Sunday inspiration: Ira Glass on the Creative Process

A must-see video for anyone creating or thinking of creating something

Try, try, and keep trying. Keep creating.

“Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline”

 

Happy Sunday :)

 

thanks Greg for the video

From Seesmic to Uber Paris

It seems like ages since I’ve written on this blog, and it seems almost like I don’t know quite where to start, so I guess I’ll pick up sort of where I left off..

Last fall, I had just started working with Seesmic. I had left Synthesio, a company that taught me a lot and is continuing to grow, and had joined up with Cedric Giorgi and Loic le Meur. Last October, I had the opportunity to work on one of largest tech events in the world – LeWeb – and jumped at the opportunity – who wouldn’t??

With both Seesmic and LeWeb, I have worked with incredible people. I have met incredible people. And I even started a new side project last September with a couple of friends – La MichAuré. I was in Elle with La MichAuré and even in the last Google Chrome commercial!

I would still say the last couple of months have been some of the most challenging of my life, both personally and professionally, but, like always, a trip home offered me some clarity. And hey – challenges are what make you grow and learn faster – life would suck without them

Living in Paris has at times been frustrating – what expat wouldn’t say that? But I love it here. I love riding my little blue scooter around, and walking to the bakery to get fresh bread, and dinners that can last 3 hours, and the growing tech scene, and especially my friends who have become my family. I’m not saying I can see myself living here my entire life, but for the next few years, I’m home.

Having had the opportunity to work on LeWeb for 3 months, I realized what I really want, and what I love doing. When Cédric announced he was leaving to start his own company, I thought it would be the right time for me to find a new project, as well. I know, for example, that I love working with startups. There’s a freedom there that I don’t think many (if any) large companies can offer – – the wiggle room to work your butt off and grow something like you can’t the same way with a well-established business.

Starting today, I’ll be starting with Communications with Uber, that just launched in Paris at LeWeb last December. If you haven’t heard of them – you should. If you follow my blog, you may have seen a video that I actually posted a few months ago here, about how to get rich in Paris (I really need to subtitle it in English…and PS the comments are PRICELESS for any of you that know that the first time I ever set foot in France I was 18) – easy : just drive around Paris on weekends and weeknights with a sign in your window that you’ll take someone anywhere for $50 and you’re bound to make a killing. Uber is definitely the uber..classy version of that… if you live in Paris or any big city, you probably know how difficult it can be to get a ride home after a night out – – no metro, no buses, and guess what you probably don’t have your own car, either.

Uber is your own private chauffeur that works with friendly, intelligent drivers that will come get you after you just hit the button in the app. You’ll see where they are on the map, and they’ll call you when they’re downstairs. Uber already has your credit card number when you create your account, so even if you just want to order a ride for a friend, it’s already taken care of – – and no stopping in the middle of the ride to pull cash out of an ATM.
You’ll be able to find me on @Uber_Paris, http://uberparis.tumblr.com, and at tons of events soon. Also- – we’re looking for an Operations Manager and a General Manager. If you’re interested or know of anyone that would be interested, let me know so I can put you in touch ;)
OH! Also – My Little Paris offered a promo code that still works for 10€ off your first ride with Uber (so inside of Paris a ride should be between 5 and 10€ for your first ride) – – download Uber on iPhone or on Android and use the code “mylittleuber”

Ah – – and one last thing – – you may be wondering about videos? (Maybe not) I want to get back into making videos for SURE. I love it, and love hearing from everyone that visits here, and/or leaves comments on my YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter, so stick around. I even (immensely) enjoy the comments people leave on YouTube about whether I’m really American or French (I’ve cleared it up but here, for now, I’ll just let you decide):

I’m going to get back into blogging here on a more regular basis about life in Paris, kickass videos, and a few other ideas I’ve had…

In the meantime, I’m over at La MichAuré with Ludo and Auré kickin’ it..

Have a great week, and hope to catch you soon, here or elsewhere

Meet Gabriel Hubert from Teleportd – the kickass photo search app Scoble calls “mindblowing”

Working for LeWeb, I realize I haven’t had a second to dedicate to my blog.. BUT I have been able to meet a number of amazing entrepreneurs that I want everyone and their brother to know (maybe their sister).

For LeWeb ’11 (if you haven’t heard of it, I find it hard to believe that you follow me on Twitter ;D), Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners invited a few entrepreneurs to network and get the most out of the event. One of the funniest? Gabriel Hubert who submitted this video to get a ticket:

I had coffee with him yesterday and found out more about what his company, Teleportd, ACTUALLY does!

If you love to travel and always dreamed of teleporting (who hasn’t, really) – -this app is for you.

In a nutshell, it’s the “mind-blowing” photo app (dixit Robert Scoble) that pulls together public, geo-localized photos regardless of what photo app you used. Say, for example, you’re addicted to Instagram like it’s sugar-coated crack. That’s fine. But now you can see all of the photos people are taking around the White House whether they’re also addicted or whether they prefer Foursquare, Lockerz, or any of the other 13 services they pull photos in from in real time.

Agencies, media, and brands can all find something interesting here…

Check it out:

Gabriel is on Twitter as well as his co-founder, Stan.

Give Teleportd a try  – – it’s on the App Store – -and TODAY they will be pulling in photos from Loopcam, an app that let’s you create your own GIFs. Yes. GIFs!!!!!!! It’s…addicting to say the least

An ode to geeks around the world

I have no idea where this came from but I felt a need to express my unrealized dream of becoming Neo. Thank you, dear Wachowski brothers.
You have made my geekness come true.

Say hey on:
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ObservingParticipant

Twitter : http://twitter.com/#/MiChmski

And happy Monday ;)

Bad Lip Reading and Khyan : 2 awesome YouTube channels to check out…now

I have to say I have only a few YouTube channels that I watch on a regular basis (yeah TV doesn’t count any more), but seriously give these 2 a look if that’s your thing :

Khyan1

A dude with one of the coolest accents that makes me laugh every time. One of the first videos I saw from him that had me super laughing was :

but I would recommend checking out more

Another channel just discovered tonight, in which Michelle Bachmann apparently says “I bring milk, not backyard meth… it’s a prison party”. You know it’s a good time, thanks to a little misunderstanding. Oops. :

Bad Lip Reading:

Happy Friday, new video on Monday ;)

How to get rid of stuff you never wanted

We all get gifts we never actually wanted. While they’re super awesome and I’m sure we’re all thrilled to get them and wouldn’t want to be ungrateful lest we be spite down and come back as a cockroach in the next life, Parisians have found another solution…

PS Click on the “CC” button on YouTube for sub-titles

Aurelie is also with me on La MichAuré ;)

Enjoy, and have a kickass week

How to get rich quick (kind of) in Paris

I’ve discovered the secret :