France

  • Vivatech concentrates France’s booming tech scene, and its minds

    Vivatech concentrates France’s booming tech scene, and its minds

    Something big happened in France over the last five years. Perhaps it was the economic crisis that added some much-needed shock-therapy. Perhaps it was an increasing friendliness toward tech entrepreneurship by the government. Indeed, yesterday the government passed a seismic new bill — the so-called “Digital Republic” bill — allowing far greater access to public data… Read More

  • Rakuten to exit the UK, Austria and Spain as global retrenchment continues

    Rakuten to exit the UK, Austria and Spain as global retrenchment continues

    Rakuten is downsizing its international presence once again after Japan’s top e-commerce firm announced plans to shutter its e-commerce businesses in the UK, Spain and Austria. Read More

  • Who’s afraid of the IoT? Crunch Network

    Who’s afraid of the IoT?

    It’s heeeere! The Internet of Things, I mean. I just spent several days at the Connected Conference in Paris, which focused on IoT hardware. They built a whole home full of connected devices, showcased the War for the WAN and underscored that the IoT is — as always — not quite what we imagined, and not quite what we hoped. Read More

  • 42: The answer to life, the universe and education Crunch Network

    42: The answer to life, the universe and education

    “We believe that IT has nothing to do with math and physics… it is more artistic than scientific,” says Nicolas Sadirac, as he cheerfully slaughters whole herds of sacred cows. “Knowledge is not useful any more, because IT advances in revolutionary ways, not iterative ones… we ask our students not to learn, just to solve the problem.” Oh, yes, and… Read More

  • 6 insights into the French SaaS landscape Crunch Network

    6 insights into the French SaaS landscape

    As a Berlin-based VC firm focused on SaaS, we often get questions about the current state of the European cloud software landscape. To be able to answer these questions more precisely we decided to analyze each major European ecosystem, starting with France. Our goal was to find all the relevant players in the French cloud ecosystem — from early-stage startups to large public companies. Read More

  • The New Promises Of France’s Legal Tech Startups Crunch Network

    The New Promises Of France’s Legal Tech Startups

    Where there is friction, there are business opportunities. In France, a host of startups are flourishing with the promise to ease the pain of paperwork from user-unfriendly administrations or banks. Examples of such startups include Guacamol for legal paperwork, PayFit for super-simple payroll or Fred De La Compta for cheap, frictionless accounting. Read More

  • Dating App Happn Reaches 10 Million Users, Adds Voice

    Happn, the hyperlocal dating app, has revealed that it has 10 million members. The French-based app is growing fast, and the startup says it’s on track to reach 30 million users by the end of the year. The app works similarly to Tinder — users are able to quickly swipe to find a match. The key difference is that Happn is hyperlocal. It shows you the people you walked by each day… Read More

  • Paris Attacks Highlight Tech’s Elevated Role In Disaster Relief

    Paris Attacks Highlight Tech’s Elevated Role In Disaster Relief

    As terror attacks put France into a national state of emergency on Friday, AirBnB, Facebook, Google, Skype, Twitter and Uber launched into disaster response mode. AirBnB contacted all hosts in Paris asking if they could take in those stranded in the city. Facebook let users alert their friends they were safe. Google offered free calls to Paris via Hangouts, as did Skype, Verizon and Sprint. Read More

  • French IoT Startup Smiirl Raises Seed Round, Launches Twitter And Instagram Counters

    French IoT Startup Smiirl Raises Seed Round, Launches Twitter And Instagram Counters

    French hardware and IoT startup Smiirl hit pretty early on the idea of a mechanical Internet of Things-styled ‘Like’ counter for Facebook that bridges the digital and physical worlds, enabling businesses to proudly display their ‘social proof’. Read More

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