Archive for March 2015

Has anyone hacked the time zone problem with the cloud?

Whew, I made it through another month of March without embarrassingly shirking any business meetings. March is always the most challenging month for me to uphold the standard I set (and expect of others) of arriving on time for meetings. The difficulty stems from a combination of two primary factors: traveling across time zones, and […]

Connected objects startup Sevenhugs raises €1.5 million seed round

Connected objects startup Sevenhugs raises €1.5 million seed round

Just a year after their launch, Sevenhugs have just announced closing a €1.5 million seed round with several investors, including CapDecisif Management with the FRCI, NovX Capital (investment arm of the Noveo group), Kima Ventures, and business angels networks BADGE (Business Angels des Grandes Ecoles), Femmes Business Angels (FBA), and Investessor. Sevenhugs is yet another example of […]

How do we save Digital Journalism? We turn Journalists into Super Heroes

How do we save Digital Journalism? We turn Journalists into Super Heroes

tl;dr version: Journalists need tools that are built for the part of their job that is still done over the phone, on pen & paper, and in a non-scalable way. That’s why we’re building Omniscient. I find myself in the back of a room full of France’s top media companies – everything from Dailies (LeFigaro, LaTribune, LeParisien), to Lifestyle […]

Connected car content specialist NAVX acquired by US-based OPIS

French startup NAVX, who provide real-time retail fuel pricing and parking data to auto manufacturers, PND manufacturers and mobile operators, have just been acquired by Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), a global provider of oil industry pricing.  The value of the deal was not made public. Founded in 2006 by Florent Boutellier and Jean Cherbonnier, NAVX […]

Augure raises €15 million to launch in NYC, further expand in Europe

Marketing software startup Augure has announced that they’ve just closed a 15 million euros round with their previous investors, Serena Capital, Aumndi Private Equity Funds, Ventech, and OTC Agregator, with two new investors, Seventure and Bpifrance, joining the round.  This brings the total amount of funds they’ve raised to €23 million, having closed an €8 million round in 2008. […]

La French Tech Announces French Tech Hubs in International Innovation Regions

The rooster that is La French Tech is poised to start crowing even more across the globe! At the end of January, La French Tech announced a new 3-pronged strategy to encourage investment and innovation from across the globe. The scheme, worth in total around 15€ million, is essentially a public-private partnership open to all […]

Happn launches in the Silicon Valley, announces 2.5 Million downloads

Facebook made a lot of news yesterday at their annual developer conference F8, but other startups present at the conference are making big news as well. Happn, an increasingly popular new dating app launched by former Daily Motion COO Didier Rappaport, have decided to announce their San Francisco launch at F8.  San Francisco would be the 6th major […]

Scality, at the cutting edge of the data storage industry

“We, at Scality, are providing a cutting-edge, software-defined data storage technology, now used by many market-leading companies in the US, Europe and Japan. We are currently partnering with major server and storage vendors to extend our market share.” Founded in 2009 and led by French entrepreneur Jerome Lecat, Scality has emerged as one of the top […]

Break out the violin: another EU top 5 ranking

Last week CBInsights published a report on aggregate VC deal volume in the top five European geographies over the past four years. I encourage you to experiment with a free trial of the service for the underlying data, but here’s the headline graphic: This chart triggered some predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth in France, […]

Come on March 31st to help D-INCUBATOR celebrate its first 3 years!

In March 2012 Philippe Dapsens, ambassador and administrator of the Paris-Dauphine Foundation, successfully launched D-INCUBATOR, a 12-month incubator/accelerator program with the support of the Paris-Dauphine Foundation, Dauphine University, and its alumni. Having these three groups supporting and participating in various ways in making the program a success, D-INCUBATOR has brought a valuable new model to Paris’ […]