Archive for May 2015

Autodesk : "Never has the ability to create a physical product been so accessible to everyone"

Autodesk has been making huge news at Connected Conference. One of their top highlights has been their sublime SOLID, the first connected, 3D-printed titanium lifestyle bike designed with Autodesk’s Fusion 360 & Alias software. Andrew Anagnost, senior vice president, Industry Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk describes here how manufacturing and design are being completely revolutionized thanks to […]

Twenga raises 10 million with Idinvest Partners to accelerate their international growth

Twenga raises 10 million with Idinvest Partners to accelerate their international growth

Positioned as the ‘most complete’ search engine for e-commerce, Twenga has just closed a €10 million round with Idinvest Partners. Founded in 2006 by Bastien Duclaux and Cédric Anès, Twenga give users access to 400 million products in one-click.  Over the last few years, Twenga have focused on improving on and repositioning their offer around advanced technologies […]

Connected Conference, free to the public tomorrow – sign-up now!

Connected Conference, free to the public tomorrow – sign-up now!

After two fantastic and inspiring days, we’re opening-up Connected Conference tomorrow, Saturday 30 May, for free to the general public. With 40+ billion connected objects set to come on-line by the end of the decade, now’s the time to understand how our connected future will come to pass. Over the past two days, we’ve had fantastic […]

PopUp Immo set to take their retail revolution around the globe

Often the most elegant and successful business ideas are the most straightforward ones. PopUp Immo is looking to address two pressing, basic needs –  brands’ need for visibility with customers at minimal financial investment and commercial real-estate owners’ need to fill their space. With their launch last year, they’ve quickly become the top marketplace in France connecting brands and advertisers with the commercial real-estate sector to […]

Hardware lead John Dimatos on why Kickstarter is opening in France today

Today’s the big day. The day that Kicstarter officially comes to France. Of course, numerous French startups have been long been mounting successful Kickstarter campaigns, but now the can do so from France.  The first big campaign from France, also launched today, is Mixfader – the first connected device for aspiring DJs, developed by DJIT, makers […]

[Interview] Guy Maugis, President of Bosch France "In the connectivity business, there is a new '3S': sensors, software, and services"

Although consumer-oriented connected devices have gotten most of the attention in recent years, a clearer picture of the future of IoT, where the both the ‘IoT ecosystem’ as well as ‘Industrial Internet’ as the principal drivers of our connected future, is starting to take shape. Bosch, is one of the principal global leaders of this […]

Calling all cars: Please return to base immediately

On Friday France’s Conseil Constitutionnel, the country’s judicial authority, announced its long-awaited ruling on Uber’s objections to the Loi Thévenoud. For a quick recap, the Thévenoud Law (named after Thomas Thévenoud, former secretary of state who left the cabinet in a tax scandal last year) aims to handicap innovative on-demand transport companies like Uber and […]

Indiegogo's Kate Drane "We're building a global community that funds what matters to them, built on trust"

Indiegogo has rapidly grown into a global platform, leading many hardware startups around the world to success. Their rise has been a welcome development for hardware investment shy VCs, given Indiegogo’s solid track record. In fact, since 2013 Indiegogo-backed companies have raised more than $210M in VC funding, including health scanner Scanadu who raised $35M post campaign, fitness tracker Misfit who’ve […]

For FirstMark's Matt Turck "Investing in early stage hardware ventures is not for the faint of heart"

Raising VC money has been a daunting challenge for hardware startups for years.  However, with 25+ billion connected devices expected to come online by 2020, VCs are starting to venture back into the world of hardware. Matt Turck, Managing Director at FirstMark Capital, has long been an advocate of the potential of IoT, and sees the rapid […]

Artificial Intelligence: Techno-Xenophobia or the next Atom Bomb?

Another day, another new technology, service, website, or app that is somehow destroying our lives as we know it. When I was a kid, video games melted your brain (except they don’t), and up until it wasn’t ‘cool’ anymore, Facebook was making us less social (which may actually be true). Uberization is bad if your sector is […]