LeWeb 2011 in the Press

 

Every year, the goal of LeWeb and its press relations is to put forward the startups and stars that will be at LeWeb. We are thrilled to have such a program and share what will be going on both with international tech and non-tech spheres. This year we saw press apparitions about LeWeb in:

NYTimes on France as the focus of digital optimism

Nicolas Sarkozy : "I greatly admire American vitality"

Eric Schmidt : "I love France"

Loic Le Meur: “There has been a dramatic shift in the last few years with European entrepreneurs who are no longer trying to be copycats of American tech, which was pretty sad. Europeans are now really innovating on their own.” 

Wall Street Journal on Schmidt's "spikiness" onstage

Schmidt : Paris could be Europe's digital tech hub, but "you have to get your act together...Key to that, he said, would be governments leading the rollout of high-speed fixed and wireless Internet. That would, he said, allow digital businesses to flourish and create jobs without further state help."

Wired on the importance of social

"When Ogilvy Mather’s Thomas Crampton asked the audience “Who here thinks Twitter is media?” a fair three quarters raised their hands. This raises the old question: has “old school media” given way to more social, local, mobile ways of sharing news?... Social means reaching a great scale even if the story happens locally"

CNN liveblogging

  • Lagerfeld : launched an exclusive online clothes collection Karl.com that will be launched in partnership with Net-A-Porter shopping portal on January 25, owns 30-40 iPads that he uses as diaries, photobooks and sketches. and drew a sketch of Steve Jobs during his presentation
  • Schmidt : showed Ice Cream Sandwich and "near-field communication" - the conversations that take place between physically proximal devices AND Android is "ahead of the iPhone now" in terms of sales, availability and popularity
  • Joanna Shields (Facebook) : unveiled a new plugin that allows people to subsribe to a users updates on any site that they happen to be writing or communicating onAND  Guardian users now don't go to the publication's website, but instead use Facebook to read the paper
  • Dennis Crowley (Foursquare) : now has 15 million subscribers and 1 million check-ins every day
  • Allen Blue (LinkedIn) :  "LinkedIn would like to declare victory over the business card and we will someday."
  • Axel Dauchez (Deezer) : Deezer is rolling out to 200 countries but not U.S
  • the "BRIC" countries have some of the highest penetration rates of usage in the world. #LeWeb 
  • People in the US are using social media more than they are volunteering, praying, exercising, emailing, phone calling. #LeWeb
  • Brian Chesky (Airbnb): "I don't think the gloom that overhangs the economy has pervaded startups"
  • Loic Le Meur: Airbnb is “the biggest threat to the hotel industry"

Fast Company on the global startup culture

Om Malik (GigaOm) : "There is now a universal startup culture all over the world."

Loic Le Meur : "Today's young people will need to absorb and apply this culture to their lives. While they may not all introduce products through methods like "the lean startup," they will introduce themselves to a very different job market than the one their parents worked in. Their parents didn't have to start companies if they didn't want to, because they had "jobs." But this generation has Jobs, or his memory, as a mentor, and most "cool kids" don't want to work for anyone else. They'd rather change, or try to save, the world."

TechCrunch on venture capitalists and upcoming elections

Sean Parker : Social will decide the outcome of the election

GigaOm on the death of the web

"This is not the first time someone has declared the death (or the dying of) the web. In fact, there have been countless debates on the subject and most people involved are, in my opinion, both right but also wrong...there is a clear move away from the Document Web. The amount of code, complexity and capabilities running in a typical web page has increased dramatically over the past decade. This started with the AJAX trick that allowed web developers to load data without reloading a page. Now it has come to a point where we have all user interface code loaded into the browser...The move away from the Document Web is a result of reduced costs and important advances in Web Technology...When it comes to building apps, HTML5 and JavaScript is here to stay."

Fast Company on Silicon Valley wannabes

"Anywhere outside Silicon Valley, for all intents and purposes, is Phoenix. By that I mean the people think they lack something only Silicon Valley can provide...Every city needs more collaboration, someone to pull the pieces together. And someone to stay involved for the long term, because there is no such thing as an overnight success. Companies may need to be mentored and supported for five or 10 years. Look at Twitter--not out of the woods yet and almost six years old. The biggest problem I see outside Silicon Valley is continuity--the existence of a group of local entrepreneurs who make it themselves and then turn around and reinvest in the younger people coming up."

San Francisco Chronicle on why sound will be bigger than video

Simplicity ; you can do other things while you listen ; creation tools are changing ; and sound is connected to your emotional centers more than video - - "Don't believe it? Ljung suggests plugging your ears the next time you're watching a scary movie. Without the soundtrack, it will play more like a comedy."

Silicon Prairie News on European governments and startup ecosystems

"We now see government as part of the ecosystem," Princen - advisor for new media and information technology at the office of France President Nicolas Sarkozy - said, "not above the ecosystem looking down … I think what governments can do is facilitate, catalyze, enable innovation and try to contribute positively to the ecosystem that can work without it but can work faster and better with it."

 

Announcements at LeWeb

in Memeburn

Renault launched its new in-car tablet device, R-LINK: A seven inch tablet that offers a multimedia experience for consumers on the move (50 existing useful and community smartphone applications adapted for use on the move)

in Silicon Filter

Marissa Mayer : Since June 2011, Google has been seeing more maps usage on mobile devices than on the web every day

Phil Libin (Evernote) : Evernote hits 20 million users

in WebProNews

Marissa Mayer : Google+ launching check-in deals

in MacGasm

Kevin Rose : 150,000 downloads of Oink

in Gamezebo

Misha Lyalin : Cut the rope animated short makes its debut

in PR Newswire

ZenDesk : goes multilingual

in The Next Web

Fotopedia : first ever magazine for a conference

 

Announcements post-LeWeb

TaskRabbit raised $17.8 million for international expansion

Leah Busque, TaskRabbit CEO, has grown her board and is looking into growing TaskRabbit internationally. It's not an easy feat, with varying labor laws from country to country, but she said “We’ve got thousands of people on the waiting lists for cities that haven’t launched yet.”

Uber launched in Washington, D.C.

Uber continues their expansion after their launch at LeWeb to launch in yet another city in the U.S. 25 more are expected for 2012, and 25 after that.

HeyCrowd raised 150,000 euros

Through a combination of funds from Jacques-Antoine Granjon and Kima Ventures

Zendesk will have a French office soon

Should be by the end of 2012.

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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