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Is SaaS heaven on earth for B2B Software startups? Startup development & the platform dilemma

The following guest post is contributed by Thomas Oriol, who is the co-founder and CEO of online sales analysis and forecasting application Salesclic. You can follow him at @ThomasOriol as well as his company at @Salesclic. SaaS has considerably reduced B2B startup development costs. Think of the products and services you had to buy when […]

Pretty Simple Games now amongst top 10 game developers on Facebook

Pretty Simple Games now amongst top 10 game developers on Facebook

Pretty Simple Games, which we wrote about recently here and here, continues its spectacular rise in a space that has been challenged as of late. In just a few months, their hit game Criminal Case has reached 4 million daily active users (as of yesterday), which has put them squarely in the top 10 game developers […]

Deezer may be avoiding the US market, but Spotify is starving French users

Deezer may be avoiding the US market, but Spotify is starving French users

The war between Deezer and Spotify has begun, and it seems there’s no country that’s safe. Spotify announced earlier this week that they would be removing the five-play cap per song for free users in the UK; however, it was Numerama that figured out that, with Spain, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Sweden having had this […]

Tigerlily teams up with Insert to bring a truly SoLoMo experience to street-side advertising

Tigerlily has always been at the forefront of digital marketing: they were one of the first certified Facebook marketing partners in France, their services provide analytics value on top of Facebook & Twitter advertising, and they also presented their vision of the SoLoMo experience just last October. Previously just a video, which integrated Apple’s Passbook, […]

Rude VC: The Valley of Heart’s Delight

Spot quiz: What region is formerly known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight ? Here’s a hint: it’s not Blackstone Valley in Massachusetts, nor is it Berlin, East London, and especially not Saclay, France. A swathe of apple orchards and orange groves spanning Santa Clara County in Northern California is what gave Silicon Valley this […]

3 French games studios in trouble – are Social & Mobile still keys to success for games studios?

Two social gaming studios publicly announced they were closing these past few weeks in France, Mandala and Qozmo. We often hear from companies having a hard time that the Facebook market has been becoming tougher in recent years, and if several companies in the same space fail in a short time, this can turn into […]

Social games start-up Pretty Simple Games hits gold

Back just over a month ago, Criminal Case was off to an impressive start, with nearly 100k DAUs. Fast forward, and this hit by Pretty Simple Games sees 1.5M daily players. The kicker(s)? Still almost no ads, organic growth being a staggering 97% of their total growth, and projected revenues for the game in 2013 […]

Facebook’s head of sales in France to quit – trouble in paradise?

Former head of sales for MySpace in France, Damien Vincent will be leaving Facebook France as the end of March, according to JDN. Facebook has not announced Damien’s successor, but has noted that Carolyn Everson, Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions based in London, will not be taking the role, so it seems that will be […]

In France, NYE SMS sees decline as MMS and new platforms rise

Although sending a SMS is still the prefered way to say ‘Happy New Year’ in France, things are starting to change.  According to early estimates published in Les Echos, at least 600 million SMS were sent in France as 2013 descended upon us.  SFR alone logged 280 million between 21h on the 31st and 9h the […]

Why Facebook game Criminal Case is seeing explosive organic growth

Pretty Simple Games is a 40 persons social games company here in Paris, who’s just published Criminal Case, a hidden object game on Facebook. Another one, right? So why should you care? Here’s exhibit A : This is a hockey stick kind of growth – basically the dream of any company launching a scalable web […]