Liam Boogar

Smartphone repair service Save raises €15 Million to repair all your broken gadgets

Smartphones. They break. What else is there to say? Just over two years ago, then student Damien Morin decided to change the way smartphone repair worked, and launched Save (formerly Savemysmartphone), a smartphone repair service that would bring transparency to the market. Previously, smartphone repair was done in shoddy locations, and the quality and trust was minimal. Save […]

Up 70% from 2014, 250 French startups pulled in €750 Million in H1 2015

Up 70% from 2014, 250 French startups pulled in €750 Million in H1 2015

EY has released their bi-annual report on France’s private equity market, and the numbers look promising. After ISAI’s Business Angel report showed that, finally, business angel activity in France is starting to pick up, it looks like VCs can boast the same activity. €759 Million was raised in the first half of the year, putting France […]

What does LeWeb’s postponement say about Paris’ role in the European Startup Scene?

What does LeWeb’s postponement say about Paris’ role in the European Startup Scene?

Earlier this year, a brief announcement by the LeMeurs alerted the tech community that the duo had bought back LeWeb from their acquirers, Reed MIDEM. Both parties seemed to praise the deal, and the tech community was left wondering: can LeWeb turn itself around in 2015? The answer to that question, unfortunately, may not come […]

Don't count them out yet: Deezer rumored to be raising at $1B valuation

Better known as “the other Spotify,” Deezer’s been flying under the radar (or at least, under the shadow cast by Spotify) since its launch, despite being the (now distant) 2nd most popular Music streaming service around. Now, according to Bloomberg, Deezer is ready to  beef up operations, reportedly raising a round that would put them […]

Bpifrance advizes French companies to acquire startups in order to grow

France’s public investment bank BPIfrance has its hands in many pots. They invest in more than 50% of seed and growth funds, and invest directly in larger rounds of companies deemed ‘national treasures’ of sorts  – Withings & Sigfox, for example. Beyond being responsible for an estimated two-thirds of investment capital made available by French […]

France reprimands 13 dating sites for misuse of user data

The CNIL, France’s independent data protection organization, has released a document outlying 13 dating sites who have received a formal reprimand from CNIL regarding their use of user data. In the published release, the CNIL states that 8 companies which operate 13 dating websites were inspected and found to have broken several user data laws – […]

Google's clash with France on "right to be forgotten" raises questions about the limits of Sovereignty online

After the European Union courts ruled last year that Google must oblige certain requests by European citizens to be delisted, subsequently called the “right to be forgotten,” Google has responded to a follow-up request by France’s data privacy council (CNIL), stating that it will not delist individual search results on a global scale. In its […]

HP partners with Sculpteo to 3D Print creations by designers

Sculpteo announced this week a new partnership with HP that will see HP’s latest designer-oriented computer, the Sprout, plugged in with Sculpteo to enable designers to easily 3D Print their designs. Sprout, which currently retails for $1,899.99, is part of HP’s bigger push into the design world, having announced in October 2014 their foyer into […]

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 […]

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 – […]