Full disclosure mode first: since Reed MIDEM’s acquisition of Loïc & Geraldine Le Meur’s conferences late 2012, we’re delighted to have LeWeb as Midem’s sister event! We’ll be there June 4-6, picking up on anything of interest to the music scene inparticular, and to (entertainment) startups in general. Here are a few speaker highlights:
John Perry Barlow (photo) is the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organisation which defends freedom of speech, privacy and innovation on the internet. He is also a former lyricist for The Grateful Dead. Somewhat unsurprisingly, then, he is outspoken to say the least; and an ideal contributor to LeWeb London’s theme, “The Sharing Economy.” As we reported on 2011’s eG8 summit, when on a panel with Vivendi, Fox and Google…
“…Barlow shocked his fellow speakers by exclaiming “I don’t think I come from the same planet;” because he does not consider what he creates as his property. “The very idea of content implies a container… and (with the internet) that container no longer exists.” He then expressed his opposition to laws like Hadopi, as they “break the internet. The very idea that you can control any part of the internet is wrong, just as you can’t control any form of artistic expression.””
It’s also be great to hear from Larry Harvey, founder of the Burning Man festival. More than just an essential music event, Burning Man is a way of life, where 48,000 community members gathers for a week in the desert, far from ‘civilisation’ and technology. Expect some mind-broadening ideas!
Shakil Khan is head of special projects at Spotify, and personal advisor to CEO Daniel Ek. He discussed this role as startup trailblazer — having notably prepared the terrain for Spotify’s international rollout — at last year’s LeWeb London:
Facebook‘s French star Julien Cordoniou — the social network’s head of European platform partnerships — will be there too, taking part in a panel revealing how to become a top grossing app on Facebook, iOS and Android. Expect some top tips!
Not forgetting the one and only Robert Scoble (check out his Midem 2013 presentation below): he’ll notably be taking part in a “Boys and their Toys” Google Glass session, with Loïc Le Meur and more!
Check out LeWeb London’s full programme here
RSVP for our pre-LeWeb Meet Up here (startups can access a special promo code; offer ends May 30!)
And if you can’t make it, check out the event in video here!