Weekend Reading: LeWeb’s Predictions for the Next 10 Years

As LeWeb™, one of Europe’s biggest tech conferences, celebrated its 10th anniversary in Paris this week, attendees and speakers took a look ahead at the next decade. What are the new trends and technology that will revolutionize the way we work and live? Who will be the new pioneers of innovation?

The rising power of the consumer (both as individuals and groups), new currencies and payment systems, wearable technology and the “quantified self” were all topics discussed. Take a closer look at what some of LeWeb’s speakers predict for the next 10 years:

Driverless Cars and DIY Drones

LeWeb founder Loic Le Meur outlined his favorite trends in Silicon Valley. Among them: Innovations in transportation and build-it-yourself products.

Disrupt, Don’t Innovate

Altimeter analyst Brian Solis challenges the notion that we must always be innovating. Instead, he tells people to focus on disruption. What’s the difference between the two? Innovation is only the first step to introducing something new; disruption, on the other hand, changes behavior, he says.

The Age of the Customer

These days, we can “buy anything, anytime, anywhere, from anyone,” and the rise of mobile is putting the consumer in even more control, says George Colony, CEO of Forrester Research.  What companies must do: Build mobile engagement.

The More the Merrier

Analyst Jeremiah Owyang explores the significant role “crowd companies” will play in the collaborative economy over the next 10 years. In other words, companies will need to partner with everyday people, or the crowd, to avoid becoming one of the many large companies falling to the wayside.

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