Archive for September 2014

AdYouLike acquires Video Natives, growing its native advertising technology

AdYouLike has been pushing pretty hard to become a leader in the native advertising space. After raising money last year, the company acquired UK Startup Content Amp for $2.5 Million this past April, marking their intention to expand outside of their native France. Now, AdYouLike has confirmed their acquisition of the UK Video Natives, a startup on pace for $2 […]

France’s new anti-Uber law gives Taxis an unfair advantage

France’s new anti-Uber law gives Taxis an unfair advantage

Yesterday evening, the France’s National Assembly voted definitively in favor of the pro-taxi  “Thévenoud law,” which imposed a certain number of restrictions and regulations on both Taxis and VTC (licensed professional drivers of services like Uber, Chauffeur-Privé, SnapCar). Those regulations include a comical list, among them: VTC Drivers must return to their dispatch after each ride […]

In France, Nest available today online & in select retailers

In France, Nest available today online & in select retailers

The day has finally come for Nest to arrive in France (& Ireland, as of today), after the company announced their international plans earlier this month at IFA. Nest’s French-language website is online, and it looks like the Nest Protect & the Nest Thermostat will be available online (no news on Dropcam yet). At last […]

MyFeelBack raises €1 Million to build Smarter Survey Software

Toulouse-based MyFeelBack has raised €1 Million from BPIFrance, business angels including ExactTarget VP Jean-Philippe Baert, as well as the crowdfunding platform WiSeed, for their SaaS survey software. The startup, founded in 2011 by Julien Hourregue (CTO), Aurore Beugniez (COO) & Stéphane Contrepois (CEO), has already worked with SNCF, BMW & Airbus, counting over 35,000 users across its surveys. The product allows users to […]

Introducing the Rude List Job Board – France’s first Startup-only job board

Last Saturday, Rude Baguette & 50 high-growth tech companies stood at the attention of 1,000 developers, designers, salesmen, marketers, communications & product specialists. It was our 3rd edition, having slowly grown the forum over the last year into the definitive recruitment event for startups; however, we knew that helping great startups recruit passionate talent twice a year […]

TransferWise launches new UX, mobile app and more in bid to help consumers beat bank fees

After having raised $33 million from investors such as Richard Branson, Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, and Xavier Niel, hitting the £1bn in transaction volume milestone, and saving customers a whopping £45 million in banking fees, TransferWise has announced today various new functionality and features to put them squarely on the path to challenging the big banks […]

Reliability is a USP in France

This past weekend, Rude Baguette held its Startup Job Fair, third in the series. By all accounts, the fair proved a rousing success, and I commend the Rude Baguette organizers for their heroics. From what I understand of this event, it in many ways encapsulated the current state of affairs of the French tech ecosystem, […]

Dynadmic raises $3 Million for their cookie-less targeted Video Ad Platform

Video Ad Startup Dynadmic has raised $3 Million from Xange, the company announced this week. Boasting Red Bull, BMW & Peugeot among its clients, Dynadmic provides cookie-less targeted video ads, leveraging contextual information to provide better ad-targeting. Founded by Stephane Bonjean and Bruno Champion, the company is active in 18 countries, employs 30 people, and is a leading Video […]

Paris Founders Event: 5 Founders, 5 Demos, 600 Attendees

It’s that time again – the Paris Founders Event, the quarterly networking event for the Paris Startup Ecosystem, is returning on October 8th, this time welcoming 600 Startups, Investors, Journalists & Corporate Partners to the Palais Brongniart. The event, which took place last July & last April at Google France, filling out the search giant’s 250-person […]

Retail store orders search & seizure at 360 HD Cam Giroptic’s offices

When HD 360 degree Camera Giroptic launched their Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, many were quick to point our that Giroptic looked a lot like Geonaute, a product that Oxylane, Decathlon’s parent company (a leading French sporting goods store), had been showing around at CES earlier that year. The connection became much more clear when it was learned that Decathlon’s Geonaute was […]