[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 05/07
Every evening, the best of Tech news is in the TL; DR of FrenchWeb.
TL; DR (invariable acronym) (21st century): initials of “too long; didn’t read“,
either literally “too long ; not read“
1. (Internet) To express that the message that was sent was not read because it was too long.
2. (Internet) To express that the following is a summary of the text too long.
Who will be the first European technological Titan? While the United States and China each have 3 tech companies valued at more than $ 50 billion, Europe is still waiting its turn. But according to the latest GP Bullhound report, it has some serious candidates.
Why this is important: The Swedish Spotify, which made its IPO this year, is among the favorites to obtain the status of the first European titan. Today, its valuation stands at $ 28.8 billion. Other companies are in the race, GP Bullhound has also identified Delivery Hero and Zalando (Germany), Yandex (Russia) and Just Eat (United Kingdom). If no potential titan has been identified in France, France can console itself with the birth of a new unicorn. This is Talend, which has a valuation of 1.4 billion dollars. And in this regard, the future is even full of promise, GP Bullhound having identified several structures with the potential to reach a valuation of more than a billion dollars in the next two years: Algolia, Actility, Believe Digital, Deezer , Doctolib, ManoMano, Scality, Shift Technology or Younited Credit.
Amazon will distribute a paper catalog of toys for the holiday season. The catalog will be mailed to millions of American homes and distributed to Whole Foods Market stores.
Why this is important: With this initiative, Amazon is making a new breakthrough in physical commerce. Bloomberg Also reports that the group led by Jeff Bezos has considered acquiring locations occupied by Toys ‘R’ Us stores to expand its network of physical stores. Last year, the American chain of toy stores generated 6.5 billion dollars in sales in the United States, a financial windfall that Amazon wants to grant itself with this catalog distributed when children send their list of gifts. to Santa Claus. By preparing this catalog of toys, Amazon deals the final blow to Toys ‘R’ Us. Bankrupt in the United States, the world leader in toys, which has 1,600 stores around the world and 64,000 employees, has made a fatal mistake by making a deal with the devil in 2000.
In the United States, Netflix is now ahead of cable, traditional television and YouTube. In the first quarter of 2018, the American video-on-demand giant won 7.4 million additional subscribers, including 1.9 million in the United States.
Why this is important: A favorite among Millennials, the video-on-demand service is now the most popular platform for viewing content in the United States, ahead of cable, traditional television and YouTube. This is the main lesson of a survey of American consumers by Cowen & Co, relayed by Variety. In this study, 2,500 American adults answered the question, “What platform do you use most often to view video content on TV?” In light of the responses, Netflix comes first (27.2%), ahead of basic cable (20.4%), compulsory distribution channels (18.1%). YouTube (11.4%) and Amazon Prime Video (4.6%), which aims to compete with Netflix, are far behind. Among Millennials, Netflix’s domination is even clearer since the platform is cited by 38.7% of respondents aged 18 to 34. The platform has 56.7 million subscribers in its home market.
Flatsy raises 1 million euros to simplify property visits. To date, the start-up has already made more than 10,000 visits, resulting in more than 1,500 real estate transactions.
Why this is important: Flatsy was created with the ambition of facilitating the organization of real estate visits, both for the client and for the real estate agent. To reinvent this segment, the company has designed a visit management tool that allows real estate professionals to schedule home visits online. It also suggests that they entrust the visits to independent agents, who reside near the properties offered for sale or for rent. With this funding round, Flatsy plans to continue its commercial deployment and strengthen its geographic presence in France. As part of its development, the company intends to double its workforce by recruiting ten additional employees by the end of the year.
Volvo, Volkswagen, Renault…: the enthusiasm of car manufacturers for new forms of mobility. Volvo today launched its new mobility brand, joining the ranks of manufacturers anticipating the shift from ownership to automotive convenience.
Why this is important: The automotive industry is facing an unprecedented paradigm shift, between energy transition, technological advances, particularly around artificial intelligence, and new modes of transport such as carpooling, carsharing or VTC. Volvo thus unveiled yesterday its new M brand, which will be dedicated to its carsharing service. The latter will debut in Sweden and the United States next year. Volkswagen, for its part, announced the launch of its new carsharing service, consisting entirely of electric vehicles. This platform, called We, will first be launched in 2019 in Germany, before being rolled out in Europe, North America and Asia. Finally, we learned this week that Renault and PSA intend to deploy their carsharing services in Paris, replacing Autolib.