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Mais Oui! France wants all of your startups

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This week, French Tech, an organization dedicated to promoting innovation and technology in France, introduced its second global competition, with the goal of bringing the best tech entrepreneurs to France.

The competition is called French Tech Ticket, and it is offered to non-French entrepreneurs from across the globe that might be interested in living in France for a year, with the purpose of developing a startup there.

See Also:  Bonjour!  GE opens new digital IoT foundry in Paris

Winners of this awesome contest will earn more than $50,000 in cash, a permit to reside in France, along with three co-workers, a year-long incubation period in one of France’s best incubators and several additional prizes such as mentoring and special events, business support and investor meetings.

Last year, there were 722 projects turned in by a total of 1,372 contestants.  The result of this first contest was 23 startups, with 50 entrepreneurs moving to Paris to enter one of French Tech Ticket’s 10 partner incubators.

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The competition is open to any team with its own startup project or co-founders of startups that meet the contest criteria.

Each team must consist of two to three English-speaking founders, with no more than one French national.  The founders must hold at least half of their company’s share capital, if applicable. They must be based in France for at least a year, after selection, with an obligation to work fully on the project in the partner incubator.

The startups can be any young creative company, technology-based or not, that seeks a business model that will provide very large and speedy growth.

French Tech was established in 2013 to help grow the technology and innovation ecosystem in France, and to offer France the best conditions for cultivating startups and innovation. With its establishment, the amount of capital earned for startups doubled from 2014 to 2015, and many French companies have been given more than $100 million in funding.

 

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What your boss actually wants from your local search reports

Do you ever find your eyes glazing over when putting together and presenting your regular local search reports? Columnist Lydia Jorden explains how to develop a revenue-based report that will be sure to impress both your client and your boss.

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Startup Jio wants to protect children with invisible wearables

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Times have changed, and there are few areas of our lives that remind us of this fact more than with our children. Whether you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, there is a good chance that some of your childhood memories involve walking or biking around your neighborhood and playing with your friends – often without supervision.

That isn’t so much the case today. Keeping track of your children, and ensuring that they are where you expect them to be, is of the utmost important to parents. Unfortunately, current technologies require that you send your child out to play with a smartphone, smartwatch, and/or a bulky tracking device that wirelessly transmits their location to your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.

These devices are a distraction for your child, and are easily annoying enough to encourage them to remove it and leave it behind, rendering them useless. Jio, a stealth-mode startup launched in 2015, hopes to change that with their Jiobit wearable.

In a recent blog post, Jio CEO John Renaldi said, “We should be encouraging our kids to be more independent and to experience the freedoms that we had as kids. To do this we need to feel confident that they’re safe –  that’s the solution we’re offering at Jio.”

Jiobit won’t be worn on the wrist

He went on to tell the story about his children and how impossible it was to convince them to wear a watch. Wrist-based wearable devices are currently bulky devices, in part because of the batteries required to power them, their straps and latches for easy adjustment and removal, and of course the electronics required to drive them.  “They’re more or less just taking the smartphone guts and putting it into a watch,” he said.

Additionally, wrist-worn devices are easy to spot. An individual wishing to subvert its functionality could easily find and remove it. This stands to reason that if you’re going to place the wearable on your child for their safety that it be as invisible as possible.

While we don’t yet have any idea exactly what Jio is working on for the Jiobit, what we do know is that it will be a child safety device, almost definitely with location tracking capabilities,  and it won’t be worn on the wrist.

Jio has a team of 12 spread between Palo Alto and Chicago. The team includes designers, marketers, and engineers – each with experience in producing innovative products that ship. With over 150 patents under the team’s belt, this is one startup worth keeping an eye on.

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Topshop wants you to look good while paying

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With bPay, it appears that shopping has moved beyond store merchandise, also embracing fashion when it comes to payment at the register.

British fast-fashion outlet Topshop just introduced their next collection of bPay contactless payment accessories which have been introduced into its UK stores, as well as online.  Apparently, this payment method is starting to increase in popularity.

See also: Expect contactless payments to surge: Juniper

Two lovely bracelets, two adorable robot keyrings and two phone cases make up the newest collection, with prices ranging between $43 and $48, including a bPay NFC chip.  The design style includes snakeskin and metallic finishes and is considered the luxury collection, compared to its previous colorful Monster Fish series.

This previous, less expensive collection, which starts at $18 for stickers, is currently on sale, with Topshop giving the bPay wearables some nice exposure on its homepage.

Topshop also running a contest

If you have a UK-registered Visa or MasterCard, you can use bPay, which is comparable to Apple and Android Pay.  Similar to smartwatches, you can tap them to terminals wherever you’d use your contactless card, once it has been pre-loaded with $7 to $285.

Along with this new product launch, Topshop has also been running a month-long contest to hear ideas from wearable tech startups.  The startup winner will be awarded with the opportunity to present their product to Sir Philip Green, get the chance to secure investment and have Topshop stock its product.

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Topshop wants you look good while paying

visa_innovation_02

With bPay, it appears that shopping has moved beyond store merchandise, also embracing fashion when it comes to payment at the register.

British fast-fashion outlet Topshop just introduced their next collection of bPay contactless payment accessories has just been introduced into its UK stores, as well as online.  Apparently, this payment method is starting to increase in popularity.

See also: Expect contactless payments to surge: Juniper

Two lovely bracelets, two adorable robot keyrings and two phone cases make up the newest collection, with prices ranging between $43 and $48, including a bPay NFC chip.  The design style includes snakeskin and metallic finishes and is considered the luxury collection, compared to its previous colorful Monster Fish series.

This previous, less expensive collection, which starts at $18 for stickers, is currently on sale, with Topshop giving the bPay wearables some nice exposure on its homepage.

Topshop also running a contest

If you have a UK-registered Visa or MasterCard, you can use bPay, which is comparable to Apple and Android Pay.  Similar to smartwatches, you can tap them to terminals wherever you’d use your contactless card, once it has been pre-loaded with $7 to $285.

Along with this new product launch, Topshop has also been running a month-long contest to hear ideas from wearable tech startups.  The startup winner will be awarded with the opportunity to present their product to Sir Philip Green, get the chance to secure investment and have Topshop stock its product.

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Me too please! FTC wants in on US federal IoT dialogue

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As more US government departments and lawmakers wake up to the growing influence of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Federal Trade Commission says they want in on the regulatory conversation.

As reported by Pymnts.com, the FTC has decided to stick its oar in the IoT waters by issuing an official response on IoT in a call for comments by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Specifically, the FTC responded to NTIA’s efforts to drum up conversation between US government departments on the potential drawbacks and benefits of governmental regulation in the burgeoning IoT segment.

“The comment addresses a number of proposed best practices for businesses regarding the Internet of Things, providing recommendations regarding data security, data minimization and how best to give consumers meaningful notice and choice about the collection and use of their data,” said the FTC in a media release. “The comment also addresses the role of government in enforcing consumer protections in the Internet of Things.”

FTC looking at risks in a connected economy

The FTC comment includes staff opinions on a variety of areas including anticipated risks in an economy with widespread IoT connectivity and the positive impact of regulated data monitoring.

“Big data analysis of information collected from connected health devices can facilitate health research and lead to breakthroughs in treatment,” it said in its comment. “Similarly, analysis of data collected from a connected public infrastructure to detect, for example, the lighting patterns on public streets, can help improve energy efficiency.”

And in a broader scope, the FTC sees further benefits, where such “analyses can also help target public service messages and resources to relevant populations, including low-income and disadvantaged communities.”

On the risk side, the FTC warns that common risks from traditional computer and networks may be heightened with IoT “in part because many IoT chips are inexpensive and disposable, and many IoT devices are quickly replaceable with newer versions.

“As a result, businesses may not have an incentive to support software updates for the full useful life of these devices, potentially leaving consumers with vulnerable devices,” the FTC concludes.

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