[INSIDERS] 500 million active users on Instagram …

by bold-lichterman

It is in a ticket on his blog that Instagram announced the news this Tuesday, June 21: its user community now has more than 500 million active members. The firm even estimates that they are 300 million to use the application for sharing photos on a daily basis. Finally, the company states that more than three quarters (80%) of its users are not in the United States, but internationally.


Simon TchedikianSevenhugs can sleep peacefully. The French start-up, which is developing a connected object that “watches over” sleep, has just raised 13 million euros from Xerys Gestion, as the main investor, and from several of its historical shareholders. This operation follows a first round of funding of 1 million euros completed last year.

Founded in 2014, the company markets hugOne, a solution that measures several indicators such as temperature, humidity and air quality. Thanks to a small sensor, the start-up also ensures that it can measure sleep cycles in order to offer its users to be woken up at the “best time” via a mobile application. Personal advice is also provided.

In parallel with this offer, Sevenhugs is also developing the “Smart Remote” solution allowing remote control of a home (thermostat, light, window, speakers, etc.). “By 2020, there will be around 25 billion connected objects in use, much of which will be used to automate the home. Our stated ambition is to create technological solutions that focus on the user experience within the connected home.», Declared in a press release Simon Tchedikian, CEO and co-founder of Sevenhugs.

Olivier DhonteDevenson, ESN in the bosom of Salesforce, has just made a strategic merger with the group Viseo. As a result, the digital services and consulting company enters the capital of the pure-player and integrator of cloud solutions Salesforce and thus becomes its majority shareholder.

With this partnership, Devenson intends to launch a recruitment phase in order to continue its development within the Salesforce ecosystem. As part of this merger, synergies will be achieved with the various entities of Viseo, in particular via its digital agency Novedia. For Viseo, this transaction allows the group to meet the needs arising from fluctuations in its market. “At a time when everything goes to the fragmentation of customer data, it becomes strategic to reconstitute a global 360-degree vision, the basis for the definition and implementation of relevant and efficient campaigns.“, has explained Olivier Dhonte, CEO of Viseo, to justify this merger.

patrick-robinAccording to our information, the investment bank Avolta Partners raised 16 million euros in June on behalf of the companies it supports on venture capital. Among them, the market place Smartangels, the game creation application Kimple, the merchant Orange Navy, The Tea Box, and Educate. Avolta Partners defines itself as “a merger acquisition boutique” specializing in Tech. It is notably managed by the multi-entrepreneur Patrick Robin (opposite) and also includes Bruno VanRyb, Philippe Rodriguez, Arthur Porré and Pascal Farrugia in the management team.

Heading for the United States: this is one of the new watchwords at HiMedia. The Parisian company specializing in online monetization announces that the turnover of its activities in North America, grouped under Latam Digital Ventures, recorded a growth of 150% over the first five months of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier. The subsidiary is thus growing at an “annualized rate” of more than 6.5 million euros in turnover. As a reminder, HiMedia bought last year from Orange its subsidiaries in North America dedicated to the Hispanic market.

In addition, HiMedia is launching a new mobile marketing offer on the Spanish speaking market in the United States. “We worked with the management of Latam Digital Ventures on the deployment of tools and offers already successfully tested by HiMedia and the beginnings are very promising. The management in place now has all the means to continue to develop the activity with the support of the group», Declared in a press release Cyril Zimmermann, the CEO of HiMedia.

Review the Frenchweb report at HiMedia, published in May 2016 (“Brand content, local and mobile… The three pivots of HiMedia to enter a new era”):

The French largely favor electronic means of payment on a daily basis. Indeed, 90% of them primarily use their bank card to pay for their purchases, according to the recent study “The French, the Euro and the end of cash», Carried out by VeraCarte and AuCoffre.com during the month of May 2016. Another lesson of the study, summarized by the infographic below: almost a third of French people are in favor of the total disappearance of cash the profile of the bank card (at 93%), checks (66%) and services such as Paypal (57%).


Ineat enlists the services of Emmanuel Neu

logo_ineat_bleu_Ineat, a digital solutions development agency, has decided to appoint Emmanuel Neu as sales manager. Its scope of action will be limited to the Ile-de-France region. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing the client portfolio and maintaining relationships with existing clients.

A graduate of ESC Marne-la-Vallée, Emmanuel Neu studied his ranges within Sagem and Alten. Subsequently, he worked for Teamlog, Eurologiciel and Experis before joining Ineat this year.

Julien Champigny joins the NES group as sales director

Julien ChampignyThe group NES, a French player in cybersecurity, has just announced the arrival of Julien Champigny as sales manager. In close collaboration with general management, he will have to steer the group’s commercial operations with a view to boosting the development of its market share with large accounts and mid-sized companies.

Before joining the NES group, he worked in structures such as Completel and BT Global Services. “His appointment allows us to complete our team and lay the foundations for our new commercial strategy.», Declared Raphaël Illouz, CEO of NES, on the sidelines of this appointment.

Boost sales through payment optimization
June 23 at 3 p.m. with Adyen

In partnership with Frenchweb, Adyen will present its webinar “boosting sales through payment optimization”. On average, 15% of payments worldwide are declined. Discover with Edouard de Raulin, Senior Payment Expert, how the improvement of its payment pages, better fraud management and the centralization of data make it possible to gain significant conversion points.

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IoT Week by CITC
June 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

The IoTWeek organized by the CITC, 1st French IoT Cluster, from June 25 until June 29 in the Hauts-de-France Region is an opportunity to understand the revolution of the Internet of Things.

Mix the sciences (applied, social, and human), perspectives, share points of view and experiences to consider new development perspectives.

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