Braineet: Collaborative Platform for Brands and Loyal Customers

By | Sep 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

What if (insert your favorite brand name) did (insert your idea) to make (your favorite product) better?  We’ve all been in a situation where we came up with a brilliant idea to improve upon a specific product. It’s possible to share ideas through customer service…



French Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Raises $100M in Funding

By | Jul 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Why hire a black car service when you can just catch a ride with someone going towards your destination anyway? That’s the idea behind BlaBlaCar, a French carsharing company. They announced today that they raised $100 million round from Index Ventures, Accel Partners, and more to “transform…



Taster’s Club Wants To Give You A FreeBottle of Johnnie Walker

By | Jun 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

SHOWTIME is getting a second season of their popular show Ray Donovan on July 13 and fans can’t wait. But in addition to a new season of a hit show, fans that are members of Mack McConnell’s Taster’s Club will be getting a special treat…



European Taxi Drivers Hate Uber Too

By | Jun 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Most Europeans are not a fan of anything American. So it’s no surprise that European taxi drivers are not happy with the San Francisco car service company Uber creeping on their turf. “Uber cabs are stealing our clients,” said José Losada, 36. In at…



BodyCap’s Sensors Can Track Patients’ Physiological Variables at Home

By | Jan 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

The need for healthcare professionals to track patients’ physiological and ambulatory condition parameters outside of a hospital setting is increasing. This need is partially due to a growing aging population, increasing numbers of patients suffering from chronic illnesses, economic instability, and the desire for…


Statigram Puts Your Top Instagram Moments Into A Video Montage: A Brilliant User Acquisition Strategy

By | Dec 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

If you are an Instagram user and have been posting and perusing photos over the holidays, you may have noticed some of your friends posting their top moments from 2013 in a short video like this one. I did and quickly realized this 15 second…



Two Models of Success for European Startups

By | Sep 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

In the 18th century, the French philosophers invented l’esprit critique. Centuries later, it seems we French people value criticism over a lot of things – such as enthusiasm, for instance. As a French entrepreneur living in San Francisco, I’m always sad and frustrated when I…



For Startups, the French Government Lags Behind

By | Sep 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

France Digitale, an association of entrepreneurs and investors, had two demands for the French government as they began Les Assises de l’Entrepreneuriat, a series of talks about the effect of government policies on entrepreneurship. First, the capital gains tax had to be on the…



Why Facebook Would Never Have Started in Paris

By | Aug 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

It was 2004 when Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook from his dorm room at Harvard, joined by four of his fellow students. But nine years later, many Parisian entrepreneurs agree that France isn’t ready for Facebook, or the other darlings of the US startup scene….


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The Power of Social Capital: Case Study of Paper’d Co-Creator Nicole Antoinette

By | Mar 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Social capital: is it some high falutin, new-age terminology meant to give relevance to the irrelevant or the most undervalued hiring criteria in today’s economy? Nicole Antoinette co-creator, wordsmith and marketing director for the recently released iPhone wallpaper app, Paper’d, is making a strong case for the latter….



Use New App Quotiply to Connect with Customers and Suppliers

By | Mar 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

Even though he’s only 22 years old, Paul Dupuy is already a seasoned entrepreneur. Dupuy’s newest venture, Quotiply, launched last month and aims to help businesses communicate more effectively with each other. Paris-based Quotiply connects companies with each other using a cutting-edge tool that…



Dashlane Takes On One of the Internet’s Biggest Problems: Friction

By | Jan 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

Leave it to Google to give the perfect illustration of a problem we forget we have. In the video below, Google asks, “What if real-life purchases were like online checkout?” – with all the confirmations, questions about contact info, and even timed-out sessions –…



Bring Your Product or Object to Life with 3D Printing Service from Sculpteo

By | Jan 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

Feeling creative in the new year?  Looking for a better way to make models or prototypes of your products currently in development?  Want to start manufacturing your designs to sell? Paris-based Sculpteo is bringing together cloud manufacturing and ecommerce with their ingenious 3D printing…