Archive for November 2014

Airfrance partners with Orange on project to expand wifi on its flights

Last year, Airfrance-KLM rolled-out a very limited launch of wifi on its flights – Paris.New York (Air France) and Amsterdam-Panama (KLM) at a price of 10.95 eur for one hour and 19.99 eur for connectivity for the entire flight. Presumably, the first experiment proved to be enough of a success for them to establish a […]

Lydia raises €3.6 Million for their Millennial-focused Payments App

Lydia raises €3.6 Million for their Millennial-focused Payments App

Payments app Lydia has raised a €3.6 Million venture round of funding from Xange Private Equity, Belcube, and the Duval family office for their mobile app which allows users to exchange money easily. The app has seen more than 50,000 downloads in 2014 alone, currently counting 60,000+ downloads, of which 85% are Millenials (aged 18-30), according to CEO & Co-founder […]

Luxury e-tailer for kids Melijoe raises €9 million to expand their global reach

Luxury e-tailer for kids Melijoe raises €9 million to expand their global reach

Melijoe has emerged as the go-to site for fashion-forward parents who want to make sure their kids are also dressed to impress. Started in 2007 by Nathalie Christen-Genty, Melijoe has grown steadily into a team of 40 people and, up until this month, raised had raised €5 million, mostly from it’s principal investor CM-CIC Capital Privé.  Now […]

The billion dollar startup club

The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource recently started publishing a list of companies that are valued at $1 billion or more by venture-capital firms. Here it is in graphical format (credit to J.Peng). The qualification criteria for the club are: privately held companies that have at least VC firm in the capital and […]

There will be 5x more French Startups than US at CES 2015

With the advent of Connected Hardware & Internet of Things, the once-passée CES has seen a revival in the last 3 years, attracting companies from around the world to an expo that features everything from new guitars to graphics chips. The week-long event takes place each January, and is a landmark in any hardware company’s marketing budget – […]

FamiHero City seeks to take the pain out of finding babysitters, cleaners & handymen

Like in many big cities in the work, for time-pressed Parisians, getting home upkeep activities such as the weekly cleaning or small repairs done can be a big challenge.  As work has consumed an increasing chunk of people’s time and dual-income households have become the norm, many families outsource these activities to cleaners (the always […]

With 1 Million+ patients, reservation platform Doctolib raises €4 Million

Doctolib‘s doctor reservation service has raised €4 Million on top of the €1 Million it raised from its investor pool earlier this year, the company announced this week. Investors include Pierre Krings & Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet of Kernel Investissements, as well as Lafourchette CEO Bertrand Jelensperger, where Doctolib founder Stanislas Niox-Chateau formerly worked. To date, Doctolib has grown to over 1 […]

VidCoin raises €1 Million, delivering 2500 Video Ad Campaigns to casual gamers

Lyon’s Vidcoin has raised a €1 Million round of funding Virtual Network, Kima Ventures, and business angels, the company announced this week. Vidcoin’s video advertising on casual games have been a real hit in the past year, bringing in 300 new app partners, increasing their global reach to 100 million unique visitors per month. The company as, to […]

With their latest partnership, Facebook’s getting serious about Startups in Europe

Friends of social media company Facebook & Paris exclusive entrepreneurship circle TheFamily gathered at the latter’s headquarters last Thursday to share food, wine, and a brand new partnership announcement. Present at the event was Facebook’s French MD Laurent Solly & Facebook’s head of mobile partnerships in EMEA Julien Lesaicherre, the founders of TheFamily, as well as team […]

Amaury partners with Paris Region Lab to launch France’s first press incubator

Amaury, known for their news publications such as L’Equipe and Le Parisien, just launched the first accelerator in France dedicated to the press industry. The accelerator, dubbed Amaury Lab was developed in conjunction with the Paris region and has a double objective:  first to accelerate fast-growing startups and facilitate collaboration and opportunities for co-development between these start-ups […]