[INSIDERS] The 7 Tech Info You Shouldn’t Miss

by bold-lichterman

  • Confluent raises $ 50 million from Sequoia Capital.
  • Less than a week after its IPO, Snapchat sees its valuation drop by 9%.
  • Iflix, $ 90 million to become “Asian Netflix”.
  • A petition to convince Obama to run for the French presidential election.
  • Nintendo sells 313,700 copies of its new Switch console in the space of a week in Japan.
  • Boursorama Banque chooses Nextedia for its customer acquisition strategy.
  • The nominations: Yann Pugi, Jean-Michel Coco, Patrick Zammit…
  • Online workshop: Social Selling: from strategy to implementation.
    On March 16 at 11:00 am, Sociabble will present the Toshiba example to you.

Jay krepsThe American start-up Confluence, which provides a real-time data platform around the open-source Apache Kafka software, has completed a $ 50 million funding round led by Sequoia Capital. The historical investors Benchmark and Index Ventures also participated in the transaction.

Founded in 2014 by Juan Rao, Neha Narkhede and Jay kreps (opposite), Confluent has developed Apache Kafka, a technology that allows companies to easily access data in the form of a real-time stream and make it available in all of their IT systems. With this new investment, Confluent plans to recruit engineers, to strengthen in marketing and to expand internationally.

Barely five days after its IPO, the title of the company Snap is losing speed on the financial markets. After peaking at over $ 28 billion on Friday March 3 in the late afternoon, its market capitalization is now shrinking. This Tuesday, March 7 at 5:15 p.m. (Paris time), it amounted to $ 21.8 billion, or 9% less compared to its initial public offering.

The worries of analysts, who take a dim view of the non-voting shares issued in the IPO, as well as the mismatch between the company’s valuation and its actual financial performance seem to have got the better of the euphoria of the first days.


Source: Google Finance

Read also: Snap’s IPO: a valuation of 24 billion as ephemeral as its messages?

Mark BrittThe start-up Iflix, which is developing a service based on the same model as Netflix, raised $ 90 million. Liberty Global, Zain and the historic investors Sky, Catcha Group and EMC took part in this round table. This operation brings the valuation of Iflix to around $ 500 million.

Available in nine Asian countries, most of which are located in Southeast Asia, and parts of the Middle East and Africa through Iflix Arabia, the service, launched by Patrick grove and Mark Britt (opposite), has adopted a more local approach than the streaming giants in the world, Netflix and Amazon. This investment should enable Iflix to become a company on an international scale. For this, the Kuala Lumpur-based company has just let go 50 of its 650 employees as part of a restructuring plan. In 2017, Iflix plans to recruit 200 people, mainly for its new head office in Singapore.

Read also: Sky Group is betting $ 45 million on Asian Netflix

Obama 17Since January 21, the date of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Barack Obama is no longer the President of the United States. Now that the first black American president is free, some French people now dream of seeing him at the head of France. If the idea may make you smile at first, it has nevertheless gained ground in recent weeks.

A group of friends, who wish to remain anonymous, thus posted in the streets of Paris portraits of Barack Obama on a blue-white-red background, with the inscriptions “Obama 17” and “Yes we can”, which recalls the famous Democrat slogan (“Yes we can”) during his campaign in 2008. The posters also refer to an online petition to convince Barack Obama to run for the French presidency.

One of the four organizers, a 35-year-old Parisian, explains to FrenchWeb that this initiative aims to “to excite the spirits“In a context where”there are only people we don’t want to vote for“. “We are not experts, we just want to make people dream, make people think and why not give ideas. Maybe one day we will elect a foreign president …», He confides. The collective has set itself the goal of reaching one million signatures before March 15. However, eight days from the deadline, the petition has only totaled 49,134 signatures… To attract new signatories, the four friends have published a hilarious video, guaranteed to be free of “fake news”!

switch-nintendoThe launch of Nintendo’s new game console looks very promising. A week after its official launch in Japan, 313,700 copies have already been sold, according to data reported by VentureBeat. The new console, which offers three different game modes (TV, tabletop or laptop) does better than the Wii U (NWU). Released in 2012, the latter had sold 308,000 copies the first week in Japan. It is doing almost as well as the PlayStation 4, which had reached 322,000 units sold in one week of marketing, still in Japan.

Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo in the United States, told a reporter from New-York Times that the new console had also broken the sales records across the Atlantic its first two days of marketing.

Boursorama Bank renews its confidence in Nextedia. The advisory group continues to take care of Boursorama Banque’s customer acquisition strategy, as it has been doing since 2006.

yann-pugiYann Pugi appointed CISO of Crédit Mutuel Arkea

Credit Mutuel Arkea announces the arrival of Yann Pugi at the post of RSSI. He previously held the position of CISO at Monext.

jean-michel-cocoJean-Michel Coco becomes Sales Director at Synapse Developpement

Jean-Michel Coco arrives at Synapse Development as sales manager. He was previously Sales Director at En plein lumière.

Patrick-ZammitPatrick Zammit is promoted to President of Tech Data Europe

Patrick zammit becomes president of Tech Data Europe. He was previously Global President of Avnet Technology Solutions.

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