It has been a few months since I attended SxSW in Austin. Time to do a bit of reflection and see which things have stuck with me as major takeaways and trends to remember. Let me start by saying that going there has changed the way I think about learning and technology in many tacit … Continue reading Reflecting on South by Southwest (SxSW) 2012
Doc Searls talked about two wrong things and one right thing. Wrong Thing #1 A random startup founder: "Sales are great! We just closed our second round of financing for 25 million dollars" Every business has two markets: For goods and services (to your customers) For itself (to investors) During the tech boom number 2 … Continue reading Are Free Customers Better Than Captive Ones?
The following introduction sketches the problem that this panel tried to address: How we work is changing. But where we work isn’t. Over the last ten years a new way of working has emerged, along with some people who live it every day. They’re available 24/7. They network endlessly, and then plug their skills into … Continue reading The Future of Work and the Free Radical
This was a big panel (five people from IBM, Deloitte Center for the Edge, Dell and the Community Roundtable) talking about serendipity. The word serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole who formed it from the Persian fairy tale The three princes of Serendip. The session was introduced as follows: Call it chance, luck, or juju, … Continue reading Get Lucky: Create Serendipity to Spur Innovation
George Ishii (founder of GENi which spun out Yammer and Sizhao Yang (one of the creators of the horrible but effective Farmville before it was sold to Zynga) both have a big history in the startup world and are now working on BetterWorks. They talked about the trends in business software. When you think … Continue reading Developing for a Consumerized Enterprise World