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European Tech Tour – Web & Communities Summit: a great web 2.0 event


The European Tech Tour Web and Communities Summit was a great success.

Attending the event was an exceptional opportunity to network with the top European VCs, the top 25 start-ups and their CEO/Founder, the top executive search firms, and the media (press & prominent bloggers).

I have only heard a extremely positive feedback from all the finalists and the delegates.

Congratulations to the organizers: Sven Lingjaerde, Founder & President at European Tech Tour Association, and Yann Mauchamp, Executive Director Web & Communities Summit 2007, and to their team members: Simone TheissMeryll MoreauPamir Gelenbe and Stephane Ville to name a few.

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I met with most of the CEOs, and they were all very enthusiastic about the Summit.

Depending on the stage of their company, their expectations & goals varied quite a bit.

But they all agreed that the Summit was a superb opportunity to:
* raise your profile and gain more exposure in the industry
* identify potential investors (and more likely, being identified by VCs)
* network with other entrepreneurs

The 25 start-ups which have made the final are:
Amiando, Bragster, coComment, CyberSports, Dailymotion, delilui, Double Trump International, Flashgames247.com, Goojet, Handmade Mobile, MyThings, NEO, Polar Rose, Qype, Refresh Mobile, Seatwave,  sMeet, TestFreaks, Truphone, Wazap, WeFi, Wikio, WooMe, Xcerion, Zyb Technologies.

Sectors: dating, internet content – video, online ticketing, e-commerce, online advertising, online games, mobile internet, mobile telecom, social networking, virtual worlds.

Congratulations to the teams behind those innovative startups!

A special thank to Meryll Moreau who give me a hand and helped me schedule the video interviews.

I think we have done extremely well, with 17 video interviews shot in just one day:
Wikio – Pierre Chappaz, Founder & CEO (ex-Founder of Kelkoo)
Dailymotion – Mark Zaleski, Chairman
CyberSports – Malcolm Clark, CEO
Seatwave – Joe Cohen, CEO
smeet – Marc Fleischmann, CEO
TestFreaks – Kristofer Arwin, CEO (ex-Founder of Pricerunner)
Flirtomatic – Mark Curtis, CEO
cocomment – Matt Colebourne, CEO
Goojet – Marc Rougier, CEO
Amiando – Felix Haas, CEO
mippin – Scott Beaumont, co-Founder
neo – A.Nabergoj, CEO, and M.Pangerc, CTO
WeFi – Amit Shaked, VP
Bragster – Bertrand Bodson and Wil Vernaeve, co-Founders
* DiLeLui.com – Jerome Boudot, CEO, and Celine Salomon, co-Founder
navx – Jean Cherbonnier, CEO
YouFig – Allon Mason, co-Founder

Great networking
I met over 65 people one-to-one from the following companies:
24 access, Accel Partners, Amastrust, amiando, Atlas venture, ballou>>pr, Bragster, Brown Rudnick, BusinessWeek, Calibre One, Clipperton Finance, ClusterBridge, cocomment, CyberSports, Dailymotion, dilelui.com, eBay, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, endeavourvision, European Respiratory Society, European Tech Tour, EuroUS Ventures, Flirtomatic.com, Forsyth Group, goojet, GPXS, Heads!, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Invision, IQ Capital Partners LLP, iris capital, LegitiName, LeShop.ch, Logitech, Lund XY, mippin, navx, neo, OpenWays, Partech International, Perey, Profession web.ch, Reuters, Sesame Partners, smeet, Swisscom, SwissCyber, Test Freaks, Weber Shandwick, WeFi, Wellington Partners, Wikio, World Economic Forum, Xcerion, youfig, zyb.


Thanks again to Yann and Sven for inviting me to cover the summit


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