LeWeb London 2013 – The Sharing Economy (Day 1)

LeWeb is back in London  for a summer conference at the Central Hall Westminster  today and tomorrow (June 5 & 6).

The theme is “The Sharing Economy”.

Some highlights from day 1:

  • Introductory remarks from Geraldine & Loic Le Meur LeWeb founders (includes an inimitable Boris Johnson welcome)

  • Julian Smith – Breather

  • Maxwell Bogue Wobbleworks (the 3 doodler -a 3D printer pen)

  • Douglas Atkin of Airbnb (talking about a Movement for the Sharing Economy)

Nearly all the presentations and Startup Competition pitches are available over on the LeWeb youTube channel

It starts at 9am with a live stream here from LeWeb London Live


  1. @LeWeb
  2. #LeWeb

Google + & Hangouts

The Social Media Dashboard – all the stats!

The official LeWeb app from MobileRoadie

The Stage 2 Start-Up competition on day 1 can be viewed here

The Plenary 1 running order is provisionally as follows for Wednesday, June 5

07.30-08.45 Doors open, registration, networking time with partners – Welcome Buffet Breakfast

  •  09.00 – Opening Remarks, Geraldine & Loic Le Meur, LeWeb Founders
  •  09.25 – Welcome to London!

Moderated by Ben Metcalfe, Co-host, LeWeb’13 London Co-Founder, WP Engine

Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder, PROfounders Capital, Chairman, made.com & Founder & Chairman, mydeco.com Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39 Eze Vidra, Head of Campus, Google

  • 09.50 – Joanna Shields, Chief Executive, Tech City Investment Organisation & Matt Cowan, Writer & Broadcaster
  •  The Pioneers
  • 10.05 – Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder, Airbnb & Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb
    10.30 – Douglas Atkin, Head of Community & E-staff Member, Airbnb
    10.45 – Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy & Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb

You know a product is just exploding when everybody around you knows about it, or even better, is already using it. So many of us have already used Airbnb, be it for traveling for work or vacation, or just to connect with strangers who become our “amazing hosts”.

Etsy brings out the potential creator in each of us and helps us connect with amazing artists. It allows us to bypass any intermediaries and create a dedicated and loyal audience. The sharing economy is humanizing these markets that were ready to be disrupted like never before.

Beyond the disruption, the real revolution is illustrated in the new behaviors they have created in our society. Is building a real community the key to the success? Are they creating a whole new market? What can we learn from the new mindset they represent? What kind of experiences do their customers expect? What does the sharing economy and its rise say about the future of exchange?

Come explore these questions with two of the most successful and inspiring actors in this field, Joe Gebbia Co-Founder, Airbnb and Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy.

  • 11.10 – The Collaborative Economy:  How People, Startups, and Corporations build a new Market

Jeremiah Owyang, Partner, Altimeter Group

Industry Analyst Jeremiah will share findings from a recent research on the Sharing Economy.  He’ll highlight the trends in the startup space, including verticals served, funding, and forecast what types of startups that will make it –and who won’t.  The speech will outline how startups can work with corporations to serve this greater movement of sharing. More >

  • 11.30 – Lisa Gansky, Chief Instigator, Mesh Labs

Lisa is, at heart, a marketect and “impact junky” with a strong interest in breaking the edges of formerly happy business models and bringing together not-so-likely characters in the form of new offerings, teams and partnerships. Learn about “The Mesh” and how it is reshaping how we go to market, who we partner with and how we invite participation and engage new customers. You are sure to glean insight and inspiration!

  • 11.50 – Julien Smith, CEO, Breather

With a dynamic team such as Julien & Alex, their new venture is sure to be disruptive. Julien, a New York Times bestselling author, who’s work focuses on adaptation and change, but not the “think out of the box” clichés that most companies embrace. Instead, his work draws from a deep study of the adaptive ability of the human body, as well as evolution, biomimicry, and an observation of nature. Alex built the API for one of the world’s biggest web services, Twitter. He was one of the first people there, in 2007, and helped Twitter become what it is today. These two are a powerful combination, come hear the inside scoop on Breather!

  • 12.10 – Maxwell Bogue, Co-Founder & CEO, Wobbleworks LLC, makers of the 3Doodler

Another Kickstarter success story, the 3Doodler is a pen that can draw in the air! 3Doodler is the 3D printing pen you can hold in your hand. Lift your imagination off the page!  You will see it live at LeWeb!

12.30-14.30 Lunch

  • 14.35 - Chris Chabot, Founder & CEO, Snapsation

Chris has been a driving force of the social web for as long as it’s been been around. As a lead engineer on OpenSocial, Developer Advocate for Google on open web standards, and a founding member of the Google+ team, he’s always worked on creating new connections between people through technology. With Snapsation Chris has combined his experience with social, the fascination with the new sharing economy and his love of photography to create new opportunities for the countless talented artists, and people who need high quality imagery.

  • The Power of Community
  • 14.55 – Jeremy Stoppelman, Founder & CEO, Yelp & Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb
  • 15.15 – Rytis Vitkauskas, Co-Founder & CEO, & Viktoras Jucikas, Co-Founder & CTO, YPlan
  • 15.25 – Leah Busque, Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit & Francine Lacqua, Anchor & Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg Television
  • 15.45Spaces for New Communities

Moderated by: Zach Bell, Co-Founder & COO, Share Practice

Audrey Buchanan, Partner, Curator and Director of Digital, Summit Ingrid Sanders, Founder & CEO, popexpert.com Natalie Spilger, Partner, Curator and Director of Community Building, Summit

There is no success possible in the digital age without understanding the importance of the community. Strongly committed, the community is built on common values and goals that tie each member together. This is probably the hardest part when you launch your project: make your users embrace your vision while defining and shaping it day after day. Loyalty comes from trust and respect.

Founded in 2004, Yelp! has become one of the most famous local business directory services and review sites on the web. With more than 100 million monthly unique visitors, their CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has shaped one of the most trusted resources while creating a new habit. Looking for a restaurant, a dentist or a great music teacher, checking on Yelp! has become a reflex or just built into your iPhone.

Leah Busque, the founder and CEO of TaskRabbit started her startup in 2008, allowing users to outsource small jobs and tasks to others in their neighborhood. Many challenges come from involving strangers in our daily lives. But nobody knows better than the TaskRabbit team how to build the new currency of our connected life: trust. The great reward that then entails is a faithful user base. There is nothing more valuable in a world surrounded by choice and distractions.

We also see the emergence of new communities. Some are truly fascinating, embracing the values of the sharing economy mindset: The Summit is one of them. As Wired Magazine describes it, this event is “TED meets Burning Man”. The Summit is an annual three days conference gathering entrepreneurs, social business activists and key players of the tech industry in an unconventional context. You can meet people like Gus Van Sant or Barack Obama’s chief technologist officer there. The panel will discuss the ambition of The Summit and the values behind it with the team.

Ingrid Sanders, founder & CEO of the new skills driven community Popexpert will join the conversation around the new communities that will soon be the new norm.

  • 16.15Boys and their Toys – The Google Glass Phenomenon

Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb Robert Scoble, American blogger, technical evangelist, and author Rackspace Ben Metcalfe, Co-host, LeWeb’13 London Co-Founder, WP Engine

Loic will be joined by Robert Scoble and Ben Metcalfe for this sure to be entertaining session.   Hear from these ultra early adopters their thoughts about Glass.  What’s it’s full potential? What are the cons? And everything in between!

  • 16.35 How Social Sharing Built a Billion Dollar Market

Nick Halstead, Founder & CTO, DataSift Inc

Nick has been at the heart of the social sharing economy for five years, creating the world’s first social sharing button and building a business upon the data that it generated. Nick will talk about the evolution of the sharing economy, from the early days of RSS and TweetMeme, to the prominence of social now and give his insight on the future of sharing in a social driven world.

  • 16.55 – Ruling the App Store

Moderated by: Robin Wauters, European Editor, The Next Web

Julien Codorniou, Head of European Platform Partnerships, Facebook Erik Lammerding, Co-Founder, N3TWORK Raf Keustermans, Co-Founder & CEO, Plumbee

Discover the magic recipe behind some of the top grossing apps on Facebook, iOS and Android and how cross-platform development and promotion can drive installation, engagement and monetization of mobile apps.

  • 17.25 – The Impact of Sharing Your Life

Tony Espinoza, CEO, Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is one of the leading hospitality exchange services. With more than 6 million members in 100,000 cities worldwide. Couchsurfing is at a privileged place to observe new customers behaviors and the sharing economy business.

  • 17.45 – 10 Reasons the “sharing economy” is bollocks.

Milo Yiannopoulos, Journalist, Broadcaster and Entrepreneur

Look up the word controversial and Milo’s photo might just be there!  Known for his outspoken nature, Milo is LeWeb’s resident contrarian for all things “Sharing Economy.” He will challenge this movement at every turn.  This session promises to be entertaining, insightful and above all, controversial!


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