Xavier Niel

  • 42: The answer to life, the universe and education Crunch Network

    42: The answer to life, the universe and education

    “We believe that IT has nothing to do with math and physics… it is more artistic than scientific,” says Nicolas Sadirac, as he cheerfully slaughters whole herds of sacred cows. “Knowledge is not useful any more, because IT advances in revolutionary ways, not iterative ones… we ask our students not to learn, just to solve the problem.” Oh, yes, and… Read More

  • Coding school 42 plans to educate 10,000 students in Silicon Valley for free

    Coding school 42 plans to educate 10,000 students in Silicon Valley for free

    Xavier Niel’s new project is an ambitious coding university in Silicon Valley called 42. But the trick is that it’s nothing like other universities out there. 42 is free, doesn’t care about your SAT and wants to educate 10,000 students in 5 years. This isn’t Niel’s first try at building a coding school. 42 has been doing well in France. The French businessman… Read More

  • Save Secures $16.7 Million To Repair Your Smartphone In No Time

    Save Secures $16.7 Million To Repair Your Smartphone In No Time

    Damien Morin isn’t your average first-time founder. In less than two years, he managed to turn a non-scalable smartphone repair shop into an exponentially growing startup with hundreds of employees and more than $1.5 million in monthly revenue. Part of TheFamily, his startup Save (née Save My Smartphone) raised $16.7 million in equity and debt from IdInvest, 360 Capital Partners and… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Europe Podcast: Paris Gets A Supersized Incubator, Tesco Does A Tablet & Valkee Flogs In-Ear Light

    This Week On The TC Europe Podcast: Paris Gets A Supersized Incubator, Tesco Does A Tablet & Valkee Flogs In-Ear Light

    After a short hiatus, during which most of TechCrunch’s Europe-based writers packed their laptops and took off for San Francisco (for Disrupt), the TechCrunch Europe Podcast is back to chew over a few choice nuggets of regional tech news. On the slate this week, Paris getting its own supersized incubator; Tesco doing its own-brand tablet; and a device that shines light into your… Read More

  • 3 French Internet Titans Launch A European Startup School

    In France, it seems January is always full of surprises. This time last year, new seed funds Kima Ventures and Jaina Capital were announcing their plans to fill a gaping void in the French investment landscape.  And now the same French internet titans (more or less) are announcing the launch of the Ecole Européenne des Métiers de l’Internet (EEMI), a European internet startup school… Read More

  • 3 French internet titans launch a European startup school

    In France, it seems January is always full of surprises. This time last year, new seed funds Kima Ventures and Jaina Capital were announcing their plans to fill a gaping void in the French investment landscape.  And now the same French internet titans (more or less) are announcing the launch of the Ecole Européenne des Métiers de l’Internet (EEMI), a European internet startup school… Read More