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Spendesk is the fifth French startup to reach unicorn status this month –

Fintech startup Spendesk is announcing that it has raised an extension to its Series C round. Tiger Global is investing $114 million (€100 million) in the startup. Following today’s funding round, the company says that is has reached a valuation of more than $1.14 billion (more than €1 billion). In other words, Spendesk is a […] → Read More

Warehouse robotics system Exotec raises $335 million –

French startup Exotec has raised a $335 million Series D round in a new round of funding led by Goldman Sachs’ Growth Equity business. Following today’s investment, the company has reached a valuation of $2 billion. Exotec sells a complete end-to-end solution to turn a regular warehouse into a partially automated logistics platform. It’s a […] → Read More

Stoïk combines cyber insurance products with active security monitoring –

Meet Stoïk, a new French startup that wants to protect small and medium companies against cybersecurity incidents. The company offers an insurance product as well as a service that monitors your attack surface. The startup recently raised a $4.3 million (€3.8 million) seed round from Alven Capital, Anthemis Group, Kima Ventures as well as several […] → Read More raises $1B round at $40B valuation –

Payments company isn’t just a unicorn — it has closed a $1 billion Series D founding round. Following today’s round, the company is now valued at $40 billion. That’s a stark increase compared to last year’s valuation. With its Series C round, the company raised $450 million at a $15 billion valuation — it represents […] → Read More

Back Market reaches $5.7B valuation for its refurbished device marketplace –

French startup Back Market has raised another mega round of funding. In May, the company raised a $335 million Series D round. Today, the company is announcing a $510 million Series E round, which values the company at $5.7 billion. If you’re not familiar with Back Market, the company operates a marketplace of refurbished electronics […] → Read More

Healthcare tech platform Doctolib acquires encryption startup Tanker –

French startup Doctolib is expected to close the acquisition of Tanker today based on regulatory filings. Doctolib is a French unicorn that develops a software-as-a-service product to help doctors and medical workers with admin tasks. In particular, Doctolib acts as a booking platform that connects doctors with patients. 300,000 health professionals pay for the service […] → Read More

Business banking startup Qonto raises $552 million at $5 billion valuation –

French startup Qonto has raised a $552 million Series D funding round (€486 million). Following this investment, the startup has reached a valuation of $5 billion (€4.4 billion). This is one of the largest rounds in the French tech ecosystem. Qonto is a challenger bank focused on business bank accounts. The startup focuses primarily on […] → Read More

Doctolib is now used by 300,000 doctors and medical workers –

French startup Doctolib held a (virtual) press conference this morning to share some metrics, look back at the company’s recent product launches and give a hint about future investments. Doctolib started as a booking platform for doctors and has expanded to other services for doctors and medical workers in general. With its software-as-a-service strategy, medical […] → Read More

Ankorstore reaches $2 billion valuation two years after launching its wholesale marketplace –

French startup Ankorstore has raised a $283 million Series C funding round (€250 million). Founded in November 2019, it took Ankorstore around two years to reach a post-money valuation of $2 billion (€1.75 billion). The company operates a wholesale marketplace for independent retailers across Europe. Ankorstore lets independent brands sell their products to independent retailers. […] → Read More

Payroll startup PayFit is France’s latest unicorn as it raises $289 million –

French startup PayFit just announced that it closed a new $289 million Series E round (€254 million) before the holidays. Following this round, the startup has reached a post-money valuation of $2.1 billion (€1.82 billion). The company has been building a payroll and HR software-as-a-service platform for small and medium companies. It is operating in […] → Read More

GDevelop wants to make game development accessible –

GDevelop is a game engine that lets you develop a video game without any specific development experience. While the ‘no-code’ trend has been quite popular this year, GDevelop has been around for a few years already. Florian Rival first started working on GDevelop as an open-source side project. The first public version on GitHub was […] → Read More

Voodoo bets on play-to-earn crypto mobile games –

French startup Voodoo has announced that it plans to make a significant investment in blockchain-powered mobile games. The company estimates that it represents a $200 million investment over the coming years. 2021 has been an important year for crypto gaming, with Axie Infinity popularizing the play-to-earn model. Some companies, such as Mythical Games, raised massive […] → Read More

La Belle Vie raises $28 million to build an online supermarket from scratch –

French startup La Belle Vie announced that it has raised a $28.2 million (€25 million) Series B round led by Left Lane and Quadrille Capital, with existing investor Capagro also participating. The company operates an online grocery store in the Paris area. Online grocery delivery services and so-called quick-commerce startups are quite trendy. In fact, […] → Read More

Crypto company Anchorage raises $350 million at $3 billion valuation –

Less than a year after raising an $80 million Series C round, Anchorage is announcing that it has raised a $350 million Series D round. With today’s funding round, the company has reached a valuation of more than $3 billion. Anchorage offers a custody solution for big institutions, such as publicly traded companies or funds. […] → Read More

Coinbase will let you view your NFT collection in its browser wallet –

While Coinbase is better known for its cryptocurrency exchange, the company has also been working on a couple of self-custody wallets under the Coinbase Wallet brand. This type of wallets put you in charge of your crypto assets as private keys are stored on your devices. Today, the company is bringing NFTs to the desktop […] → Read More

Carto raises $61 million to help you visualize data on maps –

Spatial analysis platform Carto has raised a $61 million Series C round. Many companies collect a ton of data with some location element tied to it. Carto lets you display that data on interactive maps so that you can more easily compare, optimize, balance and take decisions. Insight Partners is leading today’s round. The European […] → Read More

Topi is building a new payment solution designed for B2B transactions –

Meet Topi, a Berlin-based startup that raised a $4.5 million pre-seed funding round co-led by Index Ventures and Creandum. The company is working on a payment solution that is both fast and capital efficient for businesses. On the B2C front, consumer payments have evolved at a rapid pace over the last few years. When it’s […] → Read More

Ledger to launch crypto debit card –

Ledger is the latest crypto company working on a debit card that connects directly with a crypto wallet. The company unveiled plans to launch its own debit card called the Crypto Life card at its Ledger Op3n conference. While Ledger is better known for its hardware wallets, the company has been working hard on the […] → Read More

Italy fines Amazon $1.3 billion for abusing its market position –

Italy’s competition authority announced that it had fined Amazon €1.129 billion, or roughly $1.3 billion at today’s exchange rate. According to the antitrust watchdog, Amazon has abused its dominant market position and pushed third-party sellers to use the company’s logistics service ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’ (FBA). The Italian authority, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del […] → Read More

Collective helps freelancers work together as a team –

Meet Collective, a French startup that wants to redefine what it means to work as a freelancer in development, product design, digital marketing, data strategy and more. The company has built a platform so that multiple freelancers can team up and work together on the same project. The trick is that those teams remain independent […] → Read More