by Elie Krawczyk
I came back from LeWeb in Paris. As last year, it was a very interesting conference, and a very good opportunity to meet people.
I will tell quickly what I found interesting.
CEO’s Mike Jones, explained how they transform from a social network to a social portal. They don’t want to compete with Facebook anymore, but they want to be known as the social media specialized in entertainment (music, cinema, tv but not game) . Their goal today, is the content and not really the social interaction.
Half of people on Facebook play to social games (250M). 1 to 5% of these players buy virtual goods. Playfish’s best success is Pet Society with 20M of players.
Rovio (Angry Birds developer)
Angry Birds got 12 million downloads with the paid version for Iphone and 30 million downloads with the free version in Android. The free version makes more money with advertising than the paid version.
Marko Ahtisaari said they don’t want to put Android in their phone because they cannot add « value » with it. 1,3 billion of Nokia phone users. 250 000 new users in OVI (Nokia’s platform for phone with their app store, gps system, etc…). In their Workshop, they also explain how with Qt you can develop for both Symbian and Meebo devices.
Denis Crowley (Foursquare Co-founder) made a very good impression. You can really tell he is a real tech entrepreneur with a “fresh spirit”. Their next challenge is to monetize more their platform with local business. They now have 5 millions of members. They are going to internationalize in order to keep on growing with local versions for 2011.
Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Google, didn’t announce anything special. She only shows their new phone the Samsung Nexus S which will be a real competitor for the Iphone.
Lastly Gary Vaynerchuk closed the conference. Gary is still a very impressive speaker, so I really advice you to watch his speech here. He talked about how identity was important online, that’s why he believes in Facebook Connect, he said that ChatRoulette failed for that “If ChatRoulette had introduced Facebook Connect, people would have kept their pants on”
You can see all the videos in LeWeb channel.