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

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 advertory.com, 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 advertory.com, 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...

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