Just adding my voice to the chorus of disapproval. Le Web 3 has been hijacked from within. I didn’t pay to hear a party political broadcast by french politicians. I’m not a french citizen so I don’t care. Much is made of the 36 countries attending Le Web but Loic Le Meur has used this international audience to invite french presidential candidates to speak.
I didn’t pay €359 for this. Loic appears to be on a massive ego trip. Internet connectivity was non-existent for yesterday – today it’s better but frankly, internet connectivity is something you should pay special attention to at an event called ‘Le Web’ attended by bloggers.
Loic even had the gall to complain about lack of blogging – “Give us a connection” yelled members of the audience. Apparently it fell on deaf ears.
I won’t be coming back.
Can I get a refund ?
[update] By tuesday afternoon, there were a few photoshopped alternative LeWeb3 logos floating about. I didn’t stay to hear Loic’s closing remarks and the hall was more than half empty by the time the Startup awards were announced. Jan told a story during his presentation and it obviously made an impression on the judges. Joe’s putplace.com presentation was really compelling (you wuz robbed Joe ! robbed!).
On the plus side, I finally got to meet Nicole Simon, Jan Blanchard and Paul Walsh and a few others. Jan took us to a fantastic restaurant on Monday night – thanks Jan – local knowledge comes in handy ;-)
[update] PXN8 made it into Le Monde. Result !
[update] Sam Sethi has been fired by Michael Arrington. Sam’s post I thought was fair and balanced. Connectivity sucked. The presenters were glib and meeting with other attendees made it worthwhile. Sam just told the truth and got fired for it – way to be “ethical” Mike !