[INSIDERS] The 6 Tech Info You Shouldn’t Miss
- Death of Frédéric Chevalier, founder of the “The Camp” campus.
- Hinge Health raises $ 8 million to treat your back from a distance.
- The Le Bivouac start-up booster moves to the Hôtel de Région in Clermont-Ferrand.
- There will be 5.3 billion smartphones in circulation in 2021.
- Gemalto sees its price fall by more than 17%, following a downward revision of its 2017 targets.
- The nominations: Anne-Cécile Thomann, Ombeline Bedos, Franck Sikorski…
French Tech is in mourning. Last Friday, the Aix entrepreneur Frédéric Chevalier, at the origin of the campus dedicated to the city of the future “The Camp», Died in a traffic accident.
In 1990, he created HighCo, a group specializing in digital marketing. During his entrepreneurial adventure, in 2000 he also launched his own investment fund, Booster Invest, to boost start-ups in the early stages. In recent years, he had taken it into his head to create a campus aimed at promoting innovations and reflections around the city of the future. This new site, located on the Arbois plateau in Aix-en-Provence, will be inaugurated without it on September 28 by Emmanuel Macron.
The writing of FrenchWeb expresses its sincere condolences to his family and to his teams.
– AixMrsFrenchTech (@AMFrenchTech) July 24, 2017
The start-up Hinge Health, specializing in the digitization of health care, has completed a funding round of $ 8 million. Atomico, the London-based fund launched by Niklas Zennström, co-founder of Skype, as well as historical investors Eleven Two Capital, The Vertical Group and Jon Reynolds, co-founder of SwiftKey, also participated in the transaction.
Founded in 2015 by Gabriel Mecklenburg and Daniel Perez, Hinge Health relies on “wearables” and data from other users of the program developed by the company to provide physical therapy remotely for people with musculoskeletal disorders, such as knee pain, pain in the neck. shoulder or back. The young shoot, founded in London and now based in San Francisco, claims that its device can improve chronic lower back and knee pain by 55%, while avoiding 60% of surgeries.
Born from a public-private partnership, the start-up booster The Bivouac continues its development. In the space of a year, 27 start-ups from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and beyond have indeed joined the Clermont-Ferrand-based acceleration program.
Building on its success, Le Bivouac had been forced to divide its teams over two separate sites. At the start of the school year, the start-up accelerator will move into its new premises, with a surface area of 1,200 square meters, within the Hôtel de Région. The start-up accelerator counts among its private founders companies such as Michelin, Orange, Engie and Sopra Steria.
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The rise of smartphones continues, to the detriment of tablets. By 2021, there will be 5.3 billion smartphones in circulation worldwide, according to Forrester data. This corresponds to an increase of 27% compared to 2017. At the same time, the number of tablets in circulation is expected to decrease by 5%, reaching 580 million.
In China and India, more than 60% of smartphones sold have screens larger than 5 inches. These smartphones with large screens directly compete with tablets, since only 6.4% of Chinese, and 1.1% of Indians have one. Further proof of this direct competition, in Europe and the United States, more than a third (36%) of smartphone users intend to equip themselves with a device with a larger screen in the future.
Digital security specialist Gemalto announced on Friday that it had lowered its objectives for the second half of 2017. The Franco-Dutch group now expects operating income of between 200 and 230 million euros. In April, he announced an operating profit of between 390 and 450 million euros.
The company closed the year 2016 with encouraging results, its turnover was up 1%, and its operating profit by 7% over the year. However, it must deal with the deterioration of the SIM card market. In this context, it declared an impairment charge in the amount of 420 million euros. The financial markets reacted quickly to this announcement. At the opening of the stock market this Monday morning, the title of Gemalto lost more than 17%, reaching 45.54 euros at 2:30 p.m.
Anne-Cécile Thomann appointed CEO of TBWACorporate
Anne-Cécile Thomann is promoted to general manager of TBWA Corporate. She previously held the position of Deputy Managing Director of the Influence division.
The WNP agency strengthens its teams
WNP announces the appointment of two new employees to the shopper marketing and brand activation division. Ombeline Bedos becomes consulting director. As for Franck Sikorski, he arrives at the post of creative director.