La Belle Assiette launched just last year and has already secured its position as the #1 marketplace for private chefs in Europe. The past 6 months were particularly robust ones in terms of their growth as they expanded throughout France and launched in Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK and have validated over 350 Chefs on their […]
Festicket announced today that they have raised a $680,000 seed-funding round in order to expand out their festival package deal site, which allows users to purchase ticket, accommodation, transport & extras all in one click. Reported originally by Steve O’hear of TechCrunch, Festicket launched in 2012, by Zack Sabban and Nathan Younes, as they encountered difficulties […]
Quandora announced today that they have raised a $150K seed round from KIMA Ventures in order to continue growth of their white label solution for Q&A Platforms. We profiled Quandora‘s “Quora for Enterprise” last July, and it seems the company has been growing quite well since then. The company, which offers a white-label private Q&A-based […]
Paris-based Kwaga announced today that it has sold Boxcar, the US startup it purchased last year, to ProcessOne, a real-time messaging provider for popular mobile apps, such as Orange’s Libon, BBC Radio, Meetic, Atos & Major League Baseball (MLB). The company’s CEO Mickaël Rémond said that “We’ve been working in messaging for more than 10 years, delivering large […]
Last week at Dublin Web Summit, there were plenty of French startups to see. Along with Allmyapps & Clever Cloud, Bordeaux-based Storific competed in DWS’ Spark of Genius startup competition, and made it as far as the semi-finals (top 16 out of 100 competing) before being knocked out by a iPhone-controlled vibrator and a Kickstarter […]
iAdvize announced yesterday that it has closed a round of funding of €1 Million from Alven Capital in order to accelerate its international development. Previously funded by Xavier Niel’s Kima Ventures & business angels to the tune of €100K, iAdvize was founded by Julien Hervouet and Jonathan Gueron in 2010. The company currently helps 800+ […]
I love when entrepreneur tell me that "it is impossible to raise VC funding in France." Honestly, it has become one of my favorite phrases. I have come across numerous entrepreneurs - on both sides of the Atlantic - that have told me that VCs are risk-averse weirdos and that their capital is extremely limited and/or drying up. And while Chausson Finance did declare France's VC activity for the first half of 2011 as remarkably less than in 2010, this
This week's French product recommendation goes out to Sparrow, a fabulous mail client for Mac developed in France.