The Grand YouTube Recap of LeWeb 2011


This year's LeWeb was bigger than ever and we are planning on making 2012 even more remarkable. 

In case you missed some or all of LeWeb, all of the videos can be found on our YouTube channel, as well as our UStream channel.

Here's a grand summary of what went down :


Karl Lagerfeld gave Loic a sketch of Steve Jobs that he had done that morning on his iPad, as well as a video announcing his new online collection. The collection that will be available on Natalie Massenet's online fashion boutique, Net-a-Porter. 
Steve Jang launched SoundTracking's Android app onstage during his Q&A with MG Siegler. The new app offers instant song recognition and full song playing, plus background processing which allows for notifications with options to share songs.
Travis Kalanick launched the car service Uber in Paris with 60 cars currently on the ground and $32 million in new funding.
Leah Busque showed a demo of TaskRabbit for iPhone, that you can use to post a task in "under 60 seconds" and have one of their TaskRabbits do it for you.
Dave Morin launched Path 2, the second version of the mobile journalling app, which is now on both iPhone and Android.
Mike McCue launched Flipboard for iPhone, which addresses the way people flip through information vertically, as opposed to horizontally on the iPad.
Kevin Rose, Co-founder and CEO of Milk, shared what it was like to move from various roles to becoming an entrepreneur, and what he's learned along the way.
Eric Schmidt discussed with Loic about Ice Cream Sandwich, Google TV, Motorola, and why app developers still focus on iOS, even though Android is beating Apple's iOS. Schmidt also talked about why Google is focusing on international cities to foster competition with the Silicon Valley.
Andrey Andreev shared Badoo's story and how he created it, as well as his plans to reach $100 billion valuation.
Joanna Shields talked about Facebook's transparency and how behaviors are changing through sharing. Facebook will soon be launching a subscribe button for websites.
Axel Dauchez, interviewed by Becky Anderson from CNN, announced that Deezer is launching in over 200 countries.
Jens Begemann showed a mobile demo of one of Wooga's games, Diamond Dash, which is now available on iPhone and iPad and automatically opens the App Store when an invite is opened.
Kevin Systrom, interviewed by Alexia Tsotsis, said that an Android app that is on the way for Instagram and the network they have created that rivals competition from Facebook and Apple
Allen Blue discussed the future of LinkedIn with MG Siegler, networking, the future of professional tools and why LinkedIn wants to get rid of business cards forever 
Dennis Crowley talked with Robert Scoble about some of Foursquare's stats: 15 million users, 30 million locations, growth in Europe and Brazil, as well as the competitive landscape of location-based services


Opening remarks with Loic & Geraldine Le Meur and a Surprise BMX Performance from @Alexjumelin and @Matthiasdando

The Money Panel, moderated by Jonathan Goodwin, CEO & Partner J Goodwin & Co LLP with Jeff Clavier, Founder & Managing Partner, SoftTech V, Harry Nelis, Partner, Accel Partners, Dave McClure, 500 Hats, and Eric Archambeau, General Partner, Wellington Partners talked about identifying bubbles, growth in China, education, and emerging economies.
Bill Gross, CEO of Idealab, with 20 years of entrepreneurial experience talked about learning from failure and his 12 tips for succeeding
Brian Chesky was interviewed by Sarah Lane from TWiT Network about Airbnb becoming a source of people, places, and experiences just like Google is a source of information
Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote announced that starting in Spring 2012, all Orange cus­tomers will receive a pre­mium sub­scrip­tion to Ever­note. He also talked with Loic about building trust, retaining users, and their launch of Evernote Hello to remember people and Evernote Food to capture food experiences. 
Chris Capossel, SVP for Microsoft told Loic why developers will be tempted to create apps for Windows 8 and why Windows is a relevant platform that continues to grow
Carmine Gallo, author on the presentation skills of Steve Jobs, showed how Steve Jobs was able to communicate his visonary ideas, because if you have great ideas but you can't communicate them, "it doesn't really matter"
Marissa Mayer, interviewed by MG Siegler said that Google "tried not to overpromise" when they launched Google Plus. She talked about mapping indoor spaces and smart data usage.
George Colony, CEO of Forrester, created a controversy by predicting a “post-social web” that will see social web applications evolve to deliver “more efficient, easier to use, higher value-to-time ratios”
How is Social Local Mobile changing enterprise moderated by: Paul Papadimitriou, VP & Analyst, Constellation Research with Nigel Beck, Vice President, Business Development and M&A Social Software, IBM Corporation, Auren Hoffman, CEO, Rapleaf, and JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist, talked about enterprise versus consumer software and listening to customers.
Jeremiah Owyang shared his latest research that it is now time to "return to basics and focus on building a scalable infrastructure –before jumping into adopting social tools"
Marco Tempest, a world renowned digital magician wowed the audience with his show of magic and inspiration. He said, "Believe in your magic. If you do not believe in your own magic, how do you expect other people to believe in you?”
Loic gave a tour of what it's like backstage for those of you wondering what it's like to direct and edit an event like LeWeb live
Joseph Tame, known for his love of digital devices, said he is the personification of social, local, and mobile. He constantly has multiple streaming devices on him and has raised a significant amount of money for charity by running with his incredible outfit.
Ariel Garten, Co-founder and CEO of Interaxon retourned to give an update this year on connecting computers to your brain
Deb Roy, Co-founder and CEO of Bluefin Labs shared his research of connecting TV and the social web, wordscapes, and TV genomes
Yves Behar was interviewed by Om Malik about the importance of design for Jawbone and Fuseproduct when creating a product and the value it can create 
Danil Kozyatnikov, Founder & CEO of Questli launched iPhone and Android apps for the game at LeWeb
Niklas Zennstrom talked about the growth of e-commerce, creating billion-dollar companies in Europe, and aiming high at Atomico
How is social local mobile changing media moderated by Thomas Crampton, Asia-Pacific Director of Social Media, Ogilvy Mather with Paul-François Fournier, Executive Vice President, Orange Technocentre, Gabe Rivera, Founder & CEO, Techmeme, Bruno Patino, Senior Executive Vice President, Strategy Digital Director, France Télévisions Group & France 5, and Brad Garlinghouse, President, Consumer Applications & Commerce Group, AOL
Leo Laporte talked with Loic about sharing events online, the success of TWiT TV (5 million unique visitors per month), and podcasting as a medium
Jared Goralnick hosted Ignite LeWeb again this year and introduced this year's 10 speakers and how Ignite sessions are run
Yuval Ariav's Ignite LeWeb Talk: Playing (with) the Market-Fun Facts about the Android Market
Martin Bohringer's Ignite LeWeb Talk: Copycat Music: What Does it Mean to be an Original?
Emmanuel Carraud's Ignite LeWeb Talk: How to Solve the App Store Discovery Problem
Trevor Dougherty's Ignite LeWeb Talk: We're Not All as Smart as You Think We Are 
Simon Lindgren's Ignite LeWeb Talk: From Flaneur to SmartMob: Collectively Experiencing Paris
Greg Pouy's Ignite LeWeb Talk: Is the Web Turning Us Into Monsters?
Sara Rosso's Ignite LeWeb Talk: The Future Way of Working: The Distributed Company
Anina Net's Ignite LeWeb Talk: Chinese Tech & Doing Business in China
Dave Troy's Ignite LeWeb Talk: Knowing Why (Connaitre Porquoi)
Yossi Vardi, Pioneer, Investor, & Entrepreneur, talked about problems that entrepreneurs face, including doing too much of the same.
How European governments support startup ecosystems moderated by Sherry Coutu, Former CEO & Angel Investor with Nicolas Princen, Advisor for New Media and Information Technology, Office of President Nicolas Sarkozy and Eric Van der Kleij, CEO, Tech City Investment Organisation discussed the importance of government involvement in the start-up ecosystem, job creation, and investing to create
Matthew Mengerink was interviewed by Robert Scoble about e-commerce trends, ratings and reviews, and how we buy today
Ryan Sarver, Twitter's Director of Platform talked with MG Siegler about coming updates for Twitter, including being able to reach further into followers' profiles
Kiran Bellubbi discussed building mobile products at 955 Dreams and creating products that people love using
Ben Parr talked about his favorite topic, Entrepreneurship, with plenty of LOLcats, and what the tech scene looks like today
Daniel Ek was interviewed by Loic on Spotify's success in finding a middle ground between users and the music industry
Fernando Madeira, Co-founder and CEO of Terra gave an update on economic and digital development in Latin America, including how the market is growing and changing
Fabrice Grinda, Internet Entrepreneur, angel investor,Co-CEO, OLX talked about the trials and tribulations of Angel Investing in Brazil, Russia and around the world
Étienne Mineur, from Les Editions Volumiques, presented the book of the future - a cross between video games and traditional books
Jason Jacobs gave a mobile demo of Runkeeper and talked about his realization that if we could centralize health information in one place, we could create a healthier world
Ouriel Ohayon gave a mobile demo of Appsfire, a top app for discovering new apps as well as apps that are specific to your tastes, and that have dropped in price
Carlos Tavares, COO of Renault, talked with Loic about the future of green cars and using technology to create smart cars, as well as Renault's part in financing startups
A surprise performance by Wass & Sean, who is the French and World champion in Freestyle Football
Alexander Ljung, Co-founder of SoundCloud, declared that sound will be the next revolution online and will be "bigger than video"
Misha Lyalin, Chairman & CEO of Zeptolab showed a new popular game "Cut the Rope" and described how they have made it evolve beyond being "just" a game
Sean Parker & Shervin Pishevar were interviewed by Alexia Tsotsis and took questions from the crowd about being serial entrepreneurs and what it takes
Start-Up Competition Finalist Demos & Awards Ceremony : 1st place Beintoo, 2nd place Hey Crowd, 3rd place Babelverse
DAY 1 - - PLENARY II STAGE : Startup Competition
Introduction Session 1 with Chris Shipley from Guidewire Group with judges Sherry Coutu, Former CEO & Angel Investor, Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Microsoft Corporation, Sheila Marcelo, Founder & CEO,, Nicolas Princen, Advisor for New Media and Information Technology, Office of President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Rodrigo Sepulveda, Entreprenuer & Investor : A service that facilitates groups of friends organizing to meet up - in less than 23 minutes
Flagfriend : A geolocalized game platform 
HeyCrowd : A mobile application for polling whomever, whenever, wherever
Geokiwi : Leave virtual post-it notes that are tagged by geolocation
Introduction Session 2 with judges Carlos Domingo, Director, Product Development & Innovation, Telefonica Digital, David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital, Amit Shafrir, President, Badoo, and Gary Shainberg, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, WISeKey
Babelverse : Real-time translation services using a crowdsourced community that pays translators 
inZair : Send geolocalized rich media messages that can be scheduled for a certain time
ARNav : Use virtual reality to guide you in a new city or your own rather than a flat map : Share and discover favorite places around you
DAY 2 - - PLENARY II STAGE : Startup Competition
Introduction Session 3 with judges Lukasz Gadowski, Internet Entrepreneur & Investor, Stephanie Hospital, EVP, Audience & Advertising Division, Orange , Jamie Siminoff, Founder & President, NobelBiz & Founder & CEO, Edison Junior, Kristell Schuber, Marketing Director, Google France, and Daniel Waterhouse, Partner, Wellington Partners
Apila : Find a parking spot using the Apila parking community
Staround : Get opinions from your friends
Gauss : Use the "people magnet" to find people that are similar to you and nearby
Beintoo : A platform to incentivize using partner mobile applications with real-life benefits
Introduction Session 4 with judges Zachary S. Bogue, Angel Investor & Advisor, Fred Destin, Partner, Atlas Ventures, Lyle Fong, Chief Strategist & Co-Founder, Lithium, Patrick Hoffstetter, Chief Digital Officer, Renault, and Michael Parekh, Investor & Advisor
Commerces & Co : Discover local stores and stay in touch with them
Echo Labs Limited : Find out what people are thinking nearby and vote up your favorite opinions
ClearKarma : Find food items that are safe for your food allergies, and share your list with friends and family
Beetmobile : The mobile access provider powered by the crowd
DAY 2 - - PLENARY II STAGE Afternoon
Facebook Workshop “The Power of the Graph" with Christian Hernandez, Director of Platform Partnerships, Facebook
LinkedIn Workshop "How to Drive Brand Engagement Using The LinkedIn Platform" with Jennifer Weedn, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Start-Up Clusters in Europe with Mike Butcher, Editor, TechCrunch Europe, Alexander Ljung, Founder & CEO, SoundCloud, Gilles Babinet, Entrepreneur, Chairman of Conseil National du Numerique, and Elizabeth Varley, Co-Founder & CEO, TechHub
Michael Fertik, Founder, on the Privacy Economy: data mining, data collection, and the invasive way technology is becoming a part of our lives
Panel - Game On! with Thomas Crampton, Asia-Pacific Director of Social Media, Ogilvy Mather, Julien Codorniou, Head of European Gaming Partnerships, Facebook, Jens Begemann, Founder, Wooga, and Riccardo Zacconi, Co-Founder & CEO,
DAY 3 - - PLENARY II STAGE : Social Media Track
Leveraging the voice of your customer with Alexia Tsotsis, Writer, TechCrunch, Brett Hurt, Founder & CEO, Bazaarvoice, Wendy S. Lea, CEO, Get Satisfaction, and Mikkel Svane, CEO,  Zendesk
Latest Trends for Facebook pages by Michael Lazerow, CEO of Buddy Media
Going beyond creating a Facebook page with Martin Bryant, European Editor, The Next Web, Matthieu Chéreau, Founder & CEO, Tigerlily, Victoria Ransom, CEO, Wildfire, and Jan Rezab, Co-Founder & CEO, Socialbakers
Richard Binhammer, Director of Social Media and Community at Dell: Building a social business : The miles to go before we can sleep
Social organizations is a paradigm shift with Richard Collin, Professor, Director, Enterprise 2.0 Institute, Grenoble Management School, Sandy Carter, Vice President, Social Business Sales and Evangelism, IBM, Polly Sumner, Chief Adoption Officer,, and Nicolas Rolland, Director Social Prospective, Danone
Guillaume du Gardier spoke with Michelle Chmielewski about what to do when you have 50 million fans that you didn't ask for, or pay to get
Ramon de Leon, Social Media Marketing at Domino's Pizza: Engage the World by "Trusting your Instincts"
B. Bonin Bough, Global Head of Digital, PepsiCo: Digital Fitness: Educating a Global Organization
Matt Flannery, Co-founder and CEO of Kiva Q&A with Cedric Giorgi on creating Kiva and using the web to create an international microcredit organization
Data or content - the key to social media marketing with Emmanuel Vivier, Digital Advertising & Social Media Marketing Expert, Amelie Bourgeois-Dagues, Direct Marketing & Internet Director, Disneyland Paris, Jean-Robert Bellanger, Digital Marketing Manager, Red Bull France, Tanguy Favennec, E-Marketing Director, Air France
Closing Remarks of the Social Media Track with Cedric Giorgi and Michelle Chmielewski

LeWeb Latest News

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 21:47
  Alexandre Malsch, CEO & Co-founder of meltyNetwork ( (Melty, MeltyFashion, MeltyStyle, MeltyBuzz), the #1 web media group dedicated to young people in France (6 million unique visitors per month), said that having enough business cards is essential for LeWeb.  Especially with more than 3,000 participants this year. Alexandre first went to LeWeb in 2009 with Microsoft Idea, a program for start-ups that gave him a demo stand to show off his website...
Fri, 12/02/2011 - 17:56
  Renault is back at LeWeb for their second year (Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault S.A. & Nissan Motor Co. gave the opening keynote last year) as our Official Partners! They just posted an awesome video of what you can expect from Renault at this year's LeWeb :  Renault will also be sponsoring a party for LeWeb Official Bloggers Tuesday, December 6th, and attendees will be able to test drive a Twizy! Make sure you stop by their lounge, there...
Fri, 12/02/2011 - 15:12
  Amiando is awesome for events, right? But did you know that the CEO and co-founder of amiando, Felix Haas, practically had to show up at Loic's front door step before he would even listen to his pitch?  Founded in 2006, amiando was gaining speed as an easy-to-use ticketing service for events of any size and after they launched, many people told Felix that LeWeb is THE event in Europe - he had to be there. Felix tried to reach Loic via common friends like...
Fri, 12/02/2011 - 12:22
  Evernote just posted a video starring their CEO, Phil Libin, who will be speaking at LeWeb on Day 2. They will be a part of our workshop program that you should check out, including a developer competition:  You can follow Phil on Twitter here : @plibin Thanks, Phil!
Thu, 12/01/2011 - 17:59
  LeWeb is International is a serie of blog posts to highlight LeWeb'11 international participants. With three simple questions we'll learn why they come to LeWeb and what the tech scene is like in their country. Countries are covered in no particular order.  Anil Hansjee is from London where he previously worked with Google, and is now an investor in early seed tech companies as well as a senior advisor for the Internet Industry to EQT Funds.  ...
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 23:13
  If you've already gotten your ticket for LeWeb '11, you've probably gotten an email from a service called Presdo Match, and perhaps received a few notifications that people "like" your profile. It's OK. It's Presdo Match for LeWeb, launched last year to help you identify and meet up with people before LeWeb to help you get the most of your time with us. It launched Tuesday and its CEO, Eric Ly, refers to it as "a social network around an...
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 12:27
  BE MOTIVATED. Anne-Aymone Ferreira, Founder and CEO of, is one of the most motivated people we've met when it comes to going to LeWeb. We spoke with her about her experience last year, and she's now convinced us to invite her this year! Anne-Aymone went to LeWeb to show what they were doing at, and by chance fell upon Silvia Teschner, Head of Investor Relations at Kizoo, a well-known early-stage financing organization...
Tue, 11/29/2011 - 23:19
  Ignite LeWeb will be back at Leweb this year, at 5:25pm on Thursday, December 8th on the plenary stage. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, speakers have 5 minutes to express an idea in 20 slides, and each slide is automatically advanced after 15 seconds. According to Jared Goralnick, who will be hosting Ignite LeWeb Ignite for the 2nd time this year, Ignite LeWeb "is part-education, part-entertainment, and ALL performance." Why should attendees...
Tue, 11/29/2011 - 22:22
  Andrew Brackin immediately caught our eye on TechCrunch's article about winning a ticket from them. He posted: When we spoke with him recently, he said that he had first heard about LeWeb years ago - he was actually one of the first Seesmic users back when it was a video site and Loic would post about the event. "I was probably 13," he said. Last year he said he just decided "I'm going." "LeWeb gave me this understanding of...
Tue, 11/29/2011 - 01:35
Ouriel Ohayon, co-founded Appsfire with Yann Lechelle, 2 years ago at LeWeb, to help users better discover mobile apps and help developers better market their app. We caught up with Ouriel, who will be demoing on our plenary stage this year, and who shared an unusual success story with us that's never been shared before. Ouriel and Yann came to LeWeb in 2009 while they were closing their first round of seed funding with a few LeWeb speakers. They came with the idea of...