I am sitting in the audience, waiting for the LeWeb conference in Paris to start. I am more accustomed to being backstage, waiting to speak at conferences. Organizing and speaking at Gartner conferences has sort of ruined me as an attendee at most of these things. I get antsy after a few minutes of sitting.
I decided earlier this year that this would be an interesting venue to explore. It is a European technology conference which focuses on startups. Bigger players like Google, BT, Orange, Facebook and Microsoft are here too, but to emphasize their connections with new technology. Most of my Gartner customers are bigger, more conservative enterprises that are interested in startups, but hesitate to go too far with them. I spend a lot of time taking about SharePoint and other mainstream products, but will be looking for ideas out of the mainstream and for what comes next.
I am especially interested in what is coming out of Europe, where I live. It’s easy to find startups in the Bay Area, but I know that there is great stuff coming from the rest of the world.
Anyone here who has ideas about what is coming next from Europe can DM me at @jeffmann on Twitter. I will be writing later about the things I see.