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  • 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

  • French Startup Accelerator Le Camping Redices to 3% Stake

    Le Camping Now Takes 3% Equity As Accelerator Competition Heats Up In France

    Startup accelerator Le Camping is finally shifting its model — everyone has been waiting for this change. It will now take 3 percent in startup equity starting next season. I sat down with Le Camping manager Elise Nebout to discuss the move. Le Camping started three years ago and it was one of the first French startup accelerators in France. Five batches representing 62 startups went… Read More

  • Can Montebourg Seduce French Startups Again?

    Can Montebourg Seduce French Startups Again?

    Buying what Arnaud Montebourg just said is a tough sell for French startups. France’s minister of the economy, industrial renewal, and the digital economy delivered an optimistic speech in front of entrepreneurs, startup employees and influential people of the French tech ecosystem. In fact, it’s a total change from his previous positions. But can we believe him? At Criteo’s… Read More