Blockchain + Private Driver + Starburst Accelerator = INSIDERS

by bold-lichterman

  • Blockchain: Utocat completes a first funding round of 500,000 euros.
  • Chauffeur-Privé generates a third of its turnover in B2B.
  • Starburst Accelerator opens its branch in Singapore.
  • i-wantit raises 450,000 euros to stop receiving poisoned gifts.
  • With Cowash, your neighbors take care of your laundry.
  • In 2017, mobile advertising will collect $ 8 billion more in investment than desktop.
  • Developing the digital culture of its employees increases well-being at work.
  • The nominations of the day: DISKO, Fred & Farid Paris, Natixis…
  • Online workshop: Employee Advocacy, Social Selling: how to make your employees ambassadors?
    September 29 at 11 a.m., with Sociabble.

Clement FrancommeFinTech Utocat, which has developed a platform allowing banks and insurance companies to automate their operations using blockchain, has just raised 500,000 euros from Bpifrance, Leap Ventures and business angels. This is the first fundraiser for the Lille start-up.

In 2015, Utocat joined EuraTechnologies’ acceleration program in Lille to develop Blockchainiz, a blockchain access platform dedicated to banks and insurance companies. “Blockchain technology has potential that is materializing for the world of finance and insurance“, precise Clement Francomme, founder of Utocat.

This first round of funding should allow the northern start-up to strengthen its technical team to consolidate Blockchainiz as well as its sales team to accelerate the distribution of the product.

private driverThe French VTC service continues to stand out from its competitors. In addition to its very different positioning from Uber (Chauffeur-Privé asserts itself as a full-fledged employer in France), Private driver announces today that it achieves a third of its turnover in B2B. Remember that in 2015, Chauffeur-Privé achieved a turnover of around 30 million euros. The French company, which claims to have won over several thousand customers, counts among its corporate customers groups such as BFM TV, TF1 and Gazprom Energy.

Competition is getting tougher on the private hire vehicle market, as evidenced by the recent liquidation of Navendis, another French transport company with driver. Unlike the other players, Navendis had made the bet to pay its drivers on permanent contracts.

Read also: Chauffeur-Privé, a VTC recruiting to find a place in France

francois-chopardThree years after its creation in Paris, Starburst Accelerator, the incubator dedicated to start-ups in the aeronautics and space sectors, is opening a new branch in Singapore. After Los Angeles and Munich, the internationally oriented incubator continues its international development. The Singapore office will serve to cover a large geographic area, encompassing Australia, New Zealand, India and Korea.

This Wednesday, September 21, the first incubator selection committee was held, as part of Techventure 2016: in total, 10 start-ups from the program presented their projects to investors and partners in the sector.

Singapore was obvious to us given the new generation of talent that abounds there, but remains insufficiently put to use.», Explains in a press release Francois Chopard, founder and director of Starburst Accelerator.

i-wantitThe start-up i-wantit, which is developing a mobile application to share its gift list with family and friends, has completed a round of funding of 450,000 euros with the Provençale et Corse venture capital company, the PACA Emergence investment fund, the BPI and private investors.

Like a social network, i-wantit allows its users to draw up a list of their desires, specifying the price and place of purchase of the items each time, to share it with their relatives. Thus, this virtual basket allows people who follow the user to select a gift according to their budget to offer it when they wish.

With this investment, i-wantit plans to optimize the application on iOS and launch an Android version as well as a web platform. The start-up also plans to strengthen its technical and sales teams.

adrien-hugonThe application Cowash, which will be launched in beta version in Paris at the end of October, has developed a collaborative cleaning service. The principle is simple: allow people who do not have time to take care of their laundry to seek help from a neighbor, thanks to a geolocated application. The latter picks up the laundry and brings it back cleaned and folded, ready to be put away, within 72 hours.

At the origin of the idea, we find two friends, Paul Watel, law graduate and Adrien Hugon (in photo), graduated in law as well as from EM Lyon. The start-up is also supported by the incubator of the Lyon management school. Currently in campaign on Ulule, the project is seeking funding of 6,000 euros, to develop its service offer from its website, and to equip 60 “neighbors” in Paris.

Note, the prices offered on the site, rather high: 2.60 euros for a folded shirt, 2.40 euros for a sweater, which do not encourage regular use of the service.

Woman using her mobile phone, city skyline night light backgroundBy 2017, investments in mobile advertising will increase by 48% according to forecasts of Zenith Optimedia in the matter.

In the course of next year, mobile ad spending will even exceed desktop ad spending by $ 8 billion, according to the agency specializing in digital marketing. By 2018, 60% of advertising investments will concern mobile.

READ also: Advertising spending: the 5 countries that take the biggest slice of the pie

Photo credit: Fotolia

With the good management of “end of career”, the development of the digital culture of employees are two “fundamental” elements of well-being at work, if we are to believe the results of the Edenred-Ipsos 2016 barometer “Understanding and improving well-being at work“. Concretely, this means that a digital-oriented training policy increases the feeling of well-being at work of employees. An interesting motivation lever for HR professionals to know.


** Methodology: 14,000 employees were surveyed in January 2016, in 15 different countries around the world (United States, China, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, India, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Turkey, Poland, Belgium, Chile).

Loïc Lepetit, Camille Faguer and Julie Léon join the DISKO agency

Loic_LepetitFormer consultant in social media and social ads strategy at Tigerlily Studio, Loïc Lepetit arrives at DISKO at the head of the Pôle Influence. He will lead a team of fifteen consultants, dedicated to questions of social media and influence within the agency. Before joining Tigerlily, Loïc started his career with Dagobert.

Camille_FaguerFormer web editor for the media Minute Buzz, Camille Faguer joins the Influence Pole of the DISKO agency. She will work in particular on behalf of Warner Bros France. Camille is a graduate of ISC Paris.

Julie_LeonJulie leon was recruited as a UX Consultant within the agency’s User Intelligence Pole. Julie started her career at Publicis, before working in an agency abroad and then joining Laïta Dairy Company as international marketing project manager, the company that markets brands such as Paysan Breton or Mamie Nova.

Lionel Benbassat appointed Managing Director of the Fred & Farid Paris agency

Lionel benbassatFred & Farid Paris decided to engage the services of Lionel benbassat. He joined the agency as the agency’s general manager. As part of his new role, he will work in close collaboration with Olivier Lefebvre, Creative Director, and Emmanuel Ferry. Previously Managing Director France within the agency, the latter was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer to focus on issues related to Business Intelligence.

Before joining Fred & Farid Paris, Lionel Benbassat held the position of Marketing and Product Director at Eurostar since 2012, a company in which he had been present since 2004.

François Guéno joins Natixis as head of innovation

Francois GuénoAfter more than three years within the La Poste Group, Francois Guéno has just been appointed head of innovation at Natixis. Previously, he also worked for Vente-privé and Microsoft.

Julien Breux leaves iAdvize for Bureaux A Partager

Julien breuxJulien breux just joined Offices To Share as CTO. Since 2013, he was Technical Manager and then Head of Mobile at iAdvize, a Nantes company that publishes real-time customer e-relationship solutions.

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[Atelier en ligne] Employee Advocacy, Social Selling: how to make your employees ambassadors?
On September 29 at 11 a.m., Sociabble will present the example of PwC France to you.

Transforming its 4,000 employees into ambassadors on social networks, this is the bet that PwC France made when the company only had about fifty active twitter accounts. Already more than 1000 employees have become ambassadors on the networks in a few months.

Sign up! In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Web After Work # 10
October 06, 2016

The Web After Work, Parisian events of the digital marketing community, return with a new meeting which will be held on October 6 at Salons Hoche in the 8th arrondissement. Damien Viel, CEO of Twitter France will be the guest of honor at this 10th edition of Web After Work Paris.

Find out more.

Wihings, an essential IoT startup, is looking for its Industrialization Engineer (M / F)

Withings is a French start-up specializing in the design of connected objects that make everyday life easier. This recruitment is managed by our Page Outsourcing teams.


  • Set up and optimize the production line,

  • Be responsible for the proper functioning of the NPI,

  • Write test procedures and software specification for test orders,

  • Anticipate, manage and resolve plant issues