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Loic Le Meur has been at 3 events

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LeWeb1,166,565We're super excited about this speaker hangout with Carly as we'll learn more about how she came up with the idea for Ubooly, how they brought it to market, and where their company is headed.   We'll also invite you, members of the LeWeb community to join in and ask questions. What is Ubooly?  It's a childrens toy that turns your iphone into a plushy interactive critter. You can learn all about it here http://www.ubooly.com/what-is-an-ubooly-pet Remember all the toys you played with as a kid?  Ubooly truly inspires imagination and makes you ponder the amazing potential of technology and how it interacts with every day things. See you there!LeWeb Speaker Hangout with Carly Gloge, CEO of Ubooly2012-10-11 19:00:0028  
LeWeb1,166,565Imagine if you could get updates to your phone whenever your houseplants need to be taken care of?  Philipp Bolliger invented just that. With the Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor, you can track the health of your houseplants and get notified when they need to be watered.  On Tuesday, join us with Philipp for a google hangout, where you guys can join in, ask questions, or just enjoy the show on our youtube channel at http://youtube.com/leweb It's all part of our LeWeb Speaker hangout series, where we bring in amazing entrepreneurs and innovators to talk about "The Internet of Things" and learn more about their stories. Get your ticket to LeWeb Paris on December 4, 5 and 6, to see amazing speakers like Philipp take the stage and share the future of "The Internet of things": http://paris.leweb.co/LeWeb Hangout with Philipp Bolliger, Founder and CEO of Koubachi, The Wi-Fi Plant Sensor2012-10-02 19:00:0049  
LeWeb1,166,565Join us on Tuesday, Sept 25th for a Google Hangout with Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings.  We'll be asking him questions about building his company, about the future of the internet of things and much more. We'll also be inviting members of the LeWeb community to join in the hangout or tune in on the livestream on our YouTube page: http://youtube.com/leweb RSVP to add this to your calendar, and we'll be creating the hangout and sharing the link on our G+ page right before the interview starts. -- Cédric and his company Withings is hustling at the front lines of the "Internet of Things" movement.  They've reinvented previously simple technology like baby monitors, body scales and blood pressure monitors to take advantage of the technology that people have at their fingertips today in smart phones and tablets. You can check out their amazing products and learn more about the company here: http://www.withings.com/Hangout with Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings2012-09-25 19:00:0077  

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My business plan is super secret :) I'm about to send it to anyone who registered to my email newsletter. Register if you want it http://eepurl.com/bG1hBz 

My business plan is super secret :) I'm about to send it to anyone who registered to my email newsletter. Register if you want it http://eepurl.com/bG1hBz ___

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10 Lessons from Product Hunt’s Success

I’m really addicted to discovering new products daily on Product Hunt, and I’m not the only one. Try it if you don’t know the site and the mobile app. The community is very active, suggests many products and the best ones get voted up to the top.

Product Hunt’s success is obvious and many app developers report great download volume increase when they get featured. What’s really amazing is the community that the site has managed to gather. People fight to be the first one to discover a new product. They get the credit and the visibility that results from that and Product Hunt does a great job at featuring everyone that contributed.

Getting an active community that contributes constantly to any website is extremely difficult. Imagine the team that would be required if employees were hired to find those products instead of theenthusiast ... more »

10 Lessons from Product Hunt’s Success

I’m really addicted to discovering new products daily on Product Hunt, and I’m not the only one. Try it if you don’t know the site and the mobile app. The community is very active, suggests many products and the best ones get voted up to the top.

Product Hunt’s success is obvious and many app developers report great download volume increase when they get featured. What’s really amazing is the community that the site has managed to gather. People fight to be the first one to discover a new product. They get the credit and the visibility that results from that and Product Hunt does a great job at featuring everyone that contributed.

Getting an active community that contributes constantly to any website is extremely difficult. Imagine the team that would be required if employees were hired to find those products instead of the enthusiast contributors. It would cost a fortune.

The community was there even before Product Hunt was started, it started just as a daily mailing list where a small number of people were sharing new products. They have in common the passion (or the need, if you’re an investor and want to follow what’s new) to find those new products. They want to talk about them. They’re really interested in what’s new.

Ryan shared very early what he was doing and with everyone. He shared who were the first users and that attracted new ones. It was an Open Startup. They got their first 2,000 users by doing things that do not scale.

Here are the lessons I see from their success:

Focus on quality rather than quantity.
Not everyone can submit products on Product Hunt. Not everyone can vote or comment. They filter and monitor who can post to keep the quality standards really high

Build slow and only focus on a few users at a beginning.
The founders called and emailed the first users one by one. They were friends. They felt special to be invited to the site and saw that it was only a select group that was able to publish. A small exclusive feeling. If they had opened too fast to everyone (they still haven’t) quality would have been low

Spot the most influential users
They were tracking every single new user and checked their influence on Twitter. If they had a big following or were important people in SV, they would immediately contact them to welcome them. Then give them posting rights

Make the first addicted users feel great and special. Meet them.
They made t-shirts and sent them to the most addicted or influential users. Stickers in the mail. Community dinners. Meetups.
Build with an API from the beginning

You can then open it quickly so some developers can build cool apps or services on it.

Share your own users success
Featured makers saw spikes in downloads of their products or significant sales. Product Hunt team featured those early successes on the platform to inspire others

Answer anyone talking to you on Twitter
See how the founders and the Product Hunt team are on top of their Twitter mentions. Anyone who posts about them gets an answer or a retweet. They are never un noticed.

Feature and link to all your contributors
See how “makers”, people who contribute new products, votes or comments are featured on the site. Contributing means visibility.

Keep it simple
Product Hunt is clean and simple. It loads fast. The design is minimalist but works. Nothing fancy gets in between the information and what users want to find: new products.

The team is cool and nice
It’s obvious if you read their posts and tweets. It’s even more obvious if you pay them a visit which I did. Being nice and friendly is key to succeed. People notice it and want to help friendly startups.___

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2015-12-06 06:20:39 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

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2015-12-05 20:23:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Why I decided to build a new startup

How do you go from 0 to 1? What happens before the startup even comes into the picture?

I have invested as an angel in about 50 startups. It’s been quite successful. I could just keep doing this. Oh and some paragliding and kite-surfing when I don’t meet great entrepreneurs. I could also become a full time VC or even join a large company. David Marcus went from startup entrepreneur to impacting billions of people with Messenger. Working for Facebook on projects that can reach such a large amount of people must be exciting.

I love the beginnings of a startup. I enjoy the process of finding an idea and creating something from scratch. I don’t care if it’s going to fail or not. It’s the adventure and the learnings that matter. The feeling of doing something new no-one else is doing yet.

I asked a similar question toRichard B... more »

Why I decided to build a new startup

How do you go from 0 to 1? What happens before the startup even comes into the picture?

I have invested as an angel in about 50 startups. It’s been quite successful. I could just keep doing this. Oh and some paragliding and kite-surfing when I don’t meet great entrepreneurs. I could also become a full time VC or even join a large company. David Marcus went from startup entrepreneur to impacting billions of people with Messenger. Working for Facebook on projects that can reach such a large amount of people must be exciting.

I love the beginnings of a startup. I enjoy the process of finding an idea and creating something from scratch. I don’t care if it’s going to fail or not. It’s the adventure and the learnings that matter. The feeling of doing something new no-one else is doing yet.

I asked a similar question to Richard Branson this year. “Why do you keep starting new things, you don’t need to”. Richard answered “If we don’t start new things all the time, it’s a waste. We have to keep innovating. It’s a duty.”

I don’t know about duty. I certainly understand the waste of not using my experience to start something new. Paragliding is very cool though. The good news is I can go paraglide 20 minutes away from my place, fly for an hour and come back. A friend of mine even bought a small solar panels equiped RV that he parks at the paragliding spot. He works from there when conditions are good and alternates flying and working on his laptop.

In the decision to start, there was a lot of “f**k it I need to start something new, which has been growing on me for a while. I just love building something new, it’s so exciting. It’s the best feeling. It does not matter where it goes, it’s all about starting.
Finding the idea is the next challenge. I had 20 different real startup ideas in the last 12 months. Many friends shared their ideas with me too. It’s always the same. I get excited by an idea, I share it with a few friends, sometimes even start talking to people who could join me. I even talked to investors about some of them and they were ready to fund them.

Instead of raising some funding and running with it, I let the idea settle in my mind for a few weeks. Talking to friends about it can be good and bad. There is always many friends to tell you how bad your idea is and it’s so easy to stop right there. “Oh he’s right, that idea was lame”.

I’m aware to start something you should not listen too much to those who tell you you’re going to fail. I still did just that and killed those 20 ideas in 12 months and did not start anything.

Then there is the pressure of building something that can be huge. A unicorn. This is “so Silicon Valley”. It needs to have the potential to change the World, something we should Reconsider. Especially if you have started several startups already. Small is not an option. Got a few friends tell me this recently. You can’t do this it’s too small for you. One more killed.

Problem is Brian Chesky had no idea he was creating something huge with AirBNB. The investors he talked to did not think it could be big either. I don’t think Mark Zuckerberg had any idea Facebook would have so much potential. He was just creating profiles of his Harvard fellow students so they better connected. Uber was a luxury limo service that wasn’t going a priori to revolutionize transportation.

Back to the question, how did I finally decide to launch something? I decided to ignore everybody about the idea itself. I decided to particularly ignore the need for doing something big “because I had to”. I’m bootstrapping a small idea instead. I hired only one engineer as co-founder, and I’m funding it myself for now.

That’s how I went from 0 to 1.

Then I decided to build it in the open by sharing my progress in a weekly email. It forces me to deliver, among other benefits.

Sign-up to my weekly email if you like. It’s about building my startup if you would like to follow the small idea not changing the World I’m working on.

thanks, Arjun Juneja for asking this question.___

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2015-12-01 01:16:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

About to send my second newsletter update working on my new startup (I have a name!) to the 2,500 of you who registered, join here if you want it http://eepurl.com/bG1hBz thanks!

About to send my second newsletter update working on my new startup (I have a name!) to the 2,500 of you who registered, join here if you want it http://eepurl.com/bG1hBz thanks!___

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that's how flying a MIG-29 feels like 

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Could not stop laughing don't miss > John Oliver explains refugee vetting process. Last Week Tonight https://youtu.be/7U-t3GetV_Q 

Could not stop laughing don't miss > John Oliver explains refugee vetting process. Last Week Tonight https://youtu.be/7U-t3GetV_Q ___

2015-11-24 03:06:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Just sent my first email update to the 2,000 or so of you who signed up in 24 hours (intimidating!) and I'm not posting it here, signup if you want the next ones http://eepurl.com/bG1j5X

Just sent my first email update to the 2,000 or so of you who signed up in 24 hours (intimidating!) and I'm not posting it here, signup if you want the next ones http://eepurl.com/bG1j5X___

2015-11-22 23:21:46 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

I always wanted to have my own personal newsletter. Not sure why. Probably to feel closer to my community. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks feel great and you get a lot of feedback from them but there is nothing that gets more of my attention than emails.

My friend Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, started to send some very good emails summarizing what he wrote and found interesting, I enjoy reading them and Reid is one of the friends I actually do not want to miss anything from. If you rely only on social networks, you miss things either because you were just not paying attention when it was published, you were not there, or it did not show up in your Facebook feed. I want all of Reid updates.

Product Hunt is a huge success (and inspiration for me) and was launched off an email experiment.

McKinsey reported that email is actually 40 times more... more »

I always wanted to have my own personal newsletter. Not sure why. Probably to feel closer to my community. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks feel great and you get a lot of feedback from them but there is nothing that gets more of my attention than emails.

My friend Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, started to send some very good emails summarizing what he wrote and found interesting, I enjoy reading them and Reid is one of the friends I actually do not want to miss anything from. If you rely only on social networks, you miss things either because you were just not paying attention when it was published, you were not there, or it did not show up in your Facebook feed. I want all of Reid updates.

Product Hunt is a huge success (and inspiration for me) and was launched off an email experiment.

McKinsey reported that email is actually 40 times more effective than Facebook and Twitter for reaching people according to Nuzzel, who has just launched a new kind of newsletter (I don’t use it though, I prefer creating my own personal content). Newsletters became one of BuzzFeed’s top sources of traffic. Emails are personal and according to Harvard Business Review the email newsletter is making a triumphant return.

Seven years ago when I launched Seesmic I was telling my community and friends how we progressed publishing a daily video, Seesmic du jour which gave me incredible feedback.

Today I’m working on a new startup, what a better occasion to start my own personal newsletter and report on a weekly basis or so on my progress. It’s an experiment to move a little the conversations from social networks to personal emails. I’m using my own personal email to send it from.

I posted on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ about my experiment and 500 friends registered in less than an hour and it’s growing as I write this.

This is also great pressure for me to start building again!

If you want to hear about my new startup, here it is.___

2015-11-22 21:55:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

I'm working on a new startup and feel like sharing about it as I define what it is and go through the exciting steps of starting something new from scratch. I don't know what it is yet, I'm defining the space. 

I always wanted to have my own personal newsletter. I thought that was the occasion. I won't send emails too much too often as I'm also annoyed by many newsletters and try to keep it entertaining and helpful. I'm thinking once a week, but we will see how it goes. 

I will write as if I was writing to an advisory board of friends and will share some content that I won't post online as an experiment. I will pay attention to who subscribes and responds. 

signup here if you're interested http://eepurl.com/bG1j5X

I'm working on a new startup and feel like sharing about it as I define what it is and go through the exciting steps of starting something new from scratch. I don't know what it is yet, I'm defining the space. 

I always wanted to have my own personal newsletter. I thought that was the occasion. I won't send emails too much too often as I'm also annoyed by many newsletters and try to keep it entertaining and helpful. I'm thinking once a week, but we will see how it goes. 

I will write as if I was writing to an advisory board of friends and will share some content that I won't post online as an experiment. I will pay attention to who subscribes and responds. 

signup here if you're interested http://eepurl.com/bG1j5X___

2015-11-21 19:55:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

The Art of the Interview by Cal Fussman

At Summit at Sea last week I heard a great talk from Cal Fussman, journalist, author and Editor at Large at Esquire. Cal has interviewed top leaders and celebrities such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert de Niro or Al Pacino and shared with us four tips to do a great interview.

1. Aim for the heart and not the head with your first question The more important and busy the person you interview is, the fastest you have to make him feel the time you will spend with her or him will be special. The leader you are talking had hundreds of interviews already and will expect “the same boring questions on his classic topics”. Like if you interview Mikhail Gorbachev he will likely expect your first question to be on perestroika.
If you have a few minutes with him, go straight to the heart and not the head, if you get the heart you can get the head. Inthi... more »

The Art of the Interview by Cal Fussman

At Summit at Sea last week I heard a great talk from Cal Fussman, journalist, author and Editor at Large at Esquire. Cal has interviewed top leaders and celebrities such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert de Niro or Al Pacino and shared with us four tips to do a great interview.

1. Aim for the heart and not the head with your first question The more important and busy the person you interview is, the fastest you have to make him feel the time you will spend with her or him will be special. The leader you are talking had hundreds of interviews already and will expect “the same boring questions on his classic topics”. Like if you interview Mikhail Gorbachev he will likely expect your first question to be on perestroika.
If you have a few minutes with him, go straight to the heart and not the head, if you get the heart you can get the head. In this case Cal’s first question to Gorbachev was “what is the best thing your father taught you?”. It caught him off guard, he immediately liked Cal who got the best of him and much more time than was expected.

2. Win before you begin
When Cal got to interview Robert de Niro, he knew de Niro hated interviews. The interview was postponed many times and when he finally got to meet him, de Niro gave Cal an excuse to not do the interview. Cal was again rescheduled and politely asked to leave but had a few seconds to tell just one thing to de Niro.
Cal answered “Oh, but I actually did not want to conduct an interview with you, I wanted to break bread”. Cal won before he began, de Niro felt safe and comfortable and took him to his favorite restaurant. Then Cal told him “I know you hate interviews if I get too close tell me and I will back off”.
If you can’t make the person you’re interviewing comfortable you are not getting the best of him.
First question de de Niro was “What was the first moment you knew you would be an actor?”, straight to the heart, back to point 1.

3. Do not stop the show
When Cal got to interview Donald Trump, Trump would not stop making long phone calls in front of him while he was seated in his office for the interview. Trump was basically showing off how important he was talking to important people on the phone, making a point to Cal.
Instead of telling him about the interview and trying to get him to do what they were supposed to do, like answering questions, Cal asked him about the talking on the phone habit! “How many hours a day do you use this phone?”.
If someone is putting on a show in front of you, do not stop the show. Listen and go right in. Let them go on and do not challenge them, they will show you who they really are. Trump gave Cal just that starting to talk forever about how he liked to… talk on the phone and who he was calling. Cal got much more making him comfortable and getting him to continue his show.

4. Ask THE question at the end
When you interview someone you generally have a key question in mind. The question you really want answered, or the question you know everyone wants the answer from.
Do not ask that question first or early in the interview it will make the person shut down. Make him comfortable first and keep it for the end. That’s what happened with Trump, once he was very comfortable with the show he put himself about talking on the phone. Earn his trust first.
useful links Cal Fussman on Wikipedia A few interviews by Cal Fussman Cal Fussman interviews Donald Trump
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2015-11-21 03:27:10 (24 comments; 3 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

Hi Google+ friends anyone here? Should I post more? Just checking in...

Hi Google+ friends anyone here? Should I post more? Just checking in...___

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2015-04-08 21:45:53 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Boom. +Geraldine LeMeur  and myself just acquired back LeWeb. Stay tuned for more news. 

Thanks, Reed Midem team for your help those 2.5 years. 

http://www.reedmidem.com/RM/RM_ReedExpo/documents/reed-midem-founders-buy-back-leweb.pdf?v=635641014952019381

Boom. +Geraldine LeMeur  and myself just acquired back LeWeb. Stay tuned for more news. 

Thanks, Reed Midem team for your help those 2.5 years. 

http://www.reedmidem.com/RM/RM_ReedExpo/documents/reed-midem-founders-buy-back-leweb.pdf?v=635641014952019381___

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Further Future is a music event May 2-3 in Vegas organized by friends I'm helping. We will also have some speakers. You should come it's awesome, if you want tickets just email vision (at) furtherfuture.com with my name in the email you will get a code and a special friend discount http://www.furtherfuture.com/

Further Future is a music event May 2-3 in Vegas organized by friends I'm helping. We will also have some speakers. You should come it's awesome, if you want tickets just email vision (at) furtherfuture.com with my name in the email you will get a code and a special friend discount http://www.furtherfuture.com/___

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2015-04-06 04:44:55 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

My slides are here http://www.slideshare.net/loiclemeur/my-life-in-2030-loic-le-meur this was an interesting exercice for me to work on trying to predict how technology will affect our lives in 15 years. I will be of course wrong on most, but it was fun. I will watch it with pleasure in 2030 again no doubt :-)

My slides are here http://www.slideshare.net/loiclemeur/my-life-in-2030-loic-le-meur this was an interesting exercice for me to work on trying to predict how technology will affect our lives in 15 years. I will be of course wrong on most, but it was fun. I will watch it with pleasure in 2030 again no doubt :-)___

2015-03-27 10:06:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Video of my keynote "My life in 2030" http://bit.ly/1BxR59b 

Video of my keynote "My life in 2030" http://bit.ly/1BxR59b ___

2015-03-24 03:52:40 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

What will social networking look like in 2030? (finishing my presentation about the future, thanks!)

What will social networking look like in 2030? (finishing my presentation about the future, thanks!)___

2015-03-24 03:25:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Finally opened a Bitcoin account with my friend Wences Casares​ Xapo who made it really easy, beautiful onboarding. http://www.xapo.com

Finally opened a Bitcoin account with my friend Wences Casares​ Xapo who made it really easy, beautiful onboarding. http://www.xapo.com___

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2015-03-14 01:21:30 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

Just North of 300 meditation hours in 300 days.

Just North of 300 meditation hours in 300 days.___

2015-03-07 04:57:45 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

A few things I learned in public speaking

Be entertaining and fun
I have 10, 20, 40 minutes of the time of a group of people who are going to listen to me. It’s an investment for them. The worse than can happen is they get bored. Don’t be corporate. Don’t try to pitch your stuff, you can talk about what you do now and then but it should not be the center of your talk. Remember that while what you’re doing or building is very important to you it’s probably not that important to them. I always try to have as key objective to make people have a great time and make them smile if I can. Whatever you say they will at least remember they had a good moment with you.

What will the audience actually remember?
Do not make your talk a collection of things you think you want to say in no specific order. Try to have a structure. Tell a story. Make them dream. Get their attention,don’t be ... more »

A few things I learned in public speaking

Be entertaining and fun
I have 10, 20, 40 minutes of the time of a group of people who are going to listen to me. It’s an investment for them. The worse than can happen is they get bored. Don’t be corporate. Don’t try to pitch your stuff, you can talk about what you do now and then but it should not be the center of your talk. Remember that while what you’re doing or building is very important to you it’s probably not that important to them. I always try to have as key objective to make people have a great time and make them smile if I can. Whatever you say they will at least remember they had a good moment with you.

What will the audience actually remember?
Do not make your talk a collection of things you think you want to say in no specific order. Try to have a structure. Tell a story. Make them dream. Get their attention, don’t be “flat”. I always try to focus on what I think they will remember from my talk. Keep in mind we all have too much information already in our heads so it’s likely they will not remember anything from what you’re saying. Focus on one message. Make it clear and unique, oh and memorable. Articulate it throughout the talk and repeat it using different illustrations. Seth Godin is a master at this, watch his talks. Look at his titles “We are all weird” or “Forget CRM” those are clear and provocative titles.

Less is more
Sure you probably have 20 or more key messages you want to really emphasize on. Problem is attention and memory are scarce, forget it. Focus on a few ideas and make your talk simpler.

Be provocative. Make people upset.
When I was advocating the raise of social media about ten years ago, I gave a talk to a room full of marketing executives which was all about how traditional marketing was dead in my opinion. I did know I instantly made the whole room hate me. I made them upset at me but I had the attention of everybody throughout my talk. It’s a dangerous technique but you get their attention once then you can use the whole duration of your talk to recover. You can admit you were full of shit and make friends with them again. You can say what you really wanted was their attention. They will remember your talk. I remember having made them really upset I asked the room “did I get your attention yet?” and everybody laughed. I had everybody with me and eager to hear the next point.

Pause to emphasize an idea
It can be a little stressful to give a talk and we all tend to speak too fast. Pause. Breathe. If you finish an idea and you’re going to the next one take a few seconds. It will wake up some of your audience that might be lost in their own thoughts and get their attention to your next point. It will also put more emphasis on whatever you just said or are about to say.

What would the Wall Street Journal [replace by your favorite source] write about your talk?
Press actually being in the audience or not doesn’t really matter. Imagine you are talking to many journalists and always think about what they could write about what you are saying. Most talks I hear unfortunately the answer is “nothing”. There is no story there. Nothing interesting. Nothing that makes you dream or think about the future. It’s just a pitch. Another of those talks just trying to sell you something or like something boring. Think again about your talk. Would anyone write about it? If the answer is no, try again, it’s probably boring.

One photo or word per slide!
We see this less and less. What people can understand and remember from a slide is also limited. I like one photo or illustration per slide with just a few words. Or better one word per slide. Larry Lessig is the absolute master with hundreds of slides carrying very little on them. Larry goes faster than anyone I know to go through the slides and the result is absolutely genius. I tried many times to be as extreme as Larry and it is very difficult, you can screw up in so many ways you’d better rehearse may times.

Bonus: questions can make you shine or make you look stupid
When I find a talk interesting and the conference opens to questions I used to ask a lot of questions. You can communicate a lot about yourself to a room just by asking questions. If they are smart and you express them clearly, if they make the speaker shine or adds a great new point that wasn’t in his talk thanks to you, everybody will like you and you might have people walking to you after the session to further comment or congratulate you. My friends Martin Varsavsky and Esther Dyson are the question masters, even when they are not invited to speak somewhere (which is rare) they manage to win the audience and be remarquable. Careful if you ask a question the audience finds ridiculous though. It happened to me at a very exclusive event full of top investors and the CEO of the company behind the game World of Warcraft was showing his incredible financial results from the game. As a father of three teenagers, I had one of them completely addicted to WOW, playing many hours a day and spending his week-ends in it. I was trying to get him out of that addiction so it was very present in my mind. I asked for the microphone, stood up and asked “this revenue growth is very impressive congratulations but what’s your advice to deal with addicted teenagers who don’t do their homework anymore?”. The whole room laughed at me. It was clear they were all thinking “Who cares, what a stupid thing to say! More addiction means more profits! You, idiot”. I understood that day I should be much more careful about my questions, I don’t think this question was stupid but it was ridiculous for that specific audience. I did not present myself very well to that crowd that day and hurt my chances of doing business with them. It wasn’t that bad in the end, but a really good lesson. In the picture above I was asking Sergey Brin how a self driving Google car would deal with a truck hitting it in the back with someone crossing the street in front. In other words would the car kill that person or kill its occupants :-) It was definitely a risky question to ask in front of the Re/Code conference audience but in the end that one worked well.___

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2015-03-07 01:57:23 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Instruments approach into KJAC Jackson Hole 

Instruments approach into KJAC Jackson Hole ___

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2015-03-07 00:56:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Playing with my GoPro. Visual approach into runway 03 into KOGD Ogden airport

Playing with my GoPro. Visual approach into runway 03 into KOGD Ogden airport___

2015-03-03 19:46:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Congrats to +Ben Parr for the launch of his new book today Captivology http://www.amazon.com/Captivology-Science-Capturing-Peoples-Attention/dp/0062324195/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

Congrats to +Ben Parr for the launch of his new book today Captivology http://www.amazon.com/Captivology-Science-Capturing-Peoples-Attention/dp/0062324195/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0___

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2015-03-02 17:06:03 (27 comments; 47 reshares; 202 +1s)Open 

Scary.

Scary.___

2015-03-02 17:05:38 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Congratulations +Bradley Horowitz for being in charge of Google+ can't wait to see where you take it

Congratulations +Bradley Horowitz for being in charge of Google+ can't wait to see where you take it___

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2015-02-20 17:13:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

+Richard Branson  interviewed on his own island by a Lemur. My most memorable interview ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MspLEkLVzc0&feature=youtu.be

+Richard Branson  interviewed on his own island by a Lemur. My most memorable interview ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MspLEkLVzc0&feature=youtu.be___

2015-01-20 12:18:47 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you may also miss the sense of where you are going and why. -Eddie Cantor

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you may also miss the sense of where you are going and why. -Eddie Cantor___

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2014-12-26 13:04:01 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

The Le Meur Gang

The Le Meur Gang___

2014-12-25 08:11:25 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Joyeux Noël - Happy Xmas to you all :)

Joyeux Noël - Happy Xmas to you all :)___

2014-12-12 06:25:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Here is the LeWeb conversation with +Tim Berners-Lee found it fascinating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PowqvYH8tPU


Here is the LeWeb conversation with +Tim Berners-Lee found it fascinating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PowqvYH8tPU
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2014-12-11 19:11:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Congrats to the LeWeb 2014 startup competition winners http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/11/automatic-music-generator-jukedeck-wins-le-web-startup-competition/ #leweb 

Congrats to the LeWeb 2014 startup competition winners http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/11/automatic-music-generator-jukedeck-wins-le-web-startup-competition/ #leweb ___

2014-12-11 10:15:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Minister of Economy of France Macron will be live at LeWeb in a few minutes http://live.leweb.co 

Minister of Economy of France Macron will be live at LeWeb in a few minutes http://live.leweb.co ___

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2014-12-10 10:13:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Sir Tim-Berners Lee will be live at LeWeb in 20 minutes live stream here http://leweb.co/leweb-live/

Sir Tim-Berners Lee will be live at LeWeb in 20 minutes live stream here http://leweb.co/leweb-live/___

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2014-12-10 09:53:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

On Bloomberg TV

On Bloomberg TV___

2014-12-10 08:47:28 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

LeWeb full live stream is here http://leweb.co/leweb-live/ #leweb #live 

LeWeb full live stream is here http://leweb.co/leweb-live/ #leweb #live ___

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2014-12-10 08:40:26 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Video of Fred Wilson preditctions for 2015 on stage at LeWeb 

Video of Fred Wilson preditctions for 2015 on stage at LeWeb ___

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2014-12-10 08:38:04 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Perfect ahead of Bradley Horowitz session today > Facebook's new search feature is a shot at Google's core specialty http://buff.ly/12rSDGN

Perfect ahead of Bradley Horowitz session today > Facebook's new search feature is a shot at Google's core specialty http://buff.ly/12rSDGN___

2014-12-10 07:03:14 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

What questions should I ask to +Tim Berners-Lee today at LeWeb?

What questions should I ask to +Tim Berners-Lee today at LeWeb?___

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2014-12-10 06:58:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Renaud Laplanche is killing it > Lending Club IPO rides easy money wave http://buff.ly/12rttbq

Renaud Laplanche is killing it > Lending Club IPO rides easy money wave http://buff.ly/12rttbq___

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2014-12-09 09:56:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Packed LeWeb opening for +Fred Wilson and +Jeremiah Owyang

Packed LeWeb opening for +Fred Wilson and +Jeremiah Owyang___

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2014-12-09 07:08:32 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The whole LeWeb will be livestreamed for free here http://leweb.co/leweb-live/ enjoy!

The whole LeWeb will be livestreamed for free here http://leweb.co/leweb-live/ enjoy!___

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2014-12-08 15:55:59 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Wrote this in +LesEchos today 

Wrote this in +LesEchos today ___

2014-12-08 14:42:21 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

"Nobody can complain about the French like the French themselves" says +Christopher Michel

"Nobody can complain about the French like the French themselves" says +Christopher Michel___

2014-12-08 14:07:34 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Cette année assistez gratuitement à la Startup compétition LeWeb le 10 dec building haussman ouvert venez! https://m.facebook.com/events/980194101994784#!/events/980194101994784

Cette année assistez gratuitement à la Startup compétition LeWeb le 10 dec building haussman ouvert venez! https://m.facebook.com/events/980194101994784#!/events/980194101994784___

2014-12-08 13:55:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

This year we give you the whole startup competition at LeWeb with free entrance dec 10 one building open to all https://m.facebook.com/events/980194101994784#!/events/980194101994784

This year we give you the whole startup competition at LeWeb with free entrance dec 10 one building open to all https://m.facebook.com/events/980194101994784#!/events/980194101994784___

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