Archive for March 2015

The way French Tech determines success needs to change

This post originally appeared in the Rude Baguette Weekly Digest. You can sign up here to receive a nice packet of FrenchTech news every Monday morning.  I’ve found myself in one too many conversations starting with “What is a startup, anyway?” or “Why do journalists write about fundraising rounds?” or, on the polar opposite “I wish I […]

ifeelgoods Achieves Exponential Growth of Digital Rewards Delivery in One Year

ifeelgoods Achieves Exponential Growth of Digital Rewards Delivery in One Year

Have you had a Kit-Kat recently? What about played scratch and win at a McDonalds in France? Americans, have you taken part in the MyCokeRewards program at all? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then there’s a little startup based in Paris and California that has influenced your behavior lately. ifeelgoods […]

Dailymotion turns towards Asia with potential investment from Hong Kong's PCCW

Dailymotion turns towards Asia with potential investment from Hong Kong's PCCW

Widely reported going into the weekend, Orange is rumored to be entering talks with Hong Kong-based telecom controlled holding PCCW to buy a 49% stake in Dailymotion. According to the Wall Street Journal, PCCW’s boss Richard Li has reportedly made an offer which would value Dailymotion at about €250 million ($264.5 million) . While this valuation is […]

Crowdfunding for Equity in Europe: Which Platforms are bringing in the most money?

Heard of (or maybe even used) Crowdcube? How about Companisto, or Wiseed? It wouldn’t be a shock, as they are part of the list of Europe’s top 5 Crowdinvesting Platforms, as studied by Investiere Venture Capital. Based out of Switzerland, Investiere authored a study about the top 5 European crowdinvesting platforms. However, it is worth […]

EnerBee raises €2.5 Million for their motion-powered sensors

Power’s no joke – with the rise of the Internet-enabled hardware, nearly anything is only a sensor & a network connection away from becoming a connected object – a tire, a remote control, or door handle – and yet, for objects without their own power supply, optimizing battery life is critical. That’s where EnerBee comes in. […]

"Shazam for Magazines", Selectionnist raises €2 Million from Elaia Partners to go international

French duo Tatiana Jama and Lara Rouyres have raised €2 Million from Elaia Partners & the New York City fund Conegliano Venture for Selectionnist, a startup they launched just over a year ago after leaving Living Social, the couponing company which acquired their first venture, Dealissime. The product, which has been dubbed “Shazam for Magazines,” allows magazine readers […]

After Kickstarter success, 3D Sound Labs raises €1.1 million for 'Neoh'

  The big launch of their 3D surround-sound headphone Neoh at this year’s CES, was just the beginning of a string of success for 3D Sound Labs.  First came their captivating pitch at our Paris Founders Event in January.  Next came their Kickstarter campaign which turned out to be a roaring success for the 3D Sound Labs […]

Alkemics raises €5 million Series A round with Index and Partech

The smart data expert FMCG, Alkemics, has just closed a €5 million in Series A funding with Index leading the round and Partech joining.  Cofounded by Antoine Durieux, Antoine Perrin, and Benoit Portoleau-Balloy, Alkemics (previously known as Chef Jerome) is the expert in helping FMCG companies to manage, share and deliver information to consumers across multiple channels […]

What Etsy can teach us about company culture

Over the weekend I perused Etsy’s IPO filing document. Even though less ubiquitous in Europe, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Etsy: What a compelling business that successfuly positioned itself at the heart of several converging trends: sharing economy, online marketplace growth, e-commerce growth, employment dispersement, individual creativity, etc. The IPO will represent another significant milestone for […]

MOOCs go mainstream in France as OpenClassrooms partners with Polytechnique

Over the past 5 years, we’ve all grown accustomed to watching MIT, Stanford, Harvard & other top universities deliver entire classes online. As with much of the Internet, US Education has benefited largely from the Internet in solidifying its global brand – at least, the top engineering schools – however, France’s top engineering school, Polytechnique, […]