How I spent 1 hour with Phil Libin at Leweb

How I spent 1 hour with Phil Libin at Leweb

For the past 3 years I was able to get a time slot to interview Phil Libin, Evernote’s CEO, during Leweb, a huge conference which takes place in Paris, France every December.

The past interviews I did with Phil are in those episodes 34 (in video), 11 and here (in audio).


This year though, it seems that Phil’s schedule did not permit to do an interview for the show. Last year Phil did around 45 interviews at Leweb so I can understand the need to cut back a little.

But on Tuesday evening I received a DM from Phil on my personal Twitter account (yes I am honored to be followed by him) where he asked me if I wanted to meet him for a drink in Paris that evening. You can bet I said yes!

I know that Phil is very involved in the startup scene, he also participates in the Founder Institute which I went through for the Spring semester in Paris. So it’s not such a surprise to see him take some time like that. But still, I found it incredibly cool.

I met him at his hotel. It was awesome to be able to talk to such a high caliber entrepreneur for close to an hour. He arrived after midnight but he insisted we took some time to discuss. I was thrilled.

We talked about Evernote of course, about my current full time project with The Guitar Channel and about plenty of others matters.

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Here’s a pic of a very happy me with Phil just before I left him around 2:00am:


Thanks a ton Phil for being so cool with me and so generous with your time and advice. You rock big time.

Here’s the YouTube video of Phil’s talk with Loïc Le Meur during Leweb:


Phil Libin (@plibin) interview at @Leweb 2012

Phil Libin (@plibin) interview at @Leweb 2012

For the 3rd time I had the opportunity to interview Phil Libin (CEO for Evernote) during the Leweb conference in Paris. This time though I did it in video so I am able to present you with sounds and images !

You can view the full video on YouTube below.

You can also get the audio file to listen to it on your mobile device or computer by subscribing to the RSS feed or via the iTunes link to the show.

Subjects covered during the interview :

  • The launch of Evernote Business (in 7 countries as of December 2012)
  • New features coming up in Q1 2013
  • Mobile strategy
  • And last but not least, the Evernote Socks !
During Leweb, Evernote also held a workshop which was in fact some kind of Press conference open to anyone to ask questions to Phil and to John McGeachie (VP Sales). I published my verbatim notes from that workshop in that blog post.
For your information, the 2011audio interview of Phil is available in episode #011 and the 2010 interview is in this blog post.

Until the next time, happy evernoting !


04/12/12 – Evernote workshop verbatim notes – Leweb 2012

04/12/12 – Evernote workshop verbatim notes – Leweb 2012

Speakers : John McGeachie (VP Sales) and Phil Libin (CEO)


  • “The design is the most important thing”
  • No design responsible in the board but Phil is the only employee
  • More formal product for education to come
  • Pilote school in Spain using Evernote
  • Security : 2 factor authentication to come
  • Finer granularity in the API to control rights given to third party application
  • 77% 1st experience of Evernote is done on mobile
  • We try to be featured on every platform so we get free ads this way
  • Business API:
    • Ways to determine which type of account you have
    • API for relative notes
    • Business specific API to allow application to view all the notes of the company
  • Average upload capacity : growing
  • 4 Gb / month when Evernote Business 2Gb for the user +2Gb for the company
  • “No tricks philosophy”
  • “We don’t want to be a disk drive in the cloud”
  • No real-time editing down the road because it is usually a bad experience for users. Plus Gdocs does that really well.
  • Indexing of Office docs coming soon
  • Some things are coming with the Google API because many people at Evernote uses Google tools
  • Prediction : “In 3 years, I will have glasses with info in there”.
  • Evernote Business is launched in 7 countries today
  • Product demo
    • Admin console
    • Managed notebooks
    • No group right management to allow access to specific notebooks
  • Hundreds of thousands of Smart Notebooks sold : big success
  • Some people are using future dates to have the note at the top internally at Evernote. This will be fixed by providing a way to flag a note.
  • Due dates are coming ! First quarter 2013.
  • Full windows redesign will be launched next year


Joseph Tame interview (@tamegoeswild)

Joseph Tame interview (@tamegoeswild)


Here is another interview done at LeWeb, an Internet conference which took place in Paris from the 7th to the 9th of December 2011. I had the pleasure to meet with Joseph Tame (@tamegoeswild – who was a speaker at the conference and who will share the use he has for Evernote in all his crazy adventures around running.

If you are a geek and into Apple stuff, you probably saw the image below when Steve Jobs died in 2011, Joseph did that.

Here is the YouTube video recording of Joseph keynote during LeWeb, it’s really worth watching:

As a marathon runner and über-geek myself it was very cool for me to chat with Joseph.

Until the next time, happy evernoting,