[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 10/16

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Blockchain: why Engie turned to Ledger’s solution. The blockchain shows here one of its concrete applications.

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Éric Larchevêque, co-founder and CEO of Ledger. Credits: Ledger.

Why this is important: Engie has signed a contract with Ledger, a French unicorn specialist in cybersecurity, to strengthen security around its renewable energy traceability units. Ledger will provide secure boxes, via blockchain, to the energy group, which will be installed on wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric facilities. Contacted by the editorial staff of FrenchWeb, Éric Larchevêque, CEO of Ledger, explains that this partnership is the result of two years of collaboration. Engie had started to set up his own solution on the blockchain and then turned to the unicorn to ensure the level of security of his system.

Mega-fundraising of $ 92 million for Docker, the start-up of Franco-American Salomon Hykes. This round table should allow the company to strengthen itself in view of its IPO which could take place in 2019.

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Salomon Hykes, founder of Docker. Credits: Docker.

Why this is important: The start-up Docker, which developed the concept of “software container” allowing to isolate an application to be able to run it from any cloud, raised 92 million dollars out of a total targeted amount of 192 million dollars . By approaching the 200 million dollars raised during this operation, the young shoot based in San Francisco would achieve the largest fundraising in its history. To date, Docker’s biggest fundraiser remains that of $ 95 million completed in April 2015. The company has already achieved unicorn status with a valuation exceeding one billion dollars.Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist and guitarist. The American billionaire died Monday at the age of 65 from cancer.

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Why this is important: Universign claims to record a steady growth of 40% per year for several years. In particular, the company offers a non-binding offer and a pay-per-use pricing model. ” This allows companies and public entities users to pay only for what they consume and thus better control their costs. », Explains the company. The company claims more than 3,000 business users, 50 million timestamps and 10 million electronic signatures produced each year. In this market, Universign must in particular face the American Docusign. We can also cite the Norman startup Yousign which raised 3 million euros in January 2018. With this fundraising, Universign’s objectives are multiple. The company wishes to continue its development in Europe, within the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), in Spain, Italy and even in Germany. The company also plans to recruit more than 120 new employees by the end of 2019. It will finally use these funds to develop its ecosystem of partners.

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Sylvain Gasc and Dorian Ciavarella, founders of the start-up Hivency. Credits: Hivency.

Why this is important: Founded in 2016 by Dorian Ciavarella and Sylvain Gasc, Hivency has designed an online platform to automate collaborations between brands and micro-influencers. To do this, the company relies on a matching algorithm that allows brands to find the most relevant influencer profiles according to their criteria to launch a campaign on social networks. ith this funding round, Hivency plans to expand into Europe. “With this fundraising, we want to duplicate our model on a European scale by accentuating our development, mainly in Spain, Germany and Italy», Indicates Dorian Ciavarella, co-founder and CEO of the company, who specifies that 40% of the campaigns launched are already outside France. The platform has set itself the goal of reaching 500,000 influencers and 100,000 campaigns launched in Europe by 2020. “Our goal is to become a leader in Europe by offering the most efficient platform in the sector», Adds Dorian Ciavarella.