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  • Stanley Robotics is building robots that can park your car for you

    Stanley Robotics is building robots that can park your car for you

    French startup Stanley Robotics just raised $4 million (€3.6 million) from Elaia Partners, Bpifrance and Idinvest Partners. The company is building giant robots that pick up your car at the entrance of a parking lot and park it for you. If you drive your car to the airport, you know how expensive it can be to leave your car at the airport for a week. Airport parking lots have turned into one… Read More

  • Frichti grabs $33.7 million for its meal delivery service

    Frichti grabs $33.7 million for its meal delivery service

    Food startups are apparently still steaming hot as French startup Frichti just raised a whopping $33.7 million (€30 million). Frichti is currently available in Paris and nearby cities. It handles everything in-house — from cooking to orders and deliveries. Verlinvest and Felix Capital invested in today’s funding round, with existing investors Alven Capital and Idinvest Partners… Read More

  • Talent.io grabs $8.8 million for its recruitment platform

    Talent.io grabs $8.8 million for its recruitment platform

    French startup Talent.io is turning headhunting into a marketplace by connecting promising engineers with tech companies. The company just raised $8.8 million (€8 million) from existing investors Alven Capital and Ventech. Read More

  • BlaBlaCar unveils BlaBlaLines, a new app for daily commutes

    BlaBlaCar unveils BlaBlaLines, a new app for daily commutes

    French startup BlaBlaCar is launching a brand new app and service today. Named BlaBlaLines, this new app is all about short distance carpooling and daily commutes so that you can leave your car at home. BlaBlaCar is going to launch this new service progressively. The app will only be available on Android at first, and it’ll only work between a handful of French cities — between… Read More

  • Tempow turns your dumb Bluetooth speakers into a connected sound system

    Tempow turns your dumb Bluetooth speakers into a connected sound system

    Meet Tempow, a French startup that can make your Bluetooth speakers more versatile. The company has been working on a new implementation of the Bluetooth protocol in order to let you play music from your phone on multiple speakers and headphones at once. Bluetooth speakers have become a common gift and a hit item in consumer electronics stores. Most people now have multiple Bluetooth speakers… Read More

  • Plug and Play launches a fintech accelerator in Paris

    Plug and Play launches a fintech accelerator in Paris

    Plug and Play is launching a new accelerator based in Paris. This time, the company is partnering with French bank BNP Paribas and focusing on fintech startups. The first batch of startups has just been picked. Plug and Play has launched multiple accelerators with a different business model than most accelerators. Instead of taking some equity in exchange of what you get from the… Read More

  • Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election

    Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election

    In just nine days, France is going to vote for their next president — there’s going to be a second round face-off in three weeks too. And it looks like Facebook wants to avoid another fake news scandal as the company is preemptively running full page ads in major French newspapers. The ad gives ten tips to spot fake news on the internet. You’ll find it today in the paper… Read More

  • FretLink raises $6.4 million to make trucks run like clockwork

    FretLink raises $6.4 million to make trucks run like clockwork

    Don’t you love it when there’s a fragmented market with many different actors and outdated tech products? French startup FretLink is using all the tips in the startup handbook and applying them to a neglected industry: trucking. FretLink is a software-as-a-service marketplace connecting companies that need to send big piles of stuff with thousands of transportation companies. Read More

  • TV streaming app Molotov now has 1 million users

    TV streaming app Molotov now has 1 million users

    French startup Molotov is trying to define the future of TV. It’s a promising start as there are now one million registered users on the platform — the service is only available in France. On average, users spend 80 minutes per day on the platform. It is available on smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs. Users watch content on their smartphone 40 percent of the time, on their… Read More

  • Travauxlib takes care of your home renovation for you

    Travauxlib takes care of your home renovation for you

    French startup Travauxlib matches you with construction companies so that they can fix up your home. The company raised $1.9 million (€1.8 million) from Xavier Niel, Breega Capital and Bpifrance. Travauxlib usually works on complete home renovation, kitchen remodeling, bathroom work and home extensions. In other words, if you want to change something about your home and it costs… Read More

  • Startup megacampus Station F is going to open at the end of June

    Startup megacampus Station F is going to open at the end of June

    I’ve been covering Station F for quite a few months already, but the startup campus based in Paris has yet to open. The team had to delay the launch after a pipe burst that inundated the basement. The opening date has now moved from April to the end of June, with startups moving in during the first week of July. The building is already looking quite nice as I was there last week. Read More

  • Zendesk is also partnering with startup megacampus Station F

    Zendesk is also partnering with startup megacampus Station F

    Station F is going to be the world’s biggest startup campus. A thousand startups are going to work in this huge building. And Station F wants to partner with the biggest tech companies, such as Zendesk, so that young startups don’t even have to pay to be there. “By now, everybody knows where we are. We are at Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus. We will have… Read More

  • Akeneo grabs $13 million for its CRM of products

    Akeneo grabs $13 million for its CRM of products

    French startup Akeneo just raised a $13 million Series B round led by Partech Ventures, with existing investor Alven Capital also participating. Akeneo is a product information management (PIM) service to manage all information about your products in your stores, online and in your good-old paper catalogs. Read More

  • Techstars launches a new program in Paris at the Partech Shaker

    Techstars launches a new program in Paris at the Partech Shaker

    Techstars is about to launch a new startup accelerator in Paris. Every year, 10 startups will participate in this 13-week program. Techstars is partnering with VC firm Partech Ventures. And, in particular, Techstars Paris is going to happen in the Partech Shaker building. Read More

  • Hivy is an office management service to manage all those startup perks

    Hivy is an office management service to manage all those startup perks

    Have you ever wondered why the snack bowls on the second floor of your fancy startup office never runs out of snacks? Your office manager is most likely in charge of all of this, and sometimes it can be hard for them to keep track of all requests and make sure everything is running smoothly. Hivy plans to be the only service office managers ever need. The company is participating in Y… Read More

  • Vize is a business intelligence tool for the rest of us

    Vize is a business intelligence tool for the rest of us

    Chances are that your current company is collecting a ton of data about your customers every second. It’s a goldmine and it often sits there in a corner, unused. Vize is a business intelligence tool that will let you learn more about your business and take advantage of all your data. The company is currently participating in Y Combinator’s winter batch. “The main use case… Read More

  • Keymetrics is a Node.js monitoring tool for your server infrastructure

    Keymetrics is a Node.js monitoring tool for your server infrastructure

    French startup Keymetrics just raised $2 million from Alven Capital and Runa Capital to build the best monitoring tool for your Node.js infrastructure. The startup’s founder and CEO Alexandre Strzelewicz also created the popular open source Node.js process manager PM2. How do you turn a popular open source project into a successful startup? This question has so many different answers… Read More

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