Startups presenting at Tech Connection 6

Posted October 16, 2007 by Aymeril Hoang
Categories: Uncategorized

online office applications for small and medium businesses

poses any number of business challenges, but small- to medium-sized
companies can hit a screeching halt when it comes to sharing office
data between people, companies and devices. Enter ContactOffice. This
Web application synchronizes with most popular software suites and then
serves up e-mail, documents, calendars, contacts, tasks, bookmarks,
notes, even chats and wikis in four languages (English, French, Spanish
and Dutch) to any Web-connected device anytime, anywhere.

customers can customize ContactOffice with their own logo and colors.
The main advantage for individual users is mobility.  These users can
choose between different subscription formulas giving them more possibilities
and bigger storage capacities. Group users can choose what data to share
and with who without having to worry about conflicting operating systems
or file formats.  All of this gives users the ability to effectively collaborate
and share without management headaches.

in 2000 and built almost entirely on revenues, ContactOffice already
has 350,000 active users. With plans in place for growth into new regions
and distribution formats, the company now is looking for its first venture
capital since a Groupe Josi investment back in 2001.

Making recommendations
that shoppers, bloggers and readers actually want


overload makes it nearly impossible for Web users to find what they’re
looking for, even if they know what it is they seek. Criteo’s recommendation
engine is designed to capture more of those fickle attention spans.
Based on three years of development work with a world-renowned mathematical
research center (French INRIA), Criteo’s algorithms have an uncanny
way of pinpointing exactly what the I’ll-know-it-when-I-see-it shopper
will buy.

its competitors, however, Criteo extends its efforts beyond e-commerce
sites. More than 7,000 blogs already use its AutoRoll widget, which
calculates each blog’s affinity rating as compared to similar sites.
Visitors to one blog are directed to other sites they may enjoy, while
visitors at those sites are directed back to the original blog. Content
sites also can take advantage of Criteo’s algorithms, which assess
a site visitor’s browsing and research history to recommend other
links of interest.

in 2005, Criteo’s algorithms already have been implemented on more
than 3,000 sites worldwide and make more than 15 million personalized
recommendations daily. The company received €3 million (roughly $4.25
million U.S.) in Series A funding in March 2006 and plans to close a
second round of financing by the end of this year.

the real world within the Web world quickly and easily


to be that it took days, sometimes weeks, to embed accurate maps within
a Web application. But with the advent of Google Maps and the phenomenon
of mash-ups, the timeframe for accurate mapping dropped to a few hours.
HylioSoft wants to go one better.

start-up’s Click2Map application will create a seamless and simple
mechanism to allow professionals to embed unlimited numbers of maps
and markers within a site. Even after embedding the maps, subscribers
will be able to import information from existing databases, get statistics
on how Web visitors are using maps, and use Click2Map’s Web API to
communicate with other applications.

in June, 2004, HylioSoft launched Click2Map at TechCrunch40 last month.
The company received $50,000 in seed funding late last year from Oseo

Gaming social network and marketplace


company operate and maintains gaming dedicated earns revenue from activities
on three Web sites revolving around its flagship
Orignally a very innovative video game trading marketplace,
has grown into a gamers social network.

only can SplitGames members trade-in used games (allowing them as the
company says to “play more and pay less”) but they can also share
opinions, create teams, publish their library, ask questions and find

support this gaming community, the company has recently added two services:,
a vertical search site allowing gamers to instantly access hand picked
infoamtion and a marketplace where gamers can purchase
new and used gaming products sold by professional officers.

global technology to help next-door neighbors connect


about social networking: Peuplade is hyper-localized social networking
narrowed down to the street level. New users enter their address and,
through the magic of Google Maps, automatically become linked with their
neighbors – not virtual neighbors, mind you. These are actual neighbors.

concept is simple, yet unique. While social networking has mushroomed
through interest-based groups, Peuplade builds on the notion that neighbors
in the 21st century don’t get much opportunity to socialize with each
other. More than 80,000 Parisians living in every one of the city’s
neighborhoods have signed up on Peuplade to turn the notion of social
networking back in a 19th century direction.

to recreate its success in Paris, Peuplade is taking on the neighborhoods
of New York and, soon, other international cities. Started in late 2005,
the company has raised over €500,000 from business angels. A second
round of financing is planned for 2008.

instant-messaging chats into multimedia experiences


addicts of the world – are you tired of all that text? IMinent hears
your pain and wants to set your creative nature free. And you don’t
even have to give up your IM client of choice. IMinent’s Emovid and
Chapter services work within MSN, Yahoo, Skype and other existing clients
to let users create and share their own multimedia winks and emoticons
within short instant-videos. Not feeling very creative today? Choose
from IMinent’s library of more than 10,000 free and “premium”
pre-designed winks instead.

IMinent’s IM widget is free to users, advertisers and content owners
can pay to sponsor premium content and individual users can pay for
the right to send premium content to their friends. With 600 million
IM users texting away around the globe, IMinent is positioning itself
to be a part of the growing IM third-party ecosystem.

founders brought in $220,000 and raised $1 million from 360CapitalPartners
as seed money prior to the company’s launch last year. The company
now is negotiating with European venture capitalists to secure a €3
million Series A round.

Unraveling the
complexity of Internet telephony for global business users


its Stand4U product, Digitrad makes it possible for any size company
to set up VoIP, interactive voice response, and even Internet-based
PBX telephone services without buying any new hardware or investing
thousands of hours in telecommunications consulting. The Web-based platform
gently guides new users through setting up everything from a virtual
company switchboard and Internet voice calling to toll-free dialing,
premium phone numbers and click-to-call features.

more than 200 businesses and thousands of individual users are enjoying
Digitrad’s services. New and upcoming features on Stand4U include
voice recognition, speech-to-text services and even geolocation based
on a device’s Internet Protocol address.

currently offers Stand4U through distributors, but online sales will
launch soon. The company hopes to add new partners to its current strategic
relationships with Verizon Business, Skype and Teltel. Founded in 2000,
Digitrad has raised $1.5 million through private investors, but currently
is seeking to close a $20 million venture capital round.

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Tech Connection #6 will showcase 7 startups

Posted September 27, 2007 by The Tech Connection Team
Categories: Uncategorized

We’re very excited to annouce the 7 companies selected for the French Tech Connection Tour who will showcase during our event French Tech Connection #6.

The CEOs of Contact Office, Criteo, Digitrad, Hyliosoft, Imminent, Peuplade, and Splitgames will have traveled from France to present their offerings. Their products run the gamit of cutting-edge web technology, ranging from the latest in Web 2.0 applications to interactive voice services, to social networks and Internet based services for gamers






The event will take place on Tuesday, October 16th, from 5:30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. at Mighty, 119 Utah Street, San Francisco. Food and wine are included with admission. Online registration is available at

Tech Connection #6

Posted September 10, 2007 by Paul Degueuse
Categories: Event

Coming up: The 6th Tech Connection, the latest in a series of gatherings allowing tech community entrepreneurs to meet and network with peers. Business angels, VCs and Press are all welcome to join us for this exciting evening.

For this edition, the Embassy of France – Economic Department is thrilled to announce the launch of the first French Connection Tour in Silicon Valley.

The Tour aims to showcase 10 selected French Technology startups throughout the Bay Area during the week of this year’s Web 2.0 Summit.

After meeting with the Corporate Development / Emerging Business teams from the most influential high tech groups, these companies will demo their products for you in a relaxed atmosphere.

Presentations by startup companies will begin at 7:00 p.m.  A “speed geeking” demo format follows these compact, one-minute presentations.  All presenters and their teams will be available for one-on-one conversation prior to and following these presentations.

Names of the companies and more details are forthcoming.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 16th, from 5:30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. at Mighty, 119 Utah Street, San Francisco.  Food and wine are included with admission.  Online registration is available at

Tech Connection 5 – Thank you!

Posted March 20, 2007 by Aymeril
Categories: Event

We would like to say thank you to all who participated at Tech Connection #5 last night at L’Atelier – BNP Paribas. Even though some were a little jet lagged, the companies all did a great job of presenting – Mobissimo, Yoono, Criteo, Djingle, Grand Central, Fidgt and QipIt!

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the event, hopefully we’ll see you next time.

If you’ve got some feedback for the event please let us know at frenchtechconnection (at)

We’ll see you at our next event!

Tech Connection Party #5 | Monday, March 19th at L’Atelier – BNP Paribas & PRIME

Posted February 9, 2007 by Andrew
Categories: Event, Internet

Time: 6:30 pm – 10 pm
Date: March 19th, 2007
Place: L’Atelier – BNP Paribas & PRIME
2325 Third Street #231 (Second Floor)
San Francisco, CA 94107



It’s time for the 5th Tech Connection event. This event is designed for entrepreneurs of the tech community to regularly meet and network with their peers. Press, business angels and VCs are welcome.

Startup companies start presenting at 7:30pm. The presentations are a compact one minute and are followed by a “speed geeking” demo format. The speakers and their teams are available to speak with one-on-one before and after the presentations and demos.

7 entrepreneurs will demo their startup:

  • Mobissimo, Béatrice Tarka, CEO & Founder
  • Djingle, Régis Cazanave, CEO & Founder
  • Yoono, Pascal Josselin, CEO & Founder
  • Criteo, Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, CEO & Founder
  • Grandcentral, Vincent Paquet, COO & Founder
  • Protomobl, Eduardo Sciammarella, CEO & Founder
  • Qipit, Benoit Bergeret, CEO & Founder

All of this will take place in San Francisco at L’Atelier-BNP Paribas and PRIME and is brought to you by the Embassy of France Economic Department and the French American Chamber of Commerce.

Food and Beverages will be available.



Tech Connection 4 – Thanks for making it a success!

Posted December 7, 2006 by Andrew
Categories: Event

We would like to say thank you to all who participated at Tech Connection #4 on Tuesday night at 414 Jessie St. The companies – Netvibes, Zooomr,, Prosper, and Stickis – did a great job of presenting and Zooomr was even kind enough to cover the event in pictures which you can find here!

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the event, hopefully we’ll see you next time.

If you’ve got some feedback for the event please let us know at andrew.kippen (at)

We’ll see you at our first event in 2007!

Tech Connection Party #4 | Tuesday, December 5th at 414 Jessie St.

Posted November 22, 2006 by Andrew
Categories: Event

Update (28-11-06) – Prosper will be joining us to demo their revolutionary person to person lending system!

Tech Connection Party #4

Tuesday, December 5th at 414 Jessie St.


It’s time for the 4th French-American Tech Connection party – gathering people in high tech. This event is a free opportunity to see exciting demos from Netvibes, Zooomr,, and Prosper and network with your peers.

Start-ups (listed in detail below) will be introducing you to their products with a “speed geeking” demo format…. And all of this is brought to you for free by the Embassy of France Economic Department and the French American Chamber of Commerce.

RSVP here | Who’s coming?

WHEN: Tuesday December 5th, 6:30pm to 10pm

WHERE: 414 Jessie Street (formerly BOCA) in the city


1. Netvibes: Netvibes is a custom made web 2.0 home page solution. This free service lets users create a personalized page with the content they like, put together data feeds and services from web 2.0 with a very simple interface and gives you access to your page anytime and from any computer .

2. Zooomr: Zooomr is a photo sharing application focused on helping you explore photos from the inside out no matter what language you speak. With Zooomr, photos are no longer just photos — they are emotions, ideas, and stories meant to be shared and explored.

3. is the first true visual search engine, where the contents of photos are used to search and retrieve similar items. was created to solve the challenge of finding “the perfect you” for a broad range of aesthetic and soft goods.

4. Prosper:Prosper is a person-to-person lending marketplace, where individual borrowers can request loans from individual lenders, providing rates better than those offered by banks to both parties. Learn about the site where over $23 million in loans have traded hands already.

Each company will begin with a short one to two minute pitch and then you’ll have the opportunity to view a short demo at the company’s table. Demos will start every ten minutes to enable you to switch between companies and get a taste of each.

We’ll have the entire place for our event and each company will have a table all to themselves. There will be a cash bar available throughout the night. Feel free to invite your colleagues in the tech community! We look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to demo or if you have any questions, contact us.

RSVP | Who’s coming?

Previously we had said that Tech Connection would become an invitation-only event to help make sure we had a great event just for the tech community. Unfortunately people misunderstood our intentions – a free event open to everyone in the tech community (entrepreneurs, developers, journalists, investors) and its service providers (PR, marketing, lawyers, etc.) – so we will continue with our open registration format. We look forward to seeing you at the event!