Archive for September 2014

Five French startups best positioned for Asia

When someone from Journal du Net contacted me about my piece last year on 5 French Startups I Can’t Live Without, apparently they liked it so much that they decided to ride with the theme (hey, imitation is the best form of flattery, I suppose). JDN interviewed a handful of France’s first-rate VCs to each […]

French Developers can earn double in Silicon Valley

French Developers can earn double in Silicon Valley

Photo: The Rocketspace incubator in San Francisco Developer salaries are increasing in Paris, according to a recent study by  IT recruitment firm Urbanlinker, who looked at expected salaries for varying experience levels across different technologies/roles, including: PHP, Java, .NET, Ruby, Front-/Back-End (HTML, Node.js, Angular), Big Data, Mobile (native & hybrid), as well as UX & UI […]

French TV channel in hot water with gamers for Twitch teardown piece

French TV channel in hot water with gamers for Twitch teardown piece

French TV Channel Canal+ (a premium channel with a model similar to HBO) is in hot water with the gaming community after one of its shows- Le Grand Journal – ran a piece on Twitch, the live streaming video platform which is popular among hardcore video gamers. The piece (available here on YouTube), in just two minutes, refers to Twitch as the “latest […]

[Interview] How reinforces the collective power of individual sport

Throughout the July / August vacation period the Rude Baguette has run a series of interviews with some of France’s top and rising startups, where their founders give us more insight into their business, their future plans and what sets them apart from the rest. In this final installment, we talk with Thomas Didier, Cofounder of […]

Ornikar will launch its 100% online driving school in 2015

Although they launched their company only last December, Ornikar has already received quite a bit of attention for their Paris-based driving school. After their initial application for a license received an unfavorable recommendation from the Auto Ecole (“driving school”) license committee, Ornikar dug their feet in and began fighting to get approval to launch the first 100% online driving school, […]

Iliad to announce improved bid for T-Mobile acquisition

After its initial offer was refused by parent company Deutsche Telekom, Xavier Niel & ISP Free are set to announce a renewed offer that could value US telecom company T-Mobile’s shares at 10% higher than the previous offer, up from $33/share to $36/share. That new offer is set to be announced at a press conference today, according […]

After failed Omnicom merger, Publicis could acquire Criteo

All eyes are on the advertising sector in France after LesEchos reported that Publicis was in discussions to acquire Criteo last Friday. While acquisition talks are said to be ailing over an inability to agree on a price, the news sent Criteo’s stock up 25%, closing trading above $36.00 per share. As we noted last month, Criteo has been largely […]