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  • ‘La Ruche Qui Dit Oui’ Scores $9 Million From USV And Felix Capital For Its Local Food Marketplace

    ‘La Ruche Qui Dit Oui’ Scores $9 Million From USV And Felix Capital For Its Local Food Marketplace

    Forget about your supermarket and buy directly from your local farmers and foodmakers. French startup La Ruche qui dit oui (also known as The Food Assembly in the U.K.) has been making waves in its home country for a while now. But it seems like international investors also got the word as Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures and Frédéric Court from Felix Capital are leading a $9… Read More

  • Samsung Invests In Sigfox’s Network For Connected Objects

    Samsung Invests In Sigfox’s Network For Connected Objects

    Sigfox’s $115 million mega round has yet to close (€100 million). Today, Samsung announced at a press conference that the company invested in the French startup as well. The amount of this additional funding is undisclosed. And that’s not all. A source told me that two other companies also recently invested in Sigfox’s current round — one of them is a major tech… Read More

  • When An UberPOP Driver Gets Fined In Paris, Uber Pays For The Fine

    When An UberPOP Driver Gets Fined In Paris, Uber Pays For The Fine

    Urban transportation company Uber found a neat way to keep UberPOP afloat in Paris. For the past few months, policemen have been tracking UberPOP drivers in order to fine them as the low-cost offering of the service was banned in December 2014. While the company never directly stated that it pays for these fines, a recent report from the New York Times clearly indicates that drivers have… Read More

  • Facebook Opens New AI Research Center In Paris

    Facebook Opens New AI Research Center In Paris

    France has many hidden gems, and Facebook is well-aware of that. The company is building a new artificial intelligence research team in Paris in order to work on ambitious futuristic projects. The new team will work closely with existing Facebook AI Research (FAIR) teams in Menlo Park and New York on image recognition, natural language processing, speech recognition, machine learning, live… Read More

  • Aircall Is The Easiest Way To Create And Manage Your Phone Customer Service

    Aircall Is The Easiest Way To Create And Manage Your Phone Customer Service

    Meet Aircall, a French startup specializing in creating a modern platform for your phone support needs. The company started as an easy way to create a virtual number that would ring your support team’s phones one by one until someone picked up the phone. It is now a complete yet easy-to-use phone solution for support teams that you manage from your computer. “We launched a desktop… Read More

  • Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

    Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

    Glose is a brand new take on ebook reading for phones and tablets. Yet, until today, one thing was crucially missing — Android support. Today, the company is launching its app on Android phones and tablets. It is also adding free book excerpts for its entire catalog. “Things are going well,” co-founder and CEO Nicolas Princen told me. “We basically doubled our catalog… Read More

  • Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace

    Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace

    Meet Izberg Marketplace, a French startup that has been flying under the radar for a while. The company recently grabbed $1.7 million from Alven Capital (€1.5 million) — and it’s already profitable. Izberg provides one of the most flexible e-commerce solutions available, and it finds the right balance between customizability and complexity. “We can add an e-commerce… Read More

  • Algolia Grabs $18.3 Million From Accel For Its Search API On Steroids

    Algolia Grabs $18.3 Million From Accel For Its Search API On Steroids

    Real-time search-as-a-service provider Algolia just raised $18.3 million with Accel Partners leading the round — Philippe Botteri will join the board. This represents some serious funding following Algolia’s $1.2 million second seed round. As a reminder, Algolia makes your website’s search box suck less. It feels like using OS X’s Spotlight feature on the… Read More

  • France Is One Step Closer To Adopting Extensive Surveillance Law

    France Is One Step Closer To Adopting Extensive Surveillance Law

    Following Charlie Hebdo’s attacks, the French Government has been tirelessly working to draft and vote a new intelligence law that goes way too far. Today, the lower house of the French Parliament overwhelmingly voted for this new law, making it highly likely to be definitely implemented in a couple of months. In many ways, this law is even broader than the Patriot Act, and many… Read More

  • France To Head Open Government Partnership Only One Year After Joining It

    France To Head Open Government Partnership Only One Year After Joining It

    Over the past two years, France has been a leading country when it comes to open data and open government — and it is paying off. Only one year after joining the Open Government Partnership, France has just been elected to head the Partnership starting in October 2016. I’ve been regularly covering France’s effort in this area as I think it’s an interesting take on… Read More

  • With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    Step by step, Lydia is unveiling its product strategy to handle all your payments. When I last covered the French startup, it was still mostly focused on growing its user base by providing a Venmo alternative for French users. But now, Lydia also lets you pay on e-commerce websites, starting with PriceMinister. The app is now also available on the Apple Watch so that you can just tap on your… Read More

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