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  • How TheFamily Is Reshaping The French Tech Ecosystem

    How TheFamily Is Reshaping The French Tech Ecosystem

    French startup accelerator TheFamily is raising up to $2 million from angel investors and Index Ventures. It’s an open round — so far investors have committed $1 million. Given the overall interest around the funding, the company should quickly max out its round. Today’s news is also a good opportunity to take a step back and tell you why TheFamily has been key in improving… Read More

  • The ISKN Slate Is A Smart Surface To Digitize Your Sketches Without Even Realizing It

    The ISKN Slate Is A Smart Surface To Digitize Your Sketches Without Even Realizing It

    French startup ISKN (also known as iSketchnote) just launched preorders for its first product, a smart slate. It’s different from competing technologies, such as Livescribe pens or more traditional graphics tablet — it’s inexpensive, you can use regular paper and a dumb pen, as long as it has a magnet ring. Today isn’t the first time that the company unveils its product… Read More

  • Fred Destin Joins Accel Partners London As Partner

    Fred Destin Joins Accel Partners London As Partner

    Accel Partners has appointed Fred Destin, formerly with Atlas Venture in Boston, as Partner. Destin has along reputation as an experienced early stage VC, first in Europe, then the US, and now he is returning. He will begin work after the summer. Talking to TechCrunch, Destin said he is “Super excited to come back to the European tech scene. Five years ago we had to prove ourselves, but… Read More

  • Qleek Brings Your Music Back In To The Physical Realm

    Qleek Brings Your Music Back In To The Physical Realm

    When I first heard about Qleek I was a little skeptical. You see, it’s a music player that uses physical, wooden blocks called Tapps to activate digital playback. You want to listen to some Jazz? Find the Coltrane block and stick it into the player. Want to listen to OK Computer? Dig out the block and slot it to make yourself a little fitter and happier. It’s like the old days… Read More

  • Dear Montebourg, Please Don’t Kill French Startup Acquisitions

    Dear Montebourg, Please Don’t Kill French Startup Acquisitions

    Arnaud Montebourg has a huge responsibility now. He’s France’s minister of the economy, industrial renewal, and the digital economy. He just signed a decree that allows the government to prevent acquisitions of French companies by foreign firms in multiple industries, including “electronic communications”. As a reminder, he’s the one who killed… Read More

  • Contract Live Raises $1.4 Million, Because Signing Contracts Sucks

    Contract Live Raises $1.4 Million, Because Signing Contracts Sucks

    French startup Contract Live raised $1.4 million from Ingenico founders, Jean-Marc Tassetto, Arnaud Vaissié, Bruno Deschamps and more. Contract Live lets you manage and sign your contracts in a webmail interface. Instead of having to fight with paperwork, it feels like using Gmail and sending emails. “We launched our platform in May of last year. Now, we work with more than 3,000… Read More

  • PeopleDoc (Née Novapost) Raises $17.5 Million To Digitalize HR

    PeopleDoc (Née Novapost) Raises $17.5 Million To Digitalize HR

    Formerly known as Novapost, French startup PeopleDoc raised a $17.5 million round led by Accel Partners. Existing investors Alven Capital and Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet’s Kernel Investissements also participated. PeopleDoc lets you paperlessly manage all your HR documents. The main solution is a unified platform for every document from job offers to digital payslips. It isn’t just… Read More

  • Wheretoget Raises $2 Million For Its Powerful Shazam For Fashion

    Wheretoget Raises $2 Million For Its Powerful Shazam For Fashion

    Meet Wheretoget, a community of dedicated fashion enthusiasts. Whenever you see an outfit that you like on the web or in the street, you upload a picture. Wheretoget’s community will take care of the rest and find where you can get this very same outfit. There is no secret sauce, no magic algorithm, just dedicated human beings. And the French startup just raised $2 million (€1.4… Read More

  • Against The Odds, Bunkr Raises $1.4 Million For Its PowerPoint Killer

    Against The Odds, Bunkr Raises $1.4 Million For Its PowerPoint Killer

    French startup Bunkr raised $1.4 million (€1 million) from Idinvest Partners, Deezer co-founder Daniel Marhely and Free founder Xavier Niel. When I first covered the online presentation service in August 2013, the company told me that it was about to begin raising a seed round. It took a while because French VCs didn’t make it easy for the Rouen-based team. “Idinvest rarely… Read More

  • Restaurant Reservation Service LaFourchette Gobbled Up By TripAdvisor For ~$140M

    Restaurant Reservation Service LaFourchette Gobbled Up By TripAdvisor For ~$140M

    European restaurant reservation service LaFourchette — the so-called OpenTable of France — has entered into agreement to be acquired by NASDAQ-listed travel site TripAdvisor, with whom it already had a partnership. Read More

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