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  • Devialet announces surround sound TV speaker with Sky

    Devialet announces surround sound TV speaker with Sky

    French speaker maker Devialet just announced a brand new speaker in partnership with British broadcasting company Sky. The Sky Soundbox is a single speaker designed for your TV. It’s roughly the size of a gaming console and it is supposed to produce surround-like sound. This partnership is something brand new for the French startup. Most people know Devialet for its expensive… Read More

  • Uber is going to provide accident insurance in France for free

    Uber is going to provide accident insurance in France for free

    Uber drivers and delivery persons in France are automatically going to get covered by accident insurance over the coming months. Uber has partnered with French insurance company Axa on this insurance product. It’ll go live this fall and it’s going to be free for independent workers. Hold your horses for a minute though. Before you think Uber is a nice company and wants to help… Read More

  • N26 and Lydia announce Apple Pay support in France, but major banks are still missing

    N26 and Lydia announce Apple Pay support in France, but major banks are still missing

    Apple Pay hasn’t really been a major success in France so far. France’s biggest banks still don’t plan to support Apple’s payment service. But two companies announced today that they were going to add Apple Pay support before the end of the year — Lydia and N26. Crédit Mutuel Arkea’s banks also recently announced that they were working on that feature… Read More

  • Health insurance startup Alan adds life insurance

    Health insurance startup Alan adds life insurance

    French startup Alan launched a brand new full-stack health insurance last year. This week, the company is launching corporate-owned life insurance so that it can become a one-stop shop for all your corporate insurance needs. When Alan launched its health insurance product, it was the first new one in France in decades. The life insurance market has remained stagnant for years as well. This… Read More

  • Trainline now gives you real-time train information in France

    Trainline now gives you real-time train information in France

    Trainline’s European service (formerly known as Captain Train) is becoming your one-stop shop for French trains. The company has partnered with SNCF to get real-time data about trains, delays and your current location. You had to use SNCF’s official app before to get this kind of information. If you’ve used Trainline to book a ticket before, you know that the app can alert you… Read More

  • Agricool raises $9.1 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

    Agricool raises $9.1 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

    French startup Agricool is using containers to grow strawberries around big cities. The company just raised a $9.1 million (€8 million) funding round from Jacques-Antoine Granjon, Thibault Elziere as well as existing investors Henri Seydoux and Daphni. The great thing about growing fruits in containers is that you can control everything. The company tweaks the temperature, humidity, CO2… Read More

  • Foodles uses connected fridges to modernize your office canteen

    Foodles uses connected fridges to modernize your office canteen

    French startup Foodles thinks office canteens should work more like food delivery startups. The company delivers fresh food every morning into smart fridges that sit in your office. Employees can then buy cheap lunches using a card or a phone. Think about Foodles as a sort of hybrid company between vending machines and those popular full-stack delivery startups in Paris, such as Frichti… Read More

  • Partech Ventures raises $450 million fund

    Partech Ventures raises $450 million fund

    Partech Ventures has raised so many funds over the past couple of years that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. This time, the VC firm is closing the fundraising of Partech International Ventures VII. With $450 million under management (€400 million), the team plans to use this money for Series A and B investments. This was the upper limit of this fund, so Partech ended up raising… Read More

  • Inside Station F, the startup megacampus that just opened in Paris

    Station F is the world’s biggest startup campus. Thousands of entrepreneurs are currently moving into the new building here in Paris. But if you’re still wondering what it actually looks like, we visited Station F and interviewed the two persons behind it — Roxanne Varza and Xavier Niel. Read More

  • Side raises $5.7 million to match students with companies for short-term jobs

    Side raises $5.7 million to match students with companies for short-term jobs

    French startup Side raised another $5.7 million with Xavier Niel leading the round. As the name suggests, Side lets students make some money on the side by working for companies for a few days or weeks. It’s a marketplace that helps you scale your workforce for a product launch, peak season and more. Aglaé Ventures, Jacques-Antoine Granjon and others are also participating in… Read More

  • PayFit raises $15.9 million to manage European payrolls

    PayFit raises $15.9 million to manage European payrolls

    French startup PayFit just raised a $15.9 million Series B round (€14 million) from Accel with Xavier Niel and Otium Venture also participating. PayFit handles most pesky administrative tasks in your company with a simple web interface. The company started with basic payroll features for French companies. Instead of relying on outdated processes and third-party companies, PayFit lets you… Read More

  • Qonto launches its digital bank accounts for small companies

    Qonto launches its digital bank accounts for small companies

    French startup Qonto has raised another $11.3 million (€10 million) from existing investors Valar Ventures and Alven Capital. The company is now also open for business. You can now create a French business bank account on the company’s website. Qonto wants to become the N26 of business accounts. While retail banking hasn’t changed quickly enough over the past few years, it feels… Read More

  • Reverso now lets you translate words using your voice

    Reverso now lets you translate words using your voice

    Dictionary app Reverso is getting a major update with a focus on voice features. In particular, you can now say a phrase to translate it. This might be particularly useful if you can’t spell a word or when you don’t know anything about a language and you can ask the other person to repeat a phrase to get a translation. Conversely, when you press the tiny speaker icon, the… Read More

  • Microsoft launches a new AI startup program at Station F in Paris

    Microsoft launches a new AI startup program at Station F in Paris

    Microsoft is rethinking its strategy when it comes to startup acceleration in Paris. The company is going to focus on artificial intelligence. This will lead to a new program for AI startups at Station F. Microsoft has had a startup accelerator in the Sentier neighborhood for a few years now. When Station F opens at the end of June, the company is going to focus exclusively on artificial… Read More

  • Workwell wants to make your corporate intranet suck less

    Workwell wants to make your corporate intranet suck less

    If you’ve been working for a large company, chances are that your intranet sucks. It takes too much time to find the right information, it’s not tailored for mobile and it doesn’t integrate well with the services you actually use. French startup Workwell is a mobile intranet that you’ll actually like. It seems like a tough task, but so far Workwell is ticking all the… Read More

  • Hardware Club raises $28 million for its hardware seed fund

    Hardware Club raises $28 million for its hardware seed fund

    Hardware Club is not just a club — it’s now also a venture firm focused on hardware companies. The team has raised $28 million for the first closing of its inaugural fund from Bpifrance, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, Foxconn, Mistletoe and others. At its core, the vision of the club hasn’t changed much. I’ve already covered the original idea, and everything is still true… Read More

  • Shadow raises $57 million for its cloud computing service for gamers

    Shadow raises $57 million for its cloud computing service for gamers

    French startup Shadow, also known as Blade, just raised a Series A round of $57.1 million (€51 million). Shadow thinks your next computer is going to be in a data center. Your existing phones, laptops and Shadow’s own device (pictured above) act as a thin client, a window into your virtual machine running on a beefy server in a data center near you. Shadow had already raised $14.6… Read More

  • Algolia raises $53 million for its search engine API

    Algolia raises $53 million for its search engine API

    French startup Algolia just raised a $53 million Series B round led by Accel, a couple of years after raising $18.3 million with… Accel also leading the round. So it looks like it’s a love story between the VC firm and the software-as-a-service startup. Read More

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