Archive for May 2015

When Industry & Internet Collide: Hardware + Internet = Unicorn

Disruption is inevitable, Uberization is a fact of life. In the last 10 years, the Internet has slowly creeped into our physical world. At first, it was just Warby Parker opening up a retail store (now a chain of retail stores), or real-world Like Buttons; however, the Internet is being infused into everything. The magical […]

International tops the agenda at the 3rd edition of Lengow's Ecommerce  Day

International tops the agenda at the 3rd edition of Lengow's Ecommerce Day

With conferences now in Paris, London and Munich, Lengow’s Ecommerce Day  has grown into an international event of reference for those involved in the Ecommerce sector.  Now in it’s third year, the Paris edition will take place Tuesday, 2 June, with a particular emphasis this year on international. Last year’s Paris Lengow Day grew to 600+ participants. […]

Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings "health is no longer something you begin to think about the day you are sick"

Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings "health is no longer something you begin to think about the day you are sick"

Thanks to their heralded activity trackers and other connected health devices, Withings has quickly grown to be on of the leaders in the “Mhealth” space. Although consumers have been rapidly flocking to their devices, they know that the their devices will only achieve their greatest impact once all players (health care professionals, governments, etc) in the healthcare […]

Algolia, the Trojan Horse that is eating away at Google's search business.

Across the street from the entrance to the Arts et Metiers Museum, where two of three of Paris’ Statue of Liberty replicas lie, Nicolas Dessaigne welcomes me into the office that he moved into at the beginning of this year. Dessaigne is the cofounder & CEO of Algolia, alongside CTO & Cofounder Julien Lemoine, and in just 3 years they […]

With big launch and $3 million seed round, FileChat seeks to make the cloud social

In recent years, the concept of the social enterprise has taken the business world, both small and large, by storm. In the early days of this transformation, it was the likes of Yammer (rapidly scooped up in 2012 by Microsoft) and Salesforce’s Chatter, or even Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box who were at the forefront of improving the way we […]

[Interview] Narrative's Martin Källström "Get the product out the door quickly, at low cost and iterate from there"

For hardware startups, reconciling design perfection and speed to market can be a real challenge. Narrative, the  who launched just three years ago and are now a recognized leader in wearable cameras and intelligent photo analysis, understand firsthand how critical mastering this trade-off can be. Fresh-off closing a $8 million Series B, Swedish startup Narrative has experienced […]

Four false friends for French startup lingo

I greatly admire French entrepreneurs who step outside their comfort zone to pitch me in English. Regardless of your mastery of second languages, pitching in your native tongue is usually far easier. Your reflexes are more instinctive; it’s easier to think on your feet; and you control the tone and the cadence of the pitch […]

Dataiku's overhauls Data Science Studio, bringing data teams the product they need

At the front of the Data Scientist movement, a Zuckbergian Florian Douetteau poises himself to do for big data teams what Salesforce did for sales teams. At only two years old, Dataiku has already built up a powerful team of experienced data professionals (Douetteau himself is a member of the Exalead-mafia), and is seeing %5.5 user growth week over […]

[Interview] éolane's Regis Lauret "Today the wireless and wired protocols for M2M and IoT are a real jungle"

Image: Francois Hollande visits éolane. Source: JDD. There’s been a lot of discussion about the billions of connected objects which will come on-line over the next five years.  Much of these objects will not be those consumers interact with directly on a daily basis, but rather the in the Industrial IoT space, dramatically improving production […]

The #1 German industrial employer in France, Bosch 2014 results show €2.21 Billion in sales in France

Photo © BOSCH / Nils Krüger  Out of its total annual revenue of nearly €50 Billion, Bosch saw €2.21 Billion in sales in France, where it counts 7,700 employees (out of its total workforce of 360,000). The German group is hot off a series of acquisitions – most notably, it acquired Siemens’ stake in the Bosch-Siemens […]