Archive for February 2015

Israeli company Perion scoops up social media marketing expert Make Me Reach

France’s ad tech sector continues to shine bright.  After Social Moov was bought by US ad tech giant Marin Software late last month for close to 20 million euros, now comes news that NASDAQ listed, Israeli company Perion has bought Make Me Reach, a deal estimated at between 10 to 20 million euros. Make Me […]

When Chinese High Tech companies Invest in France

When Chinese High Tech companies Invest in France

This post is by guest writer and China-based blogger Thomas Meriaux, who has worked and lived in China for several years. The world knows it: China has been the “El Dorado” for many foreign companies. They’ve all ‘flown over’ to Shanghai, Shenzhen or Beijing. Now, let’s turn the tables for a minute and take a look […]

UXP leader Jahia raises €20 million to expand its global reach

UXP leader Jahia raises €20 million to expand its global reach

Jahia, the leading open source User Experience Platform (UXP), just announced that they’ve raised €20 million with equity investor Invus, a leading firm investing in some of the most disruptive high growth companies. The transaction was one of the largest first rounds of external financing for a company in the UXP sector. Previously bootstrapped, Jahia […]

EyeBrain raises €1.3 million, leveraging eye-tracking technology to diagnose patients

EyeBrain, a specialist in creating medical research and diagnostic tools based on eye movement, just closed a $1.3 million round, largely led through crowdfunding. Investors include previous backers, the Fonds Régional de Co-Investissement d’Ile-de-France (FRCI) and the Anaxago crowdfunding platform which brought just over €1 million of the total amount raised. Serge Kinkingnéhun, CEO of […]

Mobile Native AdTech Startup Appsfire acquired by Mobile Network Group

Mobile native advertising startup Appsfire has been acquired by Mobile Network Group, a publicly traded company focused which primarily provides mobile advertising services to brands like Peugeot & Aéroport de Paris, as announced on Appsfire’s blog this week. The acquisition comes 1 1/2 years after Appsfire pivoted from an app discovery service to building out its own native […]

SIGFOX raises €100 Million from Telefonica, GDF Suez, NTT Docomo & more

Internet of Things network operator SIGFOX has raised a €100 Million Series C from a wide range of investors, including industrial players (GDF Suez, Air Liquide), Telecom companies (Telefonica, SK Telekom, NTT Docomo) & Hedge Funds (Elliott Management). The fundraising comes just months after CEO & Co-Founder Ludovic Le Moan announced the round publicly, and will allow the […]

Negotiating your compensation, part deux

When I first moved to France fourteen years ago, the joke among educated expats was that the best way to get hired for a job in France was to apply for one in which you possessed direct experience in the exact same sector but for lower pay. This is admittedly a slight exaggeration, but back […]

SNCF launches its ambitious, transformative #DIGITALSNCF agenda

  SNCF embarking on an ambitious, multi-year agenda to drive the complete digital transformation of their business.  #DIGITALSNCF comprises several big initiatives focused on 4 principal areas including Open Data, Big Data, Design and Connected Objects. Some of the key initiatives include using tablets for maintenance of their train system, partnering with startups to develop and launch new […]

GDF Suez and Tendril team up to bring ESM to Europe

Energy Services Management solutions will soon be on their way to the European marketplace. In the past week, GDF Suez, one of the largest global power producers, invested $7.2 million into Tendril, an innovator in ESM products. Already having reached millions of customers in the United States, will be expanding its reach to European consumers […]

Reaching 80 million SIM cards in 2014, France's mobile market posts another strong year

The mobile market in France continues to remain strong and robust, driven by continued low pricing, interesting features, services and offers, and a public becoming more and more attached to their mobile devices.  Arcep, France’s telecom regulatory authority, just announced the 2014 figures on France’s telco sector.  Here are the highlights: There are nearly 80 […]