Archive for October 2014

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass welcomes the Connected Hardware community in Paris

Earlier this month, Autodesk brought a small piece of their infamous San Francisco gallery to Paris, focusing on the future of how things are made. The #GalerieAutodesk has hosted several events from various members of their community base, which includes nearly 15 million professional customers worldwide. The pop-up gallery hosted Tuesday the Connected Hardware & maker community, including LeFabShop’s […]

Skill assessment platform Praditus raises 1.3 million euros just four months after its founding

Skill assessment platform Praditus raises 1.3 million euros just four months after its founding

Launched by Yohan Ruso (ex-President of Ebay France), skill assessment platform Praditus has gone on to raise 1.3 million euros just four months after its founding. The round was led by Seventure Partners via their fund Quadrivium 1, with several entrepreneur and education-focused business angels participating. Praditus goal is helping users to manage their professional development, via […]

What I think about when I think about mobile gaming

What I think about when I think about mobile gaming

When people inquire about my investment strategy, I explain that I try to structure my investment thinking around themes or theses. Readers of this blog will recognize that one of my favorite investment themes over the past few years has centered on the value chain of mobile gaming. Often, I visualize aspects of a theme […]

La Belle Assiette raises $1.7m seed round to further accelerate their rapid growth

La Belle Assiette launched just last year and has already secured its position as the #1 marketplace for private chefs in Europe. The past 6 months were particularly robust ones in terms of their growth as they expanded throughout France and launched in Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK and have validated over 350 Chefs on their […]

Orange puts plan to acquire Spanish telco Jazztel into motion

Orange is continuing to roll-out its strategy to expand its reach in the European telco market.  After revealing in September its plans to acquire Jazztel in September with a 3.4 billion offer, Orange formalized its intent with an official request to the Spanish authority for financial markets (CNMV – Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores) that the […]

Why StartupBus matters for the French tech community

Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich and Vienna. Around 35 French entrepreneurs, designers and developers will attend the 2014 StartupBus Europe  hackathon, a 72 hours stress-test on the road to launch a startup. Almost every French entrepreneurs working in the Internet industry know each other. They meet at a number of Tech event like Le Web […]

4 successful approaches for European Entrepreneurs doing business in the US

The following is a guest post from Jason McDonald, Director of StringCan Interactive Paris,StringCan Interactive is a digital strategy, design and development agency that helps European startups gain access to the US market. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, with offices in Boston and Paris. You can follow StringCan on twitter at @StringCanEU and @StringCanAgency It’s easy […]

Clustree uses Big Data to help employees identify their career path

Bringing Big Data into the HR sector, Clustree announced a €600,000 seed round from Alven Capital (led by Raffi Kamber), which also includes business angels such as Fred Montagnon & Jean-David Blanc, but also Dataiku founder & CEO Florian Douetteau. Founded by Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan in 2013, Clustree provides tools for large corporations in order for them to identify […]

My TweetStorm on France’s International, Sector-Leading Technology Companies

I’ve hit my limit on people, both French & otherwise, denigrating the French startup ecosystem. It took me about 10 minutes to put together an alphabetical list, including almost every letter and filtering town to tweet-sized bites (too many M’s, A’s, C’s, and D’s to mention), filtering once again for Startups that have international clients/users/presence, and […]

Feeligo raises 500k€ to take its sticker platform international

Feeligo has been growing leaps and bounds recently since shifting their focus to the fast-growing sticker market, which gives brands another route to connect with consumers.  As Asia is clearly the epicenter for the sticker market, expanding beyond Europe has been at the core of their growth strategy.  With 100k stickers downloaded each month, they’ve […]