— Pablo Picasso
Hey, I am Gilles. I do things with people, art and technology.
— Pablo Picasso
Here we are! 2013 - I whish you a wonderful year.
We hope you have a great time with friends and family. The new year is coming - by the way, what’s your playlist of the year? - and it’s a perfect time for us to say a few words about the year we lived at Whyd.
2012 has been a wonderful year for us with the birth of Whyd in June and the rise…
After two years I think I can say the same thing.
As a startup your users are everything which is worth some poetry. Here’s a sonnet email written by Tony, the dude with whom we build the community at Whyd.
The Sonnet Email
Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
Where music is posted from far away?
I work for a new music service, lite as air
Which allows you to keep, play and share,
all the streaming music that you find online
Like Burgundy City so fine.
We have built a playlist embed for music sites
To share music from YouTube and Soundcloud
It takes music sharing to dizzying heights
And will make your audience turn their speakers up loud.
We are called Whyd, please dont ask me why
But if you want an invite, to give it a try
You can make a page, and grab new ears
Its all totally free (to allay your fears)
So what are you waiting for? Email me back
Then we can all share nothing but the best tracks
In the interest of time, your email response doesnt need to be in rhyme.
- Tony (www.whyd.com)
Hey, we’re launching the Whyd bêta. If you’re a music lover, you should check it out: Whyd a New Music Experience
And you can listen to my stream at http://whyd.com/gilles
“Be good in business is the most fascinating kind of art” Andy Warhol
As you know, I am launching a startup - whyd - with awesome people.
We launched the private alpha this summer and it’s going right. The alpha team played with it, giving us precious feedback and helping us building a better service. A big thank if you were in.
Today, some users enjoy whyd every day/week. We are just so glad to build things for them.
Now, we want to go public. We decided to move to San Francisco to launch.
Why moving to San Francisco? Paris is so cool, right?
Paris is amazing and the ecosystem is getting better.
I tried to build things for the community, launching Apero Entrepreneurs 2 years ago, with my friend Guilhem. Today, Apero Entrepreneurs is a real success as other great local events like StartinParis, ParisJS… Meetup and conferences are flourishing everywhere, just ask Alexandre, the curator for the Paris startup Digest.
I love the way the Paris tech community is growing up. A bunch of buddies love hanging out, VCs start coming to events and students want to create startups.
Hackers, designers and business guys are working together, building awesome products. Check out the last foursquare Hackathon results, Paris teams hit the chart!
Oh, and life in Paris is awesome, seriously.
A call from San Francisco
When you launch a tech startup, I think San Francisco has something fascinating. When you want to change the world, San Francisco sounds like the right place.
Magic happens here. The ecosystem, the number of people you can reach, and the spirit of the city are amazing. Tech leaders emerge here.
We’re building whyd as a global project and we think San Francisco is a great place to launch.
I am landing here with humility, strong values and ideas.
I think we are building something that can create more interaction and communication between people.
Now, we want to share our vision with the world. Hello San Francisco!