Archive for December 9th, 2008

December 9th, 2008

Missing individual: Ophélie Bretnacher

by Laurent François

A friend of a friend who knows this missing young women asked me to post it wherever I could to find her:

Friends and relatives of Ophélie Bretnacher, a 22-year-old French student at Budapest’s Corvinus University, are appealing for any information on her disappearance. She was last seen leaving Bar Portside de Cuba on District VII’s District Dohány utca in the early hours of Thursday, December 4.

Bretnacher, who is 173 centimeters tall and has brown shoulder-length hair, left the club at between 2:30 and 3:00 am and her handbag was found at 3:30 am on the Pest side of the Chain Bridge.

She was wearing a light checkered jacket, a skirt, black boots and black cap.

If you have any information on Orphélia, please contact the District II police on 346-1800, or her English-speaking friend Christine Batel on 06-70-650-6616.

December 9th, 2008

The world (LeWeb) was pretty flat today in Paris

by Laurent François

Imagine hundreds of people, inovative and motivated by key-issues surrounding the social web.
Imagine start-up enthusiastics, new media lovers and people who have faith, which is good to be mentioned when you face a financial and real economics’ crisis.
Imagine a fantastic place, “le 104″ , dedicated to arts, culture, quests.

You should have got a great event.

It did not happen today @LeWeb . Conferences were just commercials, there was not any single new idea. Damn hell. It was not LeWeb. It was Loic Le Meur Web (L[LM]eWeb).
The proof is that the conversations on twitter were just about how cold the room was, why it was so painful to get some food or coffee, and how nice the snow was this morning. Great. If you call it web professionals’ views: I quit.

Actually, good things happen off the event. OFFLINE the event. Oh! Yeah! It’s called networking. I met great guys, really interesting and heartful, that make you believe in the “social web”.
And also one I read here here and here too.

See you tomorrow.

December 9th, 2008

LeWeb 08 Live blogging : Itay Talgam – Conductor

by Laurent François


Loic Le Meur

Itay Talgam – Conductor

LLM : Itay is a musician, and we want to share an experience…

IT : music and love always went very well. You know, love, harmony…Fuck, very easy…when you make love, you need love music. Let’s try and let’s watch a short video of a live concert.

Let’s think about the conductor, the man in the middle. In French, we call him “chef”, and that’s weird because there is “one winner” and several losers. His job is in fact to connect people, through happiness.

Not only the orders and the sanctions are very clear. There is passion, commitment. But it all transforms into a control notion. But can we control in another way ?

Let’s have a look at another example..

This guy is not really giving orders. It’s not an instruction, it’s a gesture, of how he feels with music. It’s about the meaning, it’s about a process. Not instruction.

A process is a physical movment.

Music love like social media love ?

December 9th, 2008

LeWeb 08 Live blogging : David Weinberger Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society,

by Laurent François

“For ages, we’ve been very good at managing bits. You had to standardize it, machines were processing it.

In the information ages, we had to throw out information themselves ! But in the age of the web, there are loads of information, and links all over the place ! (he shows a Facebook page). Hyperlinks are the opposite of information : they connect things in bigger ways, they’re uncontrolled. This why age of information is about to be dead.

We’ve experienced abundance of goods & craps. We’re good at managings craps (SPAMS, pornography). But so many good idea, good contents, but our institutions do not know how to deal with them. The ability to find good people and good projects is turning our style of leadership. Because leadership has be based on scarcity. Jack Welsh is the leader for example. Great business leader, leadership itself is scarce : most people are followers. The traditional leaders keep their leaderships thanks to avoiding giving all the information. But it leads to lonelyness and isolation.

But no one can really do all of the job we expect leaders to do. But in a structure that does not rely on scarcity, so your leadership gets agregated. Ex: OpenSource. It is the exact opposite of the age of information. It is exactly the opposite of how Jack Welsh worked. Realists would not have built the web.

Obama is the fantastic example of a vertical leader who fully understood the network power.

Obama implemented a social network for citizens. Reputational democracy made “Pollarsky253″ a new opinion leader, a vector between the people and the government. Reputational democracy is very dependent on very small choices, very tiny choices can get big effects. Let’s say developers change a 4-star system into another system: it’d have huge consequences, the whole system could change totally. There’s a new level of democracy.

It’s just impossible to know who’ll be the next leaders. Lots and lots of complementary interests are emerging. There is simply no way of predicting. It’s a political strubble. Power is now THROUGH the system, not above.

I think and I hope that classic leadership will collapse, and not any single leader will be able to be the only leader. We need abundant leadership. and it has to become a property of…the best networks…and we need more love. Because it’s like that that networks work.”

December 9th, 2008

LeWeb 08 Live blogging : Nikesh Arora SVP Google & President EME Operations

by Laurent François

Nikesh Arora SVP Google & President EME Operations

Loic Le Meur : do we have the wrong leaders ?

NA : start up numbers show the good health of Europe.

NA : we just need these people evangelize what they do

LLM : there are cultural differences ?

NA : There are different prospects; there’s a lower appetite for risk in Europe. Failures in the US are not considered as a bad thing
The next Google will emerge from a garage.

LLM : you have good mozarella in Italy. You’re in a garage. You don’t speak English. How do you take it from local to global ? In the US, you have 300 million people in one language. Here in Europe : we need 22 languages.

NA : Opportunities are to be seen for billions of people connected to the internet. In your market, you first need to get a good idea

LLM : How can google help ?

NA : use our products as a basis, see it during our workshops. The economics environment mustn’t dictate the access to the capital.

Question from the public : I used your google products and there are good things to do with them. But why isn’t there any “not to do” advices ?

NA : I’ll take that as feedback

Question from the public : you said there’s a wide access to the capital. But in fact, it’s really difficult to access it. Our biggest problem as startups is basically how to get in touch with venture capitalists.

NA : raise your hands in the room ? Information exist in many forms.

Question from the public : what’s your point considering languages ?

NA : I was trying to talk to someone who speaks Spanish. @ Google I have a product that live translates. Given the development of technologies, I think we can translate sentence by sentence now.

LLM : what are the top 5 priorities for Google ?

NA : I think it’s very important that entrepreneurs do not want to make Google a lover. Think first about an idea.