Conference, LeWeb, paypal »

[11 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments]

This article is about my experience at LeWeb and the range of emotions I felt there as an entrepreneur who has invested all the money I have into my own Internet start-up which is yet to make a profit. There were a lot of things that were sweet but also something that left me with a slight bitter taste. I started with high hopes, then taking the rose tinted glasses off and having doubts about the wisdom of what I’m doing, feeling a bit let down until my spirit was re-invigorated by a raw and inspirational talk by one of the LeWeb speakers.

davehawes-at-leweb It was a big week for my company’s websites. My whole team have worked really hard over the last year to create them and we had the honour to be invited by PayPal to demonstrate our website, a market place for training courses in the UK, which uses PayPal’s new Adaptive Payments API on their stand at LeWeb..(we’re using Chained Payments if anyone is interested!).

The first thing to mention is how many big name personalities and companies there were at the event. It was opened with a ‘Fireside chat’ with Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter. Here is a guy who’s service is currently changing the world and is what every aspiring tech entrepreneur wants to be. He talked about how he created the first version of Twitter back in 2000 using an email dropbox to get messages More...