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- Baidu invests in electric cars from NextEV.
- PriceMinister partners with Cubyn to offer a “first mile” logistics solution to its merchants.
- The Top 5 of the best cities for business.
- What Happens On The Internet In A Minute?
- The nominations: Chantal Genermont Laplantif, Laurence De Ré-Vannière…
Baidu, which publishes the main search engine in China, announced that it had participated in a roundtable of the start-up NextEV, which builds electric vehicles. According to local media, the operation is worth $ 600 million. Founded in 2014 by William Li, also at the origin of Bitauto.com, NextEV is supported by the Chinese giant Tencent, which notably develops the WeChat messaging application, and the Hillhouse Capital fund.
By entering the electric car segment, Baidu seeks to diversify its business, mainly based on advertising and Internet research, to face competition from Alibaba and Tencent, Baidu’s main competitors in Asia. In addition, the Chinese group intends to boost its income. Baidu posted sales of $ 10.2 billion last year, up 6.3% for the year as a whole. In contrast, the group’s annual net profit was almost divided by three, to $ 1.7 billion.
Read also: Baidu embarks its first passengers in its autonomous car in China
The marketplace PriceMinister associates with Cubyn, a start-up specializing in on-demand logistics, to enhance its logistics offer. The 5,000 French merchants who sell via the PriceMinister platform will thus benefit from the services of Cubyn, which collects the items from them, and takes care of their packaging and shipping, anywhere in the world.
“Being able to count on flawless logistics services is an essential growth factor for our merchants. From now on, e-merchants using PriceMinister will be able to refocus on the sale of their products by entrusting Cubyn with their logistics», Declares Olivier Mathiot, co-founder of PriceMinister. The latter had participated in the last round table of the company, last February. The company had raised 1.1 million euros from Partech Ventures, 360 Capital, and several business angels.
Read also: Cubyn, taking care of e-merchants for their parcel shipments
In 2017, it is still in the United States that it is preferable to set up when you have a business creation project, according to the latest edition of “Startup Ecosystem Ranking Report», Produced by Startup Genome. In total, 5 American cities appear in the top 20 cities where it is good to do business. Silicon Valley and New York top the rankings.
Three cities make their entry into the top 20 this year: Beijing, which climbs directly to 4th place, Shaghai (8th place) and Stockholm (14th place). Paris comes in 11th place, ahead of Singapore.
1. Silicon Valley (idem 2016)
2. New York (idem 2016)
3. London (+3 places compared to 2016)
4. Beijing (new city in the ranking)
5. Boston (-1 place compared to 2016)
In the space of a minute, more than 38,000 photos are posted on Instagram, more than 120 LinkedIn accounts are created, and nearly 1,400 Uber trips take place, according to data in the infographic “What happens in an Internet minute ”. The American software publisher Exelacom wanted to illustrate the amount of data that is generated on the Internet.
Chantal Genermont Laplantif appointed director digital Enedis
Enedis (ex-ERDF) announces the promotion of Chantal Genermont Laplantif as digital director. She previously held the position of Senior Vice President Data Management & Development.
Laurence De Ré-Vannière is promoted to director Deputy General of Company & Staff
Laurence De Ré-Vannière becomes Deputy Director General ofCompany & Staff. She was previously a member of the management committee and director of HR and management projects.
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