Liam Boogar

Paris has grown up, and so have its Founders

This week is a week of reflection for me. Rude Baguette is turning four years old this Saturday (didn’t you ever wonder why our blog colors were orange & black?), and it seems clearer more than ever that the ideas we spoke about in the first article I ever wrote about why Rude Baguette was […]

Clustree raises €2.5 Million as its vision for Big Data in HR comes to life

Clustree raises €2.5 Million as its vision for Big Data in HR comes to life

You may have already heard of Clustree. You may even have an idea of what they do. Founder & CEO Benedicte de Raphélis Soissan has done a great job of getting her ( & her company’s) name & face out in the media early on – in fact, she’ll even tell you that she got […]

Mobypark & Europcar announce partnership to make parking easier for car rentals

Mobypark & Europcar announce partnership to make parking easier for car rentals

The Airbnb for Parking – it’s the dream that many startups have been vying for in the past few years, Mobypark among them here in France. the Amsterdam-based company has made big headway this week, announcing a partnership with Europcar that will allow Europcar customers to get a 20% discount on Mobypark parking spots. Parking […]

Octoly raises $1.2 Million to connect fashion brands with amateur YouTube vloggers

Paris-based Adtech startup Octoly has raised a $1.2 Million Series A from Otium Capital, HiMedia Group & a series of business angels, the company reported this month. Octoly, which connects fashion brands with a longtail of YouTube fashion vloggers, says it is already monitoring over 800,000 channels producing 1 million daily views, and hopes to […]

Fueling voice technology, Amazon invests in Triby-maker Invoxia via its Alexa Fund

Paris-based Invoxia, creator of the Triby family communication tool, announced this month that they had welcomed Amazon as a new investor in their company via their Alexa Fund, a $100 million in investment to fuel voice technology innovation. After picking up mometnum CES earlier this year, we featured Triby at the Connected Conference inside our […]

To counter Uber, the French government built an app called Le.Taxi. Here's why it won't work

“Anything you can do, I can do better.” Such is the attitude behind the French government, which announced Le.Taxi, a new Uber-like service for consumers to order, pay, and rate a taxi. The app, currently in private beta, comes on top of existing mobile Taxi apps that have been released by taxi companies  (WeCab, by […]

Uber takes aim at Deliveroo & Take Eat Easy, launches UberEATS in Paris

On-demand transportation company Uber announced today that UberEATS, their food-delivery service that partners with local restaurants to deliver food in under 10 minutes, has expanded to Paris. The service, which already operates in 10 other cities including Barcelona, is part of Uber’s bigger strategy to expand beyond its black car service to on-demand delivery of… anything. […]

Zendesk acquires BIME Analytics to bring cloud BI to its enterprise clients

Zendesk announced today that it had acquired Montpelier-based BIME Analytics for $45 Million in an all-cash acquisition. Founded by Rachel Delacour, BIME opened its first US office last year in Kansas City after raising €3 Million from Alven Capital in 2013. The acquisition will allow Zendesk, which already offers its cloud-based customer service platform enterprise […]

Is Happn the next Tinder or Meetic? They'd probably rather be the next

Paris-based happn announced yet another fundraising round, this time €12.5 Million from a slew of investors including IdInvest, DN Capital, Alven Capital & Fabrice Grinda. The dating app, which has brought the ‘missed connections’ idea to a tinder-lick interface, has already see 6 Million users register across the 25 cities they are currently active in. happn’s […]

Globalizing HR digitalization, PeopleDoc raises $28 Million from Eurazeo

PeopleDoc has raised a $28 Million Series C round of investment led by Eurazeo, the company announced today. PeopleDoc, which has seen explosive growth in the last 18 months, during which they brought on 150 of their 400 clients, which include Yves Rocher & Auchan in France, but also American Express & in the US. […]