Archive for April 2016

Connected Conference unveils +100 speakers including Withings, SNCF, Parrot, Indiegogo, Nokia, FirstMark Capital & more

Connected Conference, the 3-Day conference & expo highlighting the intersection of Industrial & Internet sectors will take place May 25th to 27th in Paris. During these three days, we will cover 9 different tracks representing the landscape impacted by the convergence of Industry and Internet. Take a glimpse at our program day-by-day and discover a highlight […]

Sqreen raises $2.3 million in seed funding to ship its app security service

Sqreen raises $2.3 million in seed funding to ship its app security service

Sqreen, a company that provides every developer a simple way to bring security to their application, just announced a $2.3M seed round led by Alven Capital and including investments from Point Nine, Kima Ventures and 50 Partners -as well as known business angles such as Marc Verstaen, EVP product development at Docker, Thibaud Elziere, former CEO at Fotolia, Francis […]

Dailymotion’s new 360° feature and France’s bid for virtual reality

Dailymotion’s new 360° feature and France’s bid for virtual reality

French video platform Dailymotion just announced that the service will support 360° videos starting today, aligning on its biggest competitor YouTube, which introduced its feature in March 2015. Creators and partners can now upload immersive videos on the platform to connect and interact with their community. The feature is available on desktop, via Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge […]

Invoxia’s Triby becomes first non-Amazon product to include Alexa

Paris-based Invoxia announced today that Triby, its family communication device, is now available with Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated service. Until now, Amazon’s Echo has been the primary voice-activated device that consumers could purchase that offered Alexa functionality. The device has proven to be a surprising hit for Amazon and has won positive critical reviews. Using simple […]

Mobile payment companies Payleven and SumUp announce merging

European mPOS (mobile point-of-sale) startups SumUp and Payleven announced today their merging, in the future, the entity will operate under the name SumUp. Both companies launched in Europe in 2012 following the success of mPOS market leader Square in the US and are now combining forces to reach more When asking the two founders why they decide […]

Drivy raises €31M and confirms its position as European leader of peer-to-peer car rental

5 years ago, Paris-based Drivy decided to tackle the rental car industry with its peer-to-peer model, providing a lower-priced, consumer-oriented service, and changing the way we think about renting cars. Since the platform was created in 2010, Drivy became Europe’s largest car rental marketplace, with 850,000 users across France, Germany and Spain. Today, Drivy has […]

Slush Asia 2016

I’ve written before about how European startups should consider prioritizing Asia (even before the U.S.) in their global expansion. Many overlooked Asian countries – particularly Japan and South East Asia – represent open fields of opportunity, either for customer expansion or revenue enhancement. They also represent fertile ground for innovation, which can close the feedback […]

Hivy launches the solution every office manager needed

Hivy is a tool making the life of office managers easier and assisting them in their everyday tasks to build a better work experience. Co-founded by Pascaline Bertaux along with startup studio eFounders, Hivy has opened its service publicly today, after months of beta, during which French (DoctoLib, BlaBlaCar or Numa) and US (CareMessage or AdoreMe) […]

Lendix continues its expansion after €12M round led by CNP Assurances

Barely one week after acquiring its competitor Finsquare, Paris-based Lendix announced a €12 million fundraising led by CNP Assurances, bringing other investors such as Matmut, ZenCap AM, and its existing investor Decaux Frères or Partech Ventures. “The faithful and active support of Partech Ventures has been a key asset for our fast development. Their trust and […]

After Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia acquires connected health startup Withings for €170 Million

Almost one year to the date since their acquisition of France’s Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia announced today that it will pay €170 million to acquire Paris-based Withings. Nokia is seeking a major role in the burgeoning Internet of Things space, and has been making acquisitions in order to put that in place. The Finnish company has been looking […]