Seize your chance to discuss the future of technology with the people who are making it!
As part of euronews’ coverage of LeWeb 2013 – one of the largest international meetings on the tech calendar – we are holding live web chats with some of the world’s leading web entrepreneurs, investors and bloggers. And you can take part!
To be a guest in the series of Google+ Hangouts, fill in this form.
This year’s LeWeb, in Paris, is the 10th anniversary of the event but rather than reminisce, organisers Loic and Geraldine Le Meur have decided to look to the future, making the theme of this edition: ‘The Next 10 Years’.
You only have to think about how different life was back in 2003 to appreciate that by the time 2023 comes along we will be doing things we still don’t imagine are possible. So join us and our guests to discuss what the tech landscape will look like ten years from now.
Here are the Hangout guests who have already signed up (there will be more so watch this space):
James Siminoff, Tuesday December 10 at 16.00 CET
Chief Inventor, Bot Home Automation Inc
Jamie is a true serial entrepreneur. He has directly founded 9 companies, sits on 2 boards, holds 12 advisory roles and has completed 3 successful exits. In 2005 Jamie founded the voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. In September of 2009 PhoneTag completed a transaction worth $17 million with Ditech Networks (nasdaq: DITC). Jamie currently holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer and is head of Ditech’s Labs program. In 2010 Jamie founded Unsubscribe.com to assist email users in cleaning commercial email from their inboxes. In 2011 Unsubscribe.com was sold to personal security company TrustedID. Currently Jamie is the Chief Inventor of Bot Home Automation, Inc., the maker of Doorbot. DoorBot is the video doorbell designed for your smartphone, letting you see and speak with your visitors from your smartphones and tablets. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship from Babson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his beautiful wife Erin, son Oliver and their dog Shortrib.
Shehzad Daredia, Tuesday December 10 at 17:15 CET
bop.fm co-founder and CEO
Shehzad Daredia is Co-founder and CEO of bop.fm, a Ycombinator-backed music technology company that creates intelligent permalinks for songs. bop.fm aggregates several popular music services (Spotify, Rdio, iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc) into one app. You can then search for any song, play it using any service, and share/discover with any friend (even if they use a different service than you). bop.fm powers this same aggregation and service-agnostic music playback for content publishers, messaging clients, social networks, wireless carriers, etc. At bop.fm, Shehzad is responsible for many 2-letter acronyms such as BD, PM, QA, PR, etc. He was previously an early employee at KAYAK.com (acquired by Priceline) and BillShrink/Truaxis (acquired by MasterCard), as well as a venture capital analyst at Rho Ventures (acquired by nobody). Shehzad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in business and engineering. Outside of work, Shehzad excels at basketball, billiards, tennis, and humility.
Ramon de Leon, Wednesday December 11 at 10:15 CET
Social Media Visionary
In 1986, Ramon De Leon started with Domino’s Pizza in Chicago as a pizza delivery driver. Twenty Six years later Ramon is the Marketing Mind of a six store Domino’s Pizza Franchise in Chicago. His career has given him the opportunity to work in Mexico as a Business Development Consultant for Domino’s Pizza ’93-‘97. Extreme Passion and High Energy are words that best describe his love for the pizza business. Ramon has been using Social Media for his business since before the word existed. AOL Instant messenger was his micro-blog long before Twitter was invented. When Facebook was closed to the general public, Ramon connected with customers in photos and groups. Ramon was awarded “The 2011 Chicago Social Media Person of The Year Award” by The Chicago Social Media Marketing Group. His Social Media strategies were highlighted at Gravity Summit Harvard and streamed Live on CNN.com in 2009. Domino’s Pizza Franchisees around the world seek his Social Media advice. Ramon’s creative uses of Social Media and enthusiasm have made him a sought after speaker.
Mark Shuttleworth, Wednesday December 11 at 11:00 CET
Mark is the founder of Ubuntu, a popular open source operating system for smartphones, desktops and servers. Ubuntu is beautiful, easy to use and precision engineered for consumers and large-scale enterprise deployments alike. It has been adopted by an amazing number of people, from families that just want a PC that works for safe web surfing, to heavy industry, massive cloud computing environments, supercomputers, several armies, national police forces, banks and schools in the Amazon. Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, which sells commercial support for Ubuntu, mainly to large enterprises and governments who deploy it professionally. Canonical also builds many of the unique elements of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud and server deployments. Mark champions design-driven development and has a focus on quality and cadence in the engineering work done at Canonical. After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a degree in finance and information technology, Mark founded Thawte, a company specialising in digital certificates and cryptography. When Thawte was acquired in 1999 by VeriSign, and he founded HBD, an investment company, and set up the Shuttleworth Foundation, which funds innovative change in society by supporting Fellows and investing in their projects. He moved to London in 2001, and began preparing for the First African in Space mission, training in Star City, Russia, and Kazakhstan. In April 2002 he flew in space, as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34 to the International Space Station. After a tour of schools in South Africa promoting science and mathematics for aspiring astronauts he started work on Ubuntu.
Carmine Gallo, Wednesday December 11 at 13:15 CET
Carmine Gallo is the communications coach for the world’s most admired brands. He’s a popular keynote speaker, Forbes.com columnist, and the author of seven business books including the international bestseller The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and The Apple Experience, the first book to explore the customer service practices of the world’s most successful retail store.
In his upcoming book, Talk Like TED, Carmine reveals the 9 public speaking secrets of the world’s top minds. Through extensive interviews with popular TED speakers and leading neuroscientists, Carmine identifies the exact techniques that make a great TED presentation great, explains the science behind each one, and shows you how to apply the principles to sell your ideas and inspire your audiences more persuasively than you’ve ever imagined. “Talk Like TED is an engaging and exciting read. There’s no doubt this book will help you reach hearts and minds,” says Guy Kawasaki. A former CNN and CBS correspondent, Gallo parlayed his successful career as a broadcast journalist into a communications practice where he coaches leaders who make products that touch your life every day. His clients include Intel, Coca-Cola, Chevron, Edmunds.com, SanDisk, Medtronic, Hyundai, LinkedIn, Pfizer, and many other global brands. As a popular keynote speaker, Carmine inspires and energizes his audiences while offering practical advice that they can use today. In his regular column on Forbes.com, he writes about success, leadership, and communications. He has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, Bloomberg Television, CNBC, Success Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Carmine is a former CNN and CBS television anchor and business news correspondent, graduated with honors from UCLA, and has a Master’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.
Jesse Richman, Wednesday December 11 at 14.45 CET
World champion Kiteboarder
Jesse Richman is a 21 year old world champion kiteboarder. Richman is a native of the island of Maui who was raised in the ocean as a waterman, surfer and free diver. He has been a professional kiteboader since the age of 12. Richman has a decorated athletic career. He is the reigning Red Bull King of Air champion and won the Overall Kiteboarding World Champion award in 2008 and 2009. Most recently Richman set a world record for kite tow up in Hood River, Oregon. The tow up included a 790-foot decent down to the water which resulted in the most viral kiteboarding video in the sport’s history. Richman shares an open-minded attitude crossed with an entrepreneurial spirit. He has partnered with MaiTai Global, an elite group of tech entrepreneurs and investors since its inception. Richman travels to the kiteboarding camps / tech networking events as a professional rider and inspirational figure. In addition to MaiTai Global Richman recently teamed up with Silicon Valley Bank on a quest to push the envelope in kiteboarding and entrepreneurship. As a professional athlete Richman is no stranger to taking risk. Richman wants to inspire people around the world to get out of their comfort zone, take a risk and try something new. He is guided by the belief that the major limits of our accomplishments are a lack of imagination and courage.
Andy Puddicombe, Wednesday December 11 at 15.30 CET
Andy Puddicombe is the co-founder of Headspace, the multi-award-winning digital health platform. A meditation and mindfulness expert, he is the voice of all things Headspace. As a former Buddhist monk, with a degree in Circus Arts, Andy provides a unique insight into the world of meditation and mindfulness, delivering an authentic message in a fresh, accessible and often humorous style. Having learnt from the very best in the world, Andy was passionate about sharing these ancient techniques and creating the conditions for a healthier and happier society. In order to make that wish a reality, in 2010 he teamed up with creative visionary, Rich Pierson, to launch Headspace, which is now a thriving team split between Europe and the US. Commonly known as ‘The Mind Man’ or ‘Headspace Man’, Andy is a writer and presenter, with books published in over 10 languages, a featured TED Talk on Netflix, a channel on Virgin Atlantic, TV and Radio contributions for BBC Science and News and numerous features in print around the world. As the New York Times says: “Andy Puddicombe is doing for meditation, what Jamie Oliver has done for food”. Originally from London, England, Andy is now based at the Headspace HQ in Venice, California, with his wife Lucinda.
Dina Kaplan, Wednesday December 11 at 16.15 CET
Dina Kaplan is co-founder of Blip, the place for the best original series of the web. Blip hosts and distributes thousands of original series, from scripted dramas and comedies to shows about fashion, sports, videogames and more. At Blip, Dina ran company operations, including finance, business development and HR. She managed accounting, including overseeing the company P&L, and forged distribution partnerships with Google, Sony, NBC and Verizon. She also managed public relations and marketing. Before Blip, Dina was an Emmy-award winning television news reporter for local NBC stations. Prior to reporting, Dina worked as an associate producer for MTV News and at the White House as Director of Research for the Office of the White House Counsel. Dina was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women of Web 2.0. She sits on the National Board of Wesleyan University and has taught classes at Columbia Business School, Columbia Journalism School, NYU’s Stern School of Business and NYU’s ITP program for engineers and designers. She has spoken at SXSW, the World Economic Forum, CeBit, DLD, Cannes Lions and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. Dina is an advisor to a number of start-ups including Zeel and Cliq. She has also written articles for Town & Country and Byline, the publication of the New York City Press Club.
Bradley Horowitz, Wednesday December 11 at 17.00 CET
VP of Product, Google
Bradley Horowitz is vice president of product for Google’s social products, including Google+. He has also led product for Google’s consumer application division, which includes Gmail, Gtalk, Google Docs, Google Voice, and Google Calendar. Before joining Google, Bradley served as Yahoo’s vice president of Advanced Development, leading acquisitions such as Flickr and MyBlogLog, and developing new products, including Yahoo! Pipes, designed to integrate feeds from across the web. He also promoted efforts to open up the Yahoo platform and invest in innovation through internal hack days, the Brickhouse incubator, and the Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN). Previously, Bradley was co-founder and CTO of Virage, where he oversaw the video analysis company’s technical direction from its founding through its IPO and eventual acquisition by Autonomy. Bradley was a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab, where he worked on projects related to computer vision, graphics and image processing. He holds an MS in Media Science from MIT and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Ramez Naam, Thursday December 12 at 11:00 CET
Computer Scientist, Futurist & Award-Winning Author
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author. Ramez was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to the US at the age of 3. He spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft, with deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence. Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world’s first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design.
Jeremy Brook, Thursday December 12 at 11:45 CET
Media innovation and digital strategy, Heineken
Jeremy Brook joined HEINEKEN in 2011 and leads the development of HEINEKEN’s media innovation and digital strategy. He is responsible for the development of new and future ways of working, capabilities and creating new opportunities to drive the digital and media innovation agenda across paid, owned and earned, with state of the art media principles, processes and best practices across HEINEKEN’s global brands and local brands; and cascades these to markets with the support of global agency partners. Jeremy is committed to brands in a digital age. He is passionately believes being creatively and commercially focused can be the same thing and believes it is the best way to embrace the challenges consumer marketing in a world where people are increasingly digital-native. His previous experience has been as a communication and digital expert within leading creative agencies including Lowe and 180 Amsterdam where he worked on Brands including Stella Artois, Adidas, Saab, Atari and MTV. Jeremy holds a Bachelors in Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Katia Beauchamp, Thursday December 12 at 13:00 CET
Katia Beauchamp is the Co-Founder of Birchbox; the discovery retail company changing the way women and men shop for beauty, grooming and lifestyle products. Through its multi-channel platform, the Birchbox experience features personalized sampling, informative editorial content and a handpicked online store. Katia began her career as an entrepreneur after graduating from Harvard Business School in 2010, where she met Hayley Barna, her Birchbox Co-founder. Their connection grew into friendship and the pair’s collaborative idea for Birchbox inspired the company’s debut in September 2010. Prior to founding Birchbox, Katia worked in structured finance and commercial real estate for three years. Katia’s love for all things beauty and style combined with her skills from a deal-focused and finance background are instrumental in forming partnerships with brands as well as in growing and scaling the Birchbox business. A native Texan, Beauchamp has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Headquartered in New York City, Birchbox now has more than 400,000 subscribers, and extended into men’s products in April 2012 with Birchbox Man. In September 2012, Birchbox acquired Paris-based JolieBox, gaining presence in France, the UK, and Spain to take the company global and become the international market leader in discovery commerce.
Brady Forrest, Thursday December 12 at 14:00 CET
Highway1 and Ignite
Brady runs Highway1, PCH’s Hardware Incubator, and is on the lookout for the next great piece of hardware. He co-started and “shepherd” Ignite; he’s part of the team currently organizing Ignite SF. He’s a Venture Advisor to 500 Startups and spent some time on the Investment Staff at Khosla Ventures. Formerly he was at O’Reilly and worked on a number of things including: the radar blog, Web 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, ETech, and Foo Camp.
Marco Tempest, Thursday December 12 at 15:30 CET
Adventurer, Scientist, Showman, Dreamer and Hero
For years, Marco Tempest’s masterful blend of digital media and magic has enabled audiences to glimpse the future before technology gets there. Adventurer, Scientist, Showman, Dreamer and Hero… There’s no one quite like Marco Tempest. His imaginative combination of computer-generated imagery, video, music and stagecraft with his unique vision of future life is creatively unique and unequalled within the performing arts. No one else combines the incredible technical savvy with the showmanship, the physical skills and the charisma of Tempest. With all that talent, it’s amazing that he seems to enjoy poking fun at himself, and all those marvelous toys! Marco gets a kick out of bending reality around the edges. Is that image in the screen, or just in front of it? At age 22, Marco captured the prestigious New York World Cup of Magic, launching him into international prominence. Marco Tempest has been featured in his own theatrical shows and as part of numerous television specials which have enjoyed well in excess of 500 million cumulative viewings across the world. Marco’s award winning television series The Virtual Magician is currently airing in 48+ countries. His talent has been recognized with a number of prestigious international awards. Marco Tempest is the winner of the 2009 World Magic Award for Best Contemporary Magic. Marco has been invited as a visionary presenter to the Seoul Digital Forum and the TEDxTokyo conference and presented his keynote to the xDays Leadership conference in Switzerland. His work is constantly changing: as new technologies evolve, Marco Tempest finds captivating ways of turning those advances into compelling illusions.