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  • Cisco Will Invest $100 Million In French Startups

    Cisco Will Invest $100 Million In French Startups

    France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced yesterday a thorough partnership with Cisco for the coming years. Among other things, Cisco CEO John Chambers said that the company is taking tiny steps to ramp up its investments in French startups, starting by investing $100 million in multiple French startups over the coming years. There are two interesting tidbits behind today’s news. Read More

  • Managing Your Restaurant Deliveries With Trackin Is Like Playing SimCity

    Managing Your Restaurant Deliveries With Trackin Is Like Playing SimCity

    Meet Trackin, a complete software solution for restaurant managers to control your fleet of delivery persons in real time and easily accept online orders. Trackin provides a dashboard for your restaurants, a mobile app for your drivers and an online order widget for your customers. Thanks to this startup attending Y Combinator’s current batch, you will know when your driver is back and… Read More

  • Bunkr Is Now The Definitive PowerPoint Alternative Designed For The Web

    Bunkr Is Now The Definitive PowerPoint Alternative Designed For The Web

    Bunkr is a French startup that keeps reinventing itself. After making a big splash by promising the PowerPoint killer we’ve all been waiting for and struggling to raise a seed round, it is now starting from scratch again and rethinking from the ground up its presentation service. Bunkr now takes advantage of everything that the web has to offer to provide features that don’t even… Read More

  • Ilan Abehassera Teases Insensi, A Device For Long-Distance Families

    Ilan Abehassera Teases Insensi, A Device For Long-Distance Families

    There is not much to say about Insensi just yet. I met the company’s founder Ilan Abehassera in Paris two weeks ago, and he gave me a few hints about his very secretive startup. First, it’s a hardware startup based in New York. Second, he hired a team of all-star engineers. Third, he raised $2.4 million already. Read More

  • Partech’s New $240 Million Growth Fund Will Close France’s Funding Gap

    Partech’s New $240 Million Growth Fund Will Close France’s Funding Gap

    2014 was the year of seed funding, 2015 will be the year of late stage funding for Partech Ventures. The French venture capital firm just raised $240 million to launch the Partech Growth fund. This new fund will back late stage startups in Partech’s traditional industries and areas. But this time, the firm will invest between $12 million and $50 million per round. Three new general… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar Expands Beyond Europe

    BlaBlaCar Expands Beyond Europe

    After raising a massive $100 million round last summer, BlaBlaCar is opening its first market outside of Europe with India — if you count Turkey and Russia as part of Europe at large. This country marks the 14th market for the company. Read More

  • European Video Ad Platform Teads Raises Further $30M As It Eyes Up Future IPO

    European Video Ad Platform Teads Raises Further $30M As It Eyes Up Future IPO

    Video advertising platform Teads, which specialises in those now familiar video ads that reside outside of video content — such as placed in an article between two paragraphs of text — has raised a further £20 million (~$30m) in funding as it continues to talk up a potential IPO. Read More

  • Lima Showcases Its Mobile App For Its Dropbox Alternative

    Lima Showcases Its Mobile App For Its Dropbox Alternative

    French startup Lima is presenting another piece of its offering at CES, the mobile app. And it is a very promising app for those who backed Lima to seamlessly access their photos, music library and movies from their phones and tablets. While the team still needs to polish the app interface, it goes beyond Dropbox and Carousel when it comes to features. As a reminder, Lima is a small device… Read More

  • Happn Attracts $8 Million To Roll Out Its Tinder-Like App Globally

    Happn Attracts $8 Million To Roll Out Its Tinder-Like App Globally

    French dating app Happn just raised an $8 million Series A round from Alven Capital and DN Capital, as well as business angels, such as Fabrice Grinda. As a reminder, Happn uses your phone’s location to show you potential matches. Every time you cross someone’s path, this person’s profile will be added to the top of your feed. Then, you can like people and potentially… Read More

  • French Uber Competitor SnapCar Grabs $2.5 Million And Pivots To B2B

    French Uber Competitor SnapCar Grabs $2.5 Million And Pivots To B2B

    French Uber competitor SnapCar just raised $2.5 million (€2 million) from business angels, such as former global CEO of American Express Travel Charles Petruccelli and Bertrand Mabille. While the company already has more than 200 corporate clients, it is focusing on B2B for good. SnapCar works more or less the same way as competitiors, such as Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and Uber, but… Read More

  • Vidcoin Solves Buffering Issues For Mobile Video Ads

    Vidcoin Solves Buffering Issues For Mobile Video Ads

    Vidcoin is an advertising technology startup focused on video ads for smartphones. The French startup makes watching video ads less painful by providing an SDK that will buffer videos before playing them so that they will instantly play. “Mobile video continues to be a challenge for one simple reason: mobile connectivity can be spotty so the type of streaming videos [companies like… Read More

  • Addr Is A Nifty iPad Ebook Reader For Those Who Miss Readmill

    Addr Is A Nifty iPad Ebook Reader For Those Who Miss Readmill

    Meet Addr, a brand new iPad app to read your ePub ebooks. In some way, Addr is very reminiscent of Readmill’s now defunct ebook reader. It’s all about importing your DRM-free ebooks and adding a social layer to take annotations and share them with your friends. But the comparison stops there as Addr is a very different take when it comes to design. First, the app goes a bit… Read More

  • Capitaine Train Grabs $6.3 Million To Build The Best Service To Book Train Tickets

    Capitaine Train Grabs $6.3 Million To Build The Best Service To Book Train Tickets

    There is nothing as cool as riding a high-speed train across Europe. But buying train tickets is also one of the worst online experiences. French startup Capitaine Train is all about making this process as seamless and complete as possible. The company just raised another $6.3 million (€5.5 million) to expand its activities. Read More

  • Le Wagon Is An Impressive French Coding Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs

    Le Wagon Is An Impressive French Coding Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs

    Coding bootcamps are nothing new, but they have always been more popular in the U.S. than in Europe. Last year, when Le Wagon started, it was a breath of fresh air. The team not only wanted to bring the concept back to Europe, but also wanted to add its own flavor. Le Wagon is a coding school specifically targeted towards entrepreneurs. It designs its own high quality content to make you… Read More

  • Batch Insights Is AppGratis’ New Trick, A Benchmark Tool For Push Notifications

    Batch Insights Is AppGratis’ New Trick, A Benchmark Tool For Push Notifications

    The two co-founders behind AppGratis are working on a new project for mobile developers. Batch Insights is a push notification aggregator that will let you search, filter and manipulate notifications from thousands of popular apps. This service is a good way to benchmark your competitors when it comes to push notifications. “With Batch Insights we’re on a mission to index all… Read More

  • Prizm Plays Music You Like To Transform Your Living Room Into Your Favorite Coffee Shop

    Prizm Plays Music You Like To Transform Your Living Room Into Your Favorite Coffee Shop

    Remember the last time you went to the same coffee shop or bar because the staff tends to play music you like and you don’t have to pick the next song? Prizm is a neat little pyramid add-on for your sound system to transform your living room into this coffee shop you like. The French startup is just beginning the last week of its Kickstarter campaign of its $129 smart music player for… Read More

  • With Vyte.in, Schedule Meetings Without Long Email Threads

    With Vyte.in, Schedule Meetings Without Long Email Threads

    Scheduling a meeting usually takes a few emails. Add a third person, and you are now stuck in an email nightmare. French startup Vyte.in knows this too well, and will let you schedule meetings in a few clicks right in your browser. “I’ve worked for 4 years in big companies and small startups — from the smallest to the biggest company, you always have this problem when it comes… Read More

  • Glose Is A New Ebook Reader That Turns Reading Into A Social Experience

    Glose Is A New Ebook Reader That Turns Reading Into A Social Experience

    Meet Glose, a brand new ebook reader for your phone, tablet and laptop. Glose is like the Kindle apps, but on steroids. Reading a book in Glose becomes a collective experience as you can discuss quotes with your friends and other Glose users, keep notes and more. You can also browse a feed of your friend’s annotations to get a taste of books you have yet to read. At heart, the team wants… Read More

  • Online Labs Designed Its Own ARM Servers To Take On AWS, DigitalOcean

    Online Labs Designed Its Own ARM Servers To Take On AWS, DigitalOcean

    A couple of years ago, the team behind Online Labs started a long ambitious project — instead of building a virtual cloud hosting infrastructure that competes directly with Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean and other VPS providers, it designed its own hardware for its cloud solution. Online Labs managed to squeeze 912 separate computers in a single server rack. But the best part is that… Read More

  • Clustree Automagically Matches Internal Talent With Job Positions

    Clustree Automagically Matches Internal Talent With Job Positions

    Meet Clustree, a French startup that uses big data to find the right person for the right position within big companies. Clustree will help both good employees who feel stuck in their jobs and HR departments who might not think to check their own companies for the perfect candidate. “Clustree is a SaaS platform for talent management,” founder and CEO Bénédicte de Raphélis… Read More

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