Archive for April 2015

BNP Paribas, leveraging Open Innovation to build the 'Bank of Tomorrow' [Sponsored]

The Bank of Tomorrow As with many sectors, the financial sector is undergoing fundamental shift thanks to technology.  The rise of Fintech is changing how both consumers and companies bank. While regulation is a challenge for Fintech, it’s evident that over time, laws will evolve and new models of financial management, investing, and banking will […]

OuiShare, at the cutting edge of the Collaborative Society

OuiShare, at the cutting edge of the Collaborative Society

What started as an initiative spearheaded by a loosely connected group of social innovators across various countries, has become a phenomenon. A few years ago, OuiShare was seen as one of, if not the leading think tank (or rather ‘do tank’) on the Sharing Economy and their OuiShare Fest, as the can’t miss international event on the […]

SCIMOB on track to be France's next global games leader

SCIMOB on track to be France's next global games leader

France has had a long an illustrious history in the games sector.  With global giants like Ubisoft and Gameloft, and newer stars like Pretty Simple Games and Royal Cactus, the French games sector continues to be one top ecosystems in producing hit games. The latest sucess story emerging over the last few years is Montepellier-based […]

Hotel Tonight's growth accelerates in France and beyond (Part I)

The market for last-minute travel is certainly not a new one.  Starting during the first boom, online last-minute travel tended to focus entirely on price without giving much thought to quality and user experience. Years later, Hotel Tonight, a SF-based startup founded in 2011, is looking to change all that, proving that a high quality, fairly […]

Midemlab announces finalists, France dominates IoT category

Reed-Midem has just announced the finalists for the 2015 edition of its top startup competition Midemlab, which is organized this year into three categories:  Music Discovery, Recommendation & Creation, Marketing, Social Engagement & Monetisation Solutions, and Hardware/Internet of Things. Midemlab is celebrating its 8th year and, for its 2015 edition had entries from over 40 countries and posted a […]

BI startup BiBOARD raises €2 million to grow user base to 5 million in 3 yrs

Grenoble based, Business Intelligence (BI) startup BiBOARD has raised €2 million from 4 principal investors, Entrepreneurs Factory, Rhône-Alpes Création, Expansinvest, and Sigma Gestion, with the support of the BPI. The cloud BI space is one that’s gotten a lot of attention in recent years with the shift, particularly among enterprises, to the cloud. And according to BiBOARD, […]

¡Quiero hacer autostop! Blablacar now available in Mexico

European ridesharing platform Blablacar is now available in its 19th market, Mexico, the company announced today. Its first American market, Mexico is the platform’s latest venture into emerging markets, after having successfuly spread its French-native platform across Europe over the last few years. As the startup mentioned during their $100 Million fundraising last year, launching in Russia & […]

In France, La Poste is a bank, an MVNO, a delivery service (by drone) & an IoT Network

Whenever I speak with someone about mail, the post office (in France or around the world), or delivery in general, I like to point out that the Stamp, the main revenue source for most national Post Offices (USPS, La Poste, Deutsche Post, etc.) was invented in the 19th century, and that it likely won’t exist by […]

I have not invested a second reading about you. Now can you give me an hour of your time?

Robert Shrimsley’s column in the FT this past weekend with advice for journalism job seekers (Dear millennials: a few interview tips . . .) resonated with me. Shrimsley laments how every Spring he witnesses newly-minted journalism graduates aspiring to work at the Financial Times who seem to have so much to offer — degrees from elite universities, a […]

Qwant rolls out new, improved UX and announces Qwant Junior for kids

  With Europeans, and particularly the EU, growing increasingly weary of search giant Google, there have been calls for a viable, independent alternative.  Qwant is working to be that alternative. With ‘security, privacy, and no tracking’ as their tagline, they’ve embraced net neutrality and have achieved a growing core of loyal users.  Founded by Jean Manuel […]