according to the Wall Street Journal, the valuation is less than $100 million. For the two co-founders […]

Aspiring SaaS converts can learn a lot from Adobe

Selling software on a cloud-based subscription model has become so commonplace these days that new software startups must have a pretty compelling reason if they intend to pursue the traditional approach of perpetual license sales. The cloud model is recurring in nature and thus provides a more predictable revenue stream. In the traditional perpetual license […]