Nick, Joaquín and I spent Monday and Tuesday at Le Web 3 in Paris. It was a great opportunity to meet and listen to interesting people from the industry. The conference opened with a 20 minute chat between organiser Loic Le Meur and Niklas Zennström. Other first day highlights included a VC panel on what they thought the next wave of star start-ups would look like and some insight from Brent Hoberman of lastminute.com. It was interesting to hear that he has now become a non-executive director of WAYN, the community site aimed at frequent travellers. Is lastminute planning a buyout? The benefits of any form of partnership are obvious!
The star of the show though was Marc Canter of Broadband Mechanics. He asked the speakers and panellists testing questions, pushing them beyond their comfort zone, something which the panel mediators seemed reluctant to do……
The second day of the conference was slightly disappointing because it was taken over by politicians. Don’t get me wrong, Shimon Peres, Francois Bayrou and Nicolas Sarkozy are interesting people, but probably more appropriate guests for political discussions. Judging from comments on the blogosphere, our frustrations are shared.
Still, we made a number of new friends and exchanged ideas with people like the founders of MobuzzTV, WeblogsSL, Properazzi, Enrique Dans and other entrepreneurs from Europe.