Archive | March, 2013

Bitcoin poised to replace euro in Southern Europe

In an unexpected move, Cyprus announced today that they are replacing the euro with Bitcoin, an unregulated, decentralized virtual currency that has become all the rage. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said in an an interview, “Regulation and centralization are what got us into this unholy mess and it was time to do something just a […]

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If you’re a loser online…you’re just a loser

While writing a recommendation for a friend on LinkedIn earlier this week, I realized I was doing something that I couldn’t have imagined doing few years ago. You’re probably thinking, ‘Sure, it’s not like LinkedIn has been around forever’. But it wasn’t about LinkedIn. It was more about the recommendation itself. It was for someone […]

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Child in man's suit

Young people hate LinkedIn

There are just no young people on LinkedIn. Young people complain that there are no jobs when they get out of college, but the fact that they aren’t on LinkedIn makes me think they aren’t trying very hard to look. They certainly aren’t doing what they can. Who failed to give young people the memo […]

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The elephant in the room

The technology conversation we’re not having

‘Integration’ is the conversation we’re not having. In Big Data is Distracting Us from the Real Conversation yesterday by TIBCO CTO Matt Quinn, the point was made that the world is easily distracted by over-hyped technology that gets enormous press and budgets but isn’t necessarily at the core of what’s needed for many companies. Imagine […]

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Social media’s story is far from over as Amazon acquires Goodreads

There are stories showing up now saying that social media is a trend that is becoming played out and on the downside of its hype cycle. I would argue that’s not at all true. What’s happening instead is a gradual envelopment of all forms of activity by social media platforms suited to engagement. Social isn’t […]

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tortoise and hare

Webscale means having time-based architectures

In an interesting piece yesterday, GigaOM reported that Netflix has an architecture built around timelines. This struck home for a guy who spends a great deal of time talking to people skeptical about the need for zero latency, real-time systems. The truth is that some things have to go at the highest speeds and others […]

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Only 1 in 3 employees is highly engaged? How can that be?

Only one in three employees is highly engaged says Towers Watson in a 2012 study. Not only does that make sense to me, I fear the number may actually be even higher. Too many companies operate with just a few really, really bright and engaged people and a cast of other characters that are along […]

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Why the #hashtag obsession will die out quickly now

So I had a quick Twitter convo this morning about hashtags with @smartco and @benjaminellis and it got me thinking about whether we really need them. #OnceUseful To me, hashtags were useful at the beginning of Twitter’s life, it was a way of tagging subjects and immediately track trending topics. Rightly so, both Ben (@benjaminellis) […]

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Old market

Personal Connection is Coming Full Circle

This is a guest post by Ted Rubin. Personalization is the new black. The marketing and selling story of today involves knowing and seeing your customer the moment they arrive on your physical or virtual doorstep, and being able to provide differentiated service based on their preferences, history and loyalty. Knowing who they are, listening […]

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Life is but a stream and the enterprise needs to dive in

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced last week that Chatter will become the de-facto front end of Salesforce going forward. In a statement Benioff talked about the rise of how people are connecting and the use of platforms like Twitter and Facebook, all of which are based on streams of user activity. He then went on to […]

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benchmarking, legal, process, continuous improvement

Benchmarking: I’ll see you in court

Legal concerns around benchmarking have been around since the practice really exploded in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These issues should be considered, but shouldn’t be a barrier to benchmarking. Logic and common sense should rule your benchmarking efforts well before the legal concerns. A benchmarking code of conduct to guide your activities is […]

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Google Skiing

Google goes skiing with resort maps…here’s why

Google announced that it added trail maps for 100 more ski resorts today, bringing their total to 225 maps. If you think this is for the convenience of skiers, think again. Few resorts are complex enough to require a map once you’ve skied a few runs. Google knows that map data holds the key to […]

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Bad Intent

Intent beats technique and everyone hates bad sales ego

Managing a sales course this week and if there’s one thing I hope to instill in the class, it’s a message about intent. People smell your intent like a dog smells fear. Don’t believe me? Consider what happens each time you sit down on the airplane next to someone else. Whether you realize it or […]

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Angry Flight Attendant

FAA realizing Kindles and iPads won’t kill us (nor will phones…but one step at a time)

Soon, you won’t need to power off every electronic gadget before takeoff. In fact, if your device has an ‘airplane mode’, the FAA is seriously considering letting you leave it powered up as long as you change modes. After years of flat-out lying to passengers that devices interfere with cockpit communications, there’s light at the […]

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Money in hand in the form of many large bills

There’s a technology tsunami hitting the world of commerce

I had a great chance this week to catch up with a friend from Venture Beat about my thoughts on what’s revolutionizing our world in this moment. While that’s a broad question, the answer is very specific: The patterns for how people buy and sell are shifting very rapidly.  Buying and selling touches everything that we […]

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Aretha Franklin

Respect is not kissing up

Respect. The word gets used a great deal but do people ‘get’ it? It’s not just an Aretha Franklin song or a hot topic issue now because of “donglegate” – I mean, who cares about forking repos? Respect is a must in any company, social situation, or everyday interaction. I haven’t given it much thought […]

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