Podcast #165: Hectic week for Amazon in Europe; PEPP-PT and contact-tracing apps; Exeger and future of self-charging gadgets

This week, Andrii Degeler and Natalie Novick discuss the good and bad things happening to Amazon in Europe, the reasons why we still don’t have an EU-wide contact tracing app, and much more. The featured interview of the episode is a conversation with Giovanni Fili, CEO and founder of Exeger, who talks about the future of self-charging gadget and the “light-conscious” next generation.

France’s MWM scores €50 million in Series B funding to become the ‘Adobe of creativity apps’

France-based music application publishing powerhouse Music World Media (MWM) has raised €50 million in Series B funding to expand its scope to other creative outlets. The company had previously raised €10 million, and after racking up more than 400 million app downloads has now added investors such as blisce/, Idinvest Partners, Bpifrance’s Large Venture fund, […]

French govtech startup Manty scores €2.4 million to improve local administration management

Manty, a France-based govtech startup, has raised 2.4 million euros to accelerate the deployment of its ‘Vision’ platform to reach 100 local administrations by year’s end (via Les Echos). Launched in January 2017 by Mathieu Nohet, Lucas Gaillard and Joseph-Marie Valleix, the startup’s platform essentially aims to help public officials make decisions, and optimises the […]

BASF acquires French 3D printing service provider Sculpteo

BASF has acquired Sculpteo, a France-based online 3D printing service provider, for an undisclosed sum (via Le Figaro). BASF New Business, the chemical giant’s innovation-focused group, is said to have purchased the company to market and establish new industrial 3D printing materials more quickly for its dedicated 3D printing subsidiary, which it recently announced would […] Podcast #31: Babbel's milestone, Mondo & Payleven, more new funds, interview with Shakil Khan and standardised term sheets Podcast #136: Apple’s back taxes in Ireland, Macron’s €5 billion pledge, flying water taxis, interview with Tattoodo’s Johan Plenge, and more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler discussed Apple’s court battle against the EU to avoid paying €13 billion in back taxes, the new announcement by Emmanuel Macron at France Digitale Day, water taxis flying too fast, the Super Pumped book, and more. The featured interview this time is a conversation with Johan Plenge, CEO and founder at Tattoodo.

Bootstrapped no more: Agorapulse announces £14.7 million in funding

After eight years of bootstrapped and global growth, Paris-based Agorapulse has raised £14.7 million in funding to strengthen its market leadership in social media management for small and medium businesses. The round was led by Hi Inov Dentressangle, with support from Cipio Partners and Entrepreneur Venture; all three investors specialize in growth-stage SaaS investments. Agorapulse […]

France’s LesBigBoss raises €18 million to bolster its B2B event business

Digilinx, the French holding company of LesBigBoss, which is in turn the company behind a series of events and dinners bringing together digital decision-makers, has raised €18 million to gun for leadership in the European B2B event space. The round was led by Paris-based Montefiore Investment, which becomes the majority shareholder of Digilinx. Source: FrenchWeb