Tag: France


French start-up Stootie to launch payment service

French start-up Stootie to launch payment service

Stootie, a site for local services and used-goods trading, raised €9 million ($9.4 million U.S.) from a group of investors including BPI France, MAIF Avenir, CapDecisif Management, and several others. The funds will be used to launch a payment service in February. This is a third round of funding for Stootie. We reported on the first round here and the second round here. The site has been...

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‘Visual’ search engine WinkImmo launches in France

‘Visual’ search engine WinkImmo launches in France

WinkImmo, a new site for real estate search based on visual and aesthetic criteria and images, was launched in France last month by La Résidence, a network of real estate agencies. Probably inspired by dating sites, the platform was created by the R&D department of La Résidence, which unites 40 real estate agencies. WinkImmo currently still runs in a beta-test version. It invites users to “find...

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Click&Boat takes on Plug&Play’s Zizoo

Click&Boat takes on Plug&Play’s Zizoo

An Airbnb-like competitive landscape is arising in the peer-to-peer boat rental market, with start-ups launching, expanding and consolidating left and right. The latest update comes from Click&Boat, France’s largest platform, which announced on Friday it had received €1 million in funding ($1.1 million U.S.) from Olma Private Equity Fund.  This on top of the news, in late November, that it has expanded to Germany. Overall,...

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France to vote on taxing sharing economy, classifieds

France to vote on taxing sharing economy, classifieds

A bill to be voted on by the National Assembly in France proposes that income earned by users on sites such as LeBonCoin be taxed. Should the bill be voted into law, also platforms in the collaborative (sharing) economy, such as Airbnb and OuiCar, will be obliged to report the number of transactions concluded by users on their sites.


Aggregator MeilleursAgents raises $9 million

Aggregator MeilleursAgents raises $9 million

The French real estate site MeilleursAgents raised €7 million ($9.3 million U.S.) from a group of investors, including BPI France, Piton Capital, Alven Capital, and several business angels. It combines functions of a property listings aggregator, real estate price estimator, and a tool for evaluating estate agents. The site serves estate agencies by enhancing their visibility, and has 5,000 agencies as clients. It also serves individuals...

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French mobile start-up VitOnJob raises €1 million

French mobile start-up VitOnJob raises €1 million

The French mobile e-recruitment start-up VitOnJob raised €1 million ($1.3 million U.S.). It helps job seekers get recruited in several clicks – starting from geo-localized profile- and job-matching, and ending up with their on-boarding, and help with the recruitment paperwork. VitOnJob received €30,000 with a French start-up innovation award in 2016.  The app was launched in 2015 by a French Internet entrepreneur Yannick Vinay at a...

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Red alert at Viadeo: Not enough in kitty for turnaround

With only limited success in attracting resources to finance its reorganization, and facing a steep downward trend in revenue (34.5 percent lower in the first nine months of FY2016 than in the same period last year), professional social networking site Viadeo issued a warning to shareholders to step back from trading their shares (statement). The revenue of Viadeo.com dropped 34 percent to €12.3 million ($13 million U.S.)...

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