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BlaBlaCar acquired Autohop ridesharing platform

The world’s biggest ridesharing platform  BlaBlaCar has announced they acquired a Hungarian startup Autohop and, therefore, now they are present also in Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Croatia.

BlaBlaCar is present in 16 countries according to their main page country selection and based on Crunchbase data so far raised 110m usd in 2 rounds, from some of the the world A-list investors like Index Ventures, Accel Partners among others.

BlaBlaCar is headquarted in Paris and in July 2014 got the biggest investment that one French startup ever got – 100m usd. It enabled to fast open new markets or to acquire existing market leaders.

Markets like above mentioned are great because GDP is significant lower than the average EU GDP but the transportation costs are pretty much the same so we can expect further growing a ridesharing community. However, question is how much they will be able to monetize platform in those markets comparing to some wealthier markets.

We will see if some new ridesharing platforms will evolve in this market but anyway, having the biggest player in this industry present in this market can most likely mean only better conditions to travelers as community will grow more and big and safe environment is the most important factors in ridesharing platform.

Results of the ranking “Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA”

Deloitte has published the rank covering the fastest growing technology innovative companies  of the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa). The leader is the French company Weezevent. The average revenue growth rate of all the companies from the rank “Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA” was 1711%. For comparison, in last year’s edition it was 1403% and in 2012 it was 1549%.

 The winner of the current edition, as well as one and two years ago, is a company from France. This time it is Weezevent, which deals with online sales of tickets for concerts and events. Over the past five years, the company recorded an impressive revenue growth of over 43 thousand %. Central-European leader and the winner of the ranking of the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CE” is the Hungarian company Szallas.hu. This year it is located on the 66th place of the rank in the EMEA region.

Like last year, the most strongly represented country is France, from which there come 86 companies. Compared with the results of the year 2011, 2012 and 2013 – the composition of the national podium in terms of numbers has not changed. The second place belongs to Great Britain, and the third to Sweden.

This year’s edition of the “Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA” was dominated by companies of the software sector, which account for 42% the whole rank. There are two times less (21%) of Internet companies and the third place is occupied by companies of the telecommunications sector  (13%). Shares of these three sectors are almost identical to last year’s edition.

Ranking “Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA” represents the 500 fastest growing innovative technology companies in EMEA. The analysis is based on the percentage increase in operating income from the sale over the last five years (2009 vs. 2013).

Companies included in the ranking must meet the following criteria: develop or manufacture proprietary technologies and / or incur significant expenditures on research and development, have the ownership structure which excludes majority shares of strategic investors, established in one of the countries participating in the program, the period of time: min.5years, the operating revenue in each test was: min. 50 000 EUR.

Netflix aims to have 100 million users outside the United States. It may enter to Poland in 2015.

In 2020 Netflix wants to have 104 million users in markets outside the United States. In Poland, the service may be launched in the first quarter of 2015.

After 7 years from the start in a particular country, Netflix will be present there in every third home – such an ambitious plan has been announced at the conference CTAM EuroSummit by Reed Hastings, chief of the service. Hastings was referring to markets outside the United States, where Netflix has been launched. On the basis of these predictions, it can be calculated that in 2020 the service will have about 104 million users living outside the United States. According to these estimates, in six years the highest number of users will be in Brazil (24.4 million), Germany (11.3 million, the service there was launched only in September), Mexico (over 10 million), the UK (9.5 million) and in France (8.3 million).

Currently, the largest number of the service users, a population of 36 million, lives in the United States. However, Netflix is still looking for new markets – in addition to those of Germany and France, it has been launched in Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.

In some countries the viewers are disappointed because they are unable to find a few of their favorite TV series (for each of the markets Netflix resources are slightly different due to local agreements on emission rights and copyrights).

According to unofficial information, Netfix may enter to Poland already be in the first quarter of 2015. Polish broadcasters and TV operators are worried that Netflix can dominate Polish VoD industry and lead to significant reshuffle in the market.

When Netflix started in 1998 as a DVD rental service ordered by e-mail, it was hard to imagine that in the future it could beat market video services giants, like HBO. Also significant is the fact that the success as a video streaming service, Netflix achieved in just seven years, from the time when it began to deal with this activity in 2007.

google.fr privacy violation notice

Google.fr must place on home page notice of privacy fine

We all got used to see on Google’s home page only search box and very rarely something below of it, especially not some text regarding privacy fine. Well, if you go now to www.google.fr you can see notice below their search box or you can see it in this picture. A French court refused Google’s last minute complaint made on Friday to suspend an order. Therefore, Google will have to post a notice on Google.fr home page for 48 hours that they were fined €150,000 which was the maximum amount court could impose for violating data collection laws.

Of course, it is not the money that matters for a company such is Google. No company wants to be told what to place on its home page. Especially if it could or would mean a negative PR for the company. Google filed a complaint to the Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest appeals court for administrative law stating that the fine was too severe and that it would create irrepairable damage to their reputation. As you can see on www.google.fr main page or in screen picture they needed to place notice on a central position below their search box using Arial font size 13.

If some of you are surprised for such order, it was not the first case like that. In the last year Apple was ordered to place a notice on its website that that Samsung didn’t violate design patent for its iPad.

You can read decision and press release by French court. (French content)