David Hornik is an investor at August Capital and he talks about ventural capitalism with Web startups, with tech companies, if he thinks that there is a new tech bubble going on now with Facebook/Twitter/etc or not.
Here’s my Interview with Xavier Niel, the founder of Free, the second biggest ISP in France, invented triple play, where an ISP provides Internet, TV and Telephony through an advanced ADSL Set-top-box, and they have been providing such fast Internet with full IPTV and unlimited VOIP landline-replacement for a very reasonable 29 Euros per month, they started this years before every other ISP in the world had to follow up. And now in France since a year or two, Free provides 3G and now also 4G telephony, with amazingly cheap 2 Euro per month entry level pricing, all pre-paid no-contract only plans, this also has totally revolutionized the mobile carrier business in France.
Kevin Marks talks HTML5, Open Standards, Webkit, browser ecosystem, it’s not just text anymore, it’s SVG, video, sound, device access and all kinds of stuff that are being baked into the platforms and that are being translated between the platforms, that is being solved. The difficulty is now we have large silos in Facebook, Twitter and some other proprietary social networks, that is what the IndieWeb is all about, trying to build infrastructure where components are composed on your own website, where you can swap pieces in and out of the proprietary social networking silos.
Here’s a video of Kevin Marks’s keynote presentation at LeWeb 2013:
At LeWeb 2013, Eightly is launched, presented for the first time. The idea is to make it easy for anyone to create iPad/iPhone and Android apps/experiences just by filling out a form, or/and by dragging and dropping actions, events, rules, parameters, sources of content, links etc onto an experience creator user interface. The idea to provide wiziwig type of UI for people to create apps for Smartphones, Tablets, Set-top-boxes, Smart Watches and more. When you create a channel inside of Eightly, you can assemble and combine experiences, features, designs, while Eightly thus combines those features using their smooth graphics accelerated native code user interfaces and fill them out with the contents and ideas that people have and want to share on smart devices with their friends, family, perhaps also for businesses to share their ideas to customers also.
Recipay Monetizes your recipies, just invent new food recipies, if possible using foods from sponsoring brands, including vegan stuff, post it on Recipay and they will pay you for your recipies based on the sponsorships coming from the food brands! They especially want more Vegan, vegetarian recipies, so go there, take nice pictures of some delicious foods you invent, note down the recipies, post them and make money! Normal people can do it.
Jason Calacanis co-founded one of the first main tech blogs Engadget.com which he sold to AOL in 2006 and then he did Mahalo.com “to compete with Wikipedia” and feed Google with content about all topics, he organizes the Launch Conferences and is an Angel Investor and organizes Angel Investing for start-ups in the silicon valley. He hosts This Week In Startups A few days after this video he organized one of the biggest yet hackathons rewarding the best programmers hacking apps and ideas over 3 days at http://hackathon.launch.co/. In this video, I try to ask him about the meaning of being an entrepreneur in the silicon valley.
Airbnb is amazing. 500 thousand hosts are sharing their apartments, rooms, houses with possibly (my guess) ten of millions of guests already booking accommodations on Airbnb. If (my estimation) a third of these Airbnb accommodations are currently booked at an average of $50/night, that means perhaps $8.3 Million in revenues on Airbnb every day for hosts, of which Airbnb may be drawing $1.25 Million for it’s “Service Fees”, which may mostly be profits at this point. I may be underestimating this thing. Airbnb may be generating $15 Million in daily sales with more than $2 Million nearly pure profits for Airbnb daily, a current $730 Million profit per year. Of course Airbnb has a lot of employees already, and they spend money on Host Insurance, R&D and Marketing. Yet it’s pretty clear that Airbnb is a very profitable business. The question is how much is Airbnb worth now? At the Gigaom Roadmap conference, a guestimated valuation of $12.5 Billion was mentioned on stage by the interviewer. I ask Joe Gebbia jokingly at the end of the video if Google is going to acquire Airbnb. I don’t really mean it jokingly, I would like to see Google acquire Airbnb. And then properly guide it towards the total revolution of rental for people’s spaces worldwide, preferably with a smaller than 15% “Service Fee” on each booking and perhaps more trusted rankings and bookings system. The problem might be that Airbnb already is too expensive and that Google may not want to spend above the price of a Motorola on acquiring it at this point. What’s your experience with Airbnb? I’m posting this video from an Airbnb apartment, after having just spent about a month in several different Airbnb apartments on different continents and I know people who quit their jobs after becoming Airbnb hosts, it really is amazing.
Here are some feature requests that I have (and just made up) for Airbnb:
– $100 or $200 per year, heavy users of Airbnb should become Airbnb Gold Members, and should be able to do unlimited bookings with $0 or a much lower Service Fee than 12%.
– Airbnb Gold Members can get prioritized service, access to special deals on new listings automatically.
– Airbnb Gold Members should get access to “Sort by price” especially showing new listings exclusively.
– Sale of Bluetooth 4.0 Automatic Door Locks, Airbnb should even provide installation services for these types of locks and fully integrate it with Airbnb. New guest just clicks on Airbnb App to open the door using the web/BT4.
– Somehow rental of Smartphones or SIM Cards in every country. Perhaps Airbnb needs to buy an automatic vending machine for those in every airport. When guests arrive, they need to get connected to the web on their smartphone easily.
– Cleaning, key swap services provided and organized by Airbnb.
– Of course Political clarification legalizing the use of Airbnb for owners and renters alike throughout the world. Airbnb needs to campaign with politicians to make this legally clear worldwide.
– Combine with social network of cooks and high quality food delivery into each Airbnb accomodation. You click a button and you can get delicious healthy food delivered for cheap from local talented cooks. For example $8 and you get a delicious meal delivered to your Airbnb door in 30 minutes somehow.
– Organize sport activities around each Airbnb listing. Integrate the booking of Badminton, Tennis, Squash courts, compete with other Airbnb guests or locals automatically. Thus integration with bookings for sports, theatre, cinema, everything can get integrated into one seamless travel experience. This is kind of why I expect Google is thinking to acquire Airbnb regardless of how expensive it may be.
Interview from Gigaom Roadmap (about 10 minutes before I filmed this short Interview):
Fujistu provides a mapping service with information from local governments about given geographic areas and tips on traveling. Such services help boost local economies. The mapping service itself is paid for by local governments.
ICG stands for I-Consulting Group a Hong Kong based company who is ten years old and has hundreds of customers. They provide cloud computing services such as back up for computers and for mobile devices. They also partner with hardware venders like Dell. For more information on I-Consulting Group go to their website http://www.i-cg.com/eng
Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2013
Mailjet was founded with the aim of providing a powerful tool for developers and novices alike to manage emails from A to Z, in a very simple way. They are based in Paris, self-funded and has been cash positive since day one. This interview is with Elie, Head of Marketing and Quentin, Deputy CEO. Mailjet is an all-in-one solution to send, track and deliver both marketing and transactional emails. Its cloud-based infrastructure is unique and highly scalable. A proprietary technology optimizes the deliverability of the email messages. Developers use Mailjet’s API to integrate a robust email delivery system to their app. On their side, Marketers leverage the intuitive interface and the in-depth analytics. Mailjet actually offers high granularity for all its delivery and activity metrics. From the integration to the effective sending, everything is simplified to the maximum. The volume based pricing is highly competitive.
50 thousand translators and writers contribute translations and copy-writing, targeting 2 million euros revenue this year. You can go online and order your content and you get it back translated a couple of hours later. Disrupting the translation market at about 3 cents per word at Basic quality, 10 cents per word for the standard level and up to 18 cent per word for expert translation and copy-writing mode.
Germany’s largest TV station Pro7/Sat.1 invests in what they find to be promising web start-ups by providing those start-ups in Germany TV ad space in exchange for a minority share in the start-up company stock.
Mobino is launching their new mobile payments system. Here showing off their Android app, it also works on any mobile phone, feature phone. They take a 0% fee from users and a 1% fee from merchants. See in this video how their mobile payments system looks like paying for a drink at a bar on Android. Just type in a 6-number payment ID generated by the bar and type your 4-number password, and the payment is done from your smartphone over the data network.
Here’s some Android software integrated by Sylpheo for the Parrot Asteroid Mini Android based in-car interactive system, to bring it your Salesforce.com contacts, calendar, and some other Salesforce based Android apps to integrate your business into your car.
Startups can be launched using Kickstarter alternatives too. Here Apigy talks about their experience doing crowdfunding to launch the http://lockitron.com without the use of Kickstarter, for some reason Kickstarter had not allowed them onto their site, so they decided to build their own alternative to Kickstarter. And http://fundedbyme.com talks about micro-investing in startups, letting anyone buy equity in new startups on the web.