FIR Interview: Rossi Mitova, CEO and Co-Founder Farmhopping, at #LeWeb London

Bridging the gap between farms and city people who are interested in sustainable farming is the central idea behind Farmhopping, a global web platform to support small sustainable farms and communities by giving them an opportunity to access additional funding, launch natural products into new markets and converse with a pool of dedicated, supportive customers. FIR co-host Neville Hobson met with Farmhopping CEO and co-founder Rossi Mitova at the LeWeb London 2013 conference on June 5 to hear her vision for Farmhopping, the power of communities and the role social media plays. Mitova explains how Farmhopping can solve two of the main problems faced by farms: finding and reaching customers and securing financing. Listen Now: Get this podcast: Download the […]

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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 can preview music from artists playing at a festival of choice via SoundCloud. Then, in a single purchase, you can book a festival package – tickets, transport and accommodation – eliminating much of the frustration associated with buying tickets online for festivals: dealing with multiple providers and purchasing procedures, separately organizing travel and accommodation, etc. By consolidating this process, Festicket also intends to open up […]

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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 own properties so people don’t need to use hotels – is one example. Another is ZipCar, the US-based service that lets people use a car only when they need it. According to the report, “Every car-sharing vehicle reduces car ownership by 9-13 vehicles; a revenue loss of at least $270,000 to an average auto manufacturer. The cascading impact to the ecosystem has far reaching impacts […]

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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 ecosystem is going and who’s taking it there. LeWeb is unquestionably the leading European conference focused not only on the web, but also more broadly on that fascinating intersection that connects people, tech and possibilities. It was founded by French entrepreneur, Loic Le Meur, as Les Blogs. I remember the first one in April 2005 in Paris, in which I participated. There were a little […]

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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 the US who videoed themselves doing some disgusting things when preparing customers’ pizzas, and uploaded the videos to YouTube. Domino’s name was all over the embryonic social web in a rapidly-escalating crisis that assaulted their reputation and shook consumer confidence and trust. All that was compounded by the lack of an official voice of Domino’s in the conversations until a belated entry to participation via […]

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