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Shapeheart has shipped its magnetic armband and is now ready to produce the heart rate version

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 19-août-2017 23:11:21

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BONJOUR, the IoT Alarm with Personality

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 28-juil.-2017 13:04:30

Holi announces BONJOUR, a sleek voice-controlled alarm that has the intuition of an AI device, anticipating and easing morning routine for the sleep-ly enamoured and slow to rise, and offering connectivity to IoT devices and services such as Nest, Spotify, Philips Hue, Sonos. BONJOUR is finalizing its development and has already seduced innovation experts and fans: - CES award 2017 - Over $880,000 raised on Kickstarter and Indiegogo with 6,200 backers - Accorhotels Vivatech Award 2017 Holi, a French design and innovation company, is unveiling BONJOUR, a smart, IoT alarm that upgrades the morning wake-up routine. BONJOUR is an AI driven alarm clock that combines sleek and elegant design, with an intuitive, easy and interactive UI. Through precise voice activation technology, wireless internet connectivity, app integration, AI intuition, and an easy-toread display, BONJOUR enhances your morning wake-up routine to go beyond the snooze button. With BONJOUR, you can wake up to your local weather, your favorite Spotify music, or your unique Philips Hue lighting configuration, all with voicecontrol activation and feedback. You set the conditions to which all of these services perform and interact with each other each morning while BONJOUR interprets each app’s information. With natural-conversational AI technology BONJOUR speaks and plans for the day ahead with you. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign on October 25, 2016 and BONJOUR is available in Indiegogo InDemand since December, the 5th, 2016. Imagine what it would be like to wake up with BONJOUR. You could hear your favorite song, adjust the temperature in your room, and gently turn the lights up, calmly welcoming you to your day. But it’s not just mornings that can be enhanced; BONJOUR is well suited to just lounging around in bed, or for right before you go to sleep. All that is required to waken the potential of the device is the word “OK BONJOUR” “OK BONJOUR, wake my up at 7:00 A.M with Madonna only if it’s sunny.” “OK BONJOUR, what is the traffic like on the way to work?” “OK BONJOUR, wake me up one hour before my first meeting.” “OK BONJOUR, lower the lights and the temperature in my bedroom.” “OK BONJOUR, wake me up at 6:00 A.M on Sunday if the weather is good. If not, let me sleep in.” BONJOUR knows not all mornings are created equal. There are sunny days, get-stuck-in-traffic days, breakfast-fordinner days, and Saturdays. BONJOUR wants you to be ready for whatever surprises the morning has, with conditional wake-up commands and predictive, conversational responses. BONJOUR fashioned the familiar “if this, then that” idea into easy-to-use, conditional voice-activated responses to help you have the perfect morning. You will hear BONJOUR say: “I see that it is a beautiful day outside, wear something cool.” “If you leave now, it will take you only 25 minutes to get to work.” “Your garage door seems to be open. Do you want to check the security camera?” “Today is completely free in your calendar, you can afford to sleep in” “You didn’t walk much today, do you want to wake up tomorrow for a run?” BONJOUR combines modern design, vocal interaction and visual messaging to bring you a reimagined morning experience. BONJOUR is available in black and white. “At Holi, we have dedicated ourselves to improving sleep around the world,” says Grégoire Gérard the Creative Chairman for BONJOUR. “With a combined 50 years of experience, we have taken all of what we know about sleep and applied it to the least favorite, but most important part: waking up. In France we say ‘Faire la grasse matinée’, or to have a fat morning, but of course like most things, it’s sexier in French. Connected devices and design are in our DNA and we put all of our expertise and vision into imagining new solutions for better sleep and a more pleasant morning.” BONJOUR’s crowdfunding campaign can be found here : solutions/bonjour-ai-smart-alarmclock About Holi: Holi, the company behind BONJOUR, is a start-up that has already grown-up. Since its creation in 2012 and the launch of its first two products SLEEPCOMPANION and SMARTLAMP, the company dedicated itself to conceive innovative products to promote better sleep and great wake-up. To fulfill its mission, Holi combines a double expertise: iOT & sleep science. By gathering neuroscientists, data scientist, engineers, designers and developers, holi’s R&D department innovates to offer new solutions and create a new lifestyle where sleep empowers people and great wake-ups make great days. Watch a video of BONJOUR in action Find additional images of BONJOUR Press contact: Clotilde MATHIEU – - +33 952 700 575

15 French Tech start-ups head to IFA in Berlin

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 10-juil.-2017 12:41:49

15 start-ups will be exhibiting their wares at the French Tech pavilion organised for the first time by Business France at the upcoming  IFA in Berlin. France is just one of two countries with a national pavilion at the fair, the other being the UK. This leading trade fair for connected devices, which last year welcomed 240,000 visitors and 1,800 exhibitors from around the world, will take place on 1st-6th September 2017. Selected from among 40 competing firms, you can meet 15 French IoT start-ups at stands 157a to 157q in hall 26a of of IFA NEXT , the new area devoted to start-ups and innovation. These French start-ups will be presenting highly varied product ranges in segments such as family tech, audio, smart homes, sport and accessories. Which French start-ups will be exhibiting at IFA?   FAMILY TECH: LUNII , MARBOTIC AUDIO: DIVACORE , PHONOTONIC SMART HOME: HOLI , BIXI , FENOTEK , UZER , SENSORWAKE SPORT: SHAPE HEART , VELCO ACCESSORIES: WISTIKI , XEE-LIOCITY     Savoir-faire for the future In the last few years, France has consolidated its status as a world leader in the connected devices sector, hot on the heels of the United States. This is in part thanks to its vibrant digital research environment including a host of innovation clusters:  Systematic (Paris),  CITC (Lille), IoT Valley (Toulouse) and  SCS (Nice). ‘ Cité de l’Objet Connecté ’ [IoT City] opened in Angers in June 2015 following €15 million of investment. In 2015, South Korean group Samsung opened a connected devices R&D centre in Paris. The structure of the IoT ecosystem is now taking shape and France is internationally recognized for its ability to launch technological innovations and find uses for the latter. For instance, one French Tech exhibitor, Sensorwake , previously won an Innovation Award at CES in 2016 and will be announcing an important partnership with a large group at this year’s IFA. Its CEO, 20-year-old Guillaume Rolland, first made headlines in 2014 when his olfactory alarm clock was nominated as one of the top 15 at the Google Science Fair. Another French Tech pavilion exhibitor,  Lunii launched their storytelling product for children at CES and since then thanks to crowdfunding, reached their target turnover within a year. They will be launching in the UK at IFA. "€4.5 billion worth of orders were secured at the 2016 edition of the fair” The above figure was duly noted by Foued Kéfif, who will be running the pavilion for Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. “We gave priority to innovative companies that display genuine international development potential and which have the capacity to ramp up their commercial development so as to spark the interest of decision makers visiting IFA ,". He added, "retailers and buyers will head to the event to sniff out the innovations they will be including in their Christmas catalogues". Next stop, CES At the last CES in Las Vegas, although France had the third-largest international delegation (after the United States and China), it boasted the second-highest number of start-ups in attendance (200 at the 2017 CES), just behind the United States and a long way ahead of Israel, South Korea and China. These figures reflect the maturity of French Tech’s ecosystems, all driven by globally renowned talent, be it in the form of engineers, designers or mathematicians. It is also worth noting the record levels of funding raised in the sector: Devialet €100m (£88m), Sigfox €150m (£133m), Netatmo €35m (£31m), among others. Download a PDF below with further information on all the French exhibitors, visit the French Pavilion at stands stands 157a to 157q in hall 26a of IFA NEXT.   For further information about the French pavilion at IFA 2017, please contact: Foued Kéfif Business France - Project Leader     For further information about this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall Business France (UK) – Press Officer  / 020 7024 3613    

Biggerpan to launch Ulli, the 1st AI-Powered Web Browser at Mobile World Congress 2017

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 21-févr.-2017 12:30:11

Ulli is a new web browser that improves and simplifies the mobile Internet navigation experience with Artificial Intelligence and one-hand design. Biggerpan  will be demoing its smart browser Ulli at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, between February 27th – 2nd March 2017, on the French Tech pavilion, Hall 8.1 Stand 8.1E49 of the App Planet area. Improving web browsing through practical design and the power of AI Ulli, the first Smart Web Browser for mobile, is now available worldwide on the App Store. After being part of the new Google and GSV Pioneer Accelerator in Silicon Valley, Biggerpan officially launched its smart browser Ulli for the iPhone, which was nominated 2016 Mobile App of the Year by Product Hunt . Making mobile browsing genuinely mobile 75% of Internet use will be mobile this year , according to Zenith Media. But have you ever tried browsing the web on your phone while on the go? It’s really cumbersome:     - The keyboard is tiny and we often make typos     - Multiple tabs are poorly handled     - Copy-pasting is a hassle     - It often requires using two hands With this in mind, Biggerpan wanted to ease the pain . “ The Internet and the smartphone are two revolutionary technologies that have radically changed our lives, yet they don’t work well together because the experience of the Web is not suited for mobility ,” says Biggerpan founder and CEO Eric Poindessault . “ Ulli is the first web browser that solves that problem. ” Ulli liberates the mobile web browsing experience      - Key browser features such as search results are always one tap away, making it easier to find what you want fast.      - Thanks to its innovative interface where all the controls are placed at the bottom of the screen, you can navigate with just one hand , saving you time and perfect for when on the go. Leveraging the power of AI for a one-tap experience Ulli further enhances mobile web browsing with its unique feature called the Magic Button . When pressing the Magic Button, a predictive recommendation engine powered by artificial intelligence analyzes the context of the current page and surfaces the most relevant information and purchases for you to browse. No typing, no searching, the Magic Button finds what you need, like a ’ self-driving Internet ’ for your phone. For example, if you are reading an article about a movie, you can press the Magic Button to read about the actors, watch the trailer or buy tickets online. Once you have bought your tickets, press the Magic Button again and you can find restaurants near the cinema. And finally, once you have chosen a restaurant, press the Magic Button to request an Uber to take you there without entering the address. This recommendation engine works with any other search or web navigation. Ulli creates a one-thumb web browsing experience that unlocks the potential of a seamless one-tap shopping on your phone.     In addition to its smart recommendation engine, the mobile browser also comes with a full set of advanced features , including:     - an ad blocker     - full screen mode     - incognito mode     - favourites     - a news feed     - a VPN (in progress) Download Ulli for free on the App Store . Visit  Biggerpan’s website for more information including a video.    ABOUT Ulli is a smart mobile web browser developed by Biggerpan, a French-American startup company with offices in San Francisco and Paris. Its mission statement is to build a brain for the Web, to allow a better integration of the technology into our lives, without all the pain and frictions that are found in traditional online activities. The iOS app simplifies web browsing on a mobile device and recommends the most relevant content and actions for people to navigate based on the context of their current browsing.      CONTACT /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:black; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}table.TableNormal {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:black; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} Biggerpan, Inc. Audrey Poindessault Marketing Director +1-415-231- 3674 Press Relations Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer +44(0) 207 024 3613  

You can BETT on French companies in London 2017

Catherine Ryall - 17-janv.-2017 17:31:26

The French Pavilion at this year’s British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will showcase 13 French companies at the cutting-edge of the educational-technology sector. One of the world’s leading events for educational technology, the BETT show is taking place from 25 th to 28 th January 2017 at the ExCel exhibition centre , in London. Visitors can find the French Pavilion at stand C-88 at BETT 2017 for the duration of the show. Gone are the days of overhead projectors or blackboards, technology is radically changing teaching; t he e-learning sector was worth $107 billion in 2015 and the annual growth rate has been estimated at 9.2% per year until 2020. In order to support French companies in the lucrative and growing tech industry, the French government set up its ‘Digital France 2012’ initiative and has invested €20 million in 50 ‘serious games’ projects. The companies that will be showcasing their EdTech solutions on the French Pavilion are listed below. Further details are available on request. AVITICE AviTice has over 20 years of experience in the distribution of high-added-value software in fields including hands-on, centralised remote shared learning, mobile device management (for tablets), mobile application management , user supervision for teaching solutions and more. Their software is aimed at users in the education sector as wekk as the professional training sector. AXEL AXEL’s Thin Client technology is unique in that the product is not based on an Operating System. Turn on the device and it immediately connects to Citrix or Windows Server. In terms of performance, cost, security, power consumption and reliability, there are huge benefits to be gained from not having an Operating System (i.e. no Windows or Linux). BAYARD-TRALAL ÈRE Bayard Youth Department has readers everywhere around the world, from Spain to Canada, China, Mexico, Belgium and many more countries. Through " Planète des Jeunes ", Bayard also supports youth magazines distributed in 25 African countries. Their digital contents and products dedicated to educational purpose are also devoted to helping children around the world to understand the fascinating world they live in, and encourage them to face the challenges of the future with a sense of wonder and curiosity. EDITIONS BELIN – GUTENBERG Belin is a pioneer in digital learning, having developed numerous innovative educational services to harvest the potential of new technologies in education. Ranking second on the French secondary school market in 2016 and having won awards for their products, Belin puts its expertise at the service of teachers and students via all forms of media, both paper and digital. EDUCLEVER Educlever has worked alongside leading French research laboratories to develop Cartographie des Savoirs (knowledge map), an adaptive-learning solution designed to increase pupil performance at school. This R&D project, supported by the French government, provides educators with a precise skills map to help them build a personalised, adaptive-learning strategy for each pupil. The solution is currently used by teachers and 4000 pupils in primary schools across France. GAYATECH Gayatech will be presenting Intelliquiz®, a unique system which can generate quizzes from the web or any database. Intelliquiz® was developed using Semantic Web and AI technology. The system can be adapted to suit any curriculum in any language. Quizzes can be downloaded to any mobile device, any OS.  Gayatech has its own 3D engine capable of developing 3D games as well as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications. ITOP Education Counting more than 4.5 million users, ITOP Education creates, develops and provides digital-school resources tailored to every stage of education, from primary school to sixth form. ITOP ÉDUCATION has a clear and strong innovation strategy: each year more than 20% of their turnover is allocated to research and development. They are proud to be presenting their ‘NIPIB’ project at the BETT show, a digital resource bank with detailed scientific and educational indices, a fruit of their innovation stategy. MASKOTT Maskott will be showcasing their learning platform Tactileo, an intuitive learning platform for academic and professional training. Tactileo allows teachers to create interactive multimedia content and to instantly share it on screen as well as on learners’ tablets, smartphones or PCs. Tactileo is a unique tool for creating and sharing multimedia content, to make teaching, training sessions and local or remote meetings easier and more interactive. OPEN DIGITAL EDUCATION Open Digital Education, provides innovative digital services for schools and universities. ONE is their secure web-based learning platform, designed for use in primary schools. With its intuitive, user-friendly design, ONE’s range of applications can be grasped in no time. 1800 schools in 12 different countries use ONE. For instance, in the Paris Region 177,000 students have access to it. This is complemented by Open Digital Education’s NEO platform, for students at secondary school and sixth form. UTELLME ‘Education is only real when shared’ is Utellme’s core belief. Their web platform creates a global network of schools, teachers, universities and professors who want to put international collaboration at the core of their students learning path. Utellme focuses on foreign language learning between native speakers of different languages in school with the supervision of the teacher/professor. The tools available on Utellme such as live video, project collaboration, shared resources or multiplayer online games, highlight their aim to promote live interaction between users and active learning. It is no longer just listening to a video or reading a message, but practicing and interacting with a real person in a different country in real time. XD PRODUCTIONS XD Productions is an animation studio and software developer specialised in real-time animation technologies such as motion capture, facial tracking and lip-syncing for the European TV market. They adapt and market these animation tools for the education sector with solutions ranging from preschool to University level. It is animation made easy for teachers, which can be recorded live or recorded for playback. Pupil benefits include enhanced writing and speech at a younger age as well as enhanced language learning through speech and movement. About Business France Business France, the French Trade Commission in the UK is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. The French Pavilion is being organised by Business France , the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Education Suppliers’ Trade Association (Afinef). The French Pavilion is also supported by the French Ministry for Education and is in collaboration with Copilot Partners . Meet 13 French-based companies at the BETT trade show on the French Pavilion ( Stand C-88 ). BETT 2017 , one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, will take place at the EXCEL exhibition centre in London from 25 th – 28 th January 2017 . For more information about the show, visit the BETT 2017 site. For more information on this press release and the French exhibitors, please contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Website:

Hauts-de-France to UK business: ‘Welcome home’

Catherine Ryall - 24-nov.-2016 12:31:04

Hauts-de-France to UK business: ‘Welcome home’ The Hauts-de-France region launches campaign to attract British investors and business leaders v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";}   In Hauts-de-France, job creation is a priority, and the region’s many assets are a powerful draw for business. This explains the new ‘Welcome Home’ campaign to attract and assist British investors and business leaders who want to set up shop in Hauts-de-France. Behind the initiative are the Hauts-de-France Regional Council and its partners—Nord France Invest, CCI International, CRT Picardie Tourism, Nord France Convention Bureau and Lille’s Agency. ‘The British people said “no” to Brussels—but not to Hauts-de-France. We’re working together to create a win-win strategy that will boost trade, tourism and economic development. To British investors and business leaders, I say, “you’ve got a home with us.’ Xavier Bertrand, Hauts-de-France Regional Council Chairman Closest to the UK The Welcome Home campaign underscores the region’s commitment to continue working with British partners after Brexit, showcasing Hauts-de-France as the region closest to the UK—a perfect location for businesses that want access to the European market. And geography is only the beginning: like the UK, Hauts-de-France makes creating a pro-business environment a priority. The campaign highlights the region’s outstanding economy, infrastructure and quality of life. It also confirms that key players in the region are actively committed to crafting tailored solutions for their foreign partners and welcoming British investors and businesses that want to stay present in European markets. Hauts-de-France launches Welcome Home campaign on 4 th November Video: released on the Welcome Home website and via social media , the new video promotes Hauts-de-France as a place where British and other foreign entrepreneurs can grow their businesses while enjoying excellent quality of life. In the video, British businessman James Anderson presents the advantages of living in Hauts-de-France in a series of short vignettes that highlight the  region’s many assets: R&D and innovation clusters, easy access, simple procedures for setting up a business, a competitive workforce, excellent quality of life and great food.   New website : a dedicated website at   will allow British business to make direct  contact with regional partners who can help them set up shop in Hauts-de-France. The site will also include ‘how-to’ tips on getting started, organised by type of project: investment,business tourism, international partnerships and European programmes. A campaign featuring posters on the London underground system, banner ads on the websites of major British media outlets and information in brochures, on social media and other targeted vehicles will run in London from 4th November through 30th January. The aim: to make British investors aware of the advantages of doing business in Hauts-de-France and the support offered by the Regional Council and its partners.     4 th November – 2 nd December: place mats will appear in restaurants in The City, London’s financial centre.     7 th November – 5 th December: banner ads will run on the websites of targeted British media outlets (,,,, redirecting users to a dedicated website.     21 st November – 4 th December: a poster campaign will run on the London underground in Baker Street, Bank, Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Covent Garden, Green Park, Holborn, Knightsbridge, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Westminster stations.     1 st December : information on doing business in Hauts-de-France will appear in Metropolitan , Eurostar’s passenger magazine , and Business Life , the in-flight magazine for British Airways .     Social media channels will also provide practical tips for British investors and business leaders.   Ad to appear in Metropolitan and British Airways Business Life   The Welcome Home campaign grew out of a commitment made by the Regional Council last summer, when Hauts-de-France representatives met with British visitors in Calais to lay the groundwork for incoming UK-based businesses. The Regional Council has been closely involved at every stage—first producing the video, then creating a toll-free number staffed by English-speaking representatives to coincide with initial contacts, and finally using European aid and support from regional institutions to streamline formalities required for new ventures.     Shared commitment to enhance the appeal of Hauts-de-France The region offers incoming businesses a wide range of advantages:    The right location with the right infrastructure : located near Paris in the heart of Northern Europe, Hauts-de-France is within 180 miles (300 km) of five European capitals. Its robust transport infrastructure includes motorways, railway stations, high-speed trains, international airports and seaports       Favourable business environment : Hauts-de-France does not tax business premises      R&D clusters to serve the business community : key focus areas include e-commerce, mechanical engineering, agricultural resources and composites      A pool of 78 million consumers      Tailored assistance : Hauts-de-France and its partners offer support services designed specifically for each project. These include helping businesses secure financing, create networks, find the right premises and work with the region’s employment and training specialists      Well preserved quality of life : Hauts-de-France offers a wealth of events and activities throughout the year. Attractions include the prestigious Louvre-Lens museum, Pierre Mauroy stadium, the stunning Somme Bay nature preserve and a number of regional parks      Residents with a strong sense of hospitality and community   The Regional Council and its partners—Nord France Invest, CCI International, Lille’s Agency, CRT Picardie and the Nord France Convention Bureau—want to make British investors and business leaders aware of the region’s many strengths and to help them launch successful ventures in Hauts-de-France. Promotional video made by the Hauts-de-France Regional Council. Poster campaign in London underground begins 21 st November Visit v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} PRESS CONTACTS Peggy Collette: – +33 3 28 82 53 03 / +33 6 75 93 38 28 Wilma Rughooputh: - +33 3 28 82 53 18 / +33 6 18 78 12 12 Sébastien Voisin: – +33 3 28 82 53 24 / +33 6 27 51 11 59 For further information on this press release, contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: Web:  

Whaller: the startup which lets you take control of your digital life with private social networks

Adeline Perrault - 26-oct.-2016 15:27:03

Social networks are now ingrained into our daily lives and, over recent years, have changed the way we communicate and interact. These changes have also been accompanied by a loss of control with regard to our digital lives and data. Whaller, a private social network platform, offers a solution to this issue by providing individuals and businesses with a tool to create their own private social networks, for each group of people in their life. None of the information shared on the platform is transmitted from one network to another nor is it saved or indexed on search engines. Thomas Fauré, CEO and founder of Whaller, started working on the project with 3 friends in 2011. The goal was to allow everyone the possibility to benefit from the power and (usefulness) of social networks whilst retaining control of our communications and data. “ Whaller was born out of a desire to create a space of trust on the web where users could take advantage of the live nature of social networks without having to worry about the issues related to private life or protection of data. By default, Whaller protects its users”, explains Thomas Fauré. Whaller works according to a simple and intuitive idea: each registered member can create, or join upon invitation, one of several ‘spheres’ which makes up a private social network. For instance, a user can communicate on separate spheres, one used for their friends, another solely for their family, their job, their sports club or any other social group. The data is not collected, nor is it indexed by search engines. The app is secure by design: anything written in a sphere will not leave the sphere. In addition to sending messages within a sphere, members can also organise events, send or save files or even create a ‘kanban’ (task visualizer), to ensure quicker and greater productivity.   Another great feature: the platform has all the networks in the same place, meaning everything can be managed centrally. Whaller is not presented in a shared news feed format, so users are not swamped with information or incessant requests. Each user can take control of their communication and deal with it in a proactive way. ‘The power of the web can be successfully channelled through control and knowledge, the internet should be a tool and not an addictive and invasive technology’, adds Thomas Fauré. ‘The big social networks of today are a combination of the early web made up of blogs and chatrooms – they aim to connect individuals with as many people as possible and for them to share information with these contacts, without taking into consideration the diversity and nature of these relations. We, however, want to promote quality relations over quantity.’ Not only popular among individuals, Whaller is also an ideal platform for businesses, groups, schools and organisations of all sizes. To date, more than 4000 organisations have already chosen the platform as a secure and user-friendly space for their members to communicate. Customer testimonials ‘Our sales teams are spread out all over France, so we needed a secure and quickly operational solution to connect our salespeople. With varying levels of digital tool expertise among our staff, we needed something that would be easy to use. Whaller meets all of these criteria!’ Aurélie Bougereau, Group Digital Manager at La Martiniquaise ‘As part of our digital transformation, Caisse d’Épargne Rhône-Alpes (French Building Society) decided to set up a collaborative business network. We wanted every user to be able to express themselves freely, share information, publicise an in-branch event, their trade area and of course be able to collaborate on shared projects. The idea of the collaborative business network was to boost teamwork, communication and cooperation between staff. Whaller was perfectly in line with our plans, offering a flexible, collaborative and user-friendly solution.’ Cedric Veller, Innovative Project Director at Caisse d’Épargne Rhône Alpe s ‘Thanks to Whaller, our 350 volunteers and 6 employees based all over France have a dedicated space that encourages interaction and reinforces a sense of belonging to our association. This tool has become an important medium for internal communication and development, allowing us to encourage collaboration, cooperation and best practices between our branches, to communicate memorable moments and news from our ecosystem, or even enlist internal expertise for company-wide projects. The tool is ergonomic, easily accessible for novices and user feedback is used to improve the platform, something we particularly appreciate.’ Gilles Arbellot, General Representative at Passerelles&Compétences Price and availability There is a free version of the Whaller platform as well as Premium and Premium Plus versions which include various additional functions such as graphical customisation of a network, the creation of a an in-app shop for users or CMS. Schools can also benefit from a customised tariff to better satisfy their requirements. About Whaller   Founded by Thomas Fauré in May 2013, Whaller is a web-based platform which is aimed at families, associations, businesses and all organisations by allowing them to create and bring to life their own private social networks. The aim: to let the user regain control over their digital life and ensure better protection of data whilst conserving the benefits and interactivity of social media. To find out more, visit their  website or meet them at the Web Summit 2016 . Whaller has been carefully selected by a panel of expert judges to exhibit on the French Tech Pavillion at the Web Summit. Find them at Pavillon 1 Booth S845 on Tuesday 8th November . The Web Summit is Europe’s largest tech event, taking place in Lisbon from 7th to 10th November 2016 For further information on this press release, contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: Web:

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