Archive for March 2015

Free announces an Android-powered, 4K-compatible triple play box for 29,99€/month

Xavier Niel, CEO of Iliad, parent company of France’s low-cost, innovative telecom company Free, announced today the imminent arrival of the latest over-the-top triple play box, the Free Mini 4K. The announcement, which came amongst much speculation, after Niel released cryptic invitations with an encoded message ‘Surprise,’ will see Free bring the first Android-powered Triple Play […]

Xotelia raises €1.3 Million to manage your rental home across Airbnb, & more

Xotelia raises €1.3 Million to manage your rental home across Airbnb, & more

Grenobile-based Xotelia, a startup focused on helping short-term apartment owners to manage listings across multiple platforms, has raised €1.3 Million from Newfund. The company currently allows owners to manage more than 50 platforms, including peer-to-peer sites (Airbnb, Housetrip, & Wimdu), as well as booking platforms (Expedia, & Tripadvisor), syncrhonizing availabilities across different platforms. With the new funds, […]

Search’XPR raises €1.9 million to scale-up its consumer insight solution Oorace

Search’XPR raises €1.9 million to scale-up its consumer insight solution Oorace

  Clermont-Ferrand based startup, Search’XPR, has just closed at 2nd financing round at 1.9 million euros. This round included a diverse group of investors, including Shanghai-based Unicore Technology Company, Sofimac Partners, BPI, the region of Auvergne, and e-business company Event.  This new round brings the total funds they’ve raised thus far to €3.2 million. Search’XPR was founded in 2011 by previous […]

Urbanlinker founder Jonathan Azoulay launches "TalentClub," an online tech talent auctionhouse

If there’s one thing the internet is good at doing, it’s disrupting traditional businesses. When launched last August with a model similar to in the US, providing a curated selection of 10 engineers each week that recruiters could ‘bid’ on, I began to wonder how this would affect the bottom line of France’s top tech recruiters: Mobiskill, Urbanlinker, […]

My 5 takeaways from MWC 2015

Here are my five takeaways from the Mobile World Congress 2015. Read these for a day 1, 2, 3 recap of the Congress. With nearly 100 thousand delegates, MWC is undisputably the world’s largest mobile conference and a can’t-miss event… unless you’re into innovation, then go to 4YFN, which takes place the same week (props […]

Your early adopters don’t have to be Digital Natives!

The following guest post has been contributed by Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of Dashlane, a leading password management tool. I’m fifty years old and I’ve always been an early adopter for new technologies. I’ve been shopping on Amazon since 1998 and I’ve owned every kind of new high tech device that has been marketed during the last three […]

MWC Highlights Day 3: The 5G Debate and 4YFN's IoT startup competition

  There was a lot of news coming out of day 3 at Mobile World Congress.  Here are a some interesting highlights: The 5G Debate One big area of discussion was 5G, which continues to be a hotly debated topic. Not surprisingly, the Asian telco sector is clearly bullish on the transition to 5G, while other regions are more […]

Connected Conference announces Indiegogo, Nest & France's #1 hardware design studio as speakers!

As Mobile’s biggest week wraps up in Barcelona (check our daily recaps here & here), Connected Conference, taking place May 28th-30th in Paris, is only just getting started. We’re excited to add 10 new speakers & partners to our line-up. Worldclass leaders in the Internet-Enabled Hardware space are coming to Connected Conference, and today we’re excited […]

Cisco to invest $100 Million & train 200K employees in France

Cisco will invest $100 Million in French businesses as well as commit to training 200,000 professionals in France, the French Government announced in a statement this week. The news will likely become more concrete in the coming months – the announcement made on behalf of Prime Minister Manuel Valls contained no deadline or start date for said action. […]

MWC Highlights Day 2: Orange and Alcatel's $40 Klif, Innovation City and #FrenchTech

With Samsung again accounting for a big piece of the media buzz with their Galaxy S6 and Huawei announcing their entry in the race to be king of the fashionable, but techie smartwatch space, there was no shortage of big and, frankly, surprising news coming out of MWC day 2.  Here are some other things that stood […]