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Paris Startup Dashlane Explains Why They Chose New York Over Silicon Valley

Faster than a speeding deer

Emmanuel Schalit has lived in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Paris. A software engineer by training, he left the world of development more than a decade ago to help run M&A for Vivendi Universal, spearheaded the online gaming division for Activision and held various roles at traditional media companies looking to get hip with the web. But the startup bug kept biting him, and eventually Mr. Schalit decided to try his hand at creating a product again.

His new venture, Dashlane, hopes to revolutionize the process of signing up, logging in and checking out on the web. “You would never walk into a brick and mortar store, find and item to buy, then spend fifteen minutes detailing your personal information just so you could make a purchase,” Mr. Schalit told Betabeat over Skype from Paris. “We’re looking to eliminate that friction online as well.” Read More


Aristotle Circle Raises $2 Million to Ace Admissions Process With Insider Info

Manhattan parents take the admissions process very seriously. A mother recently sued her daughter’s exclusive private pre-school on the grounds that it had harmed her 4-year-old daughters chances of getting into an ivy league college.

So it makes sense that a service dedicated to besting the opaque world of admissions would be a big market. New York based Aristotle Circle just raised $2 million from Rho Ventures to grow their staff and continue international expansion. Read More