LeWeb in Paris is one of the few web conferences in Europe every year where all the top most influential US, European and worldwide bloggers attend. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, LinkedIn, Ustream, Renault, CNN are sponsors, some of the most hopeful upcoming European Startups compete, all look to get most of the bloggers and industry insiders attention. Leo Laporte and the Twit.tv crew have a live show coverage on a stage in the middle of the event, Michael Arrington and the whole Techcrunch.com staff is there including MG Siegler, Robert Scoble takes pictures and blogs from the front row. Om Malik and his staff from GigaOm.com attend every year, Gade Rivera of Techmeme.com hangs around, this is the conference where I first met Chris Pirillo, Steve Gillmor and Kevin Marks (I don't know if they will attend again this year). As you can see in the conference program, featured on the stage are going to be keynotes and discussions with Eric Schmidt, Marissa Mayer, Yves Behar designer of the OLPC, Niklas Zennstrom (Skype/Kazaa founder), JP Rangaswami, the CEOs or top executives at Twitter, Virgin Galactic, Foursquare, Deezer, Instagram, Flipboard, Airbnb.
For updates and links to info on how to win tickets you can follow LeWeb on twitter
So if you are interested to attend this conference you can register to attend at LeWeb.net and you can look forward to my video interviews to be posted here on ARMdevices.net from the conference around December 7-9th. I'll try to video interview all the company representatives and bloggers that I listed here, if you have any questions that you would like me to try to ask to any of them, please post them here in the comments or send me an email at email@example.com
At the Singularity University in Silicon Valley, 80 students in 2010 (picked out of 1600 worldwide applicants) study futures, law, finance, networks, biotechnology, nanotechnology, medicine, robotics, energy and space to prepare for that point of singularity when artificial intelligence meets human intelligence.
John Ham discusses interactivity for live video streaming, infrastructure scaling for high quality video streaming and other upcoming features of http://ustream.tv such as pay-per-view.
Joe Green co-founded Causes.com with Sean Parker who founded Napster, the guy played by Justin Timberlake in the recent Facebook movie "The Social Network". Causes.com allows anyone to use their Facebook and Twitter friends and followers to raise funds for any kinds of organizations. You can also watch his presentation of causes.com on stage at LeWeb with Loic LeMeur.
If you have an idea to create a competitor to Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia or Google, but you lack the programming talent, you can still do like Kevin Rose did to start Digg.com, what Steve Jobs did to start Apple and what Bill Gates did to start Microsoft, you can just have someone else do all the programming work for you for cheap! Now that we have the Internet, why not hire someone to do it for those $500 or so that you have been saving up?
Digg.com was started for $200, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer bought DOS for $50'000 from some guy which basically founded Microsoft, Steve Jobs convinced his programming friend Steve Wozniak to code the Apple OS inspired by ideas they got from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center for "free", some claim Mark Zuckerberg was hired as a freelance programmer for $1000 to program facebook (then possibly to have been called harvardconnection) before he decided it was too good and kept it for himself (something like that).
What do you think of the potential of outsourcing work using Freelancer.com or other such online freelancing sites? Can those sites also be used to connect freelancers in your local areas if you want to actually meet the freelancer face to face? What do you think is the potential to create a successful startup based on a small investment through freelancer.com or such site? What do you think is the value of an idea compared to the programming talent necessary to build it? What do you think is the risk of you potentially loosing your idea to a freelancer (like Mark Zuckerberg) if they find out that the idea is too good and they decide to keep it or duplicate it?
What if you could buy a cheap meal from someone cooking extra portions of some healthy meal in your neighborhood instead of having to go to an unhealthy fast food restaurant? This startup won the "1st Prize for Originality" at LeWeb 2010 in Paris. The public also likes the idea a lot.
This compact french-design electric car is to be released about a year from now, it has a range enough for use in cities, and the size is in between scooter and small car, easy to park, it's actually a two-seater. It can even be configured to be driven without a drivers licence. This is an interview with Matthieu Tenenbaum who is Renault's deputy program director for all of Renault's electric vehicles including the Twizy.
Project Better Place wants to eliminate oil within a few years, in partnership with Renault and other car makers, they are about to mass produce electric cars, Better Place is building out the infrastructure to switch batteries and to charge. You can watch the full Q&A video here. You can also watch Shai Agassi's recent interview on the Charlie Rose show and on Morning Joe.
This is an impressive "full sized" electric car by Renault, soon to be released to hundreds of thousands of consumers in Denmark and Israel, it may be one of the first electric cars to be mass produced! I am a big fan of project Better Place, and I am really looking forward to mass adoption of electric cars all over the world. The driver in this video is Stephan Ehrhardt, race car pilot instructor consultant at Europa-First and car specialist.