Around the World Tour of LeWeb by Bloggers

 

Although LeWeb 2011 is past and LeWeb 2012 is already on the horizon for us, we wanted to take a moment to take a tour of blog posts from this year that provided us with great feedback that we always look for. We would like to thank all of you that helped us spread the world about tech innovation in Europe and around the world and for your support.

SoLoMo at LeWeb

SoLoMo has changed the meaning of media, and one issue that our SoLoMo and Media panel looked at is how you can scale local - - and whether big media companies can attack local. Also, what is "local"? Is it city? Region? Country?

Many bloggers, for example, (naturally) highlight which speakers and startups were there from their country - and LeWeb has been criticized for having everything in English - but what does it mean to be "international" today? Does it mean that you have to put your website and/or blog in English? Investing in startups around the world?

Bloggers this year looked at how services like Uber, Instagram, Foursquare, and others are adapting their models to or being used in city-wide markets to bring what you want to find - nearby - immediately to you.

LeWeb as a platform 

This year we saw more announcements than ever before at LeWeb, and networking is still a huge part of LeWeb ; we hope that you were able to go outside of your comfort circle and approach people with whom you had never spoken before. 

The number of launches at LeWeb was dizzying and we are thrilled to see that LeWeb has become a platform for launching new ideas and making company announcements:

It's incredible to see LeWeb grow as we all support each other, "paying it forward" in our own way to help tech ecosystems grow. The web is turning our society into a highly collaborative one where either you get millions of users, or you die.

Workshops & Partners

We heard both positive and negative feedback about this year's workshops. Several people said that the workshops seemed to be mostly for "noobs," something we'll take into account when talking with our partners about workshops for 2012. 

It seems Google gave out the most goodies and Buddy Media put an entire video of one of their presentations online.

The Pullman and Eiffel docks were filled with partners including gorillas and startups - and our partners like Renault that launched its brand new in-car tablet, the R-Link.

Startup Competition

This year's 16 startups were chosen from over 600 applications! It was tough to narrow this down to just 16, but thanks to Guidewire Group, our excellent judges and Google we found our Top 3 Startups and People's Choice Award winner. Is it a good idea for us to apply our yearly theme to the Startup Competition? 

Having a great idea is one part of the game. Knowing how to present it and what is important about your company was resumed in 6 lessons (in French) by Guilhem Bertholet : know your numbers, think big, practice your English, focus, have your demo down cold, answer questions succintly and clearly.

"Change the world" was the mantra of a number of our start-ups - how can you create a simple ergonomic service like Twitter today that can have an impact worldwide?

Beintoo, an Italian startup, won the Startup Competition; they explained that they are the first user-friendly advertising platform that offers real benefits to users and advertisers: you play, you win points, and those points can be used as real-life coupons on partner advertisers' sites. 

Logistics

Almost everyone this year gave us great feedback about LeWeb's organization, and we couldn't thank our team enough.

The set-up was intense, starting on Sunday before the event and ending Wednesday morning before doors opened. Although we received mostly positive feedback, a few of you mentioned minor "glitches" that you thought might be due to LeWeb being 3 days this year instead of 2, like workshop times. We tried to make sure that everything was updated on the LeWeb app and online, but we'll look at this with our partners for next year. We also heard that the Wifi was not 100% in the Pullman hall when it was packed, so thank you for this feedback.

Many bloggers commented about the buffet throughout the days - - and did you know? - - LeWeb is actually the only tech conference worldwide to serve wine at lunch.

Looking forward to LeWeb 2012

There is of course a growing number of copycats, but as Frederic de Villlamil pointed out, huge successes seek to fix a problem that the (co-)founders see in the world, not copy an existing social network. We're excited to see what LeWeb 2012 will bring, including perhaps a focus on responsible consumption. Airbnb is a standout model of how our consumption patterns are changing, and other companies are being developed with a common consumption principle in mind. 

Karl Lagerfeld - a self-proclaimed "paper freak" - announced that he is working on a book made up entirely of iPad sketches - perhaps an insight into how "non-techies" use technology for their own needs?

Eric Schmidt said that Silicon Valley needs a competitor - who will be see emerge in 2012? Maybe one of the cities that the Startup Bus passed through this yearCould the next Silicon Valley be in Lating America? Should we invite more startups from Asia? He also said that Google TV will be on the majority of TVs in stores by mid-summer of THIS YEAR. And by December?

George Colony from Forrester predicted a "post-social" period and that new actors are going to challenge Facebook, Google+ and the like for users time. Our use of social media, says Jeremiah Owyang, helps companies predict our consumption behavior, but they still need to connect business units and reduce duplicate efforts. In fact, there were a few services like Hojoki, Allmyapps, and Write ID at LeWeb that regroup your feeds (Hojoki) or your apps (Allmyapps), to help avoid duplicating information or efforts, or regroup your profiles across the web (WriteID).

It will be interesting to see how open data evolves with government involvement, including mapping pollen areas and handicap accessible travel routes. Eric Schwartzmann, Tac Heuer, Tac Anderson, Shel Holtz, and Neville Hobson recorded a podcast where they discussed Eric Schmidt's desire for governments and the tech world to work together. If you haven't seen it yet, check out what they had to say about LeWeb and European startups vs American startups

Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners sponsored 20 entrepreneurs through our Adopt an Entrepreneur program. We'd like to see more sponsorships for startups that want to go to LeWeb next year!

We can't express what it's like to see LeWeb grow year after year with your participation, becoming a "reference", according to Myriam, pushing startups and unknowns to the forefront and hopefully inspiring you in your own life. Our Social Media Track on Day 3 was a great success with a full audience for most of the talks. Ramon de Leon gave his own inspiration to the audience with his talk about giving your customers "WOW"; social media is a tool that he uses to do just that.

As the first week in December has kind of become a "week of the web" in Paris, so it pushes us to make LeWeb better and better every time.

Rumors had been brewing that LeWeb would change locations for 2012, but don't worry, we'll be back in Paris next year, December 4, 5, and 6!

LeWeb Latest News

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 16:51
LeWeb is all about worldwide web leaders, so when we decided to add some surprise performances, it was logical for us to invite leader artists in their field. And we were lucky to have for you at LeWeb 7 young French artists who are worldwide champions in their disciplin! The first day: Jeremy Maupilet, Wilfried Ebongue & Marcio de barros who are triple French champions and double vice world champions in Break Dance   The second day: Alex Jumelin and Matthias Dandois, who...
Mon, 12/12/2011 - 18:28
  We'd like to say thank you to Radian6 for following everything that was going on online around LeWeb during all 3 days of the conference! Their presentations that we posted on our Slideshare account have repeatedly received top views and we now have their evaluation of DAY 3 as well as a comparison of 2010 buzz online versus 2011. Check out their analyses of Day 1 and Day 2. LeWeb Radian6 Summary DAY 3 View more presentations from Le Web LeWeb Radian6...
Mon, 12/12/2011 - 17:32
  Thank you! JESS3 who was at LeWeb to catch every moment in illustration. We've already posted their multicolor representations of Day 1 and Day 2, and now we have their amazing data visualization of Day 3 at LeWeb by the JESS3 team. [You can find all of their illustrations on our Flickr account]         Posted by Michelle Chmielewski
Tue, 12/13/2011 - 15:42
Livesketching @ LeWeb'11 was a real success (look at the stats of the Flickr collection with all the illustrations) If you missed them, we've compiled all of them in one presentation. Enjoy! Real-time hand-drawn live sketches at LeWeb'11 View more presentations from Le Web Posted by Cédric Giorgi
Sat, 12/10/2011 - 01:00
Congratulations to our Startup Competition winners! 1st Place Winner - Beintoo 2nd Place Winner - HeyCrowd  3rd Place Winner - Babelverse People's Choice Award - Echo Labs Limited    If missed their presentations : 1st Place Winner - Beintoo Beintoo is the first gamification of app development for web and mobile developers. 2nd Place Winner - HeyCrowd You can download their app for free in the Appstore now to find out...
Sat, 12/10/2011 - 01:05
UStream This year LeWeb will be livestreamed on 3 different channels:  1. Plenary (main) conference stage including Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Arrington, and many other VIP speakers 2. Eiffel Stage -  Watch our Start-Up Competition Days 1 & 2 and our Social Media Track Day 3  3. Live TV Studio sponsored by IBM - Twit.TV with Leo Laporte, FrenchWeb,, and others will host live...
Mon, 12/12/2011 - 17:12
  Thank you JESS3 for your beautiful representations of LeWeb! Jim Hollander and team has been doing an amazing job recording in images everything that has been going on onstage and online.  Jim and Jesse Thomas, JESS3's Founder, explained that they have been working with their team in the U.S. that has beeen taking notes and working in parallel with Jim so that they can go ultrafast. When you take a look, it's hard to believe that they've turned around so much detailed...
Fri, 12/09/2011 - 08:47
  Thank you to Radian6 for working with us on monitoring and measuring online conversations around LeWeb for all 3 days. Radian6's analysis of pre-LeWeb buzz and buzz from Day 1 is here.  Below is Radian6's take on Day 2 : Radian6 Stats of LeWeb 2011 Day 2 View more presentations from Le Web. It's great to see that Phil Libin's announcements yesterday (already on YouTube) got great feedback online, as well as Eric Schmidt's presence from mainstream...
Thu, 12/08/2011 - 18:53
  Over the past 2 days you have been tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, and sharing like crazy - it's incredible to see how LeWeb has grown with the help of everyone that is at the event and wathing the event from afar. Earlier today we posted LeWeb as seen by Radian6, who sent us an extensive analysis of hot topics pre-LeWeb and also on Day 1.  Radian6 will be sending us more every day so keep checking back to see what they're picking up on the web. We also wanted to share...
Fri, 12/09/2011 - 09:07
  Ready for a game to play while you're HERE at LeWeb? If you you're at the event OR watching the Livestream, check out LeWebGame.com. Just log in and click "Play" to get started! Levels are locked when you start out, but as you answer questions and move through the challenges, the levels will slowly be unlocked.  You can win prizes at the end of LeWeb, December 9th 2011 : 1st prize : an iPad2 2nd prize : 150€ Airbnb voucher  3rd prize : 100€...

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