Much to my surprise but relief LeWeb 2008 has sold out. That's what Loic LeMeur told me the other evening. Given the economic downturn, that has to count as an extraordinary result. Perhaps things in Paris are not as bad as they are elsewhere. Several of those attending have been struggling to find hotels in the city. That contrasts sharply with what I found last month when trying to book for the event. At the time, I had a choice of over 100 hotels.
As a technology conference, LeWeb is a strange mix of people from the world of arts, science and business but it is always worthwhile. The quality of attendees and the sessions can't be beaten outside of the US and it is always a fun event.
Who for instance would want to miss Steve Gillmor taking on Microsft's Dan'l Lewin, investor Yossi Vardi being put through his paces by Kara Swisher or listen to Chris Anderson, the curator of TED?
The tech industry may be shivering from the cold bite of economic recession but it will be interesting to get a bead from those who are much closer to the action than I.