If I had to choose a first LeWeb to attend, I guess the 10th anniversary of the festival-de-France would be the one to do. Having covered conferences in Germany, England, Turkey, Austria, Ireland, and now France, I’ve got to give it up to the French and their ability to put on a good show. I have to say that I’ve never seen a better organized conference. From the impressive staging, flawless tech (i.e. no one had the “It appears my slides aren’t working” moment) exquisite cuisine (inside and outside the conference), and free flowing parties that rock until the wee hours of the morning, Paris, Loïc, Midem, and co. absolutely nailed it.
With that said, I was on assignment with Liam Boogar from the Rude Baguette, and only attended the first day of LeWeb. We spent the other two days creating a photo essay of the Paris Internet scene, which will be appearing on the Rude Baguette in coming days. The night before LeWeb, Liam asked me to accompany him to a cocktail reception at Facebook France. As luck would have it Bastien Cazenave and Corentin Raux of Pretty Simple were at the reception, and addressed the guests. The announcement had been made only hours before that Pretty Simple’s Criminal Case had been selected by Facebook as their game of the year. Nothing like a few exclusive shots to sweeten the evening!
And while I didn’t get to see his on-stage announcement, a true highlight of this trip was sitting at the same table with the original f*ckchop, Andy Grignon (hint, if you’ve ever used an iPhone, this guy played a major part in putting it in your hands). Andy and Liam discussed the upcoming Eightly app, which from what I saw and hear could be a major game changer, particularly with what Apple will be announcing in the coming months … but I’ll let Liam tell you about that. For a man of his stature and accomplishments, he was remarkably approachable, and we had a short conversation about what makes for good photography. Thanks Andy, it was a pleasure.
As noted, stay tuned for the Parisian photo essay, but until then, you can check out the Dublin photo essay I did earlier this year, and enjoy some of my favorite images at and around LeWeb 2013.
Until the next shoot – Dan
LeWeb 2013 Crowd
Fred Wilson – Co-Founder of Union Square Ventures
Guy Kawasaki – Silicon Valley author, speaker, investor and business advisor.
Travis Kalanick – Founder, Uber
Loïc Le Meur – LeWeb founder and Phil Libin – Evernote Founder
David Marcus – President, PayPal
Loïc Le Meur – founder LeWeb, serial entrepreneur
Satya Nadella – Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group
Ilya Sukhar – co-founder and CEO of Parse
Tony Tjan – CEO and Managing Partner of Cue Ball
Loïc Le Meur, Paul Papadimitriou, and Future Entrepreneurs
Jeremiah Owyang – Chief Catalyst, Founder, at Crowd Companies
Om Malik – Founder and Senior Writer at GigaOM and Tony Conrad – founder & CEO of about.me, founding member & Venture Partner at True Ventures
Nick D’Alosio – Founder of Summly
LeWeb 2013 – the Exhibition Hall