Ogury raises USD 15 millions and dreams of beeing the new Criteo

La start-up, créée par les fondateurs de BeeAd, vise 50 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires l’an prochain. Elle accueille IDinvest à son capital et va attaquer le marché américain.

Ils en sont persuadés : ils tiennent là le nouveau Criteo. Les investisseurs se sont bousculés, ces derniers mois, pour prendre un ticket dans Ogury. Cette start-up est basée à Londres et a été créée par deux Français, Jean Canzoneri et Thomas Pasquet, qui avaient déjà fondé Beezik – devenu ensuite BeeAd -, qui proposait des contenus gratuits (musique, articles…) sponsorisés par la publicité. Elle vient de lever 15 millions de dollars (13,4 millions d’euros) auprès d’IDinvest, qui avait déjà investi dans Criteo, et de ses actionnaires historiques Ventech, Covent Partners et ACG, portant à plus de 20 millions de dollars le total des fonds levés.
Juste après avoir revendu BeeAd au groupe eBuzzing (aujourd’hui Teads) pour quelque 30 millions d’euros, les deux entrepreneurs sont partis quelques mois à San Francisco et en sont revenus avec l’idée de lancer Ogury, il y a deux ans. « On était un peu frustrés de voir Facebook rafler plus de 50 % du marché de la publicité mobile. Nous savions récolter des données plus granulaires et on souhaitait réellement améliorer l’expérience utilisateur », explique Jean Canzoneri. Ogury propose donc une solution de ciblage qui s’appuie sur les données de navigation de l’utilisateur. Celui-ci doit d’abord donner son consentement explicite. « Notre réseau compte plus de 250 millions d’utilisateurs actifs, et 65 à 70 % d’entre eux acceptent la publicité ciblée, affirme Jean Canzoneri. Notre solution a deux effets : ils voient des publicités qui correspondent davantage à leurs goûts et ils en voient moins, les éditeurs pouvant se permettre de commercialiser moins d’espaces, à des tarifs plus élevés. » La solution ne s’applique pour l’instant qu’aux applications mobiles, mais une offre multiterminal est dans les tuyaux.

Un bureau à New York

Avec cette levée de fonds, Ogury va d’abord renforcer sa plate-forme et son équipe. D’une cinquantaine d’ingénieurs aujourd’hui (sur 100 personnes), elle va passer à 140 l’an prochain, tous basés à Paris. « Notre ciblage est l’un des plus fins du marché et nous allons rendre notre offre accessible en self-service », ajoute Jean Canzoneri. Et Ogury va ouvrir un bureau à New York pour attaquer le marché américain, puis deux nouveaux pays européens, après la France et le Royaume-Uni, l’Italie et l’Espagne.
Ogury devrait terminer l’année avec un chiffre d’affaires compris entre 30 et 35 millions d’euros et vise les 50 millions en 2017. La société est rentable depuis sa première année d’exploitation. Son premier marché est le Royaume-Uni, loin devant la France.

Nicolas Rauline, LesEchoes.fr 06/09/16

Freespee secures €9.25M Series B funding led by Ventech

 

London, 7th November 2016 – Freespee, the real time conversation cloud technology company, has secured €9.25 million in Series B funding in a round led by French venture capital firm Ventech SA, marking the latter’s first ever investment in a Nordic company. Joining as part of this investment round is growth debt provider Silicon Valley Bank, alongside existing investors in Freespee, Sunstone Capital and Inventure. The investment will be used to fuel product development and sees Ventech’s Tero Mennander join the Freespee board.

Freespee enables marketers to monitor, manage and personalise the experience of every customer conversation taking place through desktop web, mobile web and mobile apps. The company was founded by Swedish software engineers at the end of 2009, with offices in London, Paris, Barcelona and Uppsala, Sweden.

The new investment round will enable Freespee to accelerate the development of its industry-leading conversation cloud technology, which is used globally by brands such as Allianz, Lloyds, eBay, Bupa, Marriott Hotels and Peugeot. The company already manages millions of conversations every month across 20 countries using its innovative technology.

As part of the new investment round, Ventech Venture Partner, Tero Mennander, will join the board at Freespee. As head of the Ventech Helsinki office, Mennander leads the firm’s activity in the Nordics, and brings 25 years of experience in the technology sector across various roles on the entrepreneurial, as well as the investors’ side.

“There is no simple way for a brand to understand how customer communications through phone, chat and email influence and help grow its internet business. We’re building a cloud that gives marketers and e-commerce professionals access to these legacy technology stacks. This investment round will enable us to propel our ambitions to make internet businesses more conversational,” said Carl Holmquist, Freespee co-founder and CEO.
Holmquist continued: “By working with Ventech and our other investors, new and old, we will continue to pioneer new ways to allow our customers to monitor, manage and personalise the experience of every conversation taking place through their desktop web, mobile web and apps.”

“Freespee is a groundbreaking innovator, with technology that is forging the future of enterprise software and Software as a Service (SaaS) in the conversational commerce space,” said Tero Mennander, Venture Partner at Ventech and newly-appointed board member at Freespee. “This sector is demonstrating enormous innovation globally, with Freespee at the leading edge of this wave, and we’re delighted to be joining their team.”

About Freespee

Freespee is a real time conversation cloud company. Its technology is used by marketers to monitor, manage and personalise the experience of every conversation
taking place through desktop web, mobile web and mobile apps. The company was founded by Swedish software engineers in 2009, with offices in London, Paris, Barcelona and Uppsala, Sweden. Freespee’s cloud technology is used globally by brands such as Allianz, Lloyds, eBay, Bupa, Marriott Hotels and Peugeot. www.freespee.com

Ventech China invests in Hornet’s Series A as Lead Investor

 

Ventech China announced on Nov 24, 2016 to have invested in gay social app Hornet’s Series A financing. This round of $8 million investment was led by Ventech China, followed by INspirano. The financing is mainly used to support rapid business development and user adoption across the globe. Eric Huet, managing partner of Ventech China, will join Hornet’s board of directors.

Founded in 2011 in San Francisco, Hornet is committed to strengthen gay community by providing quality social interactions with more ways to meet and engage in local gay communities. As of today, Hornet has already accumulated over 15 million registered users and 3 million MAUs, becoming the second largest gay social network worldwide. With global service coverage, Hornet is now ranking No.1 in the key markets of France, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and Taiwan, while consistently expanding its sizable user base in US.

Hornet has recently acquired Vespa, the largest and most comprehensive gay city guide. With Vespa’s places (over 300 cities in 70 countries) and over 5000 events data integrated into its platform, Hornet has realized a major refresh earlier this month by launching the new Hornet Discover function. Under this new function, users can discover the secret events in the city. No matter it’s a familiar city they live in or a strange city they just travel by, users can always quickly find the offline events they like and meet new friends. Not restricted to be a simple gay social listing app, Hornet is more dedicated to create a magical adventure for gay community.

Ventech China continuously holds a positive outlook on gay community and its prosperous future. Earlier this year, Ventech China also announced a leading investment in Blued, the largest gay social app focusing on China market. Ventech China strongly believes that Hornet has great potential to win a leading position by leveraging its advantages in product design, engineering and community elements to retain user loyalty. In terms of monetization, Hornet will continue to generate revenue through subscriptions and more profitable direct sales advertising, with a future plan to cooperate with companies like Priceline and provide gay-featured ticketing services.

“We are excited to work with our new investors to further our mission and engage our community,” said Christof Wittig, CEO, Hornet.  “Hornet brings interaction and an experience that builds relationships and helps form meaningful connections to local communities. We will invest heavily into making our vision for a fully connected gay community a reality.”

Eric Huet, managing partner of Ventech China who joins the company’s Board of Directors, said, “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to invest in Hornet.  The platform combined with the user functionality is unparalleled. In such a short time, Hornet has claimed leader position in many markets across the globe.”

Ventech partners with Station F and launches ParisPOC

For almost 20 years, Ventech, a venture capital firm operating in Europe and China, has supported more than 150 technology companies in their international development. That experience has enabled the Ventech team to understand entrepreneurs´ difficulties in identifying the most promising markets for their offering.

Therefore, Ventech is proud to launch ParisPOC, a program which will help Ventech-backed companies and Ventech prospects from all over the world to test their value proposition in the French market in a timely manner. Selected companies will be able to test product’s fit with the French culture, to evaluate local competition, to meet key accounts or to find the right country manager.

Being the only European VC that has developed, from Paris, a multi-local platform with teams based in China, Germany and the Nordics, Ventech is well positioned to select the most relevant candidates for this new program.

Ventech has chosen to develop ParisPOC at the heart of Station F, the largest startup campus worldwide, to allow companies participating in this program to test their offering with the 3 to 4 thousand people on site.

By creating ParisPOC, Ventech shares Station F´s goal to position Paris as the European capital for tech entrepreneurs. Paris must be as good as, if not better, than London and Berlin in attracting tech entrepreneurs from around the world. Some entrepreneurs may want to launch their start-ups in France, others may consider France in their internationalization roadmap. ParisPOC will facilitate their decision-making.

« We strongly believe in the power of Ventech´s international network which has been built over the last twenty years and that has been leveraged by our French and international portfolio companies. The ParisPOC program within the great Station F initiative will strengthen Ventech´s added value to entrepreneurs. We are very enthusiastic.” comments Audrey Soussan, Principal at Ventech.

Persuasion-as-a-Service startup Crobox Raises $1.2M seed round

Crobox, an Amsterdam based company, which combines consumer psychology with machine-learning to influence (purchase) decisions announced today it has raised a $1.2 million funding round led by Keadyn, with participation from Ventech (Paris) and a number of angel investors.

“Crobox has a highly talented interdisciplinary team which managed to merge the power of entrepreneurship, computer science and human behavior. Their uniquely blended technology results in an industry leading marketing message optimization, that will even perform better over time due to its machine learning capabilities.” Ohad Gilad, Managing Partner Keadyn

Currently the company serves 20 global customers with Rakuten, T-Mobile and Under Armour amongst them.
“Under Armour has an ambitious plan for online growth in Europe. With the persuasion analytics technology from Crobox, we know better how to communicate across cultures and convert our audience to loyal fans of our brand.” – Dimitri Arts, head of eCommerce Under Armour

The platform delivers a blend of notifications, micro-copy and product tags all based on pre-defined emotional triggers. A library with more than 200+ different psychological triggers helps the customer experiment with loads of tactics to optimise their messaging across segments.

“More than 95% of the daily decions you make, are driven by the subconscious mind. People think they make a decision on a rational basis, but in fact it is driven by emotional triggers.
Crobox has built a data-driven Persuasion Framework in order to help global eCommerce brands to drive those purchase decisions and provide unique consumer insights through their persuasion profiling engine. By making use of machine learning, the technology exactly knows which persuasion tactic, does and doesn’t work for every individual.” Rodger Buyvoets, CEO & founder Crobox

The team of 20 consists of a blend of developers, data scientists and psychologists. The company says it will use today’s funding round to continue expanding the breadth and capabilities of its platform and expand in other countries.Crobox, an Amsterdam based company, which combines consumer psychology with machine-learning to influence (purchase) decisions announced today it has raised a $1.2 million funding round led by Keadyn, with participation from Ventech (Paris) and a number of angel investors.

European Games Group raises to boost its portfolio

Munich, 15th August 2016,  marketing company European Games Group has received an undisclosed amount of additional capital to grow its operations.  Munich based games-marketer European Games Group (EGG) raised fresh capital. The two international investors Ventech and Omnes Capital increased their investment following positive business performance within the mid-two digit million range, strengthening the equity basis. The European Games Group is now capable of investing more than 15 Million Euros to market new games until the end of 2017. The company is currently searching for further national and international developers with promising online- and mobile-games, in order to add them to their portfolio and market them globally. As such, European Games Group is adhering to its “partner instead of publisher” company principle.

About European Games Group AG

The European Games Group is headquartered in Munich and specialized in worldwide marketing of Free2Play-online and mobile-games. As an external marketing partner for developing agencies the company collaborates with independent international developers and market their games globally to reach a wide audience. Their current portfolio includes the successful cross-platform browser-game Hero Zero (Playata), the cross-platform mobile-games Tasty Tale and Fancy Tale (Sublinet) as well as the cross platform browser-game Big Bang Empire (Playata). Further titles are currently tested. The European Games Group AG was established in 2010 and currently employs 35 employees.

“Our strong growth and the results of the last 18 months have proven our business model, and have convinced our investors to up their commitment” – said Johannes Sevket Gözalan, founder and CEO of the European Games Group – “With the additional capital, we can expand our portfolio significantly and support developers worldwide in successfully positioning, marketing and scaling their online and mobile games in a highly competitive market environment.”

The EGG chooses to partner with developers over publishing them, acting more as an outsourced marketing team, and is currently looking for new mobile free-to-play games to partner with.

Source: Pocketgamer, Ventech

FinTecSystems secures Series A investment to bring real-time credit checks to the financial industry

FinTecSystems, entreprise délivrant des données et des analyses à l’industrie des services financiers, a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir obtenu un tour de financement en série A. Mené par les fonds de capital-risque Ventech et LITTLEROCK, le tour s’élève à plusieurs millions. Les anciens investisseurs MenschDanke Capital et Heilemann Ventures ont eux aussi participé à cette série A, complétant ainsi le cercle d’investisseurs pour promouvoir activement l’entreprise à l’international.

Fondée en 2014 à Munich, FinTecSystems fournit aux institutions financières, notamment les banques, des analyses financières en temps réel permettant de créer une vue d’ensemble précise de la situation financière d’un client et de sa solvabilité. En utilisant la technologie de FinTecSystems, il est possible de réduire les procédures d’emprunts de plusieurs semaines à quelques minutes. Grâce à la plateforme de FinTecSystems, les banques et autres prestataires de services financiers seront désormais capables de procéder à des analyses de données intelligentes pour l’octroi de crédits, minimisant ainsi le risque encouru. Les décisions sont basées sur l’information se trouvant sur les comptes bancaires en ligne. Parmi les clients de FinTecSystems, figurent Solaris Bank (banque), Finreach (service de migration de comptes), Lendico (prêts) et Deutsche Telekom (télécom).

“Avec l’obtention de ce premier tour de financement, nous allons pouvoir mettre en œuvre notre stratégie ambitieuse d’expansion en Europe. Cela permettra également à FinTecSystems de construire sa réputation de pionnier technologique sur ce marché“ explique Stefan Krautkraemer, PDG et fondateur de FinTecSystems. “Nous avons atteint avec succès notre objectif de l’année passée d’établir FinTecSystems non seulement comme un expert des API bancaires, mais aussi comme un outil fiable de traitement des données bancaires. Nous sommes ravis d’être soutenu par une équipe d’investisseurs reconnus pour leur instinct entrepreneurial et qui pourront montrer la voie à FinTecSystems afin de connaître un succès d’envergure internationale“.

Christian Claussen, directeur associé chez Ventech, fonds européen basé à Paris, Munich et Helsinki a ajouté : “La digitalisation de l’industrie financière était en retard mais heureusement, elle s’accélère aujourd’hui. Nous apprécions les entreprises qui, comme FinTecSystems, offrent à l’industrie financière des solutions d’infrastructure digitale pérenne.“

Noel Zeh, fondateur partenaire de LITTLEROCK, le fonds de capital-risque de Düsseldorf dont la logique d’investissement cible des équipes fondatrices passionnées et d’excellente qualité, a commenté : “Dix ans d’expérience dans la FinTech, c’est extrêmement rare. Nous sommes profondément convaincus que cette expertise, associée à un produit d’exception, restera un atout puissant pour la réussite de FinTecSystems“

Le marché du prêt en ligne est en croissance. D’après le Bankenfachverband (BFACH) en Allemagne, un cinquième des prêts à la consommation sont traités en ligne. Les principaux acteurs sont les banques qui ont prêté environ six milliards d’euros en 2015, une augmentation de 20% comparée à l’année précédente. Selon le BFACH, cette croissance a pour principale cause l’innovation de rupture au sein des procédés de demande de prêts. Les procédés nécessitent souvent un formulaire écrit et un effort manuel. Un accord de prêt digitalisé, rendu possible grâce à la solution de FinTecSystems, est donc une nécessité pour continuer à développer cette industrie.

Points clés

  • Cette levée servira à renforcer la chaîne de valeur de FinTecSystems et à promouvoir son expansion internationale
  • Cette série A est menée par les fonds de capital-risque Ventech et LITTLEROCK
  • Les investisseurs initiaux MenschDanke Capital et Heilemann Ventures participent également à la levée
  • FinTecSytems souhaite capitaliser sur l’essor de l’industrie des prêts en ligne : 20% de croissance pour les prêts à la consommation

A propos de FinTecSystems
FinTecSystems, fondé en 2014 à Munich par Stefan Krautkrämer et Dirk Rudolf, s’est spécialisé dans l’analyse financière entièrement automatisée basée sur les données bancaires en lignes. Avec l’aide de ses produits, déjà utilisables par les citoyens allemands et autrichiens, FinTecSystems fournit des analyses précises sur la solvabilité des individus. Ainsi, FinTecSystems permet aux banques et aux fournisseurs de services financiers de prendre des décisions en temps réel sur l’octroi de crédits. Cela rend donc les procédés de demandes de prêts plus rapides, plus simples, plus valables et enfin digitalisés.
www.fintecsystems.com

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+44 (0) 7827 816 971FinTecSystems, the company that provides critical data and analysis to the financial services industry, today announces it has secured its Series A investment round. Led by VCs Ventech and LITTLEROCK, the round is in the seven figure range. Previous investors MenschDanke Capital and Heilemann Ventures have also participated in the Series A, completing the circle of investors that will actively drive forward the business internationally.

Founded in 2014 in Munich, FinTecSystems provides financial institutions such as banks with real-time financial data analysis that creates an accurate overview of a consumer’s financial situation and creditworthiness. Using FinTecSystems’ technology, the loan application process is reduced from weeks to minutes. Banks and financial services providers are able to process smart data-driven credit decisions through the analysis of the data provided by FinTecSystem’s platform, helping to minimise risk.  Decisions are based on the information gathered from online banking accounts.  Customers of FinTecSystems include Solaris Bank (bank), Finreach (account switching services), Lendico (loans) and Deutsche Telekom (telecoms).

“With our Series A round secured, we will now push through our ambitious plans for European expansion. It will also enable FinTecSystems to build on our reputation as a technological leader in the market,” said Stefan Krautkraemer, CEO and Founder of FinTecSystems. “We successfully achieved last year’s challenge to establish FinTecSystems not only as a banking API expert, but also as a trusted credit data processor . We are very happy to be backed by a team of investors that are known for their entrepreneurial instinct, and who can pave a way for FinTecSystems to succeed internationally.“

Christian Claussen, Managing Partner of Paris-based Ventech, which runs also offices in Munich and Helsinki added: “The digitisation of the financial industry was long overdue and thankfully it is now speeding up. We are convinced of companies like FinTecSystems that provide solutions for a sustainable digital infrastructure in the financial industry.”

Noel Zeh, Founding-Partner of LITTLEROCK, the venture capitalists from Duesseldorf, dedicated to an investment approach with a focus on passionate and high-profile founding  teams commented: “Ten years of experience in FinTech is extremely rare. We firmly believe this expertise combined with a strong product will bring the success story forward for FinTecSystems.”

The online lending business is a growing business. According to Bankenfachverband (BFACH) in Germany, every fifth consumer loan is now being processed online. The main players are banks that have lent around six billion euros in 2015, an increase of about 20 percent compared to the previous year. This development, the BFACH said, has slowed down mainly due to media disruption within the loan application process. The process itself often requires written form and manual efforts. A digital loan agreement, which is  enabled through the FinTecSystems solution, is therefore a requirement for further positive development in the market.

Key points:

  • Fresh capital will be used to strengthen FinTecSystems’ value chain and aid international expansion
  • Series A led by VCs Ventech and LITTLEROCK
  • Previous backers MenschDanke Capital and Heilemann Ventures also participate in the round
  • FinTecSytems aims to capitalise on the booming industry of online loans: 20 percent increase in consumer loans

About FinTecSystems
FinTecSystems, founded 2014 in Munich by Stefan Krautkrämer and Dirk Rudolf, has specialized in the fully automated financial analysis based on online banking data. With the help of its products, which can be used by consumers in Germany and Austria, FinTecSystems provides precise analysis  of the creditworthiness of consumers. FinTecSystems thus enabling banks, financial and payment service providers to take credit decisions in real time. Thus, the loan application process is faster, simpler, more valid and finally digital.

www.fintecsystems.com

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Dan Walsh
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+44 (0) 7827 816 971

FreeWheel, owned by the US group Comcast, acquires StickyADS.tv

 

Paris, May 9 2016 – Ventech Capital F, investor in Stickyads since 2013 and board member, has actively supported the management in its international development.

Founded in 2009, StickyADS.tv is a multiscreen video adtech company. The company has developed a unique and proprietary programmatic solution dedicated to premium publishers to help them monetize their video inventory. StikcyADS.tv operates in France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain and in the US.

The transaction generates a generous multiple for Ventech Capital F. This exit follows the recent acquisition of another Ventech portfolio company, Withings (leading company in Connected Health) by Nokia.

About Ventech
Ventech, one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms, invests through offices in Paris, Munich and Helsinki into high-growth companies with activities in the digital economy (internet, media, ecommerce, mobile, software and communications infrastructures). Ventech also runs a local team based in Shanghai which manages a dedicated regional fund while offering business development support in Asia for European portfolio companies.
With more than 650M€ raised since 1998, Ventech has invested in over 120 companies in Europe, China, Russia and in the US. In 2015, Ventech China announced the first closing of its new US$180m third fund.
Current active investments in Europe include successful high growth companies such as Augure, Believe Digital, Ogury, Picanova, Speexx, StickyADS.tv (recently acquired by Comcast), Unilend, Vestiaire Collective, Webedia or Withings (recently acquired by Nokia).
For more information, www.ventechvc.com

Withings to join Nokia to accelerate developments in Digital Health

Withings annonce aujourd’hui que Nokia projette d’acquérir Withings pour accélérer dans la Santé Digitale. En rejoignant Nokia, Withings renforcera considérablement sa position dans un marché mondial de la santé connectée en forte croissance. Avec Nokia, Withings est au cœur de cette révolution : Withings accéléra ses développements pour devenir le leader mondial de la santé connectée.

Paris, le 26 avril 2016 – Withings et Nokia annoncent le projet de Nokia d’acquérir Withings, pionnier et leader de la révolution de la santé connectée avec une famille de produits de santé connectée primés et des services permettant aux personnes à travers le monde d’améliorer au quotidien leur bien-être pour une meilleure santé sur le long terme.

« Depuis le début de Withings, notre passion a été de donner à chacun le pouvoir de suivre son mode de vie et d’améliorer au quotidien son bien-être pour une meilleure santé sur le long terme », affirme Cédric Hutchings, CEO de Withings. « Nous sommes heureux de rejoindre Nokia et d’aider les personnes à travers le monde à partager notre vision de la santé connectée ».

Withings a été fondé par Eric Carreel, Président, et Cédric Hutchings, CEO, en 2008 et son siège est en France, avec environ 200 salariés dans ses bureaux à Paris, à Cambridge aux US et Hong Kong. Le portfolio de produits médicaux et non-médicaux de Withings inclue les trackers d’activité, les balances, les tensiomètres, des babyphones connectés et bien d’autres, et il est construit sur une plateforme de santé digitale performante qui permettent à chacun d’avoir un suivi de son mode de vie et de prendre des décisions plus intelligentes sur sa santé, son bien-être personnel ou celui de sa famille. Les produits Withings trouvent comme complément un écosystème de plus de cent applications compatibles.

« Withings partage notre vision en matière de santé numérique et propose des produits intelligents et bien conçus, des produits qui aident les gens à vivre en meilleure forme », a déclaré Ramzi Haidamus, président de Nokia Technologies. « En associant les produits primés et les salariés talentueux de Withings à l’expertise et aux innovations mondialement reconnues de Nokia Technologies, nous nous plaçons en tête de la prochaine vague d’innovations en matière de santé numérique. »

Withings sera rattaché à la branche d’activités Nokia Technologies. Cédric Hutchings prendra la direction de la nouvelle entité santé digitale de Nokia qui continuera à partager la vision de Withings et Nokia.

La présente transaction devrait se clôturer au début du troisième trimestre 2016. Cette transaction est soumise aux approbations réglementaires et conditions usuelles de clôture.

Pour plus d’information sur cette annonce http://company.nokia.com/en/news

A propos de Withings
Withings est le leader de la santé connectée. Fondé par Cédric Hutchings et Eric Carreel, Withings crée des produits et des services permettant à chacun d’avoir un suivi de son mode de vie et d’améliorer au quotidien son bien-être pour une meilleure santé sur le long terme. Sensibles, parfaitement conçus et simples à utiliser, les produits et services Withings introduisent de façon transparente l’innovation de pointe dans le quotidien de chacun. Depuis 2008, Withings a développé une gamme de produits qui couvre l’ensemble du spectre de la santé comme les trackers d’activité (Withings Pulse ou les montres Activité), le pèse-personne Wi-Fi et la station santé (Smart Body Analyzer), le tensiomètre sans fil, la caméra connectée dotée de capteurs environnementaux (Withings Home) ou le système intelligent et
actif pour le sommeil (Withings Aura). Chaque donnée collectée prend forme dans l’application Withings Health Mate où les utilisateurs retrouvent un service de coaching et des outils de motivation afin de parfaire leur santé.Nokia today announced plans to acquire Withings, to accelerate Nokia’s entry into the Digital Health market. Through this acquisition, Nokia and Withings will strengthen their position in the rapidly growing connected health market. With Nokia, Withings will be at the heart of this revolution and will accelerate its developments to become a world leader in the connected health market.

April 26, 2016 – Paris, France – Nokia today announced plans to acquire Withings, pioneer and leader in the connected health revolution with a family of award-winning digital health products and services to help people all over the world lead healthier, happier and more productive lives.

“Since we started Withings, our passion has been empowering people to track their lifestyle and improve their health and well-being,” said Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “We’re excited to join Nokia and help bring our vision of connected health to more people around the world.”

Withings was founded by Chairman Eric Carreel and CEO Cédric Hutchings in 2008 and is headquartered in France, with approximately 200 employees across its locations in Paris, Cambridge MA, US and Hong Kong. Withings’ portfolio of regulated and unregulated products includes activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and more, and is built on a sophisticated digital health platform, providing insights to empower people to make smarter decisions about the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. Withings’ own products are complemented by an ecosystem of more than a hundred compatible apps.

“Withings shares our vision for the future of digital health and their products are smart, well designed and already helping people live healthier lives,” said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. “Combining their award-winning products and talented people with the world-class expertise and innovation of Nokia Technologies uniquely positions us to lead the next wave of innovation in digital health.”

The planned transaction values Withings at EUR 170 million and would be settled in cash and is expected to close in early Q3, 2016 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Upon completion, a new Nokia Digital Health business unit will be headed by Cedric Hutchings and will continue to further the shared vision of Nokia and Withings.

For more details of today’s announcement by Nokia, please visit http://company.nokia.com/en/news.

About Withings
Withings leads the connected-health revolution by inventing beautiful, smart products and services that help people become happier and healthier. Founded by visionary innovators Cédric Hutchings and Eric Carreel in 2008, Withings is committed to creating enjoyable, empowering experiences that easily fit into our daily lives. Withings has built a range of award-winning products across the health spectrum including activity trackers (Withings Pulse and Activité), the Wi-Fi scale and health station (Smart Body Analyzer), the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, the security camera with air quality sensors (Withings Home) and an advanced sleep system (Withings Aura). Every piece of collected data comes to life in the Withings applications where users can find coaching, motivation and insights to shape key aspects of their health.
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inSided, the New Community Engagement Platform, Raises € 6M Series A Round

Amsterdam, le 24 février 2016 – Basée à Amsterdam et spécialisée dans la gestion de communautés pour les marques, la société InSided a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir levé 6 millions d’Euros lors d’un nouveau tour de table, mené par le fonds européen Ventech, et accompagné par les fonds henQ et Fortino Capital. L’investissement survient suite à la signature de grands comptes internationaux et d’une rapide expansion Européenne.

«A l’heure où les entreprises sont très actives sur les réseaux sociaux externes, inSided fournit une plateforme communautaire propriétaire pour des marques comme Sonos, TomTom et Ahold», explique Robin van Lieshout, PDG d’inSided. «Beaucoup d’entreprises construisent leur présence en ligne sur un terrain emprunté, ce qui peut être dangereux sur le long terme». Alors que les forums communautaires traditionnels existent depuis des décennies, inSided a ajouté les dernières technologies du marché pour répondre aux objectifs chiffrés des marques et atteindre des résultats surprenants tels qu’une baisse de 80% d’appels au service client, conduisant à plus de 3,5 M € économie par an pour T-Mobile, ou une augmentation de 19 points du NPS pour Rabobank.

«Alors que de plus en plus d’entreprises investissent dans l’expérience client en ligne, nous avons réalisé qu’inSided était un atout très pertinent pour les marques» commente Duco Sickinghe, Partner chez Fortino Capital. «InSided offre aux entreprises une façon de se connecter à grande échelle avec leurs clients et permet à ces consommateurs d’interagir efficacement entre eux et avec la marque». Les clients peuvent poser des questions, trouver des réponses, co-créer, partager des expériences et fournir des avis sur des produits et services – tout cela sur des canaux digitaux que la marque possède et contrôle. La plateforme est hébergée dans le cloud d’Amazon, et bénéficie de nombreuses intégrations avec des solutions de CRM et d’analytiques.

«La capacité d’exécution de leur stratégie et la forte culture d’entreprise démontrées par inSided positionnent la société comme leader du marché», ajoute Coen van Duiven, Partner chez henQ. «Cet investissement sera utilisé pour soutenir la stratégie d’internationalisation déjà en cours, ainsi que pour accélérer la vitesse de l’innovation produit». inSided double de taille chaque année, compte actuellement plus de 60 employés et a ouvert quatre nouveaux pays sur les derniers mois: la France, l’Allemagne, l’Irlande, la Finlande et l’Espagne. Au cours des 12 prochains mois, inSided embauchera entre 50 et 100 nouveaux employés dans le monde afin de renforcer son équipe et son leadership sur le marché européen.

«En investissant aux côtés de henQ et Fortino Capital, nous mettons au profit d’inSided un puissant syndicat en terme d’expérience, d’efficacité et de capacité opérationnelle», précise Audrey Soussan, directrice chez Ventech. «Nous sommes vraiment ravis de travailler avec cette équipe d’investisseurs très internationale et de renforcer les ambitions mondiales d’inSided».Amsterdam, 24 February 2016 – Amsterdam-based community engagement platform inSided, today announced a € 6 million Series A investment round, led by global venture capital fund Ventech, together with Fortino Capital and henQ. The investment follows after welcoming large enterprise customers and a fast expansion across Europe.

“While many companies are active on external social media, inSided provides a company owned social platform for brands like Sonos, TomTom and Ahold” says Robin van Lieshout, CEO of inSided. “Many companies now build their online presence on borrowed ground, which can be dangerous in the long term”. While traditional forum-based communities have been around for decades, inSided has added technology to reach existing company business goals, with results like 80% less calls to the contact centre leading to over € 3.5m saved per year for T-Mobile, or increasing NPS by 19 points for Rabobank.

“As more and more companies are investing in digital customer experience, we realized that inSided can make brands relevant again” says Duco Sickinghe, partner at Fortino Capital. “inSided provides a way for businesses to connect at large scale with their customers, and empowers these customers to interact efficiently amongst each other and with brands”. Customers can ask questions, find answers, co-create, share experiences and provide reviews on products and services – all on the owned digital channels. The platform runs on the Amazon cloud, and offers deep business integrations with systems like CRM and analytics.

“The ability to execute on their strategy and the strong company culture set inSided up for market leadership” says Coen van Duiven, partner at henQ. “This investment will be used to support the ongoing internationalization strategy as well as increasing the speed of product innovation”. inSided doubles in size every year, currently has 60+ employees and in the last months expanded to France, Germany, Ireland, Finland and Spain. In the coming 12 months, inSided will hire between 50 and 100 new employees worldwide to strengthen its team and market leadership in Europe.

“By investing together with henQ and Fortino Capital, we can leverage experience, effectiveness and operational strength.” says Audrey Soussan, Principal at Ventech. “Working with this international team of investors we are really excited to strengthen the global ambitions of inSided”.