France Newsletter

Sign up to our weekly newsletter with TechCrunch’s best posts of the week covering the French tech ecosystem: http://tcrn.ch/1m5t5UQ

  • Akeneo Raises $2.3 Million To Replace Excel For Catalog Management

    Akeneo Raises $2.3 Million To Replace Excel For Catalog Management

    It currently takes more than four months for a famous luxury company based in Paris to put new collection items on its website. It’s a nightmare for multiple people who have to fight with Excel to add all the relevant data. And before you know it, the next collection is already there. This is where Akeneo comes along. Akeneo is a CRM for product information. Instead of adding people… Read More

  • Sigfox Wants To Turn Its Network For Connected Objects Into A Platform, Hires Cédric Giorgi

    Sigfox Wants To Turn Its Network For Connected Objects Into A Platform, Hires Cédric Giorgi

    French startup Sigfox is building a low cost, alternative cellular network for connected objects. It allows small connected objects to talk with Sigfox’s server with a very small battery and cheap hardware. It sounds too good to be true, but the company’s network already works in a few countries and has many interesting potential use cases. Now, the startup wants to turn its… Read More

  • France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

    France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

    After four long months of speculations and political maneuvering, the French Government finally announced that France is getting its first Chief Data Officer. While the name of the CDO is still unknown, a source told me that current Etalab director Henri Verdier should get nominated later this week. Back in February, I interviewed Henri Verdier about Etalab’s work on Data.gouv.fr… Read More

  • Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    French readers, Netflix is here! But don’t get too excited; it’s an imperfect launch. After an astute media campaign to put Netflix under the spotlight, the unlimited movie and TV show streaming service is available for everyone to see. And with a limited catalog, a limited availability on set-top boxes and a limited set of features compared to its competitors, it’s going to be… Read More

  • Motionlead Makes Mobile Ads Effective Again Thanks To Interactive Design

    Motionlead Makes Mobile Ads Effective Again Thanks To Interactive Design

    Meet Motionlead, a French startup that wants to make mobile ads sexy again. When the team first developed a meme reader for the iPhone, it got really frustrated with the state of mobile ads. Traditional ad banners are both ineffective and ugly. That’s how Motionlead started. “On all our campaigns, we have a click rate above 10 percent for call-to-action buttons,” co-founder… Read More

  • Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

    Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

    When Charles Nouboue was in business school, he found he had little time to shop during regular store hours. But shopping online proved to be hard. “It’s difficult to find exactly what you want to buy,” Nouboue said. “It’s very complicated to find the right size.” That’s why he and his partner, Gaetan Rougevin-Baville, recently launched a… Read More

  • Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

    Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

    It’s clear that anonymity, in one way or another, is going to be a part of our digital future. But the folks over at JustLeak.it have looked to the past for inspiration in this brave weird new world. Leak is a web service that lets you send anonymous emails to people. Just put in a recipients’ email, choose the type of relationship you have with that person (friend, coworker, etc.)… Read More

  • Here’s One Of The First Useful Android Wear Smartwatch Apps

    Here’s One Of The First Useful Android Wear Smartwatch Apps

    I have a Pebble and really like getting notifications on my wrist. It’s useful to see if it’s an important notification without having to look at your phone every time it buzzes. So that’s why I didn’t see why I should get a heavier watch with a barely acceptable battery life, like the LG G watch. But Capitaine Train‘s new smartwatch app showcases why an Android… Read More

  • Free, France’s T-Mobile, Wants To Acquire T-Mobile For $15 Billion

    Free, France’s T-Mobile, Wants To Acquire T-Mobile For $15 Billion

    France’s disruptive telecom company, Free, just announced that it wanted to acquire T-Mobile US. The WSJ first broke the story. Free then confirmed the bid in a press release. Sprint was already in talks with T-Mobile for a potential acquisition. Now, Free (also known as Iliad) is offering $15 billion in cash for 56.6 percent of the American company at $33 per share. Overall, Free says… Read More