Archive for February 2015

Midem's premier startup competition Midemlab is back

  This year, one of the top musical conferences in the world, Midem has made one big change. Namely that it will take place this year in June in Cannes rather than January as in previous years.  However, this year’s event will continue to be one of the don’t miss events of the year for […]

We should pay attention to how LINE is turning Instagram into an ecommerce app in Thailand

We should pay attention to how LINE is turning Instagram into an ecommerce app in Thailand

On a recent exploratory visit to Bangkok, I witnessed first-hand a consumer shopping behavior that absolutely blew my mind and underscored how the West does not have a monopoly on business model innovation. Incidentally, my secret for glimpsing generalized consumer behaviors in a foreign country is to eschew the convenience of taxis or Uber in […]

Orange's HDMI key finally coming to market this spring

Orange's HDMI key finally coming to market this spring

As we wrote about mid last year, Orange has been preparing its own HDMI to compete with Google Chromecast. It looks like Orange will finally be bringing its competitive connected HDMI key to market this April. Given their growing footprint in eastern Europe, they’ve already been testing this same type of key in Romania, which given the […]

Cookening acquired by VizEat as the promise of 'Airbnb for Meals' falls short

Paris-based marketplace for travelers and home-owners to share a meal Cookening announced it had been acquired by fellow French startup VizEat, the self-proclaimed European leader in the space which raised €1 Million last year. Following the acquisition, co-founder & CEO Cedric Giorgi, who in recent months had taken a full-time position at SIGFOX, says he […]

10 Connected Conference speakers unveiled: Alcatel Lucent, SIGFOX, Narrative, Indiegogo, FirstMark Capital & more!

Last week we opened up tickets for the Connected Conference – our 3-Day Paris event dedicated to the wonderful intersection of Internet & Hardware. If you weren’t one of the lucky 50 people who grabbed their 2 For 1 Tickets last week, you should probably sign up for our Connected Newsletter, our weekly report on the […]

Lengow's top tips to help e-merchants master Google Shopping

With 144k e-commerce sites in France as of mid-2014 (according to FEVAD), gaining visibility has become the biggest challenge for e-merchants. This is at the core of what Lengow does, accompanying 3500+ online stores to get that visibility by enabling them to  efficiently sell their products via comparison shopping engines, marketplaces, affiliate networks, retargeting and […]

Is Hardware really an appropriate Valentine's Day gift?

This past weekend was Valentine’s Day. In Paris, like most parts of the world, this means menus for 2 that cost the same as a normal dinner for 8 – we opted for a burrito and a beer from the best Mexican Food in Paris. However, all this past week, and especially this weekend, I was bombarded […]

Europe's Smart Thermostat Race is Heating Up

At the beginning of this month, connected hardware developer Netatmo announced a partnership with EDF Energy to bring its smart thermostat into the EDF Energy HeatSmart Program. This announcement so far just applies to the UK marketplace, but could have a huge impact later on across the Channel on the continent, both in France and beyond, as […]

ElectricMood's lightweight scooter zooms past its Indiegogo goal in 24 hours

For those of you who are fans of the scooter, or any kind of quicker urban travel in general, you are certainly in luck. The ElectricMood is well on its way to becoming a success story! In just one day, it surpassed its funding goal of $50,000 on Indiegogo, and still has another 29 days to […]

Hotel revenue management specialist PriceMatch raises €8 million

PriceMatch, one of the rising leaders in hotel revenue management solutions has reportedly raised a new round a 8 million euros, according to Challenges, with Northzone and previous investor Partech. [update] Regardless of the recent news, co-founder Arthur Waller has stated that “PriceMatch has not closed any financing round yet.”   Pricematch first raised 1 million euros […]