I had a pleasure of attending LeWeb last week – and here are the top 10 takeaways
Meeting Irish in attendance
Very low Irish presence – Pat Phelan from Maxroam, Conor O’Neill from Loudervoice [who also covered event for ReadwriteWeb]
- Brian Bastible and colleagues from IDA
Connecting with People
Lots of great folks attending from the US, UK, Germany, France and Spain.
Old School is best school
Got to meet and chat with Dennis, Doc and JP.
Glimpse of future
Dave Morin – facebook connect, Marissa Mayer – Google, and Susan Wu – Virtual Goods
Startups – no Irish… come on !!
Startup Competition – some interesting startups – and very worthy winner – some Web2Ireland companies would have done well at this event….
Failure – true stories
Morten Lund was one highlight of the event – off the cuff – very honest in his story.
Funding is hard in Europe
Lots of VCs in attendance [none from Ireland] – and the VC panel was interesting – see video. Key themes – build products that VCs will use [Fred Wilson, Martin Varsasky, Jeff Clavier] – and they don’t really believe Govt intervention @ funding is key [more on that later] – and NO doesnt mean NO.
Go Big or Go Home
Lots of usual talk @ valley versus Europe and can we build a big European web company.
Annual LeWeb bitch fight
Great fun from the sideline
Rumour has it that the International D Conference will happen in Dublin next year
And no doubt LeWeb 09 will be another enjoyable event.
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