France approves new tax on multinational tech giants

French lawmakers have voted to approve a new tax on digital services, aimed primarily at large international tech giants based in the US, according to BBC News. A 3 percent tax on sales by large multinational tech companies was passed by the French senate Thursday, after it was approved by the lower house a week earlier. […]

UK regulators call for ban on financial products linked to cryptocurrency

UK regulators call for ban on financial products linked to cryptocurrency

UK financial regulators are proposing a ban on financial instruments linked to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, saying they’re “ill-suited” for small investors due to their “extreme volatility” and other risks, The Guardian reported Wednesday. The ban would prohibit trading platforms from selling, marketing, or distributing derivatives and other instruments linked to “unregulated transferable cryptoassets” such as bitcoin.  The ban […]

Automation could eliminate hundreds of thousands of UK jobs by 2030

Automation could eliminate hundreds of thousands of UK jobs by 2030

Robots could eliminate as many as 20 million manufacturing jobs by 2030, according to a new report from analytics firm Oxford Economics. Despite this risk, it notes that automation will ultimately fuel economic growth and create new jobs, and calls on governments to help workers adapt to these economic shifts. The analysis also forecasts that […]

Is Raising Funds More Important than Profitability?

Raising funds, getting new valuations, and Series B financing are an inescapable fact of life any startup. We celebrate those companies that are able to pull in eye-popping investments, as with digital bank Monzo – which got valued at £1 billion last year and is looking at raising more funds in order to expand their […]

10 Misconceptions about French support for startups

There are several schemes to help startups in the complicated launching phase. The Research tax credits (CIR) scheme celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and has proved to be one of the main drivers for innovation in France: over 20,000 companies presently benefit from it. However, many misconceptions still persist about this support facility, as […]

#FrenchTechFriday: Keep your home private with Snips

Personal assistants have made their way into our homes. We have opened our doors to Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook… We are giving them the key to our most best-kept secret: our family. And we pay for it with private information. French startup Snips wants to take to nosing out of voice assistants with strong […]

Out for a record year in French Tech fund raising in 2018?

On the second term of 2018, funds raised by French startups added up to $995 million, which bring the year’s total to $1.846 billion. The record of 2017 will probably be smashed.   The new quarterly insights by CB Insight, dedicated to investments in startups, is out. It confirms that French Tech startups are soaring […]

How You Can Build A Career In Blockchain

There is a change in trust in the financial world. The name of this change often starts with “crypto” or “blockchain”. Here’s how you can build a career in this profitable field. A change of trust Banks today play the role of a trusted financial intermediary in transactions. Importantly, for any deal to take place, […]

How to lose your bitcoins

  Cryptocurrencies are the big deal. But there are many ways to lose your hard-earned bitcoins. Knowing the most common ways to lose them may help you cling to your hard-earned crypto-treasures.   Not your regular bank account   To begin with, getting a hold of – and storing – bitcoins or other crypto-currencies is […]

#FRENCHTECHFRIDAY: the blockchain crusade of 808 Labs

  [UPDATE: 50 million tokens are on public sale starting April 10th 2018] In times when wealth is in the hands of a few giant groups, some aim to use blockchain to give back power to individuals. French startup 808Labs may have found the way to correct the economic imbalance.   Internet started with a […]