Archive for May, 2006

Future Salon in Palo Alto tonight

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

I’ll be at this month’s Future Salon in Palo Alto tonight: The Sustainability of Material Progress Future Salon

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

First time on that I have tagged… a page:

Looks like a very smart way for a company to provide their customers with useful information.

Via Agenturblog: Adobe nutzt

The Benefit Gap (What’s missing)

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Jürgen has an interesting article: The Benefit Gap

The “benefit gap” is simply “what’s missing” - the difference between “what we need” and “what we use”. I’m still looking for the best English translation of the German term “Nutzendefizit”.

When we have a goal and do something to reach it, then we have to distinguish the following:

1. What we need, i.e. what would completely satisfy our goal.
2. What we want, i.e. what we think we need.
3. What we ask for, i.e. what we say we want.
4. What we get/have, i.e. what we accept under given constraints.
5. What we use, i.e. to what extent we really use what we have.

Ties in neatly with the findings of The Standish Group (mentioned here: Use Case Driven Agile Development), according to which an average of 45 percent of any given product is waste and will never be used.

By the way, Jürgen’s blog deals with the following:

What’s this Blog about?

The central theme of this blog is the lack of incentives for software producers (external or in-house) to reduce the lifecycle costs (i.e. to increase the quality) of software. In fact there are big incentives to lower the initial expenditures by reducing quality and shifting costs into the future, thus increasing the total lifecycle costs for the consumers. This is one of the major reasons for the persistence of the software crisis.
Software is almost unique as a credence good with very high switching costs. The inability of consumers to take quality sufficiently into account when selecting software or software producers coupled with the high cost of switching later on creates a significant competitive advantage for producers of lower-quality software.

Always a good read.

GABA: Mobile Services - Is content king?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

I’ll be at tonight’s GABA event Mobile Services - Is content king? at SAP labs in Palo Alto.


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I may have mentioned this before somewhere, but 30 minutes of watching C-SPAN will sometimes get you more information, context and insight than a whole week of watching the major news networks: Reform of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Off to L.A.

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Nothing like driving down to Los Angeles at night, ETA 8am.

Destination Germany

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I will be going on a trip to Germany this summer (June 29 - July 11) to visit my family. As it happens, this is the week of the soccer world cup final (and also the two semi-finals and the four quarter-finals). Lucky me! If the weather plays along and Germany makes it past the second round (however hard that may be, though) I’m sure it will be super fun.

Let me know if you want to meet for drinks.

I plan to conduct a few interviews about Germany 2.0 (phone, online or face-to-face). Just ping me if you’re curious.

One year in the US

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

So far, so good.

Thursday is the new Friday

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Ryan Carson takes The Four-Day Week Challenge (via Jan).

Web Monday Silicon Valley, June 12

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Since a handful of Germans will be here for Where 2.0 I figured this might be a good time to get together for a Web Monday Silicon Valley.

Web Monday is an informal meetup in Germany aimed at bringing together users, developers, founders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, researchers, web pioneers, bloggers, podcasters, designers and other folks interested in web 2.0 (in the broadest sense). The goal is to better connect the German web 2.0 scene as well as encourage transatlantic exchange between Germany and Silicon Valley. Since November 2005, Web Monday has spread fast, with meetings now being held in most major German cities.

Anyone involved in web 2.0 or neighboring fields who is interested in German-US business (or any kind of “bridging” between Germany and Silicon Valley, for that matter) is most welcome to join — Germans who live and work here, Americans with ties to Germany etc.

Please sign up on the wiki if you’re thinking about coming.