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Last May, during La French Touch Conference Paris, we had a specific focus on Asian markets. Benjamin Joffe, Partner at SOSV / Hax Ventures; Laure de Carayon, Founder and CEO of China Connect and Ludovic Bodin, Managing Partner at Kalibrio Capital shared advice and some of the keys to successfully expand into Asia. Take a peek at what they had to say, click below!
French AdTech unicorn Criteo invested €20M / $23M to open an AI lab in Paris! This lab will enable the company to diversify its range of products. Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, Co-Founder & CEO of Criteo, spoke at the very first edition of La French Touch Conference in New York in 2014. [article in English]
Speaking about entering Asian markets, French IPaaS specializing in inter-applicative integration Moskitos announced last week it will open an office in Hong Kong by the end of the year. [article in French]
French mobile gaming studio Oh Bibi raised €18M / $21M from French venture capital firm Korelya Capital and London-based Atomico. This marks Atomico’s first investment in a French startup in almost a decade. [article in English]
French startup from Toulouse EyeLights raised €25M / $29M to expand its AR solutions for motorcyclists into European markets. The company markets an AR accessory that projects guidance information onto the driver’s inner helmet surface. [article in French]
Paris-based cyber security software startup Wallix has raised €36.8M to become a “European cyber security champion”. [article in French]
Dronisos, a startup from Bordeaux that has developed driverless drones, raised €2M / $2.3M. Already operating in Europe, the company now wants to launch operations globally. [article in French]
After raising 4 million euros and achieving a first foray into Spain, Taster plans to expand internationally. The French startup – which creates delivery-only restaurants – has kitchens in Paris, Lille, and Madrid. [article in English]
Dolead, a French startup specialized in digital marketing announced this morning having raised €12.8M / $15M to accelerate its international expansion. To do so, the company plans on opening offices in Spain, Italy, and in the UK, where it already generates 10% to 15% of its annual revenue. [article in French]
Dr.Banner, a programmatic platform which provides AdTech solutions raised €2M / $2.3M. Present in 11 countries including France, Italy, China, the United Kingdom and the United States, the company will use fresh funds to reinforce its R&D teams. [article in French]
Global media and technology company specialized in the recreation and entertainment industries Webedia acquired American authors company Full Fathom Five. As such, it will accelerate its development in the production area – series, films, video games and Youtube content. [article in French]
Airbnb partnered up with French estate agency Century 21 to ease subletting in Paris. In other words, when Century 21 finds a new renter, the company will ask landlords if they want to sign a deal with Century 21 and Airbnb to facilitate subletting. [article in English]
Next September, Microsoft will open a new “Ecole IA” (“AI School”) in Castelnau-le-Lez, near Montpellier, in the South of France. The company already opened its first AI school in France last March in Issy-Les-Moulineaux (Parisian suburb). [article in French]
Here is a picture of the beautiful city of Castelnau-Le-Lez 🙂
“Designing human-to-machine conversation authentically and ethically” read this piece of mind published in VentureBeat. [article in English]