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Leaders of the Sharing Economy converge on London:
AirBnB, ETSY, ZipCar and... Burning Man

The program of LeWeb'13 London focused on the New Sharing Economy with thought leaders and key players shaping the sharing movement: Airbnb, ETSY, ZipCar, Yelp, TaskRabbit, LendingClub and so many more.

This movement represents a major economic, social and cultural shift and is redefining the ways goods and services are exchanged, valued and created.  We explored the economics of the sharing economy movement and why it might mean the end of consumerism, as we know it. We also featured a number of totally new players who launched at LeWeb London, such as Lily Cole, Chris Chabot and Julien Smith.

The sharing economy is entirely based on new communities forming with new values and LeWeb London brought the most breakthrough communities to the stage: Burning Man gathers 50,000 people in the desert with no money and no marketing allowed, while Summit acquired a mountain in Utah to host their own community.

We had amazing demos from some great companies and have in-depth discussions about funding and the financial sector in the New Sharing Economy.
For established industries, the sharing marketplace – with rapidly shifting social, cultural and technological disruptions – is forcing them to respond too. There is no doubt that its reach is vast.

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Stage 2 Program




LeWeb London 2013 - The Sharing Economy
Program subject to change - April 22, 2013


Wednesday, June 5

Doors open, registration, networking time with partners
Welcome Buffet Breakfast

Opening Remarks, Geraldine & Loic Le Meur, LeWeb Founders

Welcome to London!
Moderated by Ben MetcalfeCo-host, LeWeb'13 London Co-Founder, WP Engine 
Brent HobermanCo-Founder, PROfounders Capital, Chairman, & Founder & Chairman,
Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39
Eze Vidra, Head of Campus, Google


Joanna Shields, Chief Executive, Tech City Investment Organisation & Matt Cowan, Writer & Broadcaster

★ The Pioneers 

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Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder, Airbnb & 
Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb

Douglas Atkin, Head of Community & E-staff Member, Airbnb

Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy & 
Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb

Jeremiah Owyang, Partner, Altimeter Group

The Collaborative Economy:  How People, Startups, and Corporations build a new Market
Industry Analyst Jeremiah Owyang, 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 >

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! 

Julien Smith, CEO, Breather

Julien is a New York Times bestselling author whose 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. He is here to launch Breather, an on-demand space company that gives you peace and quiet, whenever you want it.

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!

12h30-14h30 Lunch

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 
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Jeremy Stoppelman, Founder & CEO, Yelp & Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb

Rytis Vitkauskas, Co-Founder & CEO, & Viktoras Jucikas, Co-Founder & CTO, YPlan

Leah Busque, Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit & 
Francine Lacqua, Anchor & Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg Television

Spaces 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,
Natalie Spilger, Partner, Curator and Director of Community Building, Summit

Boys and their Toys – The Google Glass Phenomenon
Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb
Robert Scoble
American blogger, technical evangelist, and author Rackspace
Ben MetcalfeCo-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!

Nick Halstead, Founder & CTO, DataSift Inc

How Social Sharing Built a Billion Dollar Market
Nick Halstead 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. 

Ruling the App Store
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.

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

Tony Espinoza, CEO, Couchsurfing
The Impact of Sharing Your Life
Tony Espinoza is the CEO of Couchsurfing, one of the leading hospitality exchange service. With more than 6 millions member in 100,000 cities worldwide. Couchsurfing is at a privileged place to observe new customers behaviors and the sharing economy business.

Milo Yiannopoulos, Journalist, Broadcaster and Entrepreneur
10 Reasons the "sharing economy" is bollocks.
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!

Thursday, June 6

Doors open, registration, networking time with partners
Welcome Buffet Breakfast

Welcome Back, Geraldine & Loic Le Meur, LeWeb Founders

★ Digital Hippies 
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Axelle Tessandier, Founder, Axl Agency
Why Digitial Hippies Matter

Benita Matosfka, Founder & Chief Sharer, The People Who Share

John Perry Barlow, Co-Founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Chris Guillebeau, Writer, Entrepreneur and Traveler

Larry Harvey, Founder, Burning Man & Executive Director, Black Rock City, LLC & Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb

Martin Källström, Founder & CEO, Memoto

Every year brings its new crop of Kickstarter stars. Memoto is one of them. The “lifelogging camera” that allows you to remember any moment in your life and to share them. The Memoto founder will explain his vision and how he came up with the idea. He will also tell us the story of their Kickstarter campaign, and how they reached their goal in only 5 hours. A great example of the true power of sharing and crowdsourcing in action.

Mark Suster, General Partner, GRP Partners
Mark built his first company in UK and sold it to a French company. His second company was started in Silicon Valley and sold to Salesforce. He has since gone to the “Dark Side” of VC where he focuses on early-stage technology companies.  We will hear Mark’s first hand experience building companies in both regions and what start-ups are capturing his attention today.

Alexa Varsavsky
, Co-Founder & Director of Product & Carolina Garcia, Co-Founder & Director of Marketing, MODABOUND

Martin Varsavsky, Founder & CEO, Fon

We welcome back longtime speaker and friend of LeWeb, Martin Varsavsky, to once again dazzle us with his unique insights and perspectives on tech today.  As with all of Martin’s talks, you’ll walk away having learning something new and perhaps the a-ha moment to ignite your next big idea.

John Battelle, Chairman & CEO, Federated Media Publishing  & Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb
The author and great mind behind Wired Magazine, The Web 2 Conferences, Industry Standard and Federated Media Publishing, has a lot to say about technology today and then some. Hear his thoughts on The Sharing Economy and much more!  

12h30-14h30 Lunch

Marieke Hart, Founder,
Shareyourmeal is a virtual cooking square where people with a taste for good food get together. You can share your own delicious meals with people in your neighborhood. Or if you’re not a cooking genius, simply don’t have time or don’t feel like cooking, you can look what is being offered in your neighborhood.  Here their story from the Founder herself.

Nicolas Brusson, Co-Founder & COO & Frederic Mazzella, Co-Founder & CEO, BlaBlaCar

BlaBlaCar has taken traditional hitch hiking to a new level!  BlaBlaCar was born one Christmas, when founder Frédéric Mazzella, a student at Stanford, wanted to get home to his family in the French countryside. He had no car. The trains were full. The roads, too, were full of people driving home, alone in their car. It occurred to him that he should try and find one of the drivers going his way and offer to share petrol costs in exchange for use of an empty seat. He thought he could do it online, but no such site existed... The adventure had begun!

Frerk-Malte Feller, European President, Zipcar & Mike Butcher, Editor-at-Large, TechCrunch

It's been more than a decade since the Zipcar founders sat in a café and decided to bring the European car-sharing idea to North America. Once the wheels were in motion, it was only a matter of time before some major changes helped grow a little car-sharing company into the world's leading car-sharing network. Today, thanks to cool technology, a member-driven user experience, and an amazing team of hands-on car sharing enthusiasts, they are redefining the way this generation thinks about alternative transportation.  Here their story from the European President and the future of car sharing worldwide.

Sharing Economy Money Panel
Moderated by: Nina Dos Santos, News Anchor & Correspondent, CNN World Business Today
Samir Desai, Co-Founder & CEO, Funding Circle
Raffael Johnen, Co-Founder & CEO,
Renaud Laplanche, CEO, Lending Club

For established industries, the sharing marketplace — with rapidly shifting social, cultural, and technological disruptions — is forcing them to respond too.  Never more true than in the financial sector. Does crowd funding threaten traditional funding sources indefinitely?  We’ll hear from the $$$ experts about the state of funding and financial models in The Sharing Economy.

Cedric Giorgi, Founder, Cookening
Cedric Giorgi is the founder of Cookening, a new startup that connects people and culture through food. Passionate about the sharing economy and living in it. Cedric will talk about the rapid rise of this market and the potential for humanized experiences.

The Pros & Cons of Bitcoin
Moderated by Martin Bryant, Managing Editor, The Next Web
Anthony Gallippi, Co-Founder & CEO, BitPay
Shakil Khan, Head of Special Projects, Spotify
Roger Ver, Founder & CEO,

The definition is: Bitcoin is an experimental, decentralized ditigal currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network.  The result? Lots of controversy and questions!  This panel of experts gets to the bottom of it all.

Lily Cole, Founder,

Model and actress Lily Cole will raise the curtain on her new venture, the social giving network,

Start-Up Competition Finals featuring Special Judges

Philippe Botteri, Principal, Accel Partners
Lukasz Gadowski, Co-Founder & Partner, Team Europe
David Hornik
, General Partner, August Capital


Competition Overview, Chris Shipley, Host, LeWeb Start-Up Competition 

Finalist company demos

Antonin Leonard, Co-Founder, OuiShare
Benjamin Tincq, Co-Founder, OuiShare

Awards and closing remarks