As the dust settles on a fascinating French election, our team have been enjoying life in Paris and gearing up for a big couple of months at work. It’s been an interesting month in the French capital. A defining political event for France and Europe has dominated media & bar talk, but as I write this on the day after the result, I can’t help but notice a feeling of liveliness in the streets. The sun has come out and Paris has a spring in it’s step. The mojo is back!
As for us, there’s plenty of exciting things in the works, so make sure you stay in touch across social media and via our newsletter for all the latest. Check it out below.
Charles is back down under!
Co-founder Charles is currently mid-flight on his way back to Australia as he recently became an uncle for the second time. He’ll be spending some time in our hometown of Adelaide as well as venturing across to Melbourne to meet with clients & potential partners. If you see him on the streets make sure you pull him up for a proper update on life in France. He’ll be on home soil for a couple of weeks so if you want to catch up, make sure you drop us a line. Word from the air is that he hasn’t even landed yet and he’s already excited to come back to Paris…*
Mitch is killing it
As you might’ve seen on social media, Mitch recently completed a massive task that gears our technology infrastructure for growth & scalabality. He manages a remote team of software developers that have been working hard over the past 4 months to make this happen. To the non-tech it is difficult to understand, but it’s significance for us cannot be underplayed. Big congratulations to him and our team across the world for completing a huge task.
Now that’s done, the tech development gets more exciting.
La French Tech
Despite the string of public holidays over Easter & beyond, we’ve been busying ourselves with masterclasses and events to stay involved with the startup ecosystem here in Paris. From pitching to lessons on fundraising & business development, we’ve been doing it all. One of the highlights was the Paris&Co Landing Pack pitch night, which showcased the international companies that have joined the network of Paris&Co incubators. It was great to share our story and see how other startups from around the world have benefited from being a part of Paris&Co.
In more general news, French tech is celebrating a massive start to 2017 with strong fundraising numbers & success stories showing that Paris is the sleeping giant of Europe and quickly catching up to London & Berlin. The world’s largest startup campus, Station F, is also set to open here in the City of Light. It is a sight to behold!
Featuring another Welcome City Lab business: Hubtobee
Do you work for a big organisation? Do you travel much for work? The guys from Hubtobee are connecting workplaces on the fly. Their platform allows you to see who from your organisation is currently in your city or if you’re travelling, allows you to connect with other members in the same way. Don’t feel alone in a hotel room of a big city again! Flick their details off to your boss and get your organisation signed up.
And life in France…
- The start of May signifies the start of tourist season, so we’re expecting many of you to drop us a line over the coming months when you’re in Paris. If you’re looking for advice on anything tourism-related in France, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re happy to help!
- The election is over. We like the result. En Marche!
- We found out that the owner of our favourite bar in Paris is from Adelaide. Go figure.
- Happy winter, Australia. Welcome to Summer, France.
Until next time!