[INSIDERS] The 8 Tech Info You Shouldn’t Miss

by bold-lichterman

  • Talend’s valuation exceeds $ 1 billion.
  • The creator of Android is raising $ 300 million to launch his own smartphone.
  • Joseph Dureau becomes CTO of Snips.
  • Orange is releasing a budget of 50 million euros to support African start-ups.
  • MyFeelBack launches its ChatSurvey, to collect more customer data in a questionnaire.
  • The #JFDConnect Club opens a networking space in Paris.
  • 35 years in prison for criticizing the Thai royal family on Facebook.
  • The nominations: Xavier Godart, Matthieu Gibet, Laure Poquet…

TalendThe French publisher of open source data management and integration software Talend has just passed a major milestone on the stock market. And for good reason, the valuation of the company co-founded by Bertrand diard reached $ 1.07 billion on the Nasdaq on Friday, June 9.

On July 29, 2016, Talend, a company created in Paris in 2005, went public in New York. Even if today its operational headquarters are in California, Talend belongs to the very closed club of French technology companies that have launched on the American stock market.

Read also: My first three months as CEO of a listed company

andy-rubinAndy Rubin can finally breathe. The father of the Android operating system has just completed a funding round of $ 300 million for his start-up Essential Products. The latter is developing a high-end modular smartphone. The device would be associated with an ecosystem of products that will work with the smartphone. This would make it possible to create a scalable phone from modules that would connect together via magnetic connections.

Initially, SoftBank was to invest $ 100 million in Essential Products. However, the financial deal was canceled at the last moment by the Japanese giant. Indeed, SoftBank feared to irritate Apple with such an investment, especially since the Cupertino company had promised to inject $ 1 billion into the SoftBank Vision Fund, whose first closing reached $ 93 billion. In this context, the firm headed by Tim Cook would have viewed with a very negative light SoftBank’s financial contribution to a start-up which is developing a smartphone competing head-on with the iPhone.

Read also: Dropped by SoftBank, the Android creator’s smartphone is compromised

Joseph DureauThree years after his arrival at Snips, Joseph dureau has just been appointed CTO of the company specializing in artificial intelligence. Previously, he also served as Data Scientist and VP Machine Learning.

Founded in 2013 by Rand Hindi, Maël Primet and Michael Fester initially developed a solution that analyzes applications installed on a smartphone in order to make predictions about user needs. “We have created technology that, depending on the context, can predict not only which app needs to be used, but also what content, in those apps, the user is looking to access. Good links go back so you don’t need to search», Explained to FrenchWeb Rand Hindi, co-founder of Snips, on the occasion of the start-up’s € 5.6 million funding round in June 2015. Since then, the company has pivoted to compete with virtual assistants, such as Alexa from Amazon, while protecting the personal data of users.

Read also: Snips raises 5.6 million euros to bring artificial intelligence to smartphones

Pierre LouetteOrange wants to help the African ecosystem to develop. In this context, the French operator has decided to allocate an additional 50 million euros for African start-ups, mainly in the fields of new connectivity, FinTech, IoT, energy or even of e-health. Half of this envelope will correspond to the direct investments made through the Orange Digital Ventures Africa program. The remaining 25 million euros will be devoted to indirect investments through funds specialized in Africa.

To support this initiative, a specially dedicated team will be based in Dakar, Senegal, from September to adapt to the needs of African start-ups. “With this announcement, we are committing ourselves a little more alongside the African digital ecosystem, which carries, as everywhere and perhaps more than elsewhere, a development issue.», Indicates Pierre Louette, Deputy CEO of Orange. According to the French operator, nearly one in ten inhabitant of Africa is an Orange customer.

Read also: The customer feedback specialist MyFeelBack launches a new feature of ChatSurvey. The principle is simple: transform traditional customer questionnaires into conversation, via a chat. This new functionality should allow companies to collect more data as part of their surveys. Easy to use, instantaneous and personalized, ChatSurvey responds to a growing need on the part of companies, who want to know their customers in a very targeted way.

Created in 2011 by Stéphane Contrepois, Aurore Beugniez and Julien Hourrègue, MyFeelBack has a portfolio of 80 customers, including L’Oréal, voyages-sncf.com and Fnac.

The #JFDConnect Club opens on September 6 a physical space of 300m2 at the Trocaéro in Paris. Various events will be organized there to allow women to meet.

Created in 2016 by Delphine Remy-Boutang, the JFDConnect Club is a network of around 100 women entrepreneurs. The club’s promise is to increase the number of women in digital technology (28% according to Syntec Numérique) and the number of women who have created a start-up (11% according to the study “Portrait of the French entrepreneur of the Tech in 2017 ”produced by FrenchWeb).

bangkok-pixabayA 33-year-old man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for posting videos and photo montages criticizing the Thai royal family on Facebook, according to information reported by Techcrunch. It is a record in the country.

The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, allegedly used a fake Facebook account, on behalf of an old acquaintance with whom he is in conflict, to share these elements. Imprisoned for 12 months and awaiting trial, the individual ended up confessing the facts.

In Thailand, any criticism of the royal family is strongly repressed. The law provides for a prison sentence of 70 years, which in this case has been “reduced” to 35 years. Since the coup d’état which allowed a military junta to take power three years ago, the number of arrests for the crime of lese-majesté has increased significantly. In the last month alone, more than 100 people were reportedly arrested on this charge, according to the FIDH.

xavier-godardXavier Godard in charge of development sales representative of Foliateam in Normandy

Foliateam wishes to develop in Normandy. To do this, Xavier Godard is responsible for the commercial development of the company in the region. Until now, he held the position of M2S director.

matthieu-gibetMatthieu Gibet becomes director of development of Adrexo

Adrexo announces the arrival of Matthieu Gibet as director of development. He was previously commercial director of the group from 2006 to 2009.

laure-poquetLaure Poquet joins Change as director general

Laure Poquet becomes general manager of the advertising agency Exchange. She previously held the position of DGA at FCB Paris.

WDK Groupe Partner is looking for its Internal Data Flow Controller e-Commerce (M / F)

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Building on its success, with nearly 14 million toys sold per year, our group generated sales of around 52 million euros in 2016 and now has 227 employees.

We are established in France in Reims and Tours as well as abroad in Hong Kong and Shenzhen in order to be as close as possible to the needs of our customers.


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