Archive for December 2015

Can France overcome its self-bashing handicap to become a "Startup Factory"?

“Bienvenue en France, la Startup Republique!” For the past 18 months or so, since LaFrenchTech began to make noise abroad, I began hearing talk of the Startup Republique. A play off of Israel’s coined “Startup Nation” tagline, which has brought out voices in favor and in opposition on the topic. Contrary to the US, where waving […]

Bpifrance leads the big data movement and brings SMEs on board

Bpifrance leads the big data movement and brings SMEs on board

Big Data is the future of everything, as you may have heard or read everywhere nowadays. Indeed, Big Data initiatives proved to be beneficial for many different companies, as we discussed here, and still hold potential for the future. And with the business use of Big Data analytics growing so fast, small and medium enterprises […]

After the Gold Rush

After the Gold Rush

The following is a guest post from Francesca Pick, Community Leader & OuiShare Fest Chair. Follow her on Twitter at @francescapick. 5 years on and the enchantment with the “Sharing Economy” is over. Many who set out on the initial journey did not make it, and for now, only very few found gold. When the pioneers […]

Axelle Lemaire ’s projet de loi clears the way for open government

On November 18th, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire invited the representants of the independent administrative authorities as well as the general data administrator at the digital innovation center NUMA in Paris to draw general conclusions around the online consultation of the Projet de Loi pour une République numérique. The discussion on the […] jumps on the programmatic direct bandwagon!, the leading programmatic private exchange software provider, has recently launched StickyDirect, a platform to allow publishers to promote their offering and media packages to buyers. The company developed this tool in response to the growing importance of programmatic direct, which will represent 42% of programmatic advertising spend in the US next year. I caught […]

Kick off 2016 right – join #ParisFounders as we bring the Startup Nation to Paris!

After bringing together 2500 founders, investors, entrepreneurs, developers & journalists in 2015, #ParisFounders returns in 2016, bigger than ever. #ParisFounders has become the place for startups to launch on stage – our alumni have raised rounds, succeeded in crowdfunding campaigns, been accepted to YC, and even acquired – and we’ve continued to bring on stage founders who […]

Consumer hardware draws France-Japan tech communities closer

Innovation around consumer hardware is at the nexus of Franco-Japanese collaboration. The momentum was born at the official launch of the France-Japan Year of Innovation in October. Then in November, Tokyo’s largest hardware startup accelerator, DMM.Make, welcomed France’s business angel community, organized by LaFrenchTech in connection with 50 Partners.  And to cap off the year, French and […]

Streamroot raises $2.5M seed funding to redesign video streaming infrastructure

Streamroot, the native peer-to-peer video streaming technology just announced it has raised $2.5M in seed funding led by Partech Ventures and with the participation of Walnut Venture Associates, Cherrystone Angel Group, Jean-David Blanc and Bpifrance. The Startups aims to help broadcasters solve one of the biggest challenges they are facing today: a rocketing video traffic, […]

Europe's tech IPO market: Where's Santa?

Just when it felt like the market for European tech IPOs were opening, the events of the past few weeks have dashed those hopes. Days after Deezer announced the delay of its initial public offering, HelloFresh drew the same conclusion. In France, the only notable IPOs of late were Amundi and ShowroomPrivé. The asset management […]

Valued at €660 Million, can Parrot compete with DJI for the Drone throne?

Last month Parrot announced that they would seek to raise €300 Million, including €90 Million contributed from CEO & founder Henri Seydoux himself & another €30 Million from BPIFrance. Since October, Parrot’s stock (listed on the Paris-based Euronext) has dropped from a high of just over 45€ to a low point of 20€ – the market cap at […]