Category Archives: Germany

Yossi Vardi explains why Anina jumped in the party pool at midnight

PodcastloicYossi Vardi, ICQ founder, explains why Anina has jumped in the hotel pool…

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A podcast from Munich with Alexander, Sarik of Open BC, Tim of Skype and Marko

PodcastloicI met so many good friends today, here I am with Alexander who is one of the best known German podcaster, Tim of Skype Germany, Sarik of OpenBC and Marco (mp3).

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The Digital Lifestyle Day in Munich rocks !

I had a great day today at the Digital Lifestyle Day in Munich, organized by Dr Hubert Burda, Marcel Reichart, Stefanie Czerny, Jochen Wegner of Focus and a very cool and impressive team. The program is great. I had the pleasure to be a speaker on the opening panel with Dan Gilmor, Anina and Gabe McIntyre, moderated by Jochen. The panel video is already up. Just after Dan who summed up his book and talk about citizen journalism in ten minutes (!) I gave an update of the recent blogging developments in France: number of blogs and people reading blogs (6.7 million French blog readers !), corporate examples, citizens examples and of course I talked about blogs and politics and my recent experience podcasting our #2 in Government Nicolas Sarkozy.


We’re looking at you 😉 As always, Heiko took great pictures (there is also an official moblog) and he spotted me here with Christiane zu Salm and Anastassia Michaeli, from German and Israeli TVs, I was showing them the pictures that Heiko was posting live.

VivaneredingEuropean commissioner for information society and media Viviane Reding gave a very interesting talk about innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Viviane was very optimistic about the way broadband is catching up around Europe as well as the number of total Internet users and size of the market here. I challenged Viviane about the fact that I really liked what she said but that there was an emergency situation. All the key parts of the web today are dominated by US companies: search (Google of course, MSN, Yahoo) e-commerce (Kelkoo acquired by Yahoo, Amazon), auctions (Ebay), travel (Last Minute now acquired by a US company), voip (Skype acquired by Ebay… I also insisted on the fact that there were not enough entrepreneurs in Europe and for the ones who dare to launch their startups it was difficult to raise seed capital and VC funding. I described the european situation much more as a catastrophy regarding Internet entrepreneurship and as she said that politicians and business people should work together to fix this, I asked Viviane how we could help her to change things. Basically Viviane told me we needed in our respective countries to help our Governments understand the situation and push them to act, France not being a very good example of success on the web either (many french successes, all now sold to American companies). I wish we would see a very ambitious plan to react to our weaknesses. I think we could use these types of conferences (we had 21 countries in the room, 25 at Les Blogs and probably the same at Reboot in Denmark) to launch a pan-european effort driven by entrepreneurs and supported by the media, such as the Burda Group and others. It is great Hubert Burda has put together this conference. I suggested we should at least start a petition with thousands of signatures from entrepreneurs around Europe who want to help and then try to suggest solutions. No promises on my side here, this would take time and I don’t have that much, but here is an idea I just express, your comments are welcome…

 Img Header MoodBesides having the pleasure again to spend time with Hubert Burda, I have also met tens of friends such as Yossi Vardi, who told me that I had polluted (not that bad actually, I am not even in the 3 first pages) his online identity with my posts and Google Juice and he said in a very funny way that we bloggers were like dog shit in the Google results of so many people… !

 Images Cars 7Er 750HlBMW took me for a 15 minutes ride in a prototype hydrogen series 7 that I was not allowed to moblog, just enjoy the fact that it was totally emission free, which is cool because we’ll run out of fuel anytime soon. So I did not take any pictures but I can tell you the power it has even though it is hydrogen powered is incredible. I really liked the engine noise, very similar to a normal fuel engine noise (it was a V12…). I hope these cars hit the market soon so that we stop burning that much fossile energy.

Last but not least, I met new friends at Apple Europe and Germany who had noticed the Sarkozy podcast and gave me a brand new iLife’06 DVD. I have installed it and played a few minutes with the new garage band with its hundreds of effects for podcasting and new podcasting toys such as chaptering, movie and picture integration… It looks like they took out one of the main issue of the earlier version of Garage Band, the limitation to 30 minutes in audio recordings which was not cool for podcasting. Anyway, lots of meetings, lots of cool people, lots of content, Hubert, Stephanie, Marcel, Jochen and the entire DLD team, you rock, thanks, and I am very honored to be on the DLD council.

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The Digital Lifestyle Day 06 program in Munich is online


The DLD06 conference in Munich on January 23rd and 24th is online. I am very honored to be a member of the council of Hubert Burda and Marcel Reichart for this conference, with Thomas Crampton, Yat Siu and Jochen Wegner, it’s a small world… Hubert Burda is one of the most influential media personality in Germany, with Focus magazine as one of the flagship publication of the Burda group.

Take a lesson in German culture

Heiko explains the German culture and blogging:

“Germans like to complain. Even during the best of times, Germans will nag about… pretty much everything. That’s why, for example, German tourists have such a bad reputation. Instead of enjoying a nice vacation (and most Germans still have plenty) we like to fuzz about the weather, quality of service, cleanliness, noise, fellow tourists, children, too much sand, too little sand, etc. Why is this important? As a publisher, you gain instant credibility if you join the crowd and support those who complain by feeding them reasons to feel bad. This will cause more general complaints which makes us Germans feel good. I know, this does indeed sound silly, I can’t help it.”

I thought only the French were complaining all the time ?

Hubert Burda’s site launch !

 Photos Uncategorized 14092005003We’re here in Paris with Marcel Reichart and we’re so proud to announce the launch of Hubert Burda‘s blog site powered by blog software. Thank you very much Dr Burda and Marcel for having chosen Movable Type as platform. Hubert Burda does not need an introduction I guess but just in case here is a bio. I had the pleasure to meet Hubert Burda and Marcel in Davos where we shared a blogging panel. This was two years ago and I was impressed how Dr Burda understood the power of blogs at that time already.

We wish Dr Burda a great experience !

update: I see congratulations but also some criticism appearing around this blog such as the style, the closed comments and the RSS feed. The RSS feed is in but not linked yet, I am sure they’ll add it. As far as the other remarks are concerned, my take is that it is always excellent news that a CEO of a large company -who by definition does not have much time and is not a geek- starts the blogging experience. I don’t think we as bloggers should be tough on these initiatives and on the contrary welcome them to the blogosphere. On the contrary, we should make suggestions and help, don’t you think ?

update2: having discussed with Marcel, the intention is to begin by a Dr Burda’s website and our mistake was to present it as a blog. You’re right, it’s not one (comments, style) and they don’t pretend it’s one, blame my blog post, sorry about the confusion…

Frosta, a well-kown German food company, launches its blog

Thanks, Bjoern, for telling me that:

“Frosta, a well-kown German food company, has

started a real blog today ?

They want to use it to communicate “directly, uncensored & unfiltered”

with their customers !! I was pretty astonished when I read it this


Glad to hear things are moving in Germany !

Marcel Reichart launches his blog

Marcel Reichart, of Hubert Burda Media and fellow YGL launches his blog, well done Marcel see you in Paris !

Siemens launches its moblog client

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I am at Cebit today. Siemens has just launched its brand new java client for moblogging on new Siemens phones. It is so cool the TypePad logo shows up on the phone. You can take pictures and video and blog them directly on the blog of your choice from the client. Siemens has a special booth for moblogging featuring this new phone. A lot of people on the booth.

T-Online Germany launches weblogs on TypePad !


T-Online Germany, the #1 ISP in Europe, just opened its weblog service on TypePad. Thank you T-Online for choosing TypePad and congratulations for all your team work to launch the weblogs.

Many thanks as well to Six Apart members who worked hard to make this happen and especially Heiko.