Archive for Events from France

World-brand-building mistakes France’s entrepreneurs make

by on December 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Traveling GeeksOn Tuesday I joined up with the Traveling Geeks (a band of journalists/bloggers/influentials who visit startups around the world, picture of them above in a Paris subway station) in Paris and we saw a ton of startups. Some of them, like Stribe, were very good. But overall they just didn’t measure up. In fact, they even got me to be rude to them, which caught everyone off guard. I’ve been thinking about why they got me so angry ever since, and that’s what this post is about.

First, if you meet with journalists, influentials, and bloggers who are coming from outside your country I assume you want to build a world brand. After all, if you only want to be big in France then why waste your time meeting with USA journalists? (more…)

(From an original article by Robert Scoble)
 

The cool and not-so-cool of LeWeb

by on December 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

This week I traveled to Paris with a consortium of fellow bloggers, the Traveling Geeks. We’ve been meeting with tech companies and French entrepreneurs all week. The tour ended with attendance at LeWeb, a two day tech conference produced by tech entrepreneur and Seesmic founder, Loic Le Meur. Here’s my summary of the best and the worst of the event, plus I included some other stuff experienced from the Traveling Geeks tour and Paris in general. For a summary, make sure you watch my end of day show reports from LeWeb (day 1, day 2) and my other end of day report from the Traveling Geeks tour.

CoolAccordions, Accordions, Accordions – There are plenty of street performers in Paris. Most of them are carrying accordions. On my first day I saw four sets of performers hop onto a train car, play a few tunes, and jump off. On one train a duo jumped on with an accordion and a stand up bass. My favorite was the karaoke accordionist that would also take a mic for a solo himself to sing “Just a Gigolo”. (more…)

(From an original article by David Spark)
 

Le Web 2009, Day 2: The good, the bad and the vacuous

by on December 10, 2009 at 8:44 am

matthew-buckland-300For day two of Le Web, this Travelling Geek slinked off to one of the side rooms for the “deep discussion” sessions. There was the word “future” in quite a few of the session titles, which caught my attention. (more…)

(From an original article by Matthew Buckland)
 

Startups of Le Web 2009, Paris

by on December 10, 2009 at 7:11 am

The winner of the Le Web Startup competition was announced as Stribe — it’s a plug & play application that turns your site into a social network (not too dissimilar from the Hub actually). The runners up were CloudSplit and Mendeley.

The other startups that entered the competition included:

CloudSplit
FitnessKeeper
FriendBinder
Kukunu
Mendeley
Shutl
Siteheart Inc
Sokoz
Sports Predictions
Storific
Stribe
Superfeedr
task.ly
the hyper words company
Wordy
Yeasty Mobs

tags: le web, startups

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(From an original article by Matthew Buckland)
 

Paris Diary: Slow Start To LeWeb09; ‘Too Many Americans’; Chandeliers and Silicon Valley Exiles…

by on December 10, 2009 at 6:26 am

LeWeb ’09, France’s top web conference kicked off yesterday in a cavernous hall in a grey slab-like building out in the suburbs of Paris.

Initially, there were complaints about there being ‘too many Americans’ and that the quality of the panels was poor — too much fluff and self-promotion, and little substance.

But by the afternoon things improved a lot and there was a 180 degree turnaround in opinion – at least among the people I spoke with.

It’s true that there were lots of Americans. I seemed to be constantly bumping into familiar faces, people I see all the time, such as Jeremiah Owyang, Dave McClure, Cathy Brooks, Chris and Kristie Wells, Robert Scoble, Brian Solis, Gabe Rivera, Steve Gillmor, and many more.

[Please see: Silicon Valley Goes To Paris… Le Web ’09] (more…)

(From an original article by Tom Foremski)
 

Le Web: Twitter releases data firehose to everyone, now has 50,000 apps

by on December 9, 2009 at 7:24 pm
December 9, 2009 | Kim-Mai Cutler

rsarverTwitter said it’s opening up its data stream of tweets to all developers, not just Bing and Google. Ryan Sarver, who is on the platform team at Twitter, said details will be hashed out later next year.

Sarver said Twitter’s business model will be to drive and split revenue with the ecosystem of developers that have built applications around it. (more…)

Le Web: Q&A with Google VP Marissa Mayer on the future of search

by on December 9, 2009 at 7:19 pm
December 9, 2009 | Kim-Mai Cutler

mayerMarissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search and user experience is on-stage at the Le Web conference in Paris. I’m live-blogging as we go:

Michael Arrington asks about the search announcements earlier this week (namely Google Goggles, local search and real-time search). (more…)

Le Web day 1: End of day show report

by on December 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

David SparkHere’s my end of day show report for Le Web, the Web 2.0 conference in Paris. I’ve been in Paris for the week reporting with the Traveling Geeks (watch video of us on a train). Watch the video for a quick summary of the companies I saw, plus a quick story at the end about an outbreak Robert Scoble had at the expense of the French entrepreneurs.

Companies and links mentioned in the video: (more…)

(From an original article by David Spark)
 

Niklas Zennström at LeWeb

by on December 9, 2009 at 10:05 am

Niklas Zennström at LeWeb

By Karsten Lemm at LeWeb 2009 – “If you want to be successful, swim against the stream, follow your own path.” That was Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs at the LeWeb conference in Paris. The serial entrepreneur, who initially gained fame and fortune with file-sharing service Kazaa, pointed out that none of the potential investors that he and co-founder Janus Friis approached wanted to put money into Skype. “The VCs in Europe felt that Skype was way too risky” and had little future, Zennström said. The Internet phone service became a big success, of course, and was sold to eBay in 2005 for $2.6 billion.

(From an original article by Eliane Fiolet)
 

Traveling Geeks meet French Incubators at Paris Development Agency

by on December 9, 2009 at 9:12 am

Traveling Geeks

DAY TWO

Today the Traveling Geeks saw presentations from 11 interesting startups at French incubator, the Paris Development Agency. Among them was Stribe, a company TechZulu originally interviewed at the TechCrunch50 conference earlier this year. Stribe offers a plug and play service for instantly creating a social network on any Web site. There will be more news on this front during LeWeb.

The other promising startups included: (more…)

(From an original article by Amanda Coolong)
 

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