Is corporate VC a KPI for a bubble ?

It feels like there are an awful lot of corporations setting up venture capital departments these days. I say ‘feels’, because my evidence was purely intuitive and anecdotal… until now. Compiling the data for global corporate venture deals all the way back to 1995 proved challenging. In fact, there were so many conflicting sources that […]

For FirstMark's Matt Turck "Investing in early stage hardware ventures is not for the faint of heart"

For FirstMark's Matt Turck "Investing in early stage hardware ventures is not for the faint of heart"

Raising VC money has been a daunting challenge for hardware startups for years.  However, with 25+ billion connected devices expected to come online by 2020, VCs are starting to venture back into the world of hardware. Matt Turck, Managing Director at FirstMark Capital, has long been an advocate of the potential of IoT, and sees the rapid […]

Aerospace and defense giant Safran launches €50 million venture fund

Aerospace and defense giant Safran launches €50 million venture fund

Looking to reinforce their innovation and transformation focused strategy, French aerospace and defense leader Safran has announced that they’re launching a €50 million corporate venture fund. The investment period of the fund will span 3 years and will focus on innovative startups aerospace, defense and security industries. Safran Corporate Ventures will seek to invest in startups […]

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

  This is the second installment in a two part series about Hotel Tonight. In the first installment we spoke with co-founder and COO Jared Simon. In this installment we’ll also be speaking with VP International and Paris office head Amir Segall and French Market Manager Marie Hardel.   How is the Airbnb phenomenon affecting what you […]

BNP Paribas, leveraging Open Innovation to build the 'Bank of Tomorrow' [Sponsored]

The Bank of Tomorrow As with many sectors, the financial sector is undergoing fundamental shift thanks to technology.  The rise of Fintech is changing how both consumers and companies bank. While regulation is a challenge for Fintech, it’s evident that over time, laws will evolve and new models of financial management, investing, and banking will […]

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 dot.com 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 […]

I have not invested a second reading about you. Now can you give me an hour of your time?

Robert Shrimsley’s column in the FT this past weekend with advice for journalism job seekers (Dear millennials: a few interview tips . . .) resonated with me. Shrimsley laments how every Spring he witnesses newly-minted journalism graduates aspiring to work at the Financial Times who seem to have so much to offer — degrees from elite universities, a […]

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 […]

Connected objects startup Sevenhugs raises €1.5 million seed round

Just a year after their launch, Sevenhugs have just announced closing a €1.5 million seed round with several investors, including CapDecisif Management with the FRCI, NovX Capital (investment arm of the Noveo group), Kima Ventures, and business angels networks BADGE (Business Angels des Grandes Ecoles), Femmes Business Angels (FBA), and Investessor. Sevenhugs is yet another example of […]