A tech CEO whose company is valued at $1 billion just admitted it’s a bubble – Silicon Alley
I had drinks with one of the $1 billion "unicorn" CEOs last night, in a trendy Noho bar in London. He told me he thinks we're in a tech bubble, and it's going to end badly for many companies. Unicorn companies were so-named a few years ago because it was exceedingly rare for a tech startup in private hands to be worth as much as $1 billion. But now there are 102 "unicorn" companies. So finding a unicorn CEO to have drinks with isn't as hard as it used to be. This fact wasn't lost on my unicorn CEO. He was very sure that all these unicorns lying around means we're in a bubble. I was somewhat shocked to hear this because, normally, when tech founders take vast sums of money from investors, they have a lengthy and convincing explanation of why their company is fundamentally different from everyone else's and won't fail when / if the economy runs into trouble. But my guy thinks it's all coming to an end sooner rather than later. Here is the context. In order to believe there is not a bubb...
15 juin 2015 à 16h27
Just how much lobbying is Google doing? Investors want to know – CNNMoney
If you do an Internet search for "Google lobbying," you learn a lot...
03 juin 2015 à 19h09
Patrick Drahi, patron le mieux rémunéré en 2014 – Le Figaro – Eco
Le patron d'Altice aurait, selon les calculs du cabinet de conseil Proxinvest, gagné 17 millions d'euros l'an passé...
01 juin 2015 à 13h25
Les eurodéputés font volte-face sur la clause d’arbitrage du TTIP – EurActiv.fr
La commission du commerce international du Parlement européen a voté en faveur des tribunaux d’arbitrage dans le cadre du traité transatlantique, à la faveur d’un ralliement des socialistes aux conservateurs...
29 mai 2015 à 18h40
PEER-TO-PEER LENDING: How digital lending marketplaces are disrupting the predominant banking model – Silicon Alley
Banks have historically handled most consumer and small business lending because they have the resources to assess a borrower's creditworthiness, and the regulatory approval to fund loans. However, this model has some key inefficiencies – interest rates are not individualized, the costs of underwriting loans are high, loan decisions can take months, and small businesses in particular have been shut out of the process. This has left room for the growth of online lending marketplaces – dubbed peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders – that leverage the internet to give both borrowers and investors a better deal. P2P lenders solve the banking model's inefficiencies by developing online marketplaces that use complex algorithms to match borrowers with investors according to each party's specifications. In new research from BI Intelligence, we look at the mechanics of P2P lending platforms and how they are using online marketplaces to lower rates, increase returns, and expan ...
27 mai 2015 à 17h18
Apple in Talks with Alibaba to Take Apple Pay to China – Analyst Blog – Nasdaq
Apple Inc.AAPL is in talks with Alibaba Group Holding Limited BABA for introducing Apple Pay in China, as per a report from Chinese news agency, Xinhua. In Sep 2014, Appleunveiled its mobile payment solution, Apple Pay that uses NFC...
14 mai 2015 à 11h38
L’INA dans le collimateur de la Cour des comptes – L’Opinion
Audiovisuel Les contrats passés par l'Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA) sous la présidence de Mathieu Gallet vont être épluchés par la Cour des comptes suite à des soupçons de favoritisme...
11 mai 2015 à 16h57
Uber Seeks to Raise Up to $2 Billion in New Funding – WSJ Technology News
Ride-sharing service Uber Technologies has briefed investors on plans to raise between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in new funding at a valuation expected at $50 billion or higher...
11 mai 2015 à 14h05
Report: Google was top buyer of European tech companies in 2014 – Venture Beat
Successful CMOs achieve growth by leveraging technology. Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited. Request your personal invitation here! In a new report examining startup exits, Tech.eu found that Google acquired the most European companies in 2014, a shopping spree that...
04 mai 2015 à 19h43
The truth about crowdfunding: 5 debunked misconceptions – Mashable
Admit it: you’ve thought of launching a crowdfunding campaign before. Especially when someone can raise $55,000 to make a potato salad. But it’s a lot easier said than done. And most campaigns — excluding the potato salad — take a lot of effort before the launch, during the campaign, and after (cross your fingers!) funding
Before you launch your dream on a site like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, allow us to crush it slightly. Or at least bring you back down to earth. Here are the biggest misconceptions about crowdfunding from the crowdfunders themselves.
Myth 1: You’re going to get press
Unless you’re willing to pay a public relations firm, getting press is your job — and it’s not easy. Even if you have great connections to editors or are willing to send expensive prototypes blindly for potential press coverage, the outlook is bleak...
22 avril 2015 à 16h59
Apple could be America’s first $1 trillion company – CNNMoney
Just 18 years ago Apple flirted with bankruptcy. Now it's trying to become America's first $1 trillion company...
17 avril 2015 à 18h55
Netflix earnings: What to watch for – LA Times Entertainment
Netflix reports its first-quarter earnings after the closing bell Wednesday. And all eyes are whether the video streaming giant can keep its earnings streak going...
15 avril 2015 à 19h27
Paiement mobile NFC : ça ne décolle toujours pas en France – ZDnet
Qu'il s'agisse de payer par carte ou par smartphone, les usages restent encore confidentiels. Mais un nouveau cycle s'approche, assure Thibault De Dreuille, délégué général de l'Association Française du Sans Contact Mobile...
13 avril 2015 à 19h34
Kanye West says he passed on a multimillion-dollar partnership with Apple – The Verge
Kanye West has made it no secret that he's a big fan of Apple, its attention to design, and its late founder, but he apparently turned down an opportunity to work with the company. According to The New York Times' T Magazine, West says that he passed on a "multimillion-dollar partnership with Apple." This was just one of many things that West brought up in a discussion with his design team — the story is about his ambitions in fashion — so the partnership isn't elaborated on. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment...
10 avril 2015 à 18h43
Vivendi cède et s’accorde avec Psam sur une hausse des dividendes – La Tribune – Techno
Le groupe français a annoncé mercredi être parvenu à un accord avec le fonds américain PSAM pour la distribution de 6,75 milliards d'euros de dividendes à ses actionnaires d'ici 2017...
09 avril 2015 à 18h08
Concord Music Group merges with Bicycle, raises $100m – Music Business Worldwide
Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records acquired
The post Concord Music Group merges with Bicycle, raises $100m appeared first on Music Business Worldwide...
02 avril 2015 à 19h23
Partech Ventures announces the Biggest European Seed Fund. Ever. – Rude Baguette
Partech Ventures announced this morning that they have closed a new €60 Million Seed Fund – Partech Entrepreneur II – with LPs including BPIFrance, seven corporations (Carrefour, Econocom, EdenRED, Groupama, Ingenico, Neopost, Renault-Nissan), as well as 50 entrepreneurs, including Eric Carreel (Withings), Marc Menasé (Menlook – a Partech investment) & Oliver...
"Partech Ventures announces the Biggest European Seed Fund. Ever." by Liam Boogar originally appeared on Rude Baguette...
01 avril 2015 à 19h22
Amazon autorisé à tester ses drones de livraison aux Etats-Unis – Le Monde – Economie
Les drones opérés par Amazon ne pourront voler que de jour et au maximum à 112 mètres d'altitude et devront rester « dans le champ de vision » de leur pilote, qui devra être titulaire d'une licence...
20 mars 2015 à 19h00
Uber CFO Brent Callinicos Steps Down – WSJ Technology News
Brent Callinicos is stepping down as Uber Technologies’ chief financial officer after helping spearhead the car-hailing service’s fastest years of growth...
17 mars 2015 à 17h51
Spotify and gaming subscriptions now help the UK measure inflation – Engadget
Every year, the UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) names a list of products and services that enables it measure what consumers are spending their money on. Things like alcohol, clothing and furniture are typical items included in what's known ...
17 mars 2015 à 17h51
Apple négocie durement ses loyers, en vain à Bruxelles – Lecho.be Entreprises technologie
09:29 La présence d’un Apple Store pourrait booster les revenus des magasins avoisinants. Pas de quoi permettre à la firme d’imposer ses conditions à Bruxelles...
12 mars 2015 à 11h50
Samsung a investi plus de 13 milliards de dollars en R&D en 2014 – Frandroid
2014 a été une année très difficile pour Samsung. Entre des ventes en bernes et les nombreuses critiques de ses utilisateurs envers ses smartphones, le constructeur coréen n’était pas à la fête. Ce qui ne l’a pas empêché de réagir. Comme le révèle aujourd’hui le site web du Business Korea, Samsung a dépensé plus de ...
11 mars 2015 à 15h01
Apple Pay a haven for ‘rampant’ credit card fraud, say experts – The Register
Lax security controls fingered Apple and its banker pals may have inadvertently lowered the barrier to credit card fraud by adding pay-by-wave technology to iPhones, security experts fear.…
04 mars 2015 à 12h00
Entre Patrick Drahi et Xavier Niel, les deux milliardaires des télécoms, ça va mal finir – Capital Enquêtes
Patrick Drahi, le nouveau propriétaire de SFR qui viendrait de proposer près de 7,5 milliards d'euros pour racheter Bouygues Télécoms, et Xavier Niel, le fondateur de Free (photo), se font la guerre sur tous les terrains. Un choc de personnalités, aussi...
02 mars 2015 à 19h13
There are 3 big problems buried in Tesla’s annual report (TSLA) – Silicon Alley
Last Thursday, Tesla released its latest annual report on Form 10-K with the SEC. And after going through all 98 pages of the filing, analysts at Barclays found three big problems, which reaffirm the firm's view of Tesla's growth path. Barclays thinks shows that progress is being made at Tesla, though things are "far from rosy." Here's Barclays: Tesla is not only selling "build to orders" cars, but also selling cars available for immediate sale. While elevated finished goods inventory is somewhat a function of in-transit vehicles, it is also a reflection of a new strategy of holding new cars available for immediate sale (beyond loaners and showroom models), as well as potentially used cars. This is a departure from the past – indicating that Tesla production is not as much of a build-to-order model as it had been historically. Capital spending has been for Tesla Model S and Model X upgrades — not its big gigafactory. Capital spending data...
02 mars 2015 à 16h21
Which Billionaires Had The Biggest Gains? – Forbes
Not even the largest IPO in history was enough to beat the Oracle of Omaha this year, Warren Buffett added a staggering$14.5 billion to his fortune. See who else had a great year...
02 mars 2015 à 15h33
Les 100 nouveaux leaders de l’économie française – Le Figaro – Eco
CLASSEMENT - Le Figaro Magazine publie le Choiseul 100, ce palmarès annuel des jeunes talents réalisé par l'Institut Choiseul...
02 mars 2015 à 13h10
Le salaire minimum s’avère impuissant face à un niveau de pauvreté record en Allemagne – EurActiv.fr
Douze millions de personnes vivent sous le seuil de pauvreté outre-Rhin, un record selon l'étude d'une association allemande d’aide sociale. Qui estime que l'introduction du salaire minimum ne résoudra rien. Un article d'EurActiv Allemagne...
20 février 2015 à 12h42
One of the smartest VCs of all time just warned that startups are chasing the wrong thing right now – Silicon Alley
Venture capitalist Bill Gurley had a warning for tech investors at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference on Thursday. He thinks that private tech companies with unrealistic, sky-high valuations aren't being properly audited. “Stop cramming money into private companies,” Gurley, a Benchmark partner, told the audience, Forbes' Ellen Huet reported. Here's Huet, who attended the event: "The opportunity to invest in a private round of a popular company is getting so hyped that some startups are inviting investors in, Gurley said. He told an anecdote about a friend of a friend who 'got a phone call where they were invited to participate in a private round,' he said. 'And I just thought the notion of the invitation is so Madoff-esque, right? … This is a party where everyone has been invited. It’s just not that hard to get access.'" Gurley specifically warned against overspending on low-margin, on-demand, same-day delivery startup...
13 février 2015 à 12h29
Tesla shipped 9,834 electric cars last quarter, missing 2014 goals – Venture Beat
Today Tesla revealed that it delivered 9,834 vehicles during its fourth fiscal quarter, missing its goal of selling 33,000 cars for the entirety of 2014...
12 février 2015 à 18h34