Liam Boogar

The City of Paris turns to hackers to help prevent future terrorist attacks

In the aftermath of the attacks on Paris that took place earlier this month, the City of Paris has been quick to respond, much like the rest of the public servants. Just as Parisians were checking in on Facebook, following news ( & lies) on Twitter, and realizing that some of the most basic needs in the […]

Why Lyft & Blablacar would make the perfect merger

Why Lyft & Blablacar would make the perfect merger

It started as far back as last year, when Blablacar raised $100 Million to ‘go global’ – everyone had always known that Mazzella’s ambitions were big, but $100 Million was a whole new ball game. One year later, the company raised $200 Million more and it’s safe to say that there’s no stopping the BlaBlaCar. Today, they are present […]

Stuart's €45 Million valuation pre-launch underscores the rush for last-mile delivery

Stuart's €45 Million valuation pre-launch underscores the rush for last-mile delivery

Word had already begun to buzz around Stuart, the stealth on-demand delivery startup, when TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear reported that the company has raised a €22 Million round of funding, backed by LaPoste subsidiary GeoPost. The latest financial documents from GeoPost have confirmed that the company invested €10 Million into Stuart for a 22% stake, valuing the […]

Introducing HIRE – France's Largest Digital Recruitment Event

More than two years ago, when Rude Baguette first started organizing events, our goal was two-fold: 1) only organize events that facilitate must-haves for founders – signing deals, hiring people, raising money, etc. 2) English-first events (we’ve just announced that our Connected Conference will have French translations). Our recruitment event has grown over the past […]

Following attacks, Paris startup scene is back to work, almost

To say that it’s been a difficult weekend would be an understatement, but I’ve spent so much time talking with people about the Paris Attacks of November 13th, that I’ll leave it at that for now. This morning, many woke up hoping that the beginning of a new week would mark the beginning of ‘after.’ The […] co-founder Marc Rougier joins Elaia Partners to lead new €120 Million Seed Fund

Elaia Partners has recruited cofounder Marc Rougier to lead up seed investments via their next Seed Fund, which is expected to reach €120 Million, according to Frenchweb. Prior to cofounding, one of Toulouse’s most prominent startups, Rougier co-founded Goojet, a predecessor to that counts SIGFOX co-founder & CEO Ludovic Le Moan among […]

Connected home startup Netatmo raises €30 Million from LeGrand

Netatmo has raised €30 Million, led by Industrial company & electric installation leader LeGrand, in order to expand its connected home products to bigger audiences. Netatmo has swept CES and the US market in the past few years, most recently launching a home camera which [finally] “gets facial recognition right” (source: ArsTechnica). The latest round […]

Two years later: What ever happened to Mindie?

It’s a story we’ve all heard time & time again: European founders launch ambitious consumer-facing product. They get great early traction by Silicon Valley standards, but can’t get European investors to play ball. They board a plane with their dreams stored in the overhead compartment, land in San Francisco, and the cash comes pouring in. […]

#FoodTech startup ZenChef (formerly 1001Menus) raises €6 Million to bring 25,000 restaurants online by 2018

Paris-based #FoodTech startup ZenChef has raised €6 Million from key investors, the company announced today. The news, which comes while ZenChef is in the middle of TechStar’s German-based Metro program, will see them add Metro AG, Germany’s largest retail chain, & Edenred, pioneers in the “restaurant check” space, both of which should provide ZenChef with […]

Goldman Sachs invests €25 Million into Talentsoft's HR SaaS platform

At HR Tech World this week, Talentsoft announced they had raised €25 Million from Goldman Sachs. Talentsoft’s HR tools is already fueling 800 enterprise clients in 100 different countries, allowing HR teams to manage a total of 5 million employees. Fundraising History Founded in 2007, Talentsoft arrived at a very beginning of the digital transformation […]