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Le Web

  • The future of innovation is disruption says Brian Solis [#LeWeb]

    New apps, technologies and trends -- 'ideas' -- are a dime a dozen these days, says Brian Solis, Principal, Altimeter Group. What this means, he tells the audience at LeWeb, is that innovation is now a constant, and you need to think differently about technology to create for the next 10 years. You need to disrupt. Disruption as a concept has been, and will be, interpreted in many ways some more accurate than others. For Solis though, disruption is technology that changes markets. The prime example he gives: sliced bread. Sliced bread created an entire marketplace for spreads, accompaniments etc....

  • The Next 10 years: shots of the second day of #LeWeb 2013 [Gallery]

    The Paris-based technology conference Le Web (Paris) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Founded by French entrepreneurs Loic and Geraldine Le Meur, the 2013 edition is all about the next ten years. Day two's topics covered everything from the future of wearable tech, to the demands of the cloud, all the way to overcoming fears as an entrepreneur and how empathy is the key to disrupting markets. Check out the gallery below for highlights from day two of the three-day conference.

  • Proper gov’t regulation will fix NSA spying & protect data [#LeWeb]

    "We will remember June 2013 for a very long time", Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Hightail, told the LeWeb audience in Paris, France during a panel on the future of the cloud. Garlinghouse was referring to the revelations of the now infamous Edward Snowden. "We're in this weird place where people can access your data," he continued in his explanation of what the consequences of the NSA leak have been and what effect they could have on cloud services in the United States. The question then is who is accessing your data? Fellow panellist, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, says that his...

  • Uber’s Kalanick will likely rule the world while Kawasaki misses out [#LeWeb]

    One day soon, the world will forget who Guy Kawasaki is and they will start obsessing about a guy named Travis Kalanick who started a glorified taxi company. The reason: one of them (Kawasaki) seems to think it's okay for investors to be lazy about looking outside their locational scope when it comes to investing in technology. The other (Kalanick) thinks you should chase the market all over the world even though there are laws being created just to keep you out. It's okay to be lazy as an investor "Why fly 30 hours to lose money there, when you can lose...

  • The Next 10 years: shots of the first day of #LeWeb 2013 [Gallery]

    As the first day of Le Web draws to a close here are some shots that showcase the day's events. Le Web is a technology conference based in Paris, France founded 10 years ago by French entrepreneur Loic Le Meur. This year it hopes to explore what will happen in the next 10 years in the tech space, while reflecting on the key trends that have defined the previous decade.

  • Is your company ready for the next ten years? Asks Jeremiah Owyang #LeWeb

    "The physical world is becoming democratised," says Jeremiah Owyang, Chief Catalyst & Founder of the newly launched Crowd Companies. Addressing the audience at the 10th edition of the tech conference Le Web, Owyang's illuminating talk aimed to contextualise the direction in which the world is moving thanks to innovations such as 3D-printing, Bitcoin, crowd funding and social sharing. Examples of this new, shared economy have disrupted both governments (Wikileaks), and media (Napster), going back as far as the mid 1990s. Owyang argues that because of the impact of social media, people -- the 'crowd' -- have become increasingly empowered, so...

  • 25 tech trends changing our world from #LeWeb founder Loic Le Meur

    What will the future look like? What are some of the trends that are shaping the web and technology today? Founder of Paris-based tech conference LeWeb Loic Le Meur today spoke about 25 trends he thinks are emerging and will set the stage for the next 10 years. Opening up the 10th anniversary of the tech conference, the Google Glass-wearing Le Meur argues that wearable tech, the maker movement and the sharing economy will rule the future. Mindfulness and meditation According to the event founder, a tech bigwig, we will see more of mental wellness with apps such as Headspaces, which provides...

  • Evernote’s biggest source of revenue is its free users [#LeWeb]

    "We want Evernote to be the most physical brand and we want to build trust for the next 100 years -- and still no advertising, and all your information will be private and we will never do anything with it," says Evernote CEO Phil Libin. Speaking at the 10th anniversary of tech conference Le Web, Libin revealed some results of how Evernote has been faring since launching paid services. Quick hint: it is doing pretty well. Libin argues that "the next five years will give us the blending of physical and digital" and this is a space that...

  • Exploring tech in the next 10 years with #LeWeb

    Everyone in tech is obsessed with the next ten years. What will the web and technologies bring us? Are we finally going to have the flying cars that science fiction has long promised us? The last ten years in technology has brought us some amazing innovations such as 3D printing, the rise of the makers and smart devices. We are seeing a consistent move toward the sharing economy and towards collaboration. Who will solve the problems of the next decade? Who will create the unifying technologies that will hold us spellbound? In an industrial sized building, tucked by the docks...

  • We are in the process of becoming data [LeWeb]

    We're making far more data than we can derive actual value from, says John Battelle, Chairman and CEO of Federated Media Publishing. Battelle reckons that, as human beings, we are in the process of "becoming data" ourselves. Speaking at this year's LeWeb London conference, the author and internet media enthusiast says that "we change our behaviour based on the technologies we endorse". The more we use technology and interact with certain technologies the more our behaviour changes and we adapt. "When we have data on everything: cars, bodies -- we'll have to ask what kind of a culture we...

  • Jeremiah Owyang: Brands, startups have to ‘let go in order to gain more’ [LeWeb]

    The idea of a business utilising its idle capacity is nothing new but it’s fast emerging as the poster boy for the sharing economy -- at least among new, emerging players ready to take risk and explore new horizons. But what about the old guys? The guys being disrupted? Jeremiah Owyang, an analyst and partner at research company Altimeter Group just gave them three opportunities to find a way in and a bleak picture if they don’t adapt. Let’s start with the bleak picture for who else but the car industry -- Owyang and co have calculated that,...

  • Community: why Etsy’s on track to earn $1bn with almost no marketing [LeWeb]

    “Community is king” is a key theme coming out from LeWeb London today -- we heard it from Airbnb and it is echoed by Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson. With 60-million unique visitors to the artsy ecommerce site every month, it’s clear that the community that works together, buys together because Etsy will cross the billion dollar gross sales mark this year. Dickerson talked openly about the site's business model and helping sellers not only sell online but also offline (some sellers are now in Nordstrom stores in the US). The business model is simple; Etsy snags 3.5% of each sale...

  • Airbnb is not competing with hotels says co-founder [LeWeb]

    Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia had an easy ride from LeWeb Founder Loic Le Meur when the pair took to the LeWeb stage in London today. Perhaps it was well-earned: the platform has had an amazing time since being launched in 2008. If you don’t know what Airbnb is -- imagine renting out your spare room for the night and you have the idea in its simplest form. Airbnb is now in 33 000 cities and 192 countries around the world, over 10-million nights have been booked and there are over 300 000 options for travellers. Described onstage...

  • LeWeb London 2013: the social media stream

    Two days of trends, startups, interesting discussions and a host wearing a pair of Google Glass - yep, it's time for LeWeb London. The second UK-based edition of the tech conference is focused on exploring the sharing economy -- the growing idea that splitting ownership of everything from your house to car and business funding is not just cool, but the next stage in innovation. This year's speakers include some of the leaders in this space. Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia will be representing his startup, which has changed how people can rent holiday homes, and Zipcar's Frerk-Malte Feller is...

  • MyPermissions launches free developer certification programme [LeWeb]

    Recently named one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Tech Websites, MyPermissions, a tool that enables users to have a better handle on their data and how it’s used, announced ‘MyPermissions Trust Certification’ , a free developer certification programme at LeWeb London earlier today. It's taken on a huge task -- taming how app developers use personally identifiable information (PII). An interesting premise considering that “more information is usually better”, at least according to several developers I spoke to at the launch. Olivier Amar, CEO of MyPermissions thinks this won’t be a problem; “...most...