Thursday, 31 May 2007

Zeitgeist Europe 2007 - Conference highlights

I was lucky enough to be invited to the recent Zeitgeist Europe media event that was held at the Grove in Watford. A prestigious collection of speakers was assembled and the 2 day conference saw an electic mix of presentations.

It was an interesting time to be in an environment like this in the aftermath of the Google Doubleclick deal ( and so soon after WPP had confirmed the 24/7 acquisition ( and Microsoft had bought Aquantive ( A consistent theme was that no-one quite knew where things were going but everyone agreed that the pace of change was increasing.

Few journalists were invited and many of the discussions are not intended to be in the public domain, however a number of the speakers presentations have been uploaded by Google to You Tube. Various videos are posted on following messages. Other speakers can be found detailed below;

Michael and Xochi Birch, Bebo founders (, speak about various ventures on which they have embarked including their most recent new company, Bebo, and the world of social networking.

Josh Spear, creator of (, speaks about the ways today's youth see media and how the way they live their lives is incongruent with how traditional media try to reach them.

Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi (, introduces a panel with brief thoughts on "Branding today and tomorrow."

David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), speaks about the "I can" generation following an introduction frm Nikesh Arora, President of Google EMEA Operations

Yat Siu, CEO of San Rio Digital ( (Hong Kong) Ltd, shares insights on the world of gaming in Asia and how youths approach to gaming differs across borders.

Mathias Doepfner, Axel Springer ( speaks about the media landscape that newspapers are facing and the vast opportunities he sees in reaching readers in better, more integrated, more relevant ways

Peter Bazalgette, Chief Creative Officer of Endemol, ( speaks about the opportunities created by the interconnectedness of media

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Easygroup (, speaks about his first venture, a shipping company, and how that turned into the desire to keep on creating companies.

A panel of Marc Samwer (European Founders), Loic Le Meur (Blogger), and Martin Varsavsky (FON) who discuss their various entrepreneurial projects and the meaning of being an entrepreneur in today's fast-paced business world

Loic Le Meur also covers his conference appearance on his blog:

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