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:
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.”
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."
"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"
- 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"
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."
Sean Parker : Social will decide the outcome of the election
"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."
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."
"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
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)
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
Marissa Mayer : Google+ launching check-in deals
Kevin Rose : 150,000 downloads of Oink
Misha Lyalin : Cut the rope animated short makes its debut
ZenDesk : goes multilingual
Fotopedia : first ever magazine for a conference
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 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.
Through a combination of funds from Jacques-Antoine Granjon and Kima Ventures
Should be by the end of 2012.
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:
- Uber launched in Paris just for LeWeb and announced raising $32 million
- Twitter focused on their "new-new service" that emphasizes being simple to use. They also launched iPhone and Android apps and announced a coming iPad update
- Eric Schmidt discussed an analytics platform that Google plans on launching shortly
- Path relaunched a new version - "Path 2" - after talking with users and making sharing easier, while retaining their privacy opt-out features
- Deezer is opening up their free streaming music service to 200 countries
- Spotify is opening its platform to developers (you can get a preview here)
- Facebook announced that you can now add a "Subscribe" button to your website, letting people follow your public updates directly from your blog or site
- Flipboard launched their app for iPhone and is now going to focus on one for Android
- Foursquare announced a new button that lets you save to Foursquare
- Evernote launched Evernote Food and Evernote Hello to help you remember your favorite recipes and new acquaintances
- Instagram announced a coming Android app
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.
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.
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.
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 year? Could 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!
This year we tried something completely new and found out that you loved it so much - one attendee even started her own :
Illustrating LeWeb 2011 with....
JESS3 made grand summaries of every day of LeWeb in a multitude of colors that you can find on our Flickr album.
THE GRAND SUMMUM
2011 vs 2010
They also put together a presentation of the collection:
"I started taking sketch notes instead of notes years ago, in fact i even did it in college, its just my way of thinking really. It helps me see connections and a story line. I elaborated them somewhat some years ago on a Future of Web design conference where one of the speakers asked me to please put them online. Ever since I sketch on several conferences where I get hired to do so, I only do it when the subject is in my line of expertise though.(I am an information and communication strategist and I often use drawings to get things across)"
Hojoki, a platform that launched on the first day of LeWeb 2011 (check out a video here) after one year of development and six months of private alpha testing, wants to bring all your cloud apps into one place.
Free for the moment, with freemium features on the way, it ties together your apps like Beanstalk, Delicious, Dropbox, GitHub, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Highrise, Pivotal Tracker, Ta-Da List, Twitter, and has more coming soon like Evernote and Zendesk. Everything updates in real time, and you can search and follow specific hashtags on Twitter.
They recently raised $620,000 with investors Kizoo and FishEye Analytics calculated that their launch was the most retweeted tweet of the day at LeWeb '11. With more than 1,000 new users acquired in the first two days, we're looking forward to how they will continue to develop.
For those of us that are always switching from one tab to another, this may jusy save you some time and browser space.
Martin Böhringer, Co-Founder & CEO of Hojoki, sent us a few screenshots of what your Hojoki stream (designed as a timeline) could look like:
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You've been numerous in sending us your stats and numbers from LeWeb 2011. We'd like to thank everyone that helped us get a real sense of what was going on online and onsite this year :
At LeWeb 2011, there were a total of over 3500 attendees in Paris from 69 countries, and more than 200,000 participants online
Radian6 analyzed stats around LeWeb for :
Pre-DAY 1 : http://slidesha.re/uRg7XG
DAY 1 : http://slidesha.re/tWb0in
DAY 2 : http://slidesha.re/uPDbRN
DAY 3 : http://slidesha.re/u0KBMY
2010 vs 2011 : http://slidesha.re/ufzZ8K
A giant infographic regrouping everything: http://bit.ly/u8DOf6
15,960 "sessions" in the last two weeks in the app
From 16 countries
1,072 people watched the conference live using Ustream inside the app
773 videos from past LeWeb's were watched
11,741 total downloads
95% iPhone, 5% Android
Our Official Networking partners sent us some awesome stats about 2011 - -
Participation (the number of people who went onto the system) was even higher at nearly 75% of imported attendees, higher but still comparable to last year. However, the activity on the system increased in some cases by more than 100%.
Total Live: 233,498
Total video on demand views from December 7-9, 2011: 303,719
Compared to 203,278 total views in 2009 and 385,592 total views in 2010
Total mobile live and video on demand views: 47,199
42.5% of traffic from embedded players
28.5% from mobile apps and direct traffic
Top 5 countries watching (in order); U.S.A, France, U.K., Germany, Poland
Over 226.564 unique users visited leweb.co between 07/Dec/2011 00:00:00 CET and 09/Dec/2011 23:59:59 CET
Who's at LeWeb, a networking app created by Bastien Labelle
Over 2,000 visitors
Over 3,200 pages views
Over 1,600 unique visitors
750 unique logins
150 mentions on Twitter according to Topsy
On Friday morning, #LeWeb Tweets peaked at 0.11% of ALL Tweets worldwide! (graph : http://chime.in/user/Bill/chime/83341932812341248)
70,000 articles online
Alexia's articles created almost half of the engagements of the Top 30 articles
During Karl's and Loic's talk there were 2.000 tweets - but overall he created less then 3% of the LeWeb traffic
"Instagram Is Coming to Android" was the most shared story ; it was shared over 30,000 times (full article)
December 5-12 : 1,270,622 reached
506 New "Likes" on December 7th, alone
Top cities (in order) : Sao Paulo, Seoul, Mexico City, Paris, Bogota
Almost 12,000 are now following LeWeb on our Facebook Page
4,979 total photos so far
220,308 total views
Views peaked last week at 30,140 views on December 11th, alone
47,569 tweets containing the #leweb hashtag counted by Nespresso
10,222 replies with #leweb
17,896 retweets and growing with #leweb
4,829 tweets from our Official Bloggers
37,043 tweets from attendees
1,605 tweets from our Speakers
The "great, awesome, amazing" #leweb buzzword hitlist via Mike Schwede
12 km of Wifi and ethernet cables
30,000 hot plate dishes served
900g (about 2lbs) of food per day per person
9,500kg of food total over 3 days
1,598 meals served to the production team
21,000 Nespresso capsules served over 3 days
12 lifting and handling engines
30 walkie-talkies (production team)
58 hosts and hostesses at the peak of the event Wednesday morning while greeting attendees
If you have any other numbers we missed, send them to us at michelle at leweb dot net ;)
See you next year!
Posted by Michelle Chmielewski
We discussed social change and doing philanthropy in groups, as well as how Kiva got started (Kiva was initially helped by a few friends and family members of Matt until the word got out and the press fell in love with the organization), but at about minute 7:30, Matt started talking about the future.
He talked about how banking is developing and said
"Banking is being rewritten in a new way in the developing world, and in some sense it may be better than how it was written in the developed world"
He talked specifically about the rise of mobile technology and pointed out that in Kenya, about 1 in 5 transactions happens via mobile banking, that is, via text message. You can send money directly through your phone instead of using cash, and actually it's easier to use than cash! Even in the Silicon Valley you can't say that, just yet.
Matt called mobile banking "the future of microfinance," stating that
"mobile banking will rewrite the history of banking in the developing world and provide small bank accounts to hopefully billions of people one day"
Kiva just started integrating with mobile banking in Kenya, and announced the launch of Kiva Zip.
With Kiva Zip you can now you can lend money directly from a website to a farmer's phone in Kenya. According to Matt your loan will arrive in 3 minutes, with a 0% interest rate.
He did warn that since Kiva Zip is so new (2 weeks old) and so different from Kiva.org (find more about the difference here or by asking Matt directly on Twitter), they do not expect returns to attain the 99% rate they have reached for Kiva.org loans. He said, however, that they are going to try whatever they can to reduce this risk.
According to Kiva Zip's website, "Kiva Zip is attempting to take the use of technology to the next level, such as mobile and electronic payments that enable the direct transfer of funds between lenders and borrowers."
Invitations to the pilot are available at zip.kiva.org and/or you can watch the whole video of Matt's Q&A at LeWeb below:
Posted by Michelle Chmielewski
We would like to thank Google for their collaboration in creating the LeWeb Startup Cafe where you could vote for your favorite startup to help us choose the Top 16 finalists, and then the People's Choice winner
In case you missed it :
The Top 3 Winners and People's Choice
1st place Beintoo : A platform to incentivize using partner mobile applications with real-life benefits
2nd place HeyCrowd : A mobile application for polling whomever, whenever, wherever
3rd place Babelverse : Real-time translation services using a crowdsourced community that pays translators
People's Choice Award Echo Labs Limited : Find out what people are thinking nearby and vote up your favorite opinions
The Top 16 finalist videos used to decide the People's Choice
|Geokiwi||Gauss||Flagfriend||Echo Labs Limited|
|Compath.me||Commerces & Co||ClearKarma||Beintoo|
Jacques-Antoine Granjon, Founder & CEO, vente-privee.com
Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder, PROfounders Capital & Founder & Executive Chairman, mydeco
Pierre Kosciuscko Morizet, Co-Founder & CEO, PriceMinister & Co-Founder of ISAI, The French Entrepreneurs' Fund
Xavier Niel, Founder of the Iliad Group, Free’s parent company; Vice‐President and Director of Strategy, Iliad
Marc Simoncini, Founder & CEO, MEETIC
Sherry Coutu, Former CEO & Angel Investor
Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Microsoft Corporation
Sheila Marcelo, Founder & CEO, Care.com
Nicolas Princen, Advisor for New Media and Information Technology, Office of President Nicolas Sarkozy
Rodrigo Sepulveda, Entreprenuer & Investor
Carlos Domingo, Director, Product Development & Innovation, Telefonica Digital
David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital
Amit Shafrir, President, Badoo
Gary Shainberg, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, WISeKey
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
Daniel Waterhouse, Partner, Wellington Partners
Zachary S. Bogue, Angel Investor & Advisor
Fred Destin, Partner, Atlas Ventures
Lyle Fong, Chief Strategist & Co-Founder, Lithium
Patrick Hoffstetter, Chief Digital Officer, Renault
Michael Parekh, Investor & Advisor
This year's LeWeb was bigger than ever and we are planning on making 2012 even more remarkable.
Here's a grand summary of what went down :
DAY 1 - - PLENARY I STAGE
DAY 2 - - PLENARY I STAGE
LeWeb has become known as an event to see and be seen, network, find business, and be inspired.
There is one other quality of LeWeb that hit me when I asked Loic Le Meur what the values of LeWeb are when I first joined the team. He said,
LeWeb is about entrepreneurship. It's about being international. It's about inspiration. It's about the best of the best.
If next year, the best companies are in China, LeWeb may be in Chinese, who knows?
13 of the 16 Startup finalists in our Startup Competition were European.
6 were French.
One was from Japan.
One from Hong Kong, and one of the Top 3 was based in Chile.
31 of our speakers and startup judges were European, not including the Ignite LeWeb speakers.
European "stars" like Badoo, SoundCloud, Deezer, Cut the Rope, Spotify, Net-A-Porter, Wooga, and many more were onstage.
One of the entire panels on the Social Media Track was French.
All of the surprise performances included athletes from Europe and almost all are French and/or world champions.
3500 participants came to LeWeb at Les Docks in Paris
69 countries were represented
4 were from North and South America.
All of our partners have offices in Europe or are international companies
63% of online participants during the 3 days were based outside of the U.S., a third of them were in France
The most talked-about Startup on Days 2 & 3 was Beintoo, an Italian startup
And in case you missed it, we launched a series of blog posts before LeWeb entitled "LeWeb is international" to highlight the many interesting attendees and speakers that we have had at past LeWebs.
Posted by Michelle Chmielewski
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
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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.
Thank you! JESS3 who was at LeWeb to catch every moment in illustration.
[You can find all of their illustrations on our Flickr account]
Posted by Michelle Chmielewski
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
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 what crowds around you think
3rd Place Winner - Babelverse
Babelverse puts people and companies that need real time translation together.
People's Choice Award - Echo Labs Limited
Echoer is a new app that enables you to shape and explore a world of thoughts around you.
We enjoyed seeing all 16 of you present during our sessions Day 1 & 2, and want to congratulate all of the teams that participated.
Thank you to Guidewire Group that helped us select, coach, and host this portion of LeWeb.
Each of the 16 finalists presented on our Eiffel Stage in front of a panel of top judges, and the final 3 presented their pitch before a panel of select judges on the mainstage.
The People's Choice Award winner was chosen with the help of your votes on our YouTube channel created in collaboration with Google.
Thank you to our wonderful panel of judges for the finale:
- Jean-David Blanc, Entrepreneur & Business Angel, Founder of AlloCine
- Jacques-Antoine Granjon, Founder & CEO, vente-privee.com
- Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder, PROfounders Capital & Founder & Executive Chairman,
- Pierre Kosciuscko Morizet, Co-Founder & CEO, PriceMinister & Co-Founder of ISAI, The
- French Entrepreneurs' Fund.
- Xavier Niel, Founder of the Iliad Group, Free’s parent company; Vice‐President and Director of Strategy, Iliad
- Marc Simoncini, Founder & CEO, MEETIC
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