The French Tech Journal

Chris O'Brien
Startups, VC, and innovation in France
Created 03 Dec 2020
  • Sigfox And The Risky Business Of Startup Heroes
    18 Feb 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Sigfox has loomed large on the French Tech landscape since the moment I arrived in France in 2014. Just a few months after moving to Toulouse, this unheralded local startup announced it had raised a t...
  • Once CEO Clémentine Lalande: How I Sold Our Company
    16 Feb 2021 • 8 min read
    Once CEO Clémentine Lalande Dating app Once’s concept is simple. Its road to an exit was not. Once uses AI to provide users one match per day, a mechanic designed to move away from the frenzied swipin...
  • Why Expanded To France
    11 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Jonathan Userovici is having quite a week. The newest partner at announced the firm was part of the $15 million round raised by Homa Games. That’s just his second investment since opening t...
  • Lessons From The French Tech Next40/120
    09 Feb 2021 • 6 min read
    With a great deal of fanfare, the French government announced yesterday the latest edition of the French Tech40/120. It’s a list of France’s hottest startups who are eligible to receive hands-on suppo...
  • Inside Logic Founders' New Fintech Studio
    04 Feb 2021 • 7 min read
    Many would-be entrepreneurs can tear their hair out trying to generate one good idea. In contrast, people who create startup studios to simultaneously launch multiple startups are entrepreneurs flushe...
  • Corporate VC: Why Orange Ventures Is Rebooting
    02 Feb 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Orange has been investing in startups for almost 20 years. But the telecom giant got really serious about things in 2015 when it launched Orange Digital Ventures, a classic corporate VC that remained ...
  • How Yubo Became An International Hit
    28 Jan 2021 • 8 min read
    Sacha Lazimi, co-founder of Yellow (now Yubo), pitches journalists gathered at Paris' NUMA startup accelerator in May 2016. The first time I met Sacha Lazimi was at the Numa startup accelerator in 201...
  • French Connections: How Kili Technology Is Going Global
    26 Jan 2021 • 3 min read
    Kili CEO and cofounder François-Xavier Leduc More than 10 years after François-Xavier Leduc and Édouard d’Archimbaud founded their first company together, the pair have reunited to form a startup that...
  • Seed Funding: How Frst Invests And Encourages Bigger Risks
    21 Jan 2021 • 7 min read
    Frst in many ways is a typical Seed fund. Which is the point. Co-founded by Bruno Raillard and Pierre Entremont in 2015, the firm aims to replicate in France the classic Seed funding playbook from Sil...
  • Salto Enters Streaming Wars To Reinvent (And Save) French Television
    19 Jan 2021 • 7 min read
    Six years after Netflix invaded France, the nation’s major television stations have banded together to launch their streaming service dubbed Salto. In a country that can be slow to embrace new technol...
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