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Can LeWeb Predict the Internet Future

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David Silversmith
David Silversmith

While the Internet is the World Wide Web, in recent years it has been very US centric in terms of the biggest applications.  However, the LeWeb conference in Paris is leading the charge for international start-up ventures.  Companies like Stribe, TigerLily, Club Cooee and TicTacDo are all hoping to become the next Twitter or Facebook.

LeWeb started in 2005 with only 250 attendees and the 2009 edition with thousands of attendees took place last week in Paris, France.  Given the growth of the Twitter and Facebook ecosystems, this year LeWeb focused on the real-time web.  With thousands of applications and new uses, startups as well all major players adapting their services to compete in this environment LeWeb was a place to talk about future applications that might fuel this real-time focus.  The programs that won the Startup Competition were mostly oriented towards the Business-to-Consumer world, but the most unique ideas were in the pure consumer world. We'll look at some of the innovative products that also have a chance at commercial success

Club Cooee

Club Cooee hopes to convince people to migrate from text chat to 3D chat with their Chatworld Messenger for Windows. Once downloading their software, you can Come and meet your friends, chat to your heart's content, listen to your favorite music together, decorate rooms, link websites, share photos and party!  Managing director Stefan Lemper hoped the site will make money by selling virtual items like avatar clothing and furniture to its users.


Award winning Stribe is the first service that allows any website or blog to create a branded and customized social network in 5 minutes.  The French startup is trying to tackle the challenge of building social communities around content on a page, and outside of a social network like Facebook. Stribe is little more than a line of code that can be added to a website and it creates an overlay that users can log into. They can see the most active users visiting the page and the most popular links people are sharing. Kamel Zeroual, the co-founder and CEO of Stribe, reports that about 4,000 different web sites have already asked them to install the service, even though the product is still in beta.


The second place prize went to Tigerlily, a startup that offers a Facebook page management system. It lets you customize and manage your pages and run contests and quizzes easily.  They are hoping to convince businesses, clubs and other groups that with Tigerlily they will be able import videos, blog posts and photos and put customized widgets on the page - which will translate into more Facebook fans.


Obsessive-compulsives of the world unite!  TicTacDo is a list of easy-to-follow actionable steps that helps you do whatever you want to do and don't know how.  Essentially is is a huge collection of crowd sourced to-do lists.  You can find lists as diverse as how to organize your workplace, how to produce a sex tape or the more mundane How to Organize Your Start Menu in Windows.

TicTacDo's are the essence of the Happiness of Doing - quickly, simply, and painlessly.

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