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Digital Cultures: Week In Review

In the digital economy, to be “disruptive” is a good thing: It suggests innovation, bold thinking, a new way to do something. And this week showcased some disruptive forces at work in France’s culture industries. From developments in 3D printing to a site that connects individual buyers with local farmers, here’s what you need to know. 

Digital Cultures: The Week in Short

· Lipp, a French app that lets people add their own sounds recordings to short video clips, has raised an initial round of 500,000 euros in funding, according to an article on the French site Maddyness. With plans to launch in the U.S. and the U.K. this September, the app’s developers hope to reach one million downloads by October.

· La Ruche Qui Dit Oui, a French startup site that allows communities to organize farmer’s markets and encourage the growth of a local food economy, was featured on Maddyness last week. The site aims to facilitate the flow of information: which farmers have what food, which people want to buy what.

· Le Monde published a roundup of shows that reveal our relationship with technology. Surveying shows including HBO comedy “Silicon Valley” and USA drama “Mr. Robot,” the article found a mixture of enthusiasm and anxiety in our collective attitude towards the digital age.

· Liberal Arts graduates: the information age needs you too. At least, according to a recent article in Forbes. Contrary to the notion that only engineers and coders can work in digital fields, the article suggested that degrees in the humanities and social sciences can give graduates interpersonal and writing skills that tech companies need.


Afrostream takes Silicon Valley

French startup Afrostream, a streaming service focusing on African, African-American and African-Caribbean films and TV series, has won a slot at legendary startup accelerator Y Combinator.  After meeting Y Combinator partner Mickael Seibel in Paris last summer, the Afrostream team worked to prepare a pitch for June. Their work paid off, and they are set to begin work at the same accelerator that helped launch Reddit, Dropbox, and more.


3D Printing Makes an Impression

French 3D printing company Sculpteo has partnered with HP in a deal to print work by users of HP’s designer-oriented “Sprout” computer, according to an article on Rude Baguette.  Sculpteo operates 3D printing factories where clients and other businesses can send designs to be printed, and the company is currently in the process of opening a San Francisco office. Their partnership with computer giant HP represents an announced shift from a business-to-client (B2C) to a business-to-business (B2B) model. A week after Maddyness published an article about how French chefs incorporate 3D printing into their art, Sculpteo’s ability to facilitate design work is another example of how 3D printing can boost cultural industries. 

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