Kicking off LeWeb 11 in Paris

From the cold and slightly wet heart of Paris, Memeburn is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conferences of the year, LeWeb.

LeWeb is a gathering of key industry players, from executives to influential pioneers, focusing on “key issues and opportunities in the web marketplace”.

This year’s star-studded line-up is headed by Google’s former CEO and now Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt. Tech industry bad boy, Sean Parker, of Napster and Facebook movie fame, will also be here as a General Partner of Founders Fund.

The impressive speakers’ list also features recently-ousted Mashable Editor-at-large Ben Parr, and angel investor and Digg co-founder, Kevin Rose, who also invested in prominent companies such as Twitter, Foursquare and Zynga. Check out the full speaker list.

LeWeb 11 is all about social, local and mobile, an exploration of the key drivers in tech innovation today. Quoting tech industry icon, Steve Jobs, who said, “PCs are going to be like trucks. They’re still going to be around, they’re still going to have a lot of value, but they’re going to be used by 1 out of X number of people,” the conference believes a new era of computing is upon us.

So, for three days, web entrepreneurs, investors, bloggers and executives will discuss what this new era means, and whether it marks the ushering in of “the power triangle: Social-Local-Mobile?”.

Questions around who is defining this era and why, and who the new kings in social, local and mobile are will be tackled. There are also rumours of big announcements and a Google workshop.

Some of the biggest names in social are here too: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, LinkedIn and Uber.

Famous Chanel fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, will also join the ranks of geeks bringing his eye for beautiful design to what I am calling, the woodstock of tech.

The best part is, Memeburn will be here every step of the way. Myself, Matthew Buckland and Nur Bremmen will keep you up to date with the latest developments at LeWeb.



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