FIR Interview: Festicket Founders at #LeWeb London

Founded in 2012 by Zacharie Sabban (CEO) and Jonathan Younes (CTO), London-based start-up Festicket wants to make attending music and other festivals as easy as booking a package holiday online. Would-be festival-goers browse a curated directory of music festivals, mostly in Europe (eg, Leeds, UK;  Roskilde, Denmark; Sziget Budapest, Hungary). For a given Festival, you […]

FIR Interview: Jeremiah Owyang on The Collaborative Economy

Jeremiah Owyang joins FIR co-host Shel Holtz for a discussion about Owyang’s latest report for the Altimeter Group on The Collaborative Economy. The report focuses on the impact on business of the movement toward people sharing products and services, disintermediating the manufacturer or service provider. Airbnb – a marketplace for individuals to rent out their […]

Taking LeWeb to another level

The announcement a few days ago that the LeWeb conference has been acquired by Reed MIDEM marks a significant milestone in the evolution of an annual event that has become the public networking platform of choice for big business, entrepreneurs, tech start-ups, politicians and anyone else with a keen interest in where the international internet […]

Domino’s Pizza: You’ve come a long way, baby!

One of the learning examples of how some businesses go through a baptism of fire in addressing a genuine crisis, and the role social media plays in fuelling discussion, online and offline, is the experience of Domino’s Pizza early in 2009. That experience revolved around the acts of two employees at a franchise store in […]