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.
And here's the US VC Roundtable at LeWeb 2013:
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.
Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder of Indiegogo talks about the status of the crowd funding website at Gigaom Roadmap.
and you can watch her official interview at Gigaom Roadmap:
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):
AnswerTo is a paid version of Stack Overflow or Quora. This startup with Indiegogo launch campaign wants to be an expert marketplace for social coding offered on a pay-per-question basis, read more: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/answerto-expert-marketplace-for-coders
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.