Trista Bridges

SCIMOB on track to be France's next global games leader

France has had a long an illustrious history in the games sector.  With global giants like Ubisoft and Gameloft, and newer stars like Pretty Simple Games and Royal Cactus, the French games sector continues to be one top ecosystems in producing hit games. The latest sucess story emerging over the last few years is Montepellier-based […]

Hotel Tonight's growth accelerates in France and beyond (Part I)

Hotel Tonight's growth accelerates in France and beyond (Part I)

The market for last-minute travel is certainly not a new one.  Starting during the first boom, online last-minute travel tended to focus entirely on price without giving much thought to quality and user experience. Years later, Hotel Tonight, a SF-based startup founded in 2011, is looking to change all that, proving that a high quality, fairly […]

Midemlab announces finalists, France dominates IoT category

Midemlab announces finalists, France dominates IoT category

Reed-Midem has just announced the finalists for the 2015 edition of its top startup competition Midemlab, which is organized this year into three categories:  Music Discovery, Recommendation & Creation, Marketing, Social Engagement & Monetisation Solutions, and Hardware/Internet of Things. Midemlab is celebrating its 8th year and, for its 2015 edition had entries from over 40 countries and posted a […]

BI startup BiBOARD raises €2 million to grow user base to 5 million in 3 yrs

Grenoble based, Business Intelligence (BI) startup BiBOARD has raised €2 million from 4 principal investors, Entrepreneurs Factory, Rhône-Alpes Création, Expansinvest, and Sigma Gestion, with the support of the BPI. The cloud BI space is one that’s gotten a lot of attention in recent years with the shift, particularly among enterprises, to the cloud. And according to BiBOARD, […]

Qwant rolls out new, improved UX and announces Qwant Junior for kids

  With Europeans, and particularly the EU, growing increasingly weary of search giant Google, there have been calls for a viable, independent alternative.  Qwant is working to be that alternative. With ‘security, privacy, and no tracking’ as their tagline, they’ve embraced net neutrality and have achieved a growing core of loyal users.  Founded by Jean Manuel […]

RadiumOne, moving marketing into real-time

The advertising sector has undergone a fundamental transformation over the last 10+ years. Starting with Google’s adwords to Facebook’s social network/ad platform to Criteo’s leadershing in retargeting, technology and innovation have completely changed the game in advertising. As with Finance, advertising is now moving into the machine-to-machine world, with decisions around media mix moving quickly moving towards automation. We are […]

INNOV8 acquires Ascendeo to create leading connected objects retail outlets in Europe

INNOV8, top European retail channel for smartphones and connected objects, has acquired Ascendeo, leader in the conception and distribution of smartphone accessories. Connected devices will the the principal focus, as the two plan to build on their €358M in revenues to create the top retail channel in Europe for connected objects. INNOV8 has already shown their […]

Nokia to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion

Nokia announced late yesterday that they’ll be acquiring Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion in an all stock deal.  The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies, but will still need the ‘final ok’ from various regulatory authorities. Combined sales of the new company will be approximately €26 billion/year. IoT The IoT space is increasingly a […]

Magency raises €3m to fuel its product and international development

Magency announced that they just closed at €3m Series A round, led by Alliance Entreprendre and Sigma Gestion. In speaking about their new round, founder and CEO Vincent Bruneau adds: “This funding will allow us to accelerate our product development, as well as achieve our goal of becoming the leading mobile solution provider for events and training.” Bruneau, […]

After kicking-off their European expansion, Animalbox raises €1.2 million

After raising a €300k seed round in 2013 and merging with Doggybox last September, Animalbox has just announced that they’ve closed another round, this time at €1.2 million with their previous investors Network Finances, L’Accélérateur and Europexpo as well as a group of business angels via crowdequity platforms Anaxago and Fundme. Founded in 2012, by Antoine Chabassol and Pierre-Henri […]