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, 11/24/2011 - 08:07
Entrepreneurship is at the heart of LeWeb and what gives drives us every year.  We realize, however, that not every entrepreneur that would like to come to LeWeb is able to for one reason or another. If the reason is financial, we wanted to help out how we could.  Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners are adopting entrepreneurs to win a ticket on our Facebook page, on Twitter, on Google+ and more for the next 10 days ONLY. Every day, there will be 2...
Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:26
[See at the end of this post if you want to understand the rules of this contest] Today, as part of our "Adopt an entrepreneur" program with Lepe Partners and Silicon Valley Bank we're giving two LeWeb tickets to entrepreneurs that have decided to show their motivation by helping the conference. Bastien Labelle, from France, and Alexandre Toulemonde also from France, have developped two great tools based on Twitter, and we want to thank them for...
Wed, 11/23/2011 - 16:36
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.    Jaka Azman is from Ljubljana, Slovenija where he is campaign manager at www.simobil.si You can follow him on Twitter @sweetext How was your experience last year at LeWeb?  I...
Tue, 11/22/2011 - 20:29
Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners are sponsoring entrepreneurs via an Adopt an Entrepreneur program. For 10 days (5 more days to go), we are giving away 2 tickets every day. Let us know why you want to go via a blog post, tweet, Facebook post, via the form on our Facebook "Welcome" tab, a video, whatever, to win a ticket to LeWeb this December 7, 8, & 9. Our 2 winners today are : Guillaume Jover who created an entire poem about why he needs to go to LeWeb (in French...
Tue, 11/22/2011 - 01:19
  We have 2 more winners of the Adopt an Entrepreneur program sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners!  Katherine Philips-Kaiser, founder of Amphi Media made a video explaining why she should win a ticket to LeWeb: We couldn't help but say "yes!" Krystel Bendahan from Venezuela who certainly showed us her motivation in her letter. Check it out:  Bonjour, my name is Krystel Bendahan. I am a 23 years old...
Tue, 11/22/2011 - 20:32
Today, we're very happy to announce that thanks to Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners two new entrepreneurs will be able to attend LeWeb: Paul Dufour from the USA Paul created a website to show his motivation! Check http://pauldufour.com/ That's a good way to show how motivated he is! Plus he explained with a few words why he wants to come: I've never gotten to go to LeWeb before, but I'd love for the opportunity to attend. I''ve been...
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 00:37
    Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners invite entrepreneurs to win a ticket for Leweb. Every day during 10 days, we have 2 tickets to give away. Find out more information on how to win here. The competition started two days ago, and we announbced yesterday our two first winners, coming from Canada and England. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter from November 18-27 and make as much noise as possible to let us know why you want...
Fri, 11/18/2011 - 19:07
            Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners invite entrepreneurs to win a ticket on our Facebook page for the next 10 days ONLY. Every day, we have 2 tickets to give away. Find out more information on how to win here. Follow our blog from November 18-27 to find out how to share your story with us why you should get a free ticket to LeWeb, and every day at 10am PST...
Fri, 11/18/2011 - 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.    Viktoriya Tigipko is from Kiev, Ukraine, where she is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of TA Venture VC fund. How was your experience last year at LeWeb?  I had great experience and enjoyed...
Mon, 12/05/2011 - 23:10
More than 600 start-ups applied for this year's LeWeb's start-up competition, forcing us to be incredibly selective and accepting only start-ups that will launch at LeWeb to make sure that they are on an even playing field. While we would have liked to keep them all, only 32 made the semi-finalist cut, and posted their video pitches on YouTube via a partnership with Google. Now, 16 finalists that will present onstage at LeWeb December 9th, led by Chris Shipley from Guidewire. New...