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Meet Lilium, the world’s first VTOL personal aircraft – Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016 Grand Prize Winner

Meet Lilium, the world’s first VTOL personal aircraft – Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016 Grand Prize Winner | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It’s hard not to get excited when people start talking about flying cars — after all, who doesn’t want a flying Jetsons car? When 2016 Hello Tomorrow Challenge grand prize winner, Lilium Jet, got on stage to present the world’s first vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) personal aircraft, the audience was captivated. Before us was an image of a futuristic egg-shaped personal jet, majestically soaring above the glistening ocean.
Incubated under the auspices of the European Space Agency’s business incubation center in Bavaria, the young team of German engineers and doctoral students from the Technical University of Munich has a lofty ambition: to disrupt the future of everyday commute.
With Lilium Jet, people can move to rural areas while working in big cities, because long distances can be covered in a fraction of the traditional time.
Instead of queueing at an airport to go from Munich to Milan, you stroll into your garden, hop onto your Lilium, and take off; we’re talking about a garden of at least 15 x 15 meter. With electric engines, the Lilium is both quieter and more environmentally-friendly than helicopters. Classified as a light sport aircraft for two occupants, the Lilium can fly up to 300 km per hour, and requires only 20–30 hours of training as opposed to the costly, time-intensive training required to fly helicopters. Same as getting a driver’s license.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Inspiring ; makes you want to fly. Yet how will regulators qualify such array of hairdryers and impose safety rules ?

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OOCar is the personal trainer for your car

OOCar is the personal trainer for your car | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Imagine there was a device that could help make your car run quicker, cheaper and help you save the environment? Well that’s what OOCar is offering with its latest service.

The company has a small dongle that you attach to your car’s diagnostics port – every vehicle made after 2001 has one. Once there, it then tracks your car’s performance and sends it to the OOCar app where it can give you tips and advice on how to save cash.

The startup claims it can save you as much as 30 percent on fuel costs and 40 percent on insurance premiums. Not bad.

When the dreaded engine warning light comes on, it can give you a breakdown of the damage and also a rough cost of repairs, so you can tell if a mechanic is trying to pull a fast one. The app is only available in France right now, but the team hopes to start expanding across Europe soon.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

You shall watch this startup and project carefully...

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Jane Shamcey's curator insight, March 10, 2016 2:57 AM

You shall watch this startup and project carefully...

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6 IoT startups that are making your stuff smarter

6 IoT startups that are making your stuff smarter | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Every year, The Next Web holds hundreds of interviews with young startups in order to shortlist the cream of the crop and invite them to Boost, our early-stage growth program at The Next Web Conference.

With the eleventh edition of our flagship Amsterdam conference coming up in May .../...

This week, we’ve selected six Internet of Things startups that are sure to make your stuff smarter. Whether it’s keeping up to date with your home’s power usage and security, or saving money by changing your driving habits, there’s bound to be something here for your wish list.

Check out the six companies that have been invited to participate here

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Congratulations to Philippe Chassany and OOCar for being selected by TheNextWeb 

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TechOnMap: une cartographie impressionnante et très riche de l'écosystème numérique francilien

TechOnMap, propulsé par la Fonderie, propose des modes de navigation et de visualisation étonnants, et surtout une base de donnees très à jour et déjà segmentée. Votre Startup n'y figure pas encore? Ajoutez la en 2 coups de cuiller a pot !
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Votre Startup n'y figure pas encore? Ajoutez la en 2 coups de cuiller à pot !
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Pierre Paperon's curator insight, July 19, 2013 5:39 AM

Superbe. Un peu plus que deux coups de cuillère à pot mais fait ;)

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Criteo lève 30 millions d'euros

Criteo lève 30 millions d'euros | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Ce tour de table doit permettre d'alimenter l'impressionnante croissance du groupe.

 

Créée en 2005, la start-up a généré un chiffre d'affaires de 9 millions de dollars en 2009, puis de 60 millions en 2010, et de 200 millions l'année dernière. Et le rythme devrait se poursuivre cette année, avec en plus un plan de recrutement de 250 salariés, qui permettra d'étoffer une structure aujourd'hui composée de 700 salariés.

 

La raison de ce succès : une solution de « publicité display à la performance ». La société propose ainsi aux annonceurs des espaces publicitaires personnalisés en fonction des habitudes de navigation de l'internaute qu'elle recueille de façon anonyme et qu'elle exploite via un algorithme développé spécialement. Une solution qui lui permet de revendiquer un taux de clic dix fois supérieur au marché, aux alentours de 0,6 %. De quoi lui permettre d'envisager l'avenir avec sérénité, et notamment une introduction en Bourse. «  On se met en ordre de bataille», commente sobrement Jean-Baptiste Rudelle.

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Postulez au Start-Up Contest IMM - éd 2016

Postulez au Start-Up Contest IMM - éd 2016 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Tentez de faire partie des 8 start-up sélectionnées pour présenter votre projet lors du start-up contest du vendredi 18 novembre prochain au Hub Bpifrance.

Enjeu : intégrer la promotion 2016-2017 de l'Institut Multi-Média qui vous donnera accès à des cycles de conférences de très haut-niveau, à un voyage d'études en Israël, et à un réseau d'anciens de l'IMM extrêmement riche et varié en termes de profils et de métiers.

Témoignagehttp://www.institutmultimedias.com/2016/09/08/laureate-du-start-up-contest-imm-2015-–-chloe-julien-fondatrice-de-bandsquare

Disclosure : je ferai partie du Jury

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Vous êtes une startup et souhaitez accélérer ? Participez au Startup Contest 2016 de l'Institut Multi-Médias !

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Streamroot evidences the business case for P2P video streaming

Streamroot evidences the business case for P2P  video streaming | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Streamroot harnesses the latest web technologies (HTML5 and WebRTC) and powerful proprietary algorithms to offer state-of-the-art P2P streaming.


Streamroot improves on traditional unicast video delivery by decentralizing exchanges and providing content via multiple sources. 

With Streamroot, viewers begin loading video content directly from your server. At the same time, they connect to the Streamroot tracker, retrieve an intelligently selected list of peers, and establish a direct connection with them to exchange video segments. 

Segments come from the source that provides them most quickly, improving exchanges, heightening reliability and better managing traffic.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

P2P has often been too easily associated with its early "uses cases" that often involved unauthorized content distribution. Streamroot reminds us that technology is neutral and apparently has found an interesting business model.

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Gov. Cuomo announces that start-ups in NY will soon be able to operate 100% tax free for 10 years

Gov. Cuomo announces that start-ups in NY will soon be able to operate 100% tax free for 10 years | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Governor Cuomo’s groundbreaking initiative, is creating tax-free zones across the state for new and expanding businesses. Now businesses can operate 100% tax-free for 10 years. No business, corporate, state or local taxes, sales and property taxes, or franchise fees.

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This is bold.

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Fascinating talk by @paulg on Startup Investing Trends

(This talk was written for an audience of investors.) Y Combinator has now funded 564 startups including the current batch, which has 53. The total valuation of the 287 that have valuations (either by raising an equity round, getting acquired, or dying) is about $11.7 billion, and the 511 prior to the current batch have collectively raised about $1.7 billion.
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With a now famous quote: "investors make more money as founders' bitches than their bosses"
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The Man Behind The Mac OS Is Working On A Mystery Startup With Other Ex-Apple Employees

The Man Behind The Mac OS Is Working On A Mystery Startup With Other Ex-Apple Employees | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Bertrand Serlet is widely considered to be the brains behind Apple's Mac operating system. He was even mentioned as a possible successor to Steve Jobs at one point. So it came as a shock to some when Serlet decided to step down in March, 2011 after 22 years with the company.

 

At the time, Serlet offered a vague explanation for his decision, noting that he wanted to "focus less on products and more on science." He didn't mention any specific plans at the time and has effectively dropped off the radar, until now.

 

Business Insider has learned that Serlet has spent much of the time since his departure from Apple working with at least two other former Apple employees to launch a cloud computing startup in downtown Palo Alto called Upthere.

 

The startup is still in stealth mode, so information about it is scarce, but we've uncovered a few details about the company through job postings, trademark requests, domain name registrations and tweets from employees.

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