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That is a great news and puts TechCrunch a steps further. YahooMail is one the TOP3 largest webmail in France.
Thanks to Shamir Ramjan, Product Manager at Yahoo France for his decision.
My friend Valery just put together his first complete album. Now here is the amazing bit. Valery is not a professional musician. He s a top exec at Unilever. I know Valery for years and seen him progressivly improving since the day he started taking guitar lessons.
But he has a passion and a talent. I am not fan of this music style myself but i must recognize that his first works (“Follow the eye” by Baron Zero) are just blowing. At the crossing of Bowie, Red hot chili Peppers and RadioHead. And he did that just by himself. Valery: congrats man, i am impressed!
And VH1 even asked him to use some of his works. The beginning of something?
I invite you to listen to them here or to download them (right click)
IS EVERYTHING IN PLACE: the opening track for the album "Follow the Eye". In short ? A punchy start ...
NO EASY WAY: a mean bassline which takes off like a rocket, sends you spinning like a sattellite to remind you that "without the bitter babe, the sweet ain't so sweet".
POWER (part 1): the soundtrack for a party at the top of the Eiffel tower ... A funk/rock track with bags of groove and bags of attitude: just bag it !
NEW DAY RISING: an uplifting ballad about love and miracles. "She's got eyes like a new day rising, a smile like the sun floating through the sky".
POSITIVE: a rock song about AIDS. Because every 10 seconds someone somewhere in the world dies from it. This track lasts 3:43 ... I let you do the maths.
NEVERAFTER: where it all began. The end of a love affair and le Baron's very first song.
SHE SHINES: accoustic guitars and African drums for a story about magic, the moon and fairies: a tribal summernight's dream.
NEW DAY RISING (slight return): like a distant echo: when the words have dried and the paper has yellowed, only remain the faded colours and the melancholy.
ps: his blog on music, art and marketing is also very interesting too and nicely done too (he s on my short roll)
You can t be in front of a TV and/or you don t want to pay ridiculous amount of money for watching world cup football games (in israel for example)?
VideoWebgate gives you access to all games through all world channels that are broadcasting live on TV (click the worldcup logo ). Not really legal but are cable tv doing what they should to keep their customers?
Design is not great, but hey it is free.
Free tv on the internet is just beginning…
update: BBC also plans to broadcast it free
LightSpeed Gemini Internet Lab, my new project and employer, got also noticed in the US. After a post in the Alarm:Clock, Red Herring is featuring our initiative. Since then we have been contacted by many entrepreneurs and something is definetly cooking in Israel.
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Now the hard work starts for us and we need to find the pretty girl to get married (in reference to the excellent postof VC cliche of the week)
By the way HotBar, an israeli internet startup just got acquired for 52m USD by 180solutions (PR here) and although i am not a big fan of their business model based based on spyware-like advertising (i read they were not in great shape) i can just congratulate the HotBar team and get more convinced that Israel can produce leaders in consumer internet.
Back to work.
I was video-interviewed recently by some students from my Business School HEC. They asked me about my background, my new job, TechCrunch and entrepreneurship in France and Israel (i did not know i was so interesting ). Sorry for non french speaking but the interview is in French…
Here you can see the video.
Israel is one of the top countries in the world in terms of penetration of internet in households and intime spent on surfing.
But on the other side, while Europe starts enjoying broadband access at up to 30MB at very accessible prices (between 20 to 30 euros a month) not mentionning Korea and Hong Kong with 100 MB and experimentally up to 1G, we, in Israel have to surf at best with 5MB for the same price or more.
Why is that happening? Is it because of state owned sleepy Bezeq (the historic national operator) unbearable monopoly and the absence of natural competition/stimulus? Is it because our Infrastructures cannot bear faster access (in which case Bezeq would have to invest; but why if no competition)? Or will that come at the ryhthm Bezeq will decide in order to make more profit on lower access packages?
What is for sure is that there is a contradiction between the level usage of internet in households/businesses and the level of services, we as users, are provided.
When will the israeli government decide to disrupt that situation? France made the jump a few years ago and gave birth to fantastic alternative telco providers (like Free.fr).
Israel success in internet industry will also be conditionned by its ability to give its citizen/entrepreneurs the best internet experience. And better internet experience will stimulate creativity for new innovative and disruptive services. Now with growing web based application, p2p and video services blooming, users want faster internet. They are ready to pay the price.
Is someone listening out there?