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French Tech News with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse

French Tech News with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse

By Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse
A podcast and Clubhouse series, in English, highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders, with Venture Beat's Chris O'Brien and Borderless Ventures' Ethan Pierse.

Upcoming shows, notes, and links at FrenchTechNews.club
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Building the Global IoT Network and Community with Jeremy Prince, CEO Sigfox
Today our guest is Jeremy Prince, CEO of Sigfox, to discuss their mission to build the largest IoT ecosystem in the world. 3:20 Transitioning to a new CEO 5:22 What drew you to Sigfox in 2018?  12:26 2020, a difficult year 20:33 IoT Mass Adoption – 3 drivers: transforming customers' businesses, regulatory compliance, and new, disruptive business models leveraging IoT 26:25 The growth of IoT's different segments and markets 28:30 The impact of 5G on IoT 31:16 Is it finally time for IoT to scale? 38:00 Chocolatine or pain au chocolat? Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse.
39:47
June 15, 2021
Ledger Unicorns; Pasqal and C12 Quantum Computing Funding; Tunecore's Believe IPOs on Euronext; Vivatech Paris is Next Week
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we'll cover great stories about: 1:02 Ledger, the leading manufacturer of cryptocurrency cold storage hardware wallets, raises a $380M Series C at a $1.5B unicorn valuation, making them France's 15th unicorn and 5th so far in 2021, 11:45 Pasqal quantum computing raises €25M Series A from France's Defense Innovation Fund for their programmable atomic arrays, 18:50 C12 Quantum Electronics raises $10M from Bpifrance, Airbus Ventures, BNP Paribas, and OVH's Octave Klaba, 22:30 Digital music management agency Believe, parent company of Tunecore, IPO'd on Euronext Paris, 31:38 Vivatechnology Paris physical and digital hybrid innovation conference is June 16-19, 2021. We'll be recording French Tech News interviews in the podcast studio and moderating a few panels. Come say hi! Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
34:21
June 11, 2021
On The Road To Becoming The Intercity Transportation Super-App With BlaBlaCar
Today our guest is Nicolas Brusson, Co-Founder and CEO at BlaBlaCar, the world’s leading intercity ridesharing service. We’ll be discussing carpooling in the pandemic / post-pandemic world, lessons in international growth especially of BlaBlaCar’s bus service in markets like Mexico, India, Russia, and Brazil, the road to becoming the intercity transportation super app, and building a culture of entrepreneurship and legacy through the BlaBlaCar mafia. 1:08 Effect of the pandemic on transport and travel. The economic power of collective intelligence. 6:57 Trust broker building community and maximizing connections between passengers and drivers. 10:05 Intercity transport. Connecting bus carriers to the platform. Scaling across Russia, Eastern Europe, Mexico, India, and Brazil. 15:11 Ridesharing competitors in bus and carpooling. Becoming the Expedia or Booking.com of buses. 20:06 Going international: the transformation of BlaBlaCar as it expands to 22 countries. 80% of usage is now outside of France…60% is outside of Europe. On the road to profitability and an IPO? 25:12 Lessons in growth. Offline-to-online transformation of transportation infrastructure. 30:37 Intercity transportation super-app. 33:50 BlaBlaCar in the US? 37:50 The BlaBlaCar mafia and building a culture of entrepreneurship. When you leave, do something great, build a legacy… Be sure to subscribe to and share the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse.
44:34
May 24, 2021
Cloud-based Call Center and Phone Systems with Aircall
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we have the pleasure to chat with the founders of Aircall on the journey of building the cloud-based call center and phone system of choice for modern businesses. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
42:33
May 12, 2021
Back Market: The Leading Marketplace Dedicated To Refurbished Devices
Back Market is the leading marketplace dedicated to refurbished devices. On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Co-Founder Vianney Vaute and US Managing Director Serge Verdoux join us to discuss their mission to make resurrected devices mainstream. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
59:40
March 26, 2021
Anti-Cancer Startup Resilience Co-Founder Jonathan Benhamou; CEO Adrien Fernandez Baca from Cubyn On-Demand E-commerce Logistics; Jungle Vertical Farming Raises €42M; Literacy EdTech Lalilo Acquired
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Jonathan Benhamou shares the story behind his new anti-cancer startup Resilience and Adrien Fernandez Baca from Cubyn talks about on-demand e-commerce logistics and their recent €35M fundraising. We will also discuss: Jungle Raises €42M to continue scaling their vertical farming platform And literacy startup Lalilo has been acquired by US EdTech leader Renaissance Learning Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
52:03
March 23, 2021
e.Ventures and Kili Technology on France’s Data Science Startups; Anti-Cancer Startup Resilience; Cubyn e-Commerce Logistics Raises €35M; Split-Payments Platform Pledg Raises €80M
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, Paris Managing Partner Jonathan Userovici joins us to talk about e.Ventures entering the French market, the unfair advantage of French startups in data science, artificial intelligence, video games and other verticals, as well as the growth cycle of innovation ecosystems… Edouard d’Archimbaud, CTO of AI and data annotation platform Kili Technology, joins. We’ll also cover:  New anti-cancer startup Resilience from FrenchTech veterans Céline Lazorthes et Jonathan Benhamou E-commerce logistics startup Cubyn raises €35M Pledg raises €80m for its split-payments platform and France’s privacy watchdog CNIL opens investigation into, gasp, #Clubhouse Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
57:41
March 19, 2021
French Tech Miami with Hugging Face, SimpliField, and Ynsect
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we will be chatting with French Tech entrepreneurs in New York and Miami on the growing trend of startups to locate their businesses and teams in up and coming ecosystems like Miami and related topics around quality of life, access to venture capital, local talent pools, engaged local politicians and organizations, and other subjects… Joining us for our discussion will be  Clement Delangue, CEO and Co-Founder of natural language processing starting Hugging Face, fresh off of their recent $40M Series B fundraising, Benjamin Zenou, CEO and Co-Founder of retail performance platform SimpliField, Alain Revah, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Ynsect, the world leader in insect protein and fertilizer production, Caroline Faucher-Winter, Operating Partner at C4 Ventures as well as leading French Tech New York City, and Stan Coignard, CEO of online to brick and mortar marketing platform S4M as well as leading French Tech Miami. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
01:03:01
March 16, 2021
Gender Diversity in the French Startup and VC Ecosystem with SISTA
On today's live clubhouse podcast, join us for a conversation with SISTA, an association founded 2 years ago to address the imbalance between male and female entrepreneurs in France. Sista's recent barometer report highlighted many of these inequalities. We'll discuss that report and see what lessons Sista has for other ecosystems. You can learn more about SISTA and download their most recent report in partnership with BCG on gender diversity in startups and fundraising in France. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club and join the French Tech News Club on Clubhouse. --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
52:53
March 12, 2021
Vestiaire Collective and Kering on their $215M Unicorn Fundraising
On today’s live podcast on Clubhouse, we will chat with Clara Chappaz from Vestiaire Collective as well as Grégory Boutté from Kering on Vestiaire’s recent $215 million dollar Series H fundraising announcement making them France’s 11th unicorn and the world's go-to second-hand fashion platform. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
55:19
March 9, 2021
Sorare Raises $50m For Its NFT/Blockchain-powered Fantasy Football Platform
CEO and Co-Founder of fantasy football/soccer platform Sorare, Nicolas Julia, joins us for another great Clubhouse discussion of French Tech News. On the list is their recent $50m raise from Benchmark, Accel, Antoine Griezmann, Alexis Ohanian, and Gary Vaynerchuk, as well as the current buzz over NFTs and digital collectibles. One of the largest Series A fundraising rounds for any French startup, let alone a blockchain one, this was an exciting discussion about where things are heading in the space. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
30:11
March 8, 2021
David Bitton on Serena Capital’s €300m Fund III and the Operating Partner model; Sorare raises $50m; Xavier Niel funds Hectar agriculture school
Operating Partner David Bitton of Serena Capital joins our clubhouse discussion to talk about Serena's recent close of €300m Fund III and his role as operating partner in accompanying their portfolio companies. We will also discuss NFT-powered fantasy football startup Sorare's $50m raise from Benchmark, Accel, Antoine Griezmann, Alexis Ohanian, and Gary Vaynerchuk, and then Xavier Niel's investment to launch a 600 hectare agriculture school, Hectar, on a similar model to his free Ecole 42 coding school. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, an English-language podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter for more stories and announcements.
44:00
March 5, 2021
Marc Menasé's Venture Studio Founders Future Raises $50m and Skeepers Acquires Sarah-Diane Eck's Surprise App
Entrepreneur and investor, Marc Menasé, joins us for a Clubhouse discussion on raising $50m for his super-angel, venture studio, Founders Future, and shares his thoughts on helping founders build companies. Marc created and participated in many European successes including nextedia (acquired by Lagardère Group), Kelkoo (acquired by Yahoo Inc), teads (acquired by Altice), Le Petit Ballon (acquired by Vente-Privée.com), Menlook, lendix, Molotov.tv,… Marc is very involved in the European tech industry, he co-founded France Digitale (French digital and venture association) and was elected French E-commerce personality of the year in 2012. We are also joined by Sarah-Diane Eck to discuss the acquisition of her blockchain-powered rewards app, Surprise, by e-commerce reviews platform, Skeepers. (Avis-Vérifiés, Verified Reviews, Teester). More good news from FrenchTech blockchain startups... Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter.
46:38
March 1, 2021
French Tech News Trailer
Hello and welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series, in English, highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Recent interviews have included the founder of France's "next fintech unicorn" financial super app, Lydia, noted investors from Elaia Partners, Korelya Capital, and Serena Capital, as well as ecosytem leaders like France's Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Cédric O, Director of the government's French Tech Mission, Kat Borlongan, and CEO of startup associations France Digitale and European Startup Network, Nicolas Brien. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms, interviews, and links at FrenchTechNews.club
00:52
February 28, 2021
France's Cybersecurity Strategy with Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Cédric O
Today, we have a Clubhouse conversation with France's Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Cédric O, discussing the new national cybersecurity strategy for France. Announced last Thursday, February 17th, by President Macron, this strategy allocates over €1.3 billion of public and private capital to develop and reinforce new cybersecurity solutions for the government as well as businesses and individuals, educate and train new cybersecurity professionals, create 20,000 new jobs in the sector, as well as help scale France's cybersecurity startups, scaleups, and intellectual property. Discussion: Minister O's Introduction €1.3B National Cybersecurity Strategy Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity, and French Healthcare System Budget Breakdown Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Startups, Scaleups, Unicorns, Decacorns Research and Development Cyber Campus at La Défense Questions: Capital deployment in healthcare system Sovereign vs global partner participation Cyber campus goals...international visibility vs building the sovereign cybersecurity ecosystem Defensive vs offensive cybersecurity initiatives Digital culture as part of a cybersecurity strategy (QAnon and other digital disinformation campaigns) French cybersecurity startup acquisitions European cybersecurity agenda Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O'Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France's startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter. --- This conversation was recorded on Clubhouse in compliance with Clubhouse's Terms of Service as all speakers provided permission to record and publish this content.
49:36
February 25, 2021
France Digitale, Apple, and the Coalition for App Fairness
Today, we have a fantastic Clubhouse conversation with Nicolas Brien, CEO of French startup organization France Digitale, as well as President of the European Startup Network, whose combined mission is to foster the growth of future European digital champions. He is joined by Paul Christophle, investor at Korelya Capital. We'll be discussing France Digitale joining the Coalition for App Fairness as it defends European startups against the Apple app store commission structure. Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter. --- This conversation was recorded on Clubhouse in compliance with Clubhouse’s Terms of Service as all speakers provided permission to record and publish this content.
50:32
February 23, 2021
Lydia, The Financial Services Super-App, with CEO Co-Founder Cyril Chiche
Cyril Chiche is co-Founder and CEO of Lydia, a financial services super-app offering digital payments, donations, loans, checking accounts, payment cards, and other services… Discussion: The Lydia origin story The Numa Café Early investments Product Market Fit and early growth Lydia, a super-app for your money Moving into then back out of the UK market 2020, first Tencent (WeChat Pay) then Accel invests in Lydia Covid and financial services trends and adoption Cryptocurrency buying/trading and financial services apps Accel's newest venture partner and former Venmo General Manager, Amit Jhawar, joins the board 2021 and onward Check out our upcoming Clubhouse rooms and links at FrenchTechNews.club --- Welcome to French Tech News with Chris O’Brien and Ethan Pierse, a podcast and Clubhouse series highlighting important stories in the world of France’s startups, its entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders. Please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings (Paris-time) on Clubhouse and regularly during the week as we publish those events and other exclusive interviews to this podcast. Be sure to sign up for the French Tech Journal newsletter.
51:03
February 22, 2021