Sitting next to TechCrunch France at LIFT

I’m sitting next to Ouriel Ohayon who runs TechCrunch France. We’ve just gotten a preview of the companies that will be showing off at LIFT’s Venture Night. Ouriel just showed me a cool site that he just learned about on Twitter. It’s called Issuu.com and you can upload your own PDF and it turns it into a nice slide show that you can embed on any site. Very cool.

We also got a demo of MixIn, which is a site that gives you a new way to create calendars online. Combines info from Twitter and other online sites into a new kind of timeline. Hard to explain, so I’ll get a video demo and upload that on the first week of FastCompany.tv. Nice to see a completely different way to organize your life with people coming out and this one company shows why I flew to Europe. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, and headed by Nicolas Dengler. This is, so far, the most likely company to get onto TechCrunch that I’ve seen. In fact Ouriel is racing me to get a post up first. Mike Arrington would be so proud. (I beat him) :-)

UPDATE: here’s Ouriel’s post, but his has a graphic, so will get more visits.

UPDATE2: Webware wrote about Issuu a couple of days ago. Mondo cool, you should check that out.

UPDATE3: he found out about something else cool, but won’t let me see his screen, so we’ll have to wait until he posts. :-)

Comments

  1. With scoble at Lift Conference

    I am sitting next to Robert here at lift. One advice never mention something you want to cover first on your blog. He just wrote a story faster than me on a site i discovered. But never mind i ll

  2. hi robert, issuu is a very cool danish tool.

    i’am with swiss evening newspaper HEUTE and we publish our pdf on issuu – since today :-)
    http://www.heute-abend.ch/epaper/

    ps: we-ve just ran a story this week about the WEF and the bloggers – especially jealous swiss bloggers, who won’t get an invitation for the wef (unlike you or michael arrington).
    http://www.heute-online.ch/news/digital/wef-09-ch-blogger-muessen-draussen-beliben-82565

    matthias luefkens told me last week, that he has just 10 invitations for the whole web 2.0. community worldwide… and swiss blogs have no reach, compared to the big us-blogs.

    anyway, maybe this will change in the future… ;-)

  3. hi robert, issuu is a very cool danish tool.

    i’am with swiss evening newspaper HEUTE and we publish our pdf on issuu – since today :-)
    http://www.heute-abend.ch/epaper/

    ps: we-ve just ran a story this week about the WEF and the bloggers – especially jealous swiss bloggers, who won’t get an invitation for the wef (unlike you or michael arrington).
    http://www.heute-online.ch/news/digital/wef-09-ch-blogger-muessen-draussen-beliben-82565

    matthias luefkens told me last week, that he has just 10 invitations for the whole web 2.0. community worldwide… and swiss blogs have no reach, compared to the big us-blogs.

    anyway, maybe this will change in the future… ;-)

  4. Great seeing you and talking to you at LIFT tonight. My camera died a minute into our chat, so I’ve unfortunately lost most of the video. I’ve posted excerpts in my own words on the NewsCred blog. Enjoy your time in Geneva!

  5. Great seeing you and talking to you at LIFT tonight. My camera died a minute into our chat, so I’ve unfortunately lost most of the video. I’ve posted excerpts in my own words on the NewsCred blog. Enjoy your time in Geneva!

  6. thanks for the post Robert, let’s meet tomorrow for a demo and let’s play a bit with the service. I’ll be wearing a blue sweatshirt, or maybe a red one, depending on my mood :)

  7. thanks for the post Robert, let’s meet tomorrow for a demo and let’s play a bit with the service. I’ll be wearing a blue sweatshirt, or maybe a red one, depending on my mood :)

  8. Bon jour monsieur! Issuu.com est tres bon. It is great and easy to use. I have uploaded two documents to the Issuu site and they look so good and are very easy to navigate round. I need to move from slide.com; the pace of change of technology.

  9. Bon jour monsieur! Issuu.com est tres bon. It is great and easy to use. I have uploaded two documents to the Issuu site and they look so good and are very easy to navigate round. I need to move from slide.com; the pace of change of technology.

  10. Hi Robert,

    Followed your rundown on Twitter last night – MixIn was definitely the one that got my interest straight away. I reckon it could be this years’ Twitter (however, I am filing this under “what the hell do I know! ;-) )

    I sent you a tweet about a MixIn video on YouTube but thought I would post it here too in case anyone else is interested. If you can understand basic French you should be able to follow the demo.

    Scott.

  11. Hi Robert,

    Followed your rundown on Twitter last night – MixIn was definitely the one that got my interest straight away. I reckon it could be this years’ Twitter (however, I am filing this under “what the hell do I know! ;-) )

    I sent you a tweet about a MixIn video on YouTube but thought I would post it here too in case anyone else is interested. If you can understand basic French you should be able to follow the demo.

    Scott.

  12. How come you have never looked at slideshare?? It does the same thing.. u can comment on others’ slides and… it has been around for a lot longer

  13. How come you have never looked at slideshare?? It does the same thing.. u can comment on others’ slides and… it has been around for a lot longer

  14. Interesting – but there are a lot of Flash type viewers like this out there already. Not sure there is much of a long term business model here. For those of us in the digital magazine service space, having a page flipping UI is just the start. The features, reporting, search capabilities, archiving, user selected sharing, bookmarking, etc are all critical to gaining user acceptance. We have been in the digital edition service space for 5 years and using that knowledge and taking advantage of emerging RIA capabilities, we built the world’s first Silverlight based UI to front our service. You can check out a few samples on our website at
    http://www.advancedpublishing.com/samples

  15. Interesting – but there are a lot of Flash type viewers like this out there already. Not sure there is much of a long term business model here. For those of us in the digital magazine service space, having a page flipping UI is just the start. The features, reporting, search capabilities, archiving, user selected sharing, bookmarking, etc are all critical to gaining user acceptance. We have been in the digital edition service space for 5 years and using that knowledge and taking advantage of emerging RIA capabilities, we built the world’s first Silverlight based UI to front our service. You can check out a few samples on our website at
    http://www.advancedpublishing.com/samples