Going gorillas: What’s great about the Paris tech scene

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Jay Z and Kanye West have been “going gorillas” in Paris since 2011 – the city’s tech and startup scene has been thriving since long before that.

Considering we’ve got attendees coming to Web Summit from over 100 countries, we’re taking a look at the people and startups we love in tech ecosystems in cities across the world.

Aujourd’hui, it’s Paris’s turn, the capital city of a country which saw $1 billion investment in early-stage startups just two years ago…


Nicolas Brusson – Co-founder & COO – BlaBlaCar


We can’t wait to hear Nicolas speak at Web Summit in Dublin. He’s coming to Dublin this November.

Nicolas co-founded BlaBlaCar – France’s latest unicorn which has reportedly just raised a French record $160 million.

The ride-sharing startup brings empty seats in cars together with paying passengers.



Deezer is the Parisian Spotify. Founded in 2007 by Daniel Marhely, Deezer has 16 million users and is also considered a unicorn.

Deezer is based in Paris’s 9th arrondissement, also home to the Paris Olympia.

Xavier Niel – Founder – Iliad SA


Xavier is the man driving 1000 startups. It’s a startup incubator the French government are calling the largest of its kind in the world and is expected to be open next year.

Xavier founded the Paris-based Iliad SA just over 20 years ago and is thought to be worth $10.5 billion.

Didier Rappaport – CEO – Happn


Previously a co-founder at video giant Dailymotion, Didier Rappaport is now CEO and co-founder at Happn.

Happn is a dating app not unlike Tinder that connects you with the people you run into on the street.

This Paris startup raised an $8 million Series A in December 2014.


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Mindie allows users create mini music videos. Users first pick the soundtrack to their video before shooting and sharing the ten-second clips.

Founded by the team behind the short-lived Ever, Mindie has picked up a $1.2 million Seed led by SV Angel.

Quantic Dream

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Quantic Dream have been one of the world’s most exciting video game developers since 1997.

Based in the same arrondissement as the world famous Père Lachaise Cemetery (Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust are buried there), the company is headed by David Cage.

The studio’s 2013 release Beyond Two Souls starred Ellen Page and Willem Defoe.

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