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

by bold-lichterman

  • SoftBank buys Fortress for $ 3.3 billion.
  • Teads posted $ 200 million in revenue in 2016.
  • Foodora now allows its customers to pick up their order at the restaurant.
  • 77% of French people are in favor of content adapted to their emotions.
  • Conforama has entrusted the launch of its marketplace to Mirakl.
  • The nominations: Nicolas Dufourcq, Sébastien Missoffe, Priscille Garcin, Marc Berthot …

masayoshi-sonSoftBank announces the takeover of the alternative asset manager Fortress for a total amount of 3.3 billion dollars, according to information reported by Bloomberg. This is 39% above the valuation of the company at the close of the NYSE Monday evening February 13. Fortress directors Pete Briger, Wes Edens and Randy Nardone have said they will remain in their positions following the takeover. The company, which will remain based in New York, will operate independently within SoftBank.

This operation comes a few months after the announcement of the creation of the SoftBank Vision Fund, an investment fund specializing in Tech with a budget of 100 billion dollars. Beyond the contribution of SoftBank (25 billion dollars) and Saudi Arabia (45 billion dollars), tech giants such as Apple, Qualcomm or Oracle each bring 1 billion dollars.

The company, led by Masayoshi son, is renowned for its strategy of growth by acquisition. It has invested more than $ 44 billion in the capital of companies since 2015, whether through minority stakes or through company buyouts.

Read also: SoftBank spends € 28.5 billion to accelerate IoT with ARM Holdings

Teads, the video ad specialist, announces that it has achieved annual revenue of $ 200 million, up 39% from 2015. 55% of its revenue was generated by mobile and 35% by programmatic. “The outstream video format (integrated into the article’s page) has great potential compared to pre-roll and offers publishers a new opportunity to better monetize their mobile traffic”, justifies Bertrand Quesada, CEO of Teads. The company claims coverage of 1.2 billion unique visitors per month, including 720 million on mobile, to customers such as The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Trinity Mirror, Der Spiegel, Axel Springer, Le Monde, Le Figaro.

In 2015, it reported a 70% increase in turnover (130 million euros).

Based in Luxembourg, Teads ranked 22nd in the FrenchWeb 500, 2016 edition. It employs more than 500 people in 21 countries.

FoodoraFoodora wants to offer its users an alternative to delivery. The German player in home meal delivery has just launched a feature on its Web and mobile platform allowing its customers to come and collect their order at the restaurant themselves. This option will be offered to Foodora users in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes and Lille.

When customers place their order online, they will have the opportunity to choose between the “delivery” option and the “restaurant pick-up” option, which will save them 2.50 euros in delivery costs. If he chooses to come and collect his order directly from the restaurant, the user will be notified by SMS when his take-out meal is ready. A route will be offered to get to the restaurant.

Foodora says restaurant pickup will be possible between 10 and 20 minutes after placing the order. “This new feature will bring more flexibility to our customers», Specifies Boris Mittermüller, Managing Director of Foodora France. With this option, Foodora is launching into a market occupied by Lunchr, a service for ordering meals to be picked up at restaurants or to be eaten at the table, launched by Loïc Soubeyrand, co-founder of Teads.

Read also: After Teads, Loïc Soubeyrand raises 2.5 million euros for Lunchr

1605437126 111 INSIDERS The 6 Tech Info You Shouldnt MissNearly two-thirds (63%) of French people are ready to accept that a connected object measures their emotions, according to the results of a study carried out by Iligo, research and marketing consultancy agency. 28% of them are not really ready for this type of measure, while 9% do not have a clear opinion on the issue. 77% of respondents are therefore in favor of receiving content adapted to their emotional state at a given moment.

In terms of tools, they are particularly favorable to the use of connected bracelets to measure their emotions (at 42%), but also to the use of facial recognition tools (at 39%). Connected glasses and conversation analysis tools come in third place (potentially acceptable for 24% of respondents). Far behind is the chip integrated under the skin, still considered potentially “acceptable” by 20% of respondents.

** Study carried out on a sample of 1,000 people, representative of the French urban population, in terms of sex, age, CSP.

Conforama chose Mirakl for the launch of its marketplace called Marketplace by Confo. With this platform Conforama quadrupled the products available to reach 20,000 products.

Nicolas-DufourcqNicolas Dufourcq becomes administrator at Orange

Nicolas Dufourcq is appointed new director ofOrange. He currently holds the position of CEO of BpiFrance since 2012.

sebastien-missoffeSébastien Missoffe arrives at the head of Google France

Sebastien missoffe succeeds Nick Leeder at the head of Google France from April 1. Since January 2015, he was vice president of YouTube in charge of content and operations.

marc-berthodSNCF group announces two new appointments

SNCF group management – Epic SNCF promotes Priscille Garcin as director of information and communication strategy. She previously held the position of director of communication, external relations and consultation at SNCF Réseau since June 2015. As for Marc Berthot, he joins SNCF network – RFF as director of communication, external relations and consultation. He was previously director of customer relations and communication at Keolis Lyon.

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