We won the LeWeb Startup Competition

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I’m really pleased to announce that we won the LeWeb 2014 Startup Competition!

After a hard-fought semi-final against some really great startups, we made it to the final three, which meant pitching on the main stage on the final day of the conference.

The panel was made up of some giants of the tech world, including LeWeb organiser Loïc Le Meur, Lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman and French Minister of State for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire. They posed some pretty demanding but very interesting questions, our favourite being ‘What Is The Future Of Art?’ We’ll have 3000 words for them by Monday morning.

The other two finalists were both great ideas and are well worth a mention. EasySize makes it easy for shops to decrease their return rate by using an algorithm to make sure customers are ordering the size that’s right for them; and NaturalCycles is a smart fertility monitor that lets you naturally plan or prevent pregnancy using just your daily temperature. We’re sure they’re both going to go on to great things.

In the end we won, which is a massive honour. You can check out the entire pitch below – there may be a rap involved.

LeWeb Days 2 & 3

Days 2 and 3 at LeWeb saw us battle with the metro, play with Oculus Rift, pitch for the first and last times, and down some aggressive beer.

Stay tuned for a full report detailing how we got on, but for now we leave you with some excellent grapefruit juice.

 

DAY 2

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8.22am – Pullman Dock – Pamplemousse

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9.50am – Pullman Dock – Demo’ing (this is what we mainly did, we swear)

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3.45pm – Hausmann Dock – Startup Competition Final 1

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4.07pm – Hausmann Dock – Group photo with Rodrigo Barros 

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8.07pm – Diner au Le Bon Bock

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DAY 3

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8.12am – Marcadet Poissonniers metro – Safety first

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11.29am – Makery – Theme Park ride

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2.34pm – Backstage – Pre-match warm up

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2.34pm – Pullman Stage – Full flow

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5.05pm – LeWeb – Au revoir

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5.05pm – Aux Pipalottes Gourmandes – Strong

LeWeb Day 1

LeWeb 2014 kicked off today.  With over 3,200 attendees and enough croissants to stock a patisserie, it’s one of Europe’s largest tech conferences, and a great opportunity to spread the Jukedeck word.

Here’s our photo journal of Day 1. Watch out for the cheese.

 

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9.01am, Jukedeck stand – Nous avons construit un programme qui écrit music originale

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 12.11pm, The Cheese Board – Lunch

 

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2.47pm, Centre LeWeb – Abbiamo construito un programma che scrive musica originale 

 

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10.15pm, Châtelet – Late night pitch revision

 

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11.49pm, Moulin Rouge – LeWeb 2014 Official Party 

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11.57pm, Discothèque le Moulin Rouge – Bon 

LeWeb Day 0

We’re in Paris as finalists in the LeWeb Startup Competition.

It’s phenomenal to be in birthplace of Charles Gounod and David Guetta, so we thought we’d share some images to let you know how we’re getting on.

 

 6.47am, London St Pancras – En route

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 10.39am, Paris Gare du Nord – Sortie

 

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 12.02pm, Bar du Front Populaire – We were expecting a beef tart. Schoolboy error

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2pm,  Eurosites Les Docks – Welcome to LeWeb

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 3.37pm, Pullman Dock – Rehearsing pitches and #hashtags with Rodrigo Barros

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 8.15pm, Pont Neuf – Bonne nuit

We’re off to LeWeb

We’re delighted to announce that Jukedeck has reached the final of the LeWeb Startup Competition! We’ll be grabbing our accordion and heading off to Paris on December 8th.

There are some fantastic startups alongside us, including the likes of Noki (the door lock for the 21st century), and NaturalCycles (who offer natural pregnancy prevention), and we’re honoured to be part of it.

Ed took time out from coding to shoot a video for Le Journal du Net, who are running an online public vote ahead of the competition – if you’re a Jukedeck fan please VOTE HERE!  We’ll also be live blogging our French adventures.

In the meantime, it appears we need to get practising.

 

What is Jukedeck? (and other FAQs)

We’re gearing up for launch, so we thought we’d take a moment to let you know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.

What is Jukedeck?

A tool that allows you to create unique music at the touch of a button.

How does it work?

You come to our site, choose a style of music and a mood, and are instantly given a completely unique soundtrack. If it’s not quite right, you can tweak it or go for something completely new. You can even choose how long the soundtrack should be, so that it’s just the right length for your video – and we’ve got loads more features coming soon that are going to make it easier than ever to get the perfect soundtrack.

Who is it for?

Anyone who needs music, but specifically video creators.

What sets it apart?

If you’re a video producer, an advertiser or a games developer, the process of sourcing and editing music is broken. Searching through stock audio libraries is time-consuming, and it’s difficult to convey exactly what you want (“In-your-face”? “Mesmerising”? “Sort-of-like-that-but-a-bit-different”?).

We want to make this process quicker and easier. We want to give video producers a tool that lets them make the music they want really quickly, and then lets them go back and edit it as much as they like. We want to put that power in their hands.

Our mission is to give every video on the web the perfect soundtrack, because we believe music is more meaningful when it’s personalised.

What about copyright and royalties?

With our music, you don’t have to worry about copyright, because Jukedeck is based on state-of-the-art music-writing software that will write a unique piece of music just for you. In short, you’re free to use the music for commercial and non-commercial purposes. And we’re offering all our music completely royalty-free.

Are you trying to replace human composers?

Not at all – composers are the bedrock of the musical world (we’d know – we’re composers ourselves!). We just know that not everyone has access to a composer – and that’s where we come in. We want to build cool, useful stuff, that hopefully makes people’s lives easier.

So who’s behind it?

We’re a team of professional composers and producers, busy making sure every track is of the highest musical standard.

What if I can’t wait for the first product?

Email info@jukedeck.com for early access!