Tech.eu podcast #10: Three new funds, Europe's relationship with failure, an update on BlaBlacar, and a look at Kima Ventures

Tech.eu Podcast #126: Facial recognition rules in Europe, France and Britain bite back on big tech, the future of EU-US data flows, interviews with Lubomila Jordanova and Tim Schumacher, and more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler talked about the new, tighter rules regarding facial recognition in Europe, the standoff between France and the UK and the big tech companies, the future of data flows between Europe and the US, and much more. We’ve also prepared interviews with Lubomila Jordanova of PlanA and Tim Schumacher, co-fonder of Eyeo, Sedo, and SaaS.group.

French fraud detection startup Bleckwen secures $10 million

Paris-based payment fraud detection startup Bleckwen has raised $10 million in a funding round led by Ring Capital, with participation from existing investors, including TempoCap, Bpifrance, and Ineo. Bleckwen, which is a spin-off from the French cybersecurity firm Ercom, specialises in real-time analytics and fraud prevention in payments within the wider anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism […]

French video indexing startup Newsbridge raises €1.5 million

Paris-based video indexing and analysis startup Newsbridge has landed a €1.5 million funding round led by Elaia. Newsbridge’s product is targeting journalists, audiovisual production companies, and digital rights holders. The company claims that it can reduce the production costs by 30 to 80 percent by providing a more efficient way of finding and selecting the […]

Paris-based AI-powered photography platform Meero raises $230 million

French professional photography platform Meero has landed $230 million in a funding round from Eurazeo, Prime Ventures, Avenir Growth, Global Founders Capital, Aglaé Ventures, Alven, White Star Capital, and Idinvest. This round comes less than a year after the startup’s previous $45 million capital injection and brings the total amount raised by the company to […]

Paris-founded HR and payroll startup PayFit secures €70 million

French HR tech startup PayFit has landed €70 million in a funding round led by Eurazeo and Bpifrance, with participation from prior investors Accel, Frst, and Xavier Niel. This capital injection brings the total amount raised by the company to €83 million. PayFit has developed a SaaS payroll and HR platform that’s focussed on the […]

French legaltech startup Hyperlex raises €4 million

French contract management and analysis startup Hyperlex has secured a €4 million funding round led by Elaia, with participation from Axeleo Capital, ISAI Venture, and Kernel Investissements. Founded in 2017, Hyperlex is a SaaS solution for contract management and analysis for businesses. The company claims that it can save time for legal and purchasing departments, […]