Archive for July 2015

How a Scrabble champion reflects our new era of disruption

The Championnat Mondial de Scrabble Francophone (the French-language world Scrabble championship) crowned its winner last week: Nigel Richards. If that name doesn’t sound French to you, that’s because it isn’t. Nigel Richards hails from New Zealand. In fact, he doesn’t even know how to speak French! New Zealander wins French Scrabble Championship sounds like a […]

Orange Fab France launches call for applications to its 4th season

Orange Fab France launches call for applications to its 4th season

Orange has made supporting startups and tech ecosystems in France and beyond an integral part of its strategy.  Orange Fab, their 12-wk accelerator program which launched in 2013, is a central part of their focus on startups, aiming to create commercial partnerships between the selected startups and Orange’s various businesses. Orange Fab France is now […]

Nikkei acquires FT, and debunks several myths

Nikkei acquires FT, and debunks several myths

As rather recursively reported in the FT last Thursday, Japan’s largest media company, Nikkei, will acquire the Financial Times Group from Pearson for a handsome £844 million. The eleventh hour offer for the London-based global news organization stunned rival bidders, and debunked several myths along the way in my opinion: Myth #1: Japanese acquirers are […]

Technicolor turns 100, spends $600 Million to acquire Cisco's connected devices business.

When previous Cisco CEO John Chambers announced at the beginning of the year that he’s be betting big on the Internet of Things (and specifically, in France) this probably isn’t what he meant. The newly arrived Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins announced that Technicolor SA will pay $600 Million to acquire Cisco’s set-top box & connected […]

RudeVC's summer reading list 2015

Time for the RudeVC summer reading list again. The only guidelines for qualifying for this list are: i) to have some connection to startups, technology, VC, or Europe; and ii) to not be too heavy or overbearingly intellectual (it is summer, after all). It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower. I […]

Backed by a $20 Million Series B, Mirakl's marketplace SaaS has got its eyes on the US.

Marketplace creation tool Mirakl has raised $20 Million from 83North, Felix Capital & Greylock Partners, the startup announced this week. Mirakl, which already works with customers like Galerie Lafayette & Darty, will be expanding its presence in the US, led by co-founder Adrien Nussenbaum. Mirakl has seen big growth in the past few years – […]

Leef seeks to crack the iOS device storage problem with global roll-out of iBRIDGE

  As we look to capture nearly every life event and regularly increase number of apps we use, we quickly bump up against a persistent problem – limited storage capacity. Even with increasingly powerful mobile devices coming on the market all the time, the space they afford us never seems to be enough.  While android devices […]

Holimetrix raises €3.5 Million to quantify impact of TV advertising

We’ve become quite accustomed to knowing every step a user takes on the internet – every scroll, every hover, every second you spend can be measured by a website – and so it makes traditional advertisement like TV & Billboard ads particularly frustrating. On the one hand, we know that TV & Billboard advertisements are […]

Top Talent recruitment isn't just a startup problem. It's an everyone problem.

In the startup world, hiring top talent is a full-time job. For a founder, for an HR person, or for an HR team. Recruiters scour LinkedIn profiles, Github repositories, Stackoverflow user profiles, just to find the golden talent-nugget that has yet to be tapped; however, increasingly, startups aren’t just competing with themselves for top talent […]

It's that time of year again in Paris…

The summer heat has finally come, just in time for the entirety of Paris’ economy to go on vacation. Or at least, that’s what we’re lead to believe. Now that July 15th has passed us by, the dredges of setting up meetings and pushing things forward become infinitely more complicated: your potential client assumes you’re […]