[INSIDERS] Helloprint raises 3 million euros to expand in France …
Helloprint, a Dutch online photo printing company, has confirmed a € 3 million funding round from investors who are members of the company’s board of directors. While it is far from being the only one on this market (Photobox, Photoweb, Photoservice, Cheerz, etc.), the company, which is present in France, intends to accelerate its international development. From “5 countries and 100 employees”, it wants to be present in “13 countries” and recruit 50 people by the end of the year.
“Our model is growing extremely quickly and our international development is going according to our plans. We see good growth opportunities to increase our market share, especially on the French market (…) Our ambition is to increase the number of French printers, up to one hundred by the end of next year“, says Hans Scheffern the CEO.
Founded in 2001 in Amsterdam, Helloprint claims 100,000 orders per year from 40 online stores.
Read also: Cheerz, Toff, PhotoBox… 4 companies that bring the paper photo up to date
Netflix, whose promise was to become an independent and creative producer, is it reviewing its ambitions? After posting somewhat disappointing results in the second quarter, the streaming video platform announced that it had signed its first-ever partnership with 20th Century Fox Television globally. The agreement concerns the exclusive SVOD broadcast of the series produced by Fox: American Crime Story. The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. It will be released in 2017 on Netflix worldwide, except Canada. Subsequently, all seasons will be available after they air on television, the two companies said in a statement.
Read also: Netflix stops filling up new subscribers in Q2
Trampolink, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to people in social and professional reintegration, has just successfully completed its first campaign, two months after its launch. The site thus succeeded in raising 300 euros to help Masanneh, a young man of 20 from Gambia.
Without resources, he is currently housed by the Aurore association and is pursuing work-study training to obtain a CAP room service diploma. With his associative partner, he presented his project on Trampolink to finance the purchase of new work clothes, an essential condition for continuing his studies. It is now done thanks to the generosity of Internet users. “It’s a first victory but the road is still long», Note Manon Rosario and Yoann Sportouch.
Read also: 7 connected solutions that want to reinvent solidarity
Customers who use an online banking service are more likely to purchase other services (bank cards, loan, etc.) from their bank than those who do not use these services, according to the results of a study carried out. by Bank of the West, taken over by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Indeed, digital customers would generate more revenue than others. In the case of Bank of the West, they earn an average of 10.7% more to their bank once they have adopted an online banking solution (the “natural” increase in spending for a non-mobile customer. is only 4.5% on average). Another lesson from the study is that users of an online banking service are more loyal than others: the loss rate for these customers is indeed 5% lower than that of traditional customers for the Californian bank. It remains to be confirmed that these data can be transposed to other banking establishments …
** Methodology: The behavior of 430,000 Bank of the West customers were analyzed between August 2013 and August 2015. Half of the sample adopted an online banking solution during the first year of the study, l the other half continued to use conventional services.
After peaking in 2015, the amounts invested in the cybersecurity sector should decrease in the first half of 2016, according to estimates by CB Insights. Last year, 3.7 billion dollars were indeed invested in this sector, and 336 transactions recorded. In 2016, the research firm estimates that “only” $ 3 billion will be invested in companies in cybersecurity, a decrease of 17%.
Read also: [FW Invest] 4 lessons on fundraising in France in the first semester
Valentin Bentz becomes Head of Marketing at Swatch
Swatch, the world leader in watchmaking, has decided to appoint Valentin bentz as Head of Marketing. He joined the Swiss group last October as Head of Digital Marketing. His promotion thus gives him additional responsibilities in the Swatch marketing department. Before joining the watch brand, Valentin Bentz made his ranges within Meyer & Partenaires, Casal Sport, Wecom and Actweb.
Emilie Vidaud becomes editorial manager of the Entrepreneur of the Year award L’Express / EY
The Express decided to hire the services ofEmilie Vidaud. Within the French weekly, she takes the position of editorial manager for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award organized by L’Express and EY. At the same time, she is also a freelance writer for Les Échos Week-End. Before joining L’Express, Emilie Vidaud notably worked for France Soir, Public Senate, Le Bonbon, Figaro Classifieds and Décideurs Magazine.
Olivier Kersalé arrives at Initiative France’s Innovation hub
Olivier Kersale becomes the new manager of the Innovation pole ofInitiative France, French associative network for financing business developers. As part of his new functions, he integrates the national coordination of the organization with a view to supporting support for the creation and development of innovative businesses throughout France. “Initiative France supports and finances more than 700 creators of innovative companies in France every year», Specifies Bernadette Sozet, Managing Director of Initiative France.
# GEN4: An ambitious 4th edition
September 22 and 23, 2016
# GEN4, the major annual meeting for all digital professionals is part of the LORnTECH dynamic, a FrenchTech label with a regional particularity of bringing together the digital world beyond borders.
The partner area (showroom) will be an opportunity to discover innovations and meet national and regional players in digital transformation.
Find out more.