Never Say Never: How Loic Le Meur turns startups into successful experiences

All eyes are on innovation hot spots around the world. But it’s not just about hot startups, soaring investments, and mind-blowing exits, it’s about the series of common traits that inspire entrepreneurialism. Vision, determination, creativity, salesmanship and the relentless pursuit of communities is something that not only applies to entrepreneurs but also intrapreneurs within small and large organizations. The truth is that in times of innovation, everyone must think about what we do today and how it can be done differently tomorrow.

One such story takes us from Paris to San Francisco on this episode of Revolution.

For those who follow emerging technology, Loic Le Meur is a household name. In 1999, he sold his first technology company RapidSite to France Telecom. Following a successful exit, he jumped back in with Tekora in 2000. In 2003, he purchased Ublog, a French blog hosting company and merged it with Six Apart in 2004. He wasn’t done yet however. He started Le Web, a conference focused on the intersection of the web, business and society and today attracts 3,000 people from 60 counties every December in Paris.

It is his move to San Francisco in 2007 to launch Seesmic where his story gets more interesting. After a few pivots, Loic recently refocused the company on Seesmic Ping to help social media users centralize and more effectively manage content publishing on social networks. And Seesmic was recently acquired by HootSuite. Congrats Loic!

His “never say die” philosophy and the ability to see new opportunities is something we can all learn from.

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Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Solis is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. His new book, What's the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. Prior to End of Business, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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