International SIG: Web 2.O: local or global ?



  • A bi-monthly lunch meeting of the International SIG

    Pre-registration is now unavailable. Please register at the door.

    NOTE: Price to attend this meeting is $10 for SDForum members; $20 for Non-SDForum members. Please pre-register. Only pre-registered people that arrive before 12:00 will be guaranteed a lunch. Thank you!


    Presentation Overview

    When Tim O’Reilly invented the term Web 2.0 in October 2004, it was more of a marketing concept to give a hard-hitting name to the next big conference. A year and a half later, there is still huge buzz around the concept. But everyone agrees that something is going on, and fast, in the web economy. Blogging, podcasting and social networking are now real, and you can conduct business all around the world with it. Sharing, publishing and selling has never been this easy and this is probably not only a new “Silicon Valley hype bubble” thing. Web 2.0 works in other countries, too. A French web site like , launched in September, wants to compete with (from Microsoft) or GoogleIG.

    From global, to local, to “glocal”…Is Web 2.0 the link between all that?

    At this lunch, our speakers will discuss and debate with you their vision of the international evolution of Web 2.0, and how it is going to change our way of perceiving the world.


    About the Speakers

    Dominique Piotet, BNP Paribas

    Dominique Piotet is head of innovation and new technologies for BNP Paribas since 2001. He recently joined the San Francisco office, to be closer to the heart and pulse of Silicon Valley. He is also head of Atelier BNP Paribas in the US, a subsidiary of the French headquarters : l’Atelier ( Atelier BNP Paribas, the high tech studio, will launch in the US in March, with a dedicated website, free newsletter, podcast and conferences.

    Dominique is also a regular correspondent in the newsletter of Atelier, a keynote speaker in conferences for IBM, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft…and a co-presenter of “l’atelier numérique”, a famous French weekly radio show dedicated to new technologies. Before joining BNP Paribas, Dominique was head of the e-business team of a consultancy firm, helping Fortune 500 companies in the field of energy, media and finance with their Internet strategy. Prior to that, he was head of the Internet strategy of the French Post, and an associate professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He holds a Masters degree from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a Masters degree in economics from La Sorbonne.

    BNP Paribas ( is a European leader in banking and financial services, with a significant and growing presence in the United States and leading positions in Asia. BNP Paribas is the first bank in the Euro zone in terms of net income (2004). The group has one of the largest international banking networks, a presence in over 85 countries and employs more than 105 000 employees, including approximately 80,000 in Europe. BNP Paribas enjoys key positions in its three core businesses: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset management & Services and Retail Banking.

    Atelier BNP Paribas is the high tech studio for a changing world. Find us at (in French), and soon at More about Atelier BNP Paribas, its website, free newsletter, podcast and conferences during the conference.

    Vincent Worms, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Partech

    Vincent Worms, Co-Founder and Managing Partner Vincent co-founded Partech in 1982. He has over 20 years of investment experience in the computer software and hardware areas, and now predominantly focuses on software and Internet investments. Vincent has served as Director of several public companies, including Business Objects (NASD: BOBJ) and Informatica (NASD: INFA), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of InQuira and IDesia. He holds an MS degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MS degree in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique.

    About Partech International - Founded in 1982, Partech International is a leading global venture capital firm with $850M under management and offices in the U.S., Europe and Israel. Partech invests exclusively in Information Technology and the firm's internationally integrated team of investing partners work together closely to find the most innovative companies demonstrating high return potential and disruptive technologies in the Software & Internet, Communications & Components and Healthcare IT sectors. Partech has a unique 20+ year track record assisting its portfolio companies to become global market leaders. To learn more go to

    Sean Crawford, Director of Home Sphere at France Telecom Research & Development in San Francisco.

    Sean Crawford is Director of the Home Sphere at France Telecom R&D San Francisco. He and his group are responsible for assessing innovative technologies, services, products and business models for the Home Sphere.

    Prior to joining France Telecom 4 years ago as a Business Analyst Sean worked overseas as an Internet and eCommerce consultant for 2.5 years and has 8 years of experience in marketing and technology. Sean holds a BA in Sociology and Economics from UC San Diego and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from San Francisco State University.


    Event Logistics


    Bingham McCutchen
    1900 University Ave.
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303


    11:30 a.m. registration/networking/refreshments
    11:45-12:00 announcements and introductions
    12:00 program


    $10 for SDForum Members
    $20 for Non-SDForum Members

    Pre-registration is now unavailable. Please register at the door.