175 million for Letgo + Bunkr / Synthesio + Grégoire Ducret (ex-ACSEL) = INSIDERS
- Terminus for Bunkr.
- Letgo raises $ 175 million for its classifieds.
- Sequoia Capital invests $ 100 million in Zoom.
- YBorder, 700,000 euros to match Tech companies with the best developers.
- Data scientist, Security manager: who will see their compensation increase the most in 2017?
- How Amazon is shaking up traditional retailers.
- The nominations: Grégoire Ducret, Cynthia Eid…
Bunkr, the start-up created by Alexis Jamet (opposite), Jean-Christophe Fossati and Edouard Petit in April 2013 in Rouen, and described as “the French Power Point”, ceased its activities for lack of finding a viable economic model.
Passed by The Family, Bunkr had initially set itself the goal of reaching a critical mass of users, without being interested in the monetization of its services. “We have tried several models. First the Freemium model, where we tested several offers, but too few users were willing to pay for this type of application», The founders conclude in an FAQ for their users. Despite a last pivot in 2016 reorienting the company’s strategy on B2B, the founders decided to throw in the towel and sell the technological asset to their client Synthesio.
Bunkr users have until March 31, 2017 to export their presentations to PDF.
In 2014, Bunkr raised € 1 million from the Idinvest fund, also a shareholder of Synthesio, Xavier Niel Daniel Marhely (co-founder of Deezer).
The New York start-up Letgo, which publishes a mobile classifieds application to sell and buy used products, has completed a funding round of $ 175 million. Naspers, Insight Venture Partners, Accel Partners, 14W, Eight Roads Ventures, Mangrove Capital Partners and FJ Labs participated in the transaction. In total, the company has raised $ 375 million since its inception.
Founded in 2015 by Jordi Castello, Alec oxenford and Enrique Linares, Letgo offers its users a geolocated classified ads service on mobile. To list a product for sale, the user simply needs to take a photo, describe the product and specify its location so that it can be spotted by potential buyers nearby. The app claims 45 million downloads and 20 million monthly active users.
This new investment should enable Letgo to pursue its development in order to face increasingly stiff competition. The start-up must therefore face major players, such as the American giant eBay, which claims 165 million users around the world, OfferUp, which raised 119 million dollars last September, or Craigslist. .
Californian society Zoom, which is developing a cloud-based videoconferencing service, announced a fundraising of $ 100 million, fully funded by Sequoia Capital. This operation values the start-up to the tune of 1 billion dollars.
Originally, Zoom was not looking for financing, but Sequoia Capital was looking for a company in the videoconferencing sector. The American fund therefore turned to the Californian start-up. Launched in 2011 by Eric Yuan, Zoom now has more than 400 employees.
The start-up YBorder, which is developing a recruitment platform, raised 700,000 euros from the ISAI Seed Club. Founded in 2015 by Jean-Noel Houdu, Baptiste Vavdin, Maya christmas (opposite) and Jeremy Dubois, YBorder is a platform that connects Tech companies with a selection of developers from all over Europe, recommended by recruitment firms.
Successful candidates receive an alert when a company wishes to contact them. The candidate’s profile becomes visible to a recruiter only if the position and the geographical location of the company correspond to the candidate’s expectations.
With this investment, YBorder plans to accelerate its expansion in Europe and Canada, and to double its workforce.
In 2017, active executives will see their compensation increase by 3.6% on average, according to the results of the 2017 compensation study carried out by Robert walters. The professionals who will see their level of remuneration increase the most this year are those working in the insurance sector (+ 10%), as well as those working in IT and digital. Digital managers, as well as Security and IS managers, and data scientists should also see their remuneration increase by 10% on average this year.
In the human resources sector, Recruitment managers, Training managers as well as HRIS managers can claim increases of 8% on average. The authors of the study also believe that recruitment is one of the jobs that are the most challenged this year, along with accounting and marketing. New tools, which make it possible to automate more tasks, as well as the development of new models are indeed leading these professionals to reposition themselves in their position.
Read also: Developer salaries by language and level of experience
In 2015, Amazon saw its business volume increase by 97%. At the same time, traditional players such as Walmart or Macy’s are forced to close some of their physical outlets. In his infographic “What’s next for e-commerce», The Villa Nova School of Business details how the American giant competes with traditional retail players, thanks to its various services.
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Grégoire Ducret leaves his post of General Delegate at ACSEL
TheACSEL announces the departure of its general delegate, Gregoire Ducret. He is now working on the creation of the Innovation strategy of the French Red Cross and the creation of a start-up residency for the LUMA Foundation.
Cynthia Eid appointed director of education
and innovation at IGS
The IGS group announces the appointment of Cynthia Eid as director of education. She was previously a university pedagogy consultant at the University of Montreal.
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