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  • Heetch Is A Ride-Sharing App For Late Night Party-Goers

    Heetch Is A Ride-Sharing App For Late Night Party-Goers

    Meet Heetch, a French ride-sharing app with a twist. Instead of going head-to-head against Uber, Chauffeur-Privé or LeCab in Paris, the company is operating a ride-sharing service that only works at night, mostly when you’re out partying. The company recently raised $500,000 from Via-ID and has been growing steadily for the past 9 months. “Our users generally take the subway… Read More

  • Lenka Might Be The Black-And-White Photographer’s Dream App

    Lenka Might Be The Black-And-White Photographer’s Dream App

    Photo apps have evolved from adding filtering, to being social, to smashing up the two. Instagram grew like a weed based on this philosophy. EyeEm has grown by making your feed of friends’ photos look so good, you know you just have to take great photos as well (there’s some clever algorithms at work there). Now a new app, designed by one of the world’s best photographers… Read More

  • Etsy Buys French Startup A Little Market In Its Largest Acquisition So Far

    Etsy Buys French Startup A Little Market In Its Largest Acquisition So Far

    Etsy announced today that it has acquired a French company called A Little Market, a Paris-based online marketplace for handmade items. Though terms of the deal were undisclosed, Etsy says that this is its “sixth and largest acquisition to date.” A Little Market will continue to operate independently. Read More

  • Music Streaming Social Network Whyd Gets An iOS App

    Music Streaming Social Network Whyd Gets An iOS App

    Following the closing of a $700,000 seed round at the start of this year, music streaming social network Whyd has been busy putting some of that modest capital to work with the development of its first foray into mobile. Read More

  • Kima Invests In Pakistan-Based Startup Behind Groopic Photo App

    The world just got that little bit smaller. The Pakistan-based startup behind Groopic, an iOs and Android app that ‘lets the photographer be in the picture’ has secured an investment from Kima Ventures. Kima is a seed stage capital firm with headquarters in Paris, France, and is known to invest at a high velocity. Eyedeus Labs, which made Groopic, is an alumni of Plan9, … Read More

  • Algolia Raises Another $1.2 Million For Its Real-Time Search API

    Algolia Raises Another $1.2 Million For Its Real-Time Search API

    French startup Algolia raised $1.2 million as an extension of the company’s existing seed round to turbocharge your website’s search engine. It brings the total funding of the startup to $2.8 million. The round extension was led by Storm Ventures, with angels coming from Box, Eventbrite, Google, Microsoft and Stripe. Chrisoph Janz of Point Nine Capital is also joining the… Read More

  • Front Is A Shared Inbox App That Makes Email Suck Less

    Front Is A Shared Inbox App That Makes Email Suck Less

    Meet Front, a service to collaborate, comment, assign and reply to those pesky emails that you receive on your support@, jobs@ or contact@ email addresses. Launching today, Front is part of Y Combinator’s current batch. “With Front, we want you to receive all your company’s incoming feeds in our app and collaborate in real time on these requests,” co-founder and CEO… Read More

  • Balderton Capital Is Taking Tiny Steps To Ramp Up Investments In French Startups

    Balderton Capital Is Taking Tiny Steps To Ramp Up Investments In French Startups

    VC firm Balderton Capital is getting serious about France, or at least is thinking about it. The European VC firm is looking for someone to source deals in France, TechCrunch has learned. According to a source, Balderton realized that the firm is not as efficient as Index Ventures in Paris and it wants to fix that. For now, the company only wants someone who can go back and forth between… Read More

  • Major VC Figure Marie Ekeland To Leave Elaia Partners

    Major VC Figure Marie Ekeland To Leave Elaia Partners

    Marie Ekeland is leaving French VC firm Elaia Partners to create her own VC firm, TechCrunch has learned last week. According to Rude Baguette, Ekeland should leave at the end of the summer. Ekeland managed some successful investments over the years, including Elaia’s investment in Criteo. As a reminder, Criteo has had a successful IPO on the NASDAQ while retaining its main office in Paris. Read More

  • Pikichat Is A Deadly Simple Photo Chat App Built In One Week

    Pikichat Is A Deadly Simple Photo Chat App Built In One Week

    Pikichat is a new iPhone app to share quirky photos with your friends. It is very reminiscent of Snapchat when it comes to design and branding. But the story behind the app is nothing like Snapchat. Two French engineers went to the countryside and coded this brand new app from the ground-up. After a week of intense coding, Pikichat was done. The app is really simple and could become a fun… Read More