Archive for April 2015

After kicking-off their European expansion, Animalbox raises €1.2 million

After raising a €300k seed round in 2013 and merging with Doggybox last September, Animalbox has just announced that they’ve closed another round, this time at €1.2 million with their previous investors Network Finances, L’Accélérateur and Europexpo as well as a group of business angels via crowdequity platforms Anaxago and Fundme. Founded in 2012, by Antoine Chabassol and Pierre-Henri […]

Oberthur Technologies developing next gen, fraud-free credit card

Oberthur Technologies developing next gen, fraud-free credit card

With EMV, the global standard for the inter-operation of credit card chips, finally making its way around the world to the US, many believe that we may finally be moving into a world of true credit card security.  However, adding this technology won’t necessarily entirely solve the problem. Although requiring a pin when the card is used does require […]

Groupe Cerise draws 36 million visits to their sites in March

Groupe Cerise draws 36 million visits to their sites in March

Groupe Cerise is a rising leader in digital media in France. Their top online properties, including GENTSIDE top site focusing on men and OHMYMAG targeting women, draw millions of visitors and stream 50 million videos each month.  They strive to deliver highly relevant and visual curated content, giving readers a more distinctive media experience. Rounding out the group, […]

WeLoveWords Launches YouLoveWords, a New Content Production Platform

WeLoveWords, a Parisian company created in 2009 by Gregory Nicolaidis announced on March 26th the launch of, its multilingual platform of premium production content at the service of enterprises, agencies, and creative industries and medias. You may remember WeLoveWords if you were at the Winter Edition of Paris Founders Event, where they previewed their […]

Evercontact raises $1 million from AXA to boost its international presence

AXA Strategic Ventures which launched earlier this year has opted to make one of its first investments in Evercontact, a cloud-based service which extracts contact information in emails and shares and updates them automatically. Evercontact’s fully automated service resolves the challenge of keeping a comprehensive and update to date contact list. To do this, Evercontact scans […]

Crazy Bad Advice

This post is directed at the small fraction of people that are crazy enough to attempt what conventional wisdom says is impossible. You know who you are. Your professional life is on the right track. if you keep your head down and don’t rebel too much, you will gradually work your way up the corporate […] bets big on mobile and sees growth soar

  Next year, will celebrate its 10 year anniversary. Since their founding and under cofounder Thierry Petit’s leadership, they’ve grown substantially to establish themselves as the #2 European player in the online exclusive sales market, posting 480 million euros in revenues last year. A success? Undoubtedly, but Petit, a serial entrepreneur and seasoned angel investor, […]

Drivy raises €8 million and acquires competitor Buzzcar

A little under a year after having closed a €6 million round, car sharing startup Drivy has raised a second round, this time at €8 million.  For their latest round Via-ID (investment fund of Mobivia Group) and BPIfrance joined the round, with previous investors Alven Capital and Index Ventures reinvesting.  Via-ID’s coming board as investor was precipitated […]

Sculpteo raises € 5 million to expand its industrial and global footprint

Sculpteo have quickly become the international reference in online 3D printing with a range of software tools that have made 3D printing easy and accessible to both professionals and individuals. They continue to build on this success, having just announced the closing of a € 5 million round with XAnge and Creadev, a Mulliez family holding company.  As underscored by Sculpteo Chairman Eric […]

This is not an April Fool's Joke: France is blocking Dailymotion's acquisition. Again.

Déjà vu. Seriously. Headlines in France look all too familiar: France’s Economic Minister favors a less Asian more European partner in the sale of Dailymotion, which announced that it was in exclusive talks with China’s PCCW two weeks ago. What’s crazy is that, since the last time that Dailymotion’s acquisition by Yahoo!, France has changed out its […]