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After Six Apart, what should I do ?

Six Apart just announced my partner for more than 10 years, Olivier Creiche, replaced me as head of Europe at Six Apart. Congratulations, Olivier, and thanks for being such an amazing partner for so many years. It has been a real pleasure for me to ride the blogs growth for nearly 4 years (started blogging and launched the blog business in Paris in October 2003). Many thanks to my team in Europe for such a great time and many thanks to the mothership, especially Mena, Ben, Barak and Andrew I really enjoyed working with. Six Apart is very fastly growing internationally and in the US, a good time for me to move to the next project.

I keep an office at Six Apart Paris and a business card of “Honorary Chair of Six Apart Europe”, translation: I will keep helping them and represent Six Apart at some conferences I talk to. If I will be less busy with the blog market I will of course keep blogging (and Twittering), I will keep investing in companies, launch the 2007 edition of LeWeb3, speak at conferences, help entrepreneur friends, help a few brands, the usual…

I have many ideas for what I should be doing next, but as I have started asking my friends recently, I would appreciate your advise, what do you think I should start focusing on ? Thanks in advance :)



  • http://profile.typekey.com/rodrigosepulveda/ Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz

    Hurray for Loïc, Hurray! Hurray!

  • http://blog.bitepr.com Patrick

    Loic, does this mean you will not be speaking at Internet World in May?

  • http://www.loiclemeur.com/france Loic

    Thanks Rodrigo. Patrick, no, I will be speaking there.

  • http://slotblog.blogspot.com/ Nicolas Belhassen

    tu connais le vieux diction sioux?
    remonte en selle rapidement -

  • http://kevin.lexblog.com Kevin OKeefe

    Enter into bus dev agreement to introduce LexBlog into European community.
    Quoting you, “I am amazed by the quality of the blogs produced by LexBlog. ”

  • http://www.alianzo.com/blogs/social-networks.php Jose del Moral

    Come to Spain and start a new web 2.0 startup!

  • http://marc.blogs.it Marc Canter

    I assume you will take your post as “Head Blogger” in Sarkozy’s new administration. Or perhaps you will take the post of “Minister of Technology” – at which point I will try and sell you on a powerful social networking and blogging platform that all governments will be offering to their citizens – in the future.
    Congrats to you my friend. Looking forward to more FABULOUS foie grois!

  • http://www.loiclemeur.com/france Loic

    Thanks Kevin, Jose and Marc. Marc: no politics I think… Working on a next startup.

  • http://www.hebig.com Heiko Hebig

    I hear virtual worlds are pretty hip these days…

  • http://blog.oliver-gassner.de OliverG

    Learn German (or perfect it ;) ) and become the No 1 German Blog ;)

  • http://wasserfuhr.com Rainer

    Become président de la République française? ;)

  • Ben Vandevivere

    Hi Loic,
    I think you should do a blend of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Politics….
    One way to do that would be to launch a European X-Prize foundation, where the concept is basically to run each year several Prizes where several companies run to win a innovation award (with a lot of cash to win). That’s the way history has seen the first out of atmosphere flight with Spaceshipone:
    http://www.xprize.org/
    I think there’s a great need for this in France and Europe. And I think you could be a great leader on this. I’d be on your team anyday. :)

  • http://joeclark.org/weblogs/ Joe Clark

    Doesn’t this mean “The picked the other guy, so I’m leaving”? (A natural reaction.)

  • http://www.cocomment.com/comments/blackblade Matt Colebourne

    Might I suggest, depending on interests and preferences …
    Do a season skiing
    Tour the world on a motorbike
    Help relocate a struggling African village
    Train to do the Ironman Triathlon
    Take a degree in a subject you really like
    or, of course, more business opportunities :-)
    Cheers,
    Matt.

  • http://www.onemanandhisblog.com/archives/2007/03/loc_steps_down_at_six_apart_olivier_steps_up.html One Man & His Blog

    Loc Steps Down at Six Apart, Olivier Steps Up

    Oh, missed this yesterday: After Six Apart, what should I do ? : Loic Le Meur Blog: “Six Apart just announced my partner for more than 10 years, Olivier Creiche, got my role as head of Europe at Six Apart. Congratulations, Olivier, and thanks for being…

  • http://www.onemanandhisblog.com/archives/2007/03/loc_steps_down_at_six_apart_olivier_steps_up.html One Man & His Blog

    Loïc Steps Down at Six Apart, Olivier Steps Up

    Oh, missed this yesterday: After Six Apart, what should I do ? : Loic Le Meur Blog: “Six Apart just announced my partner for more than 10 years, Olivier Creiche, got my role as head of Europe at Six Apart. Congratulations, Olivier, and thanks for being…

  • http://www.accmanpro.com Dennis Howlett

    Congratulations on the move Loic – been fun having you around at 6A but I guess time marches on for every man.

  • http://www.accmanpro.com Dennis Howlett

    Hey – since Shai Agassi has departed SAP, you both have interests in clean tech…

  • http://www.loiclemeur.com/france Loic

    Thank you all for your good comments and suggestions !
    -Heiko, yep, looking at that :)
    -Oliver, I should blog in Russian first !
    -Ben, will have a look
    -Joe, nope, the fact I am leaving was planned, and Olivier replaced me, nothing else to read
    -Matt I love your suggestions ! more sports is definitely on my list, running and kite surfing on top of the list
    -Dennis, thanks, good idea, will talk to Shai…
    more soon!

  • F.

    Congratulations Loic!
    You mention start-ups so here is a start-up idea: to do for recommender systems what Google has done for searches.
    I have sort an idea in this area in which I would gladly invest if only I could find the right partners.
    I’ll be happy to send you a Word doc so that you can judge for yourself.
    How does that sound?
    Take care
    F.

  • david

    Loic,
    what about creating a VC in France with pan-European focus. You would leverage on your experience and network. You would create jobs, fuel growth, make sure that France and Europe compete against US VC firms (eg Bessemer) in creating and launching tech companies.
    David

  • http://m-trends.org Rudy De Waele

    Hi Loïc,
    This is probably the first comment I leave a on your blog, still it feels like I know you for years, without ever having met; what a great trip you had with Six Apart! From my experience I would say keep looking into innovation and focus on European start-ups. There is a lot happening and to be done in the ubicomp area but especially a lot to bridge from European markets towards US and Asian markets (and vice versa of course). Your kind of experience in this area is invaluable!
    Keep up the spirit, the kite-surfing plan doesn’t sound bad either ;-)
    Good luck!