Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
LeWeb08 is over... I am back in Amsterdam… Having had some time to reflect during the journey home, I thought back at LesBlogs were it all started. A fascinating small get-together with 200 people from all over the world…. No distinction between rock-stars and others, all digital pioneers willing to share, meet each other, work on ideas and full of entrepreneurship.
In this years edition Loïc and Geraldine and their team have done a fantastic job again. A programme with speakers that are industry changers, 1500 people to create a vibe second to none, themes that will be on the agenda for the next years to come, easy access to everybody at anytime. What more would you like to have?
Reflecting it appears that the foundation is still there that started at LesBlogs and Loïc has created a scalable format that brings together a lot of good things. In all fast growing environments the pace will bring some side effects, but I believe it is better to enjoy what is being achieved over focussing on small side issues. If the team keeps going at it at this pace, LeWeb will become the institution it deserves to be.
Finally it was wonderful to see Loïc and Geraldine enjoying themselves so much!
The pictures are here.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Piet Hoffman, the driving force behind Veronica Story (the digital history of Veronica) had a terrible accident a few weeks ago. We are very happy he is recovering again fast and we hope to have him back as soon as possible. Today we gave him a special Sinterklaas gift, still secret for the rest of the world and only 100 will be issued, each with a signed certificate...
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Tonight I moderated a panel at IPAN with the full range of venture funding available to Dutch start ups and fast growers. From seed and startup capital (DCIF and Identity ) to growth capital (Solid Ventures, Prime Technology Ventures en Endeit) finishing off with transaction services (Fortis corporate finance).
The outlook for 2009 is not good, the markets will be down for a time to come, but the right companies will be able to get money...
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
A great remembrance night with Marc Geerards' movie Paradiso Stills. Back to the early 80's with punks and more. Most of them pushing 50 now, but energetic as ever tonight...Diana Ozon, one of the icons of those days opened the film and the following party
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
UPC is promoting its high speed internet offering ('Fiber Power') in Amsterdam. I must admit I am a happy man since I have this over 100 MB download speed again for the first time since 2001 when I lived in Stockholm. UPC even offers a speedtest meter at their website to show it off....
As a digital media mass consumer, the combination they offer of HD content, DVR , high speed internet access and cheap telephony is ideal. I am wondering to see what the competition from KPN and the other service providers will bring....But important for this ultimate digital utility is that is has all the quality aspects of a good utility... as my Tele2 downtime for two weeks experience learned me....
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Today I was one of the people presenting a keynote at the conference "onder de knop" (under the button) a long running event for the Dutch media sector. Next to some interesting new media and technology by some Dutch Digital Pioneers, the overall theme was weathering the current recession and how to do so. I shared our pioneering approach to that and highlighted the areas where we believe a difference will be made.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tonight we met with the former IPAN board to have a 'thank you dinner' with these Dutch digital pioneers who have helped to move the interactive creative industry further. Next to some great food and drinks, we had many nice anecdotes about the good old times of the post web1.0 bubble...On December 2 we will have a very interesting event with IPAN specially focused on financing in difficult times with an exquiste group of private equity players...
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Nice and busy day. Among others I was one of the presenters on the cross media day arranged by new TV production company Quadia. Ronnie Overgoor did his usual snazzy and driven moderation.... Met with lots of advertisers experimenting with new media and video formats... Also added another four Pioneers....
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
It had been many years since my last trip to Berlin. This time I visited this great city together with a number of Dutch Digital Pioneers to share our experiences in growing the Dutch Creative Industries. My session was about venture capital.
Berlin is a definite place I will try to return to in the near future as it is a fascinating city indeed. The full set can be found here.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Together with Wijnand Jongen (pictured), David Vink, Allain Silbernberg and chairman Egbert Jan van Bel I am in the jury of the crossmedia retail price. Today we had the final presentations of the three nominees for the price: Hema, D-reizen and Selexyz. On November 5 you will find out who won.... the pictures of today are here
Monday, October 13, 2008
Both innovation, pioneering and working with start ups and fast growing companies in media and technology and photography are my passions. That combined with the fact that many people claim to have little visibility on Dutch Digital Pioneers who are creating our digital future, I took the decision to combine my passions in a photobook to be called: Dutch Digital Pioneers Volume I. Today I had Michiel Frackers in front of the lens...
I will create an online picture gallery only version here and as time goes by, I will make a digital and print book from it, hopefully before summer next year....No promises, it is a hobby.... If you want to be included, let me know...
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
With the financial markets in great turmoil the week became a roller coaster... the little boys lucky did not get any of it and Roderick showed his friend all the greatness of Youtube on the iPhone...Life can be full of great stuff when you are seven....
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Very inspiring days at Stream08 in Athens last few days. A worldwide gathering of industry leaders and entrepreneurs from media, technology and finance. Discussing the challenges of the current economic climate, the opportunities arising from new media and new technology and creativity...The full set can be found here.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I am very spoiled with events and have seen my fair bit of conferences... I am not very easily surprised in this respect. Kinnernet in Israel has been one of the highlights of recent years in the 'different' category. Today I can add a new gem: Mastermundo. Very well done, special event with great speakers such as Werner Vogels, Itay Talgam, Ethan Zuckerman, Jeroen van Erp, Fons Schiedon and my good friend Laurent Haug. Adding good and interesting speakers together is not easy, but can be done. What the team behind Mastermundo did though was 'mash it up' with silentdisco set up, orange stewardesses, a train trip to The Hague and many more things. Truely great. Roderick enjoyed it a lot too. The full set of pictures can be found here
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
You need less and less people to populate a picture with gadgets... A great Emerce Eday today with top speakers such as Jeff Howe, Fake Steve Jobs and Lawrence Lessig. Also a very special intimate IPAN session with Jeff Howe to get to really understand about crowdsourcing. The full Eday set is here
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Creating sound carriers that recreate the original sounds has been on the agenda since the beginning. Even now we are still capable of building better and better audio systems so we can enjoy our music and more. Today we announced our investment in Kalkmann Audio, a Dutch company bringing patented quality a step further... We did this with our investment partner BOM.
By the way Wheniswhat.com just opened up for the world....