[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 10/07
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Total offers itself the Lille WayKonect to optimize the management of B2B vehicle fleets. The oil group is adding an additional string to its bow to broaden its range of services for businesses.
Why this is important: Until now, the oil group relied mainly on its Total GR card, which allows companies to pay for fuel costs and the main expenses linked to business travel for its employees (parking lots, tolls, washing, maintenance, etc.). In France, Total claims 2 million Total GR card holders for 130,000 corporate customers. The technology developed by WayKonect will now allow the French giant to take a further step in the services offered to companies to manage their fleet.
Uber is embarking on electric scooters with Lime. This partnership was announced during a $ 335 million fundraiser in which Google also participated.
Why this is important: The investment is coupled with a partnership that will allow Lime users to make their reservations from Uber’s app and vice versa. “These new resources will give us the opportunity to expand our operations globally, to develop new technologies and products for our consumers as well as our infrastructures and our teams.Says Toby Sun, one of Lime’s executives. The company offers its electric scooters in more than 70 cities around the world, including Paris. With this new investment, Lime’s valuation would exceed $ 1 billion. For its part, Uber continues to diversify its activities after acquiring the start-up Jump in April, specializing in shared electric bikes.
Artur’In is raising 5.5 million euros to strengthen its virtual community manager. The solution publishes daily content on the social networks of its customers and also sends newsletters.
Why this is important: Artur’In’s ambition is to become the leader in digital communication in France for VSEs and SMEs. With this lift, Artur’In wishes to improve the skills of its artificial intelligence. The company will also offer its solution to new sectors such as health, fitness and retail. The start-up also intends to recruit and triple its workforce with the hiring of 100 people in support and sales functions by the end of 2019.
GEEV raises 3 million euros to democratize the donation of objects. The Bordeaux start-up claims more than a million downloads and claims to have given a second life to 600,000 objects.
Why this is important: Each year, no less than 9 billion tonnes of potentially reusable objects are thrown away, according to the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe). Tired of seeing objects in good condition abandoned in the street, Hakim Baka and Florian Blanc decided three years ago to create a group on Facebook, called “AdopteUnObjet”, to allow everyone to donate or collect objects for free. Paris. From that starting point, they culminated in the launch of their own mobile application last year. Based on geolocation, it allows each user to post an ad in a few clicks and view ads for objects near their home. This roundtable should allow the Bordeaux company to improve the functionalities of its application and to strengthen its workforce. GEEV also intends to strengthen its presence in France before carrying out tests in several large international cities, such as London and New York.
The “startup nation” appreciates Macron, but wants more. Most French entrepreneurs particularly regret the absence of measures to protect young shoots from American giants.
Why this is important: European rankings show that France is very dynamic in creating young shoots, but has a harder time growing them until they become international champions. The Hexagon has only a small handful of the 69 unicorns (tech companies valued at more than a billion dollars) identified in Europe by the investment bank GP Bullhound. But several entrepreneurs point out that the state of health of the country is not measured only by that of its young shoots. Thomas Fauré, boss of Whaller, a start-up that creates private social networks for companies, would like the government to do more to promote the growth of young shoots. “There is no glory in having a start-up ecosystem if they can’t grow», He regrets. “I’m not sure we’ll get there“With the same dynamism”whether Israel or South KoreaHe warns.
Facing WeWork, Convene raises $ 152 million to continue its expansion. This fundraising valued the company, present in five American cities, at more than $ 500 million.
Why this is important: With this fundraising, Convene wishes to continue to expand in the United States but also to launch abroad. His first destination should be London. Ultimately, the company wants to be present in the main cities and is targeting 10 cities in total by the end of next year.