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  • 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

  • TextMaster Raises Further €1M To Crowdsource Translation, Copywriting And Proofreading

    TextMaster Raises Further €1M To Crowdsource Translation, Copywriting And Proofreading

    TextMaster, the crowdsourced platform for content translation, copywriting, and proofreading, has raised €1 million in a second round of funding. Money it has pegged for further International expansion, specifically Germany and Asia. Read More

  • Enquire Is A Lightweight Q&A App To Explore Your Neighborhood

    Enquire Is A Lightweight Q&A App To Explore Your Neighborhood

    Meet Enquire, yet another Q&A app. But this time, it’s all about creating a simple experience to discover new things in your neighborhood. You don’t have to share images like on Jelly, you can’t ask non-location-based questions like on Quest. It’s all about tuning into your neighborhood and reading and participating with the public feed of questions and… Read More

  • Lima Raises $2.5 Million For Its Personal, Subscription-Free Dropbox

    Lima Raises $2.5 Million For Its Personal, Subscription-Free Dropbox

    French startup Lima already did a very successful Kickstarter campaign last year, raising more than $1.2 million. But the company just raised even more money — French VC firm Partech Ventures invested $2.5 million. As a reminder, Lima is a small device that you plug to your router, as well as one or multiple USB drives. It will then seamlessly transform your USB drives into a… Read More

  • Microsoft Buys Mobile App Management Platform Capptain To Beef Up Azure

    Microsoft Buys Mobile App Management Platform Capptain To Beef Up Azure

    Yesterday, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella noted that Azure, the company’s cloud platform, had more work to do get better traction with startups and developers — an area where one of its biggest cloud rivals, Amazon, has done well. Today, the company is taking a step to improve that: it has bought Capptain, a startup based out of Paris that provides app developers with… Read More

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