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. :-)

KindleCrunched!

Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, and I were at an Orange party tonight. His Amazon Kindle didn’t show up yet (it comes tomorrow) so I showed it to him. He hated the UI, so I turned on my cell phone and recorded him goofing around a bit.

Etch a Sketch is better, huh? Yikes.

Oh, Mike’s always saying my videos are boring (although he admitted to me that he watches them). I wonder what he’ll say about my videos now that he’s been on one?

Oh #2 Ben Higginbotham of Technology Evangelist ACTUALLY HAS TWO SONY READERS and gives us his 12-hour video review of the Kindle and he disagrees with Mike, saying the navigation is “sexy cool.”

How to piss off Mike Arrington…

If you know Mike, founder of TechCrunch, you know that old-school media pisses him off so Henry Blodget today found a great way to piss off Mike. Say that CNET is gonna buy him. Personally I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mike buying CNET in a few years. I don’t think Henry’s really serious, it’s just retribution for a post that Mike made about Henry where he asked for a muzzle for Henry.

Anyway I’m on Mike’s side in this little back and forth. I think this talk is just as crazy as Google at $2,000. That said it’s a crazy world we live in and getting crazier by the minute!