Loïc Le Meur

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Loïc Le Meur
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Loïc Le Meur at the LeWeb3 conference in 2006
Born (1972-07-14) 14 July 1972 (age 42)
France
Occupation Entrepreneur, blogger

Loïc Le Meur (born 14 July 1972) is a French entrepreneur and blogger. He served as Executive Vice President EMEA at software company Six Apart after merging French blogging company Ublog with Six Apart in July 2004.[1] In late 2006 Le Meur became a public backer of French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and joined Sarkozy's campaign team as an advisor on Internet-related topics.[2][3]

Career[edit]

In 1996, Loïc Le Meur founded his first company, interactive agency B2L.[citation needed]

He also founded RapidSite France with his wife [4] and made it the leading web hosting company for small businesses in France.[5] In 1999, he sold RapidSite to France Télécom where it became part of Wanadoo.[6]

In 2000, he founded application service provider Tekora.[citation needed]

In 2003, he got involved with French weblog hosting company Ublog which he purchased from its founder, fellow Breton Stéphane Le Solliec in October 2003.[7] He then grew Ublog and merged the company with Six Apart where he became Executive Vice President in 2004.[8] He held his role as EVP EMEA until March 2007 when he handed his job over to long-time business partner Olivier Creiche. Le Meur remains Honorary Chair of Six Apart Europe.[9]

Blogging & LeWeb[edit]

Le Meur's personal weblog has been one of the most widely read blogs in France[citation needed]. In 2004, he became part of the team behind the official World Economic Forum Weblog.[10]

Since 2004, Loïc Le Meur is the organizer of a conference focused on blogging and web world. In December 2006, he managed to get Shimon Peres, Nicolas Sarkozy, and French politician Francois Bayrou on stage at LeWeb '03.[11] Since this edition, LeWeb becomes more popular every year. More than 2,600 people from 60 different countries came in 2010.[12]

Seesmic[edit]

In 2007, Loïc Le Meur moved to San Francisco to launch a new startup named Seesmic.[13]

Seesmic was initially focused on the creation of an online community of video bloggers. The 2008 economic crisis sped up Seesmic's mutation into a social media client company. In January 2010, Seesmic acquired Ping.fm [14] and gave its users the possibility to update simultaneously more than 50 different social media statuses. In February 2011, Seesmic received funding from Salesforce.com and Softbank, bringing total funding to $16 million.[15] In September 2012, Seesmic was acquired by HootSuite[16] for nothing.[17]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Blogs pour les pros by Loïc Le Meur and Laurence Beauvais, Dunod ISBN 2-10-049395-7, November 2005
  • La révolution podcast by Loïc Le Meur and Laurence Beauvais, Dunod ISBN 2-10-050059-7, September 2006.

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