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  • 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 Instead of relying on outdated processes and third-party companies, PayFit lets you… Read More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