All posts in Paris

Citymapper calls out RATP for blocking real-time data; agency says system needs upgrade (Updated)

This story was updated with comments throughout from RATP at 19h20 CET.  Citymapper has launched an online petition drive to rally users to its side as it finds itself fighting a decision by Paris’ public transportation agency over access to real-time bus data. [UPDATE] A spokesmen for Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens said in an interview […]

How I'm Coping

How I'm Coping

These acts of terrorism in Paris have me shocked, sickened, and I admit it, scared at times. Never before have I felt such intense patriotism for my adopted country. The last thing I’m qualified to give is any kind of certainty on how to process these tragic events. I’m even skeptical of diagnoses and prescriptions […]

How to reach a global audience and get Orange as your first client

How to reach a global audience and get Orange as your first client

  We have previously covered Orange Fab – the insanely attractive acceleration program for US based startups. The first season of the program has just finished and Orange is already preparing to launch Season 2 with applications opening in just a few weeks from now. During the first season over a 100 companies applied, of […]

ICANN announces .paris & .bzh among 6 French gTLDs coming this year

Last week the ICANN announced a suite of new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) which will usher in a new era of domain extensions – I’m still holding out for .rude, but it looks like that will be awhile. The domain extensions that have passed ICANN’s rigorous examination include .PARIS, whose application was submitted by the City […]

Uber Taxi in Paris: an Uber for the price of a taxi, or a Taxi for the price of an Uber?

Yesterday, Uber announced on their blog that Parisian Uber users will now be able to make user of Uber’s “Uber Taxi” feature, which allows users to hail taxis using Uber. The service has already rolled out in Chicago, DC, Toronto and  San Francisco – in Paris, users have the choice between a Taxi, a “moto” […]

San Francisco Mayor comes to Paris to strengthen ties between the two Digital Ecosystems

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee came to Paris this past week and met with Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë to exchange ideas with innovators and develop stronger ties around the Smart City theme. His trip, cataloged extensively on Twitter, included meeting with representatives from La Gaîté Lyrique, Autolib, and, ultimately, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë. The visit comes just a few months after […]

Bridging the divide between the Paris & Boston startup communities

Boston and NYC have 3 main rivalries: the Red Sox vs. the Yankees (95 years running), budget deficits, and high-tech startups. The latter is a healthy competition of creating jobs, fueling innovative research, and promoting disruptive technologies. Boston is lagging behind NYC but has recently gained momentum because of VC firms like Spark Capital which […]

JCDecaux bringing real Open Data for Paris bike riders

Paris, like many other French cities, has a network of bicycle stations called Velib, where people with (very cheap) subscriptions can take a bike for free for as long as a half-hour. However, up until now, the data of what stations are full of available bikes, and which have space to put one back, was […]

Hootsuite launches in France; adds Viadeo integration

  Hootsuite, which recently acquired Loic Le Meur’s Seesmic, announced this morning that it is now available in French, adding Viadeo integration to its Social Media Management platform. Hootsuite, used by big brands like McDonalds, Pepsico,Virgin & more, allows social media teams as well as b2c users to manage profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, […]

Open Data: baby steps for RATP

If you are a developer visiting the open data page of the French RATP, which provides buses and subways in Paris, as well as some suburban trains around, it’s fairly easy to assume you will be looking to use that data to create something useful for everyday users, that is, all the Joe subway commuters. […]