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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholas Kolakowski (2011-09-07). "July 14, 2004 eWeek - Six Apart Hires New CEO, Nets European Bloggers". Eweek.com. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  2. ^ Nicolas Sarkozy's Campaign Team
  3. ^ "January 15, 2007, Guardian Unlimited - For France's bloggers, c'est la guerre". Blogs.guardian.co.uk. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Entretien avec Geraldine Fleurence (Rapidsite)". Idf.net. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  5. ^ "April 15, 2005 01.net - Interview with Loïc Le Meur". 01net.com. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  6. ^ "December 22, 1999 internetnews.com - France Telecom Acquires RapidSite France". Internetnews.com. 1999-12-22. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  7. ^ "November 25, 2003 Le Journal du Net - Ublog, l'aventure blog de Loïc Le Meur" (in (French)). Journaldunet.com. 2003-11-25. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  8. ^ "July 15, 2004 internetnews.com - Six Apart Blogs in Europe". Internetnews.com. 2004-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  9. ^ "March 27, 2007 Loic Le Meur Weblog - After Six Apart, what should I do?". Loiclemeur.com. 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  10. ^ "Forumblog.org". Forumblog.org. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  11. ^ "The end of blogger conferences Loic Le Meur". Loiclemeur.com. 2006-12-17. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  12. ^ "Participants LeWeb'10 | LeWeb'10". 2010.leweb.net. 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  13. ^ "Loic Le Meur Moves To Silicon Valley To Start Video Content Company". TechCrunch. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  14. ^ Seesmic acquires Ping.fm[dead link]
  15. ^ "Seesmic Gets $4 Million in Funding from Salesforce.com - Kara Swisher - News - AllThingsD". Kara.allthingsd.com. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  16. ^ By Sarah Mitroff   (1967-01-26). "As Twitter Tightens Its Grip, HootSuite Buys Seesmic". Wired.com. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  17. ^ "http://maxime.sh/2012/09/seesmic-hootsuite-rachat/" (in (French)). Translate.google.fr. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

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