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  • Synthesio acquires Bunkr to build interactive business reports

    Synthesio acquires Bunkr to build interactive business reports

    Bunkr wanted to build a PowerPoint killer, making it much faster to build beautiful, interactive presentations. But the startup couldn’t attract millions and millions of users, so Synthesio is acquiring Bunkr for an undisclosed amount. The technology will live on and be integrated into Synthesio. Synthesio is a social media monitoring and analytics platform. Big companies use Synthesio… Read More

  • Facebook to open Startup Garage at Station F in Paris

    Facebook to open Startup Garage at Station F in Paris

    Station F is better known as the world’s biggest startup campus. Based in Paris, the huge historical monument is going to have 3,000 desks for tech companies of all kinds. This morning, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg came to Paris to announce that Facebook is going to be one of Station F’s launch partners. Here are all the details. “We talked a lot with this ecosystem and a lot… Read More

  • Qonto wants to become N26 for business banking

    Qonto wants to become N26 for business banking

    French startup Qonto has some ambitious goals and wants to become the best bank account you can get when you start a company in France. Just like N26 wants to be a more modern bank for everyone, Qonto wants to do the same thing, but for business accounts. The company recently raised $1.7 million (€1.6 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Alven Capital. Valar Ventures is also… Read More

  • Kayrros is like a weather forecast, but for oil and gas consumption

    Kayrros is like a weather forecast, but for oil and gas consumption

    Last year, I was on vacation in Goa in India with my brother. We ended up renting a motor scooter and buying exactly two liters of gas in the middle of nowhere (pictured above). The shop gave us two plastic water bottles filled with gasoline. Ever since, I’ve wondered how a remote village in the middle of a rural area in India manages to get oil and gas. There are some interesting… Read More

  • Parrot lays off 35 percent of its drone team

    Parrot lays off 35 percent of its drone team

    French company Parrot has had a rough year and missed its sales expectations. That’s why the company will lay off 290 employees who were working on drones. In total, Parrot currently has 840 employees on the drone team and more than a thousand employees in total. While the company isn’t just selling drones, it represents a good chunk of the business. But it looks like other… Read More

  • Plume Labs’ Flow is an air quality tracker to avoid pollution

    Plume Labs’ Flow is an air quality tracker to avoid pollution

    Just when you thought wearables were dead, Plume Labs is coming up with an interesting wearable device focused on tracking pollution around you. It’s a sort of Fitbit for air quality. The Flow tracker works both inside and outside and could be particularly useful if you live in a polluted city. It tracks particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, ozone, volatile organic compounds… Read More

  • Alven Capital raises $261 million fund to invest in French entrepreneurs

    Alven Capital raises $261 million fund to invest in French entrepreneurs

    French VC firm Alven Capital has been around since 2000 and has become a major player in the VC scene in Paris. The firm recently closed a brand new $261 million fund called Alven V (€250 million), which is a big step up as Alven IV was only a $125 million fund (€120 million). Over the years, the firm has managed to invest in many successful startups led by French entrepreneurs. Alven… Read More

  • Molotov activates the cloud DVR feature and raises $23.3 million

    Molotov activates the cloud DVR feature and raises $23.3 million

    French startup Molotov launched five months ago, but a key feature had yet to go live. Molotov users can now bookmark TV shows and movies in the cloud so that they can watch them later. That’s not all, the startup has also raised $23.3 million (€22 million). I’ve already written quite a few words about Molotov, but it’s worth reiterating that it’s the best way to watch… Read More

  • Startup studio eFounders raises $5.3 million because it can’t get enough of SaaS

    Startup studio eFounders raises $5.3 million because it can’t get enough of SaaS

    European startup studio eFounders is raising an additional $5.3 million (€5 million) from entrepreneurs and family offices. eFounders has been behind some very promising software-as-a-service startups, providing human and financial resources for the first year or so before the startups can go and do great things on their own. In exchange, the startup studio takes a significant portion of… Read More