Loic Le Meur

Loic Le Meur

Co-Founder LeWeb and Founder Leade.rs

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON May 04, 2016

Discussion

Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
Hi I'm Loic Le Meur. San Francisco based French entrepreneur, I am working on my new startup, Leade.rs. I also started 6 other startups and invested in about 40 startups including Slack, Postmates, LinkedIn, LendingClub and Evernote. My new startup Leade.rs is a marketplace speakers-events. I will help event organizers find the most amazing speakers and book them. We will also have a "great people" discovery system looking like a "Product Hunt for People" to add new great speakers to the database. We hope to have great curators around the world to help us. I'm thrilled to be on Product Hunt chat today. Thank you all for your questions, it was great to chat with all of you today.
Kalina Zografska
Kalina Zografska@kzograf · Product fella @trygigster & @publitas
What would you suggest to European based founders in terms of building a product with a global reach?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@kzograf build in english day one, forget your local language and think about global users
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@kzograf do not target your local market. Most european founders end up doing that "then global after" should be global focus day one
Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Loic! As you know, I'm excited to see where you take Leade.rs, but why did you decide to move on from LeWeb and start a new company?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@rrhoover 1/ I like the idea of building fresh and new. Like Burning Man, you burn everything at the end and start fresh next year. It's a new adventure
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@rrhoover 2/ I wanted to start a software/app that powers an event instead of an event that has an app.
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@rrhoover 3/ my ex-wife @geraldine and myself wanted to both launch something new, separately. She has The Refiners, a startup incubator with lots of news coming soon and I have Leade.rs. You could say LeWeb had two successors which now live their own life but benefit from all the experience of 12 years of LeWeb. We both invested into each other's new businesses.
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
When did you first realize that LeWeb would become a massively successful conference?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@tomstocklein thanks! When I had participants tell me that thanks to LeWeb they found their startup idea and did it! Inspiring to see others succeed because they came to LeWeb. So many amazing stories. The Uber founders decided to start Uber at LeWeb, for example...
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Based on your experience living in both countries, what can the French learn from Americans and vice versa?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@tomstocklein the americans can learn from the French to take time to know each other before doing business (I miss my two hour french lunches!) and the French can learn from the americans how to be so efficient and save time by not spending two hour at lunch and getting a lot done. But it's not compatible :-) It's just great to see the two cultures. I love both.
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
@loic Haha, bonne réponse...
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
Nicola Mastrandrea
Nicola Mastrandrea@nick88msn · Founder of the Nextec
When I think about Conferences on Digital Innovation (technology, web, startups etc.) I associate them to Crowd, Pre-Marketing Scam Tactics, Useless Conference Talks and Random Guests. So my question is: "How did you manage to balance the natural need to growth (aka business) with the need of offering a consistent high quality experience to a restricted audience?" Thank You.
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@nick88msn that's a pretty easy one. I enjoy quality people and great content, it's always my focus number one. The rest is accessory. For my first Leade.rs event in Paris on May 13 we don't even have sponsors.
Harry Stebbings
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
What do you thin k has been the key determinant to the rise of Le Web as a conference?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@harrystebbings very open approach: we were disclosing the list of participants and everything online. Also global day one, 1st edition was 15 countries with 200 people only. Then honestly, we were first to do that in Europe I think. Now there is a ton of tech events and it's great, the more there is the better the european tech scene.
Delphine Getten
Delphine Getten@delphine_getten · Web-marketing @LesGrappes
Do you consider that the few speakers who do nothing else for a living than tour around the world in different conferences, might lose the realism and vision of what's happening in the professional world ?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@delphine_getten I think speaking is a great way to get your message out and meet your community. Some people speak a lot, there are two categories I'd say 1/ professional speakers and 2/ casual speakers who run a business. For 1/ it's their business so it's ok. For 2/ it's okay as long as their team kill it and build cool stuff. Otherwise yeah I get your point. Some speakers tend to always talk about the same all the time, I don't like that either.
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
What are some of your favourite questions to ask founders?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@bentossell what keeps you up at night. How did you have this idea. How is it changing the world. What's your mission in life? Who are the best new people you recommend I follow or meet? Tell me something a little crazy about you?
Jake Crump
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jakecrump I'm hoping Leade.rs will not only be a successful business but also help thousands of new potential and young leaders to impact the world. I hope there will be a lot of non profit leaders and we can help them. I want leade.rs to be a platform to help people change the world. We're starting with a much smaller goal, though :-)
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
What are your thoughts on what AngelList and what they are doing with Intros - there is clearly a gap there but what do you think could fix that?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@bentossell I have to admit I never used AngelList, I just created a profile on it. I should use it more but I have so many deals coming naturally that I can't even invest in everything I hear about by myself. I did not want the responsibility of having other people "follow" me investing in "my" deals. If it fails you're the one in charge. So, I don't know. But I have a huge respect for AngelList and its founder.
Jake Crump
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
What are the first websites you visit every morning?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jakecrump gmail. techmeme. producthunt. I'm too tech focused... I need to read more news...
alexandremayol
alexandremayol@alexandremayol · DayPass: hotel pools & fitness on demand
Bonjour Loic, tanks for sharing , how is it you're the only french in silicon valley visible on both sides of the atlantic?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jackdiver am I? Jeff Clavier is awesome too, you should follow him. I guess I'm just the one who shares the most that's probably why. I honestly don't really look at French as a segment of the population... I just look at who is interesting in the world in general and then follow them. I love the French but I don't try to focus on being French or not.
alexandremayol
alexandremayol@alexandremayol · DayPass: hotel pools & fitness on demand
@loic thanks for the advice for Jeff , got you for the French segment, just wondering Why so little french over there? if you had any views on it from your position.
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jackdiver there is a TON of French people in Silicon Valley, they are just sharing less than I do... For example amazing engineers are here in SV. They have great reputation of great engineers.
Klajdi Turlla
Klajdi Turlla@klajdi_kl · Product Manager, MPAY Albania
Loic has been awesome to be engaged with your journey of Building Leaders. What new and upcoming speakers? Let's say someone who is awesome and wants to speak for the first time? Will Leaders address that as well? See you on FB Live ;-)
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@klajdi_kl yes that's the idea as well. I hope we can help new potential speakers to become awesome too. I'm fascinated by the space.
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
If you had $1BN what would be the first thing you buy (big purchase) and what else would you do?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@bentossell I would start working on how I can help improve the world in a huge way. Probably work on helping decrease poverty. I don't think I would buy anything, in fact I have been getting rid of things constantly those past years. The only thing I would consider would be a transatlantic plane as it's really a teleportation machine and you can do so much more with your time. But then I'm not even sure given how much money those cost to keep and fly...
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
What were some challenges and obstacles you encountered when building up LeWeb to Europe's No.1 conference on digital innovation?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@tomstocklein finding the best speakers and best new entrepreneurs has been the #1 challenge and key success factor, this is why I'm starting Leade.rs now
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
If you had to delete all but 3 apps on your smartphone, which ones would you keep?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@tomstocklein Evernote - Facebook - Outlook (I know...)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Loic, what are your 3 top tips for new founders?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@ems_hodge 1/ focus on a small niche, a small problem you can own. I'm doing that with Leade.rs starting just with a "catalog of great speakers"
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@ems_hodge 2/ make sure the founding team is diverse in terms of skills: tech, design, business focus. Not 3 marketing people for example :-)
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@ems_hodge 3/ start "building" a community and being transparent, day one. see my post https://medium.com/@loic/the-ope...
Andrei DINGA
Andrei DINGA@dravitch · Working on Social Data Analytics - Moses
Que pensez-vous qu'il existe un modele d'e-gouvernance par les applications mobiles qui permettrait de redonner tout le pouvoir au peuple ?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@dravitch I'm not going to answer in french sorry. I think mobile apps can contribute in challenging governments as we saw during the arab spring, yes. In general it's more about empowering everyone to publish their thoughts, forcing govs to transparency.
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
If you had to swap roles with a tech CEO for a week, who would it be and why?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@bentossell great question! For sure Elon Musk, no question. But I would ask him if he could stay there instead of swap! In fact I would love to be his personal intern for a while just to understand more how he operates. He's the new Steve Jobs.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
What's your investment strategy?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@ems_hodge I don't have one. I randomly hear from my friends about new amazing founders and meet them. If it's love at first sight like it was for https://beomni.com/ then I invest. I asked the Omni founders if I could invest after 10 minutes meeting them.
Enzo Avigo
Enzo Avigo@enzo_avigo · Build. Learn. Repeat.
What is your biggest challenge building leade.rs right now?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@enzo_avigo the fear of not being successful at having a great community of curators help us. It's the most important of all. This is why I'm working so hard sharing daily (Facebook live at 11h30 PST every day, newsletter, blog posts...) as I think it's the key for my community to then help me back on Leade.rs. I want it global day one so another challenge is that while I hope we will have many French contributors we need to be careful it's not too french :-) I want curators helping us find great people in Africa, in Asia, Latin America... This will take a while and a lot of work.
David
David@davidkwele1
How long have you worked on Seesmic before the acquisition? How different was it from the first version? Was it even called "Seesmic"?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@davidkwele1 yes it was always called Seesmic. We did 3 main pivots: 1/ video conversation 2/ twitter app 3/ social networking dashboard which was then acquired by Hootsuite. The total took 4-5 years and definitely wasn't the success I hoped. I was way too early with the video conversation (there were no iPhones and no Android!) and then I made a bunch of mistakes but learned a ton. I won't make those mistakes again. One is to build exclusively in someone's garden (Twitter, in my case, which basically shut us down at one point and started competing with us)
Filip Johansen
Filip Johansen@filip_johansen · I make SoMe 🎥 series for the next 🦄.
Best advice for a young entrepreneur?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@filip_johansen see above, I replied with 3 top advice.
Andrei DINGA
Andrei DINGA@dravitch · Working on Social Data Analytics - Moses
En analysant les donnees publiques disponibles, peut-on predire l'avenir, le success ou l'echec d'un evenement ?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@dravitch sorry won't take questions in French to respect the international audience here.
Andrei DINGA
Andrei DINGA@dravitch · Working on Social Data Analytics - Moses
La realite digitale sera-t-elle la nouvelle realite dans un futur proche ?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@dravitch sorry won't take questions in French to respect the international audience here.
alexandremayol
alexandremayol@alexandremayol · DayPass: hotel pools & fitness on demand
Is Leade.rs some kind of speakers booking Agent? Can you tell us more about the business & the model ? (some speakers would have expenses paid, or a fee or come for free I guess), About the Themes? tech only or theme agnostics? Would you enroll from TED alike Speakers?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jackdiver we're building a market place for speakers and events. We're starting with hundreds of speakers we know and make them easy to discover and book. Then we add a "Product Hunt for People" which will hopefully work and help us find amazing new speakers around the world. Finally we will build an app for the speakers to receive their offers and make it super simple "a la uber" to manage. I don't think what we're building exists anywhere the way we're thinking about.
alexandremayol
alexandremayol@alexandremayol · DayPass: hotel pools & fitness on demand
@loic thanks, sounds a promising & ambitious platform, the People Hunt part seems challenging but the discovery part makes it even more interesting, any metrics in Speakers & Events numbers you can share? best of luck
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jackdiver I have no idea about numbers yet, we will take it slow... It's my next 10 years, you know, so I have time! I'm glad you like the idea.
Andrei DINGA
Andrei DINGA@dravitch · Working on Social Data Analytics - Moses
Existe-t-il une conscience collective digitale que l'on puisse visualiser sur une carte de donnees ? Catastrophes, guerres, fleau, deces de star ont-il une signature digitale particuliere sur le web ?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@dravitch sorry I will not answer questions in French to respect everyone who can't read french here.
Pedram Daraeizadeh
Pedram Daraeizadeh@pedramdara · Product Management and Marketing
Hey @loic will there be a Leade.rs camp at Burning Man?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@pedram92d nah. I camp at Robot Heart at Burning Man and it's already enough work for everyone to contribute to that :-)
Andrei DINGA
Andrei DINGA@dravitch · Working on Social Data Analytics - Moses
Les visionnaires comme @elonmusk sont-ils les meilleurs influenceurs ? Pensez-vous que la societe d'aujourd'hui donne plus de place et de credit a Elon Musk qu'elle n'en a donne a Steve Jobs a son epoque ou a Jesus Christ a la sienne ?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@dravitch sorry won't take questions in French to respect the international audience here.
Fabien Saujot
Fabien Saujot@fabs_31 · GetSocialGang - Social App maker
Hello Loic, what is the biggest difference between entrepreneurship at your beginning and entrepreneurship at todays ?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@fabs_31 when I started my first business in 1996 no one was online so that's the main difference, business is much faster. It's also much more transparent and building a brand or a startup without doing it in the open with a community is missing the most important!
Andrei DINGA
Andrei DINGA@dravitch · Working on Social Data Analytics - Moses
Une analyse des anciennes donnees peut-elle permettre un jugement objectif des evenements ? Je pense au proces de Mike Duffy au Canada ou a l'affaire Dreyfus en France.
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@dravitch sorry won't take questions in French to respect the international audience here.
Andrei DINGA
Andrei DINGA@dravitch · Working on Social Data Analytics - Moses
If Moses, Jesus Christ or Muhammad had a twitter account, how many followers would they have today ? ;-)
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@dravitch I don't know but I would follow Buddha I think :)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
What qualities do you consistently find in successful founders?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@ems_hodge Curiosity, focus, charisma, tenacity (never give up) and a little craziness.
alexandremayol
alexandremayol@alexandremayol · DayPass: hotel pools & fitness on demand
When do you plan to launch Leade.rs ? Paris may13th?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jackdiver unlikely we will be able to launch entirely next week but we will likely show it on stage. Then I would say within 4-8 weeks, we're not so far!
alexandremayol
alexandremayol@alexandremayol · DayPass: hotel pools & fitness on demand
@loic there would be a video stream ?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jackdiver yes we should have it streamed live on Facebook live
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
What life experiences have helped shape the way you make decisions?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@ems_hodge being a pilot (of a small plane) really helped me plan ahead, make decisions quickly see https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/w...
Andrei DINGA
Andrei DINGA@dravitch · Working on Social Data Analytics - Moses
By analyzing public data available, can we predict the future, the success or failure of an event?
alexandremayol
alexandremayol@alexandremayol · DayPass: hotel pools & fitness on demand
As an Interviewer What question would you ask yourself?
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur@deleted-200821 · Founder, Leade.rs
@jackdiver why do you keep wanting to start things
alexandremayol
alexandremayol@alexandremayol · DayPass: hotel pools & fitness on demand
@loic and the answer would be?