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BlaBlaCar: meet the ‘idealists’ who are set to change how the world travels and raised a $100M Series C to execute it

BlaBlaCar: meet the ‘idealists’ who are set to change how the world travels and raised a $100M Series C to execute it | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Paris-based long-distance ride-sharing startup BlaBlaCar announced a $100 million Series C funding round led by Index Ventures today. As part of the round, Index’s Dominique Vidal and Martin Mignot will be joining the board. Here, Dominique and Martin explain why Index is so excited about what lies ahead for the company.

The best consumer companies tend to be the simplest. They do one thing particularly well. So well, in fact, that its customers soon take them for granted, and forget that they ever lived without them, and that the premise the company is based on, was once viewed as unthinkable, even slightly ridiculous. BlaBlaCar falls squarely into that category.

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Interesting insight from the Index Venture post : "the need BlaBlaCar is addressing is not only universal, but also fundamental. Jeff Bezos has a great way of explaining how he thinks about Amazon's value proposition in the long run: "I very frequently get the question: 'What's going to change in the next 10 years?' And that is a very interesting question; it's a very common one. I almost never get the question: 'What's not going to change in the next 10 years?' And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two -- because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time."

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"Powerpoint Killer" Bunkr.me raises €1 Million from Xavier Niel, Daniel Marhely & IDInvest

"Powerpoint Killer" Bunkr.me raises €1 Million from Xavier Niel, Daniel Marhely & IDInvest | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Rouen-based startup Bunkr has raised €1 Million from IDInvest (led by Matthieu Baret), Daniel Mahrely & Xavier Niel for their collaborative online presentation tool. The company, whose launch we first covered in May 2013, has seen amazing traction in the last 12 months, growing in the first few months to over 35,000 users, thanks largely to their launch and branding as a “Powerpoint Killer” coinciding with Microsoft co-founder & CEO Steve Ballmer’s resignation announcement last year.

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Congrats to the Bunkr team. Awaiting Keynote import and SlideShare export :-) And congrats to The Family for such acceleration.

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Accel Goes Big Into Big Data with Second $100M Fund

Accel Goes Big Into Big Data with Second $100M Fund | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Accel Partners, which has invested in Cloudera, Fusion-io and RelateIQ, is making a further big push into big data, as it announces the creation of a second fund focused on startups that are storing, analyzing and harnessing the power of data analytics.

The funding for the $100 million Big Data Fund 2 will come from Accel’s other investment vehicles worldwide, including Accel London IV, a new $475 million European and Israeli tech-focused fund that was announced in April.

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A "sex vs money" look at French Entrepreneurs Revolt

A "sex vs money" look at French Entrepreneurs Revolt | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Interesting cross-pond analysis of the "pigeons revolt" by Jean-Louis who writes that "Considering sex and money, Americans and French cultures exhibit truly polar opposite behaviors. The French see nothing wrong with a President having a wife, a mistress and a love child, they revel in sexual and often sexist jokes. But, if you ask someone how much they paid for their apartment, they’ll react as if you’d touched them in boundary-breaking ways. Conversely, they perceive us Americans as demonizing sex — think a past President and his “oral” office — while being obscene with money."
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La chaine de financement de l’innovation n’est pas prête à générer un Facebook français … par Jean-David Chamboredon - Chronique e-Business

La chaine de financement de l’innovation n’est pas prête à générer un Facebook français … par Jean-David Chamboredon - Chronique e-Business | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Avec l'entrée en Bourse de Facebook, et sa capitalisation supérieure à $100bn, une question est sur toutes les lèvres : « à quand un Facebook français ? ». La réponse est simple: ce n’est pas pour demain, voire même jamais si nous ne créons pas vite un écosystème favorable.
Belle analyse de Jean-David CHAMBOREDON, toujours aussi pertinent...
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A date with Destin: Q&A with Accel’s new Europe tech VC partner - Digits - WSJ

A date with Destin: Q&A with Accel’s new Europe tech VC partner - Digits - WSJ | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Fred Destin has had a big 24 hours. The tech investor said Wednesday he would jump firms, from Atlas Venture in the U.S. to Accel Partners' London office. On Thursday morning, one of his leading investments for Atlas, UK-property listing site Zoopla, announced it would go public.  

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Good news for Fred, for Accel and for the European start-up scene  including LaFrenchTech. Fred has been a great board member at RealEyes3d even in tough times, looking forward to have coffee in Paris any time soon.

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Scoop.it Raises $2.6 Million & Appoints New Executive

Scoop.it Raises $2.6 Million & Appoints New Executive | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Scoop.it, a leading social curation publishing hub, today announced it has raised $2.6 million. Visited by more than 75 million people worldwide in just 18 months since its launch in 2011, Scoop.it's success has led to the appointment of a new executive, Andrew Federici, as vice president of monetization to increase Scoop.it's growing base of paid customers.

 

Scoop.it pivoted two and a half years ago from an application mobile technology called Goojet, which received the initial funding of a seed and partial Series A round. Altogether, Goojet and Scoop.it have raised $13.6 million including the recent addition of$2.6 million from Partech International, Elaia Partners, IXO Private Equity and Orkos Capital.

 

"Since launch 18 months ago, we have seen our user traction grow on our platform and freemium services," said Scoop.it co-founder and CEO, Guillaume Decugis. "We felt it was time to accelerate the delivery of value-added premium features to our paid users, and we hired Andrew Federici because of his expertise in product monetization and his impressive media background."

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A nice funding round for a nice startup with a very useful product !

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Larry's comment, July 30, 2013 10:57 PM
2,6million$ ? What do they lack to make a profitable autonomous company ?
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The secret algorithm one VC firm uses to pick entrepreneurs

The secret algorithm one VC firm uses to pick entrepreneurs | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Every VC firm has its own way of evaluating potential investments. Remmy Oxley, an anonymous VC, says that Moneyball-style methods are the next step, and reveals his firm's algorithm for screening candidates.
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Venture Capital Secret: 3 of 4 Start-Ups Fail

Venture Capital Secret: 3 of 4 Start-Ups Fail | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Of the 6,613 U.S.-based companies initially funded by venture capital between 2006 and 2011, 84% now are closely held and operating independently, 11% were acquired or made initial public offerings of stock and 4% went out of business, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Less than 1% are currently in IPO registration.

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Technocom 2 : un deuxième investissement pour le FNA

Technocom 2 : un deuxième investissement pour le FNA | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Dans le cadre du Programme d’investissements d’avenir (PIA), le FNA été mis en place pour soutenir les entreprises qui développent des innovations technologiques en leur apportant des fonds propres à un stade très précoce. Doté de 400 M€, le FNA réalise des investissements dans des fonds d’amorçage gérés par des équipes de gestion professionnelles et qui réalisent eux-mêmes des investissements dans de jeunes entreprises innovantes en phases d’amorçage et de démarrage. Il ne finance pas directement des entreprises

Technocom 2, doté de plus de 30 M€ à l’issue de ces engagements, financera pour des montants allant de quelques centaines de milliers à plusieurs millions d’euros des créations d’entreprises issues de la recherche publique, académique ou industrielle française, dans les technologies numériques appliquées aux réseaux, à l’énergie, à la maison intelligente et à la santé. Technocom 2 prévoit de financer et d’accompagner une quinzaine de jeunes entreprises à fort potentiel de croissance.
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