Paris, France & San Francisco, Calif., February 8, 2016 – Tellmeplus, the expert in IA-based
predictive and prescriptive analysis accelerated by Axeleo, announced today that it has
raised a $4.7m round of funding led by Ventech Capital. Runa Capital, Soridec, Sferen
Innovation, XAnge Private Equity as well as several private investors also participated in
The company also announced that it is reinforcing its executive management through
the appointment of Benoit Gourdon, co-founder of Neolane (acquired by Adobe in 2013
for $600m) as CEO.
Tellmeplus, which was founded in 2011 in Montpellier (France) by Jean-Michel Cambot,
the original inventor of Business Objects (acquired by SAP for $6.8b in 2007), will use this
funding to continue developing disruptive solutions for integrated artificial intelligence
and to expand their operations, aiming to become a contender on the global software
With an experienced team primarily constituted of highly skilled software engineers and
researchers, Tellmeplus has recently launched the first software solution dedicated to
predictive and prescriptive analysis based on artificial intelligence applied to Big Data.
Tellmeplus’ solutions, Predictive Objects, run in the cloud and are able to predict the
behavior of persons or objects, identifying trends, risks and opportunities from weak
signals in the data. For example, they empower organizations to anticipate customer
churn or ARPU (Average Revenue per User) and to implement appropriate action plans
when necessary. Feedback from the early adopters of the solution is clear: Tellmeplus has
demonstrated an ability to predict 2 months in advance with more than 90% accuracy
which users will leave and explain the sequence of events leading to this departure,.
Moreover, the solution has proven very easy to implement, alleviating the complexity
usually involved with assembling data: a typical deployment is up and running – and
delivering value – in only a few weeks.
In 2016, Tellmeplus plans to start integrating its technology into connected objects on the
Internet of Things, enabling intelligence to be transferred inside these objects. Objects
then become autonomous, even when network connectivity isn’t available, anticipating
the challenges of tomorrow: prescriptive maintenance, predictive quality control,
intelligent energy management, resilience, transports, smart homes, smart cities, and
Benoit Gourdon, co-founder of Neolane joins TELLMEPLUS as CEO and Chairman of the
Board. He declared: “TELLMEPLUS has developed a world class technology with a worldclass
engineering team. This funding round will enable us to accelerate its development
and its internationalization”.
Alain Caffi, President of Ventech, lead investor in this venture, declared: “Under the
leadership of Benoit Gourdon and Jean-Michel Cambot, the TELLMEPLUS team has
developed a cutting edge technology in the predictive and prescriptive intelligence
sector with applications for the Internet of Things. Ventech is very excited to work with
the team to boost its international development”.
Jean-Michel Cambot, founder of TELLMEPLUS in 2011 who is continuing to fulfil his
strategic and technological roles in the company as CIO and Deputy GM: “Machine to
Machine, predictive maintenance, IoT, Automotive, Energy, Transports, Smart Cities,
Healthcare… there is an immense playing field for Predictive Objects and we are ready
Dmitry Chikhachev, managing partner of Runa Capital.” TellMePlus is a combination of
innovative tech and great team. TellMePlus management and founder were involved in
building two fantastic examples of European tech – Business Objects and Neolane. Now
they have created absolutely unique Artificial Intelligence platform. It is very lightweight
in terms of hardware footprint, so we will see it widely used in IoT – meters, cameras,
wearables, drones, etc. – making these devices smarter and more useful, – commented
Dmitry Chikhachev, managing partner of Runa Capital. – And I want to say that at Runa
Capital, we like to work with French startups – this is our third investment here and we
really enjoy the culture of innovation and strong technical skills of French entrepreneurs”.
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.
With more than 400M€ raised since 1998, Ventech has invested in over 120 companies in
Europe, China, Russia and in the US.Ventech is also present in China since 2006, with a
dedicated team based in Shanghai managing 3 dedicated funds. In 2015, Ventech
China announced first close of its 110M$-large third fund.
About Runa Capital
Runa Capital – international venture fund with offices in Europe, USA and Russia guiding
the next generation of tech startups to become leaders in the global
market. Runa Capital has over $270 million under management. Fund mostly focus on
early and growth-stage tech companies in cloud for SMB’s, complex software, edutech,
fintech, public services, digital health etc. Now fund portfolio includes more than 40
young ambitious companies from all over the world (such as NGINX, MariaDB, Zopa,
Ecwid, LendingRobot etc. Find more at http://www.runacap.com
Axeleo is the reference accelerator of future French B2B tech champions.
Its mission: to contribute to the strong and profitable growth of early stage innovating
companies of the digital sector, in France and on the international stage, by providing
them with long term organizational, commercial and financial assistance with the
support of a business ecosystem and a partnership composed of more than 40 successful
About Sferen Innovation
Founded in 2009, SFEREN is a Mutual Insurance Group Company (SGAM) which groups
together the Macif and Matmut. It is a leading mutual parent company on the French
Through SFEREN, the Macif and Matmut set up SFEREN Innovation in 2015, a joint
investment structure intended to acquire holdings in companies that specialize in
technological innovations fitting squarely within the value chain of the insurance
The Macif group covers the needs of more than 5.2 million policyholders through
damage insurance, health/personal protection and finance/savings plans. Managing
over 17 million policies as at 1 January 2015, the Group with mutualist values achieved a
turnover of EUR 5.9 billion in 2014. Find out more at www.macif.fr
The Matmut Group with almost 3 million policyholders and some 6.6 million insurance
policies on its books (as at 31 December 2014), is a leader on the French insurance
market today. It provides all sections of society – households, professionals, companies
and associations – with a complete range of insurance products for protecting people
and property, as well as financial services and savings plans. The Group’s turnover was
EUR 1.9 billion in 2014. It employs more than 5,800 people. For full information about the
Matmut Group go to: www.matmut.fr
Soridec is a Venture Capital firm, based in Montpellier (France). The company has € 60
million under active management Soridec manages seed and venture funds of which
Jeremie LR,, allowing itself to invest from 100 K€ to 3 M€ in the early institutional rounds of
high growth companies located in Languedoc-Roussillon.
Its active portfolio of more than 60 companies is highly diversified by sectors with more
than half of them being start-ups.
XAnge is a Franco-German VC fund focused on financing and accompanying fastgrowing
startups led by entrepreneurs disrupting both B2B and B2C use cases. With
offices in Paris and Munich, XAnge has over €400m under management, and financed
over 70 companies since its inception in 2004. Since 2016, XAnge is part of the Siparex
group, a leading player of Private Equity in France.
XAnge investors are dedicated to the digital sector, with specific expertise in SaaS,
Marketplaces, Web and Fintech. The fund typically invests in 5 to 10 new companies a
year, with tickets ranging from €500k to €5m+ per round.
About Développement &Finance
Développement & Finance acting as an M&A advisory firm for nearly 30 years has been
designing and implementing shareholders strategies for successful Entrepreneurs in
France., D&F has completed a volume of transactions for its clients representing more
than €2.0 billion.
TELLMEPLUS-Jean Michel Cambot firstname.lastname@example.org
VENTECH -Claire Houry email@example.com