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  • Younited Credit raises $47.8 million for its crowdlending platform

    Younited Credit raises $47.8 million for its crowdlending platform

    French startup Younited Credit is building the biggest crowdlending platform in continental Europe. The company just raised $47.8 million (€40 million) to launch in new countries, work on new product features and more. Younited Credit is currently live in France, Spain and Italy as a consumer-facing product. Consumers can borrow anything between $1,200 and $48,000 (€1,000 and… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar expands its BlaBlaLines service to Paris area

    BlaBlaCar expands its BlaBlaLines service to Paris area

    BlaBlaCar is currently trying to reinvent itself. And it starts with BlaBlaLines, a new ride-sharing service for daily commutes. The company first tested out the new service around Reims and Toulouse. It is now live in the Paris area. BlaBlaCar was first all about long-distance ride sharing. If you’re driving from Paris to London, you can list your ride on BlaBlaCar and get connected… Read More

  • Alan launches mobile app for its health insurance service of the future

    Alan launches mobile app for its health insurance service of the future

    French startup Alan is trying the impossible by reinventing health insurance and life insurance. The company just launched its mobile app on iOS and Android. You can now send a bill, say that you’re at the hospital and contact Alan directly from the app. This alone is a big change compared to usual health insurance. For instance, when you’re spending the night at the hospital… Read More

  • Soundcharts is an analytics tool for music artists and labels

    Soundcharts is an analytics tool for music artists and labels

    French startup Soundcharts is building a sort of App Annie for music artists. This service gives you a ton of data about what’s playing on the radio around the world, what’s popular in Spotify playlists and more. The company just raised $3.1 million (€2.65M) from Alven Capital, as well as Kima Ventures and Global Founders Capital. Many big music labels already work with companies… Read More

  • Bankin lets you save money on Yomoni

    Bankin lets you save money on Yomoni

    French fintech startup Bankin is partnering with another fintech startup, Yomoni. Bankin brings all you your bank accounts together in a single, unified interface. It’s a sort of Mint, but for the French market. Bankin also competes with another app that I covered just a couple of days ago, Linxo. Both of them want to become the definite financial hub to get an overview on all your… Read More

  • Linxo raises $24 million for its app that brings bank accounts together

    Linxo raises $24 million for its app that brings bank accounts together

    French startup Linxo just raised $24 million (€20 million) from three financial institutions — Crédit Agricole, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa and MAIF. The company is building a sort of Mint for the French market. Banking apps suck in France. Most of them are just a wrapper around a mobile website. It takes them years to adopt new features, such as fingerprint readers, widgets and more. And… Read More

  • Streamroot raises $3.2 million for its peer-to-peer video delivery technology

    Streamroot raises $3.2 million for its peer-to-peer video delivery technology

    French startup Streamroot just raised $3.2 million from Partech Ventures, Techstars Venture Capital Fund, Verizon Ventures* and R/GA. The company is taking advantage of WebRTC to make video streaming much cheaper. When you’re watching a video on YouTube or Netflix, those companies send a video file to your device from their servers. It’s a straightforward, one-way transaction between… Read More

  • Coup launches new electric scooter service in Paris and faces off with Cityscoot

    Coup launches new electric scooter service in Paris and faces off with Cityscoot

    Coup is launching its second city for its electronic scooter-sharing service. You can now find hundreds of Coup scooters in Paris. The company is going to compete with Cityscoot, a similar service that has been around for a while. While the city’s bike-sharing service has been around for a decade in Paris, scooter-sharing is something new. Coup has acquired around 600 electronic… Read More

  • Moneytis is like a travel fare aggregator, but for sending money abroad

    Moneytis is like a travel fare aggregator, but for sending money abroad

    If you don’t care too much about loyalty programs, chances are that you’ve been relying on platforms like Booking.com and Expedia to find the cheapest flights and hotel rooms. Moneytis wants to do the exact same thing, but for foreign exchange services. TransferWise is arguably the biggest consumer brand in international transfers. Instead of telling your bank to send money to… Read More

  • Plume Labs launches Plume.io, an API for air pollution

    Plume Labs launches Plume.io, an API for air pollution

    Plume Labs has been working on air pollution for a while. In addition to its mobile app and air quality device, the startup is launching a paid API called Plume.io so that anybody can add air quality to their own service. Think about it as Dark Sky’s API, but for air quality. Plume Labs has designed its own algorithm to predict air pollution around the world. The company relies on… Read More

  • 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

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