[INSIDERS] The 6 Tech Info You Shouldn’t Miss

by bold-lichterman

  • Israeli Otonomo raises $ 25 million to monetize data from connected cars.
  • LDLC opens two new physical stores.
  • When cryptocurrencies try to seduce the Art market.
  • E-health: Start-ups raised $ 2.5 billion in the first quarter, a record.
  • China and the United States neck and neck in the luxury watch market.
  • The nominations: Thomas Loignon, Frédéric Obala, Sylvie Peretti…

Ben VolkowThe Israeli start-up Otonomo, specializing in the sharing and monetization of automotive data, has completed a funding round of $ 25 million led by the American supplier Delphi. Bessemer Venture Partners, StageOne Ventures, LocalGlobe, Hearst Ventures and Maniv Mobility also participated in the operation.

Founded in 2015 by Avner cohen and Ben Volkow (opposite), Otonomo has developed a platform that connects car manufacturers and drivers to service providers in order to optimize the monetization of car data. “There are more and more connected cars, and these vehicles are sending a lot of information in the background to all the big databases that car companies have set up.», Notes Ben Volkow, co-founder and CEO of Otonomo. With this investment, the Israeli company plans to accelerate its development to attract new car manufacturers. The increased regulations and restrictions on data use could be the biggest hurdle Otonomo will face.

LDLCThe Lyonnais LDLC continues its physical expansion in France. The specialist in the sale of electronic products is preparing to open two new stores, in Levallois-Perret, on April 21, and Thionville, on April 28. With these two additional stores, LDLC now has 24 physical stores. The company has set itself the goal of reaching 100 points of sale in France by 2021.

Read also: LDLC aims to open a hundred franchised stores by 2021

l-art-generation-y-2017Bringing art buying into the era of cryptocurrencies is the stated ambition of the “The Art of Generation Y” exhibition, organized by La Compagnie, specializing in bridges between art and innovation, and all {mecen, a platform dedicated to creators and art lovers. Inaugurated on April 27, this exhibition of a new kind will allow art collectors to acquire works … subject to paying in Ether, a cryptocurrency resulting from the Ethereum protocol, and second digital currency after Bitcoin.

If this currency were to prevail on the Art market, it is all of the codes for promoting and disseminating this market that could be reversed.», Underlines Christophe Pouilly, Art Diffuseur within La Compagnie. The works of art of the six artists exhibited on this occasion will illustrate the “registers and techniques of expression specific to Generation Y”, while using technologies such as 3D for example.

Start-ups specializing in e-health raised $ 2.5 billion in the first quarter, up 25% compared to the same period in 2016, according to a study by StartUp Health. In total, 124 operations were recorded over the first three months of the year, the lowest level since 2011. Concretely, this means that fewer e-health companies have raised funds, but that they each raised more money.

In terms of areas, it is the companies specializing in the health of populations that have raised the most over the period, with 25 operations and $ 392 million invested. In second place are companies specializing in the digitalization of the patient experience, which have raised 226 million dollars for 21 operations in total. Finally, the 9 companies specializing in research which raised funds raised 184 million dollars.

Another finding of the authors of the report, a third of fundraising was carried out in series A, while 26% of operations correspond to seed money, and 25% to series C. Compared to previous years, the cursor is moving towards operations at more advanced stages, as evidenced by the increase in the average ticket observed over the period.


In 2016, the number of visits to sites specializing in luxury watchmaking increased by 39% in China, making it the most dynamic country in the world, according to the latest results. World Watch Report produced by the Digital Luxury Group. By way of comparison, on a global scale, the traffic of luxury watch websites has increased by 9% on average, or 4 times slower than in China. For the first time, China and the United States are thus tied at the top of the countries which generate the most visits to luxury watch sites, with a 13.2% market share, far ahead of Japan and its 6% market share, and France (4.8%).

Almost 9% of visits to these sites make it possible to locate a physical store, detail the authors of the report, who underline the importance that brand sites retain in the act of purchasing in the age of social networks and all-powerful influencers.


thomas-loignonThomas Loignon appointed Director of Products digital NextRadioTV

NextRadioTV announces the arrival of Thomas Loignon as Director of Digital Products. He previously held the position of director of digital activities at La Tribune.

frederic-obalaFrédéric Obala becomes CEO of SoLocal Group’s Search Local activity

Frédéric Obala is promoted to General Manager of the Search Local activity of SoLocal Group. As part of his duties, he will be in charge of the group’s various media (PagesJaunes, Mappy, Ooreka), web-to-store solutions, the international web marketing part, activities related to audience and referencing and brand and advertising management. Frédéric Obala was previously responsible for the group’s digital marketing department.

sylvie-perettiSylvie Peretti joins Generali France as director of human resources

Generali France appointed Sylvie Peretti as director of human resources. She previously held the position of HRD at Lafarge.

MAIF is looking for its Hub Manager (M / F)

In order to continue the implementation of our digital strategy, in particular to open and connect the company to new partners and territories, we are looking to expand our team with a Digital Hub manager. Reporting directly to the Group Chief Digital Officer, you will set up a system for monitoring and exploring innovative tech ecosystems in Europe and internationally and will help identify relevant and useful technologies to accelerate the transformation of MAIF with the support of our technology accelerator, MAIFx and our investment fund, MAIF Avenir.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Identification of “landing zones” characterized by the richness of the ecosystem and the presence of startups operating in strategic greenfields defined by the company (innovation, digital, collaborative economy)

  • Establishment of active monitoring and frugal exploration systems in these territories

  • Organization of learning expeditions in strong connection with the professions

  • Identification of technologies, best practices and innovative processes to support the digital transformation of the various MAIF businesses

  • Implementation of the digital transformation plan developed in close collaboration with the CDO and the general management committee

  • Support in our relations with the entrepreneurial ecosystem: organization of meetups, hackatons, etc.

MAIF promotes diversity and equal opportunities on a daily basis.

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