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  • VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

    VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

    Paris-based VC firm Daphni is announcing its inaugural fund for seed and Series A investments. The team will manage a $165 million fund (€150 million) and try some new things when it comes to venture capital in Europe. On paper, Daphni looks like many other funds. A bunch of limited partners have given a big pile of money so that a team of tech-savvy people can invest everything in startups. Read More

  • Netatmo launches an indoor climate monitor

    Netatmo launches an indoor climate monitor

    Netatmo’s first device was a sophisticated weather station. But it’s not for everyone. Chances are you don’t need to know the historical trend when it comes to the humidity in your house. That’s why the company is releasing the Healthy Home Coach, an indoor device that lets you see stats about your home at a glance. In many ways, the Healthy Home Coach looks similar to… Read More

  • Payfit grabs $5.6 million to manage French payrolls

    Payfit grabs $5.6 million to manage French payrolls

    French startup Payfit wants to modernize the good old paychecks in France. After just a few months, the company just raised $5.6 million (€5 million) from Otium Venture and Xavier Niel. Payfit officially started in April 2016. And it looks like many companies were waiting for a product like this one given today’s funding round. Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, Jean-Daniel Guyot, Oleg… Read More

  • Side matches students with companies for short-term jobs

    Side matches students with companies for short-term jobs

    Meet Side, a French startup that until recently was called WeSlash. Side is a marketplace for short-term jobs. Companies may need a few extra hands for a few days or weeks, and students may want to work on the side to make a bit of money or gain experience — Side fills this need and raised $1.5 million (€1.3 million) from Connect Ventures, Fly Ventures, Kima Ventures and… Read More

  • Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service

    Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service

    French startup Lydia raised $7.8 million (€7 million) from New Alpha AM and Oddo & Cie in order to expand to other European countries. The startup lets you easily pay back your friends without any fee using a mobile app — among other things. Think about it as a sort of Venmo for France. While Lydia has only been available in France, with today’s funding round, the company… Read More

  • Zenly raises $22.5 million from Benchmark for its location-sharing app

    Zenly raises $22.5 million from Benchmark for its location-sharing app

    French startup Zenly has raised $22.5 million over the summer from Benchmark and a few other investors. Business Insider first reported the round and TechCrunch got an official confirmation. Here’s what we know. Benchmark is leading the round with Peter Fenton joining the board of the company. Fenton has invested in a few social network companies and also is a board member of Twitter. Read More

  • StarOfService raises $10 million for its service marketplace

    StarOfService raises $10 million for its service marketplace

    French startup StarOfService just raised another $10 million for its European Thumbtack alternative. Andrea Piccioni and Silvio Pagliani, ENERN Investments and Point Nine Capital participated in today’s round, as well as various business angels. When I first covered StarOfService, the company didn’t even try to hide from me that it was a Thumbtack copycat. The main difference is… Read More

  • Aircall raised $8 million for its cloud phone system for teams

    Aircall raised $8 million for its cloud phone system for teams

    In case you missed it, Aircall announced last week that it had raised another $8 million dollars in funding for its call center software-as-a-service. Balderton Capital is leading this Series A round, with New York-based VC firm FJLabs and existing investors also investing. I’m a bit late to the news because last week was TechCrunch Disrupt SF. It’s worth mentioning that… Read More

  • Sqreen’s security shield automagically blocks attacks on your web app

    Sqreen’s security shield automagically blocks attacks on your web app

    French startup Sqreen protects your web apps and services with little effort from your side. If you don’t want to deal with security yourself, Sqreen is a software-as-a-service product that automatically watches for attacks and protects your server in real time. The company is participating in the Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. If you already have a web app up and running… Read More

  • Oui Open merges with Storefront to become a global pop-up store marketplace

    Oui Open merges with Storefront to become a global pop-up store marketplace

    French startup Oui Open, also known as PopupImmo, is merging with its American competitor Storefront for an undisclosed amount of money. The two entities will soon provide a global marketplace of pop-up stores so that brands can open a bunch of stores on multiple continents using the same service. From what I understand, Oui Open is merging with Storefront but keeping the Storefront inventory… Read More

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