There is a growing trend of public bikes in large cities here in Europe -- we already have them in Paris and Lyon. Just to one-up us, the city of Montreal will launch a killer pilot public bike program, The Public Bike System, in September. Montreal's program is not only web- and RFID-enabled, so that patrons can see the current availability of bikes at various depots, but features a solar-power based station that processes credit or member cards. I am assuming they store energy so that the intrepid folks who want to rent a bike after nightfall can do so.
An artist rendering of the new green bike system for Montreal:
Last week was the first Ballou PR Pont Party of the summer and luck was on our side and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Much fun and wine were had by all. Watch this space for the date of our July Pont Party.
Jérôme Bouteiller mentioned the party on his website:
Microsoft was at the heart of things in the digital & start-up world yet again -- for a second time in one week, Microsoft’s French HQ hosted another key event (thanks, Julien!). Young start-ups from all over France gathered for Seedcamp France, the French precursor event to Seedcamp London (September 15th-18th). The start-ups had only five minutes each to sell their company to a group of experienced and successful VCs & entrepreneurs, including folks from Eden Ventures, WAYN, SUN, Sofinnova, Microsoft, Index Ventures, Google, Partech International, TechCrunch, Atlas Venture and Elaia.
After the presentations and a networking lunch, the experts were divided into teams
and met with the entrepreneurs individually to assess the start-ups and to help
them with their pitches. At the end of the day, the top 3 were selected by vote
-– which, actually, in the great tradition of Seedcamp, expanded
to become a “Top 5."
MyPrognostic and SquareClock automatically won spots at Seedcamp London, where, along with 18 other European start-ups, they will compete to be one of the five winning Seedcamp teams. All of the French participants are eligible to apply, however. Applications will go live in the next few weeks.
Some of the best and brightest French media minds met in Paris June 2 at Microsoft's French HQ to discuss and reflect on the state of the French media. The half-day event was charged with hot topics and lively discussion, and the two panels, mediated by Oliver Provost from La Tribune, were informative and uncensored. Alain Weill of NextRadio gave a great keynote speech about his unique experience with building his media group, and other panelists and presenters included Dominique Delport of Havas Media France, Hervé Digne of Postmedia, Alexandre Michelin of MSN.fr, François Blum of SPIR Communication, Yseulys Costes of 1000mercis.com, Marc Ménasé of Nextedia and Mark Zaleski DailyMotion.
The event was sponsored by Partech International, Atlas Venture, Jefferies, Microsoft, La Tribune and Ballou PR.