GPS Business News published an interview with Interview with Pierre-Antoine Durgeat, co-founder, DisMoiOu (TellMeWhere) a French LBS community web site. The web site is free, the business model is to generate revenues from advertisement. GBN asked the following question on the product concept of the “user generated point of interest community”:
What is the driver behind DisMoiOu.fr/TellMeWhere.com?
“Durgeat: Users are in demand of qualified and up to date local information. Internet allows for a great wealth of information to be searched and looked at. Unfortunately this information is now very close to paper information. It is static and lacks interactivity. Web 2.0 applications linked to LBS solutions allow for such information to be up to date and shared at a minimal cost. For example, databases are up to date on hotels and parking lots, not on Roman churches or skate board parks. We have therefore created the technology for points of interest to be known and promoted to end users in need of such vertical information. We expect to allow for example a handicapped person to know where handicapped parking spaces are available in Paris. The community caters for the good of each user. The founders’ vision is ultimately to create an exhaustive up to date, user generated points of interest database.”
–> Same concept as the one of Pointoo (Holtzbrinck) at Germany.