Archive for June, 2006

Kettleman City, CA

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Two double-doubles animal style with fries and one large drink. The usual. This healthy dose of burger goodness is especially important tonight as I’m sure I will need all my strength at Tony Tourney tomorrow, an annual neighborhood horseshoe pitching tournament in Inglewood. Obviously, the goal is to suck less than last year, though the competition will be fierce as always. Let the games begin!

Coming this fall: BarCamp Berlin

Friday, June 16th, 2006

I am glad to see the BarCamp meme has finally reached Germany. As much as I can from here, I will help Raju, Sebastian and others organize BarCamp Berlin, which will happen some time this fall in Berlin, Germany. If my schedule permits I will be there to attend.

Thanks, Chris, for the neat logo.

Germany 1, Poland 0

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

It took a long 90 minutes, but in the end Germany’s Oliver Neuville secured victory in the last minute of the game. Two down, one to go.

Web Monday Silicon Valley follow-up

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Last night saw the first Web Monday Silicon Valley. It proved to be a little bit of an experiment due to the fact that the agenda is still emerging and remained somewhat blurry. That’s because in addition to the fairly clear web 2.0 focus of Web Monday in Germany, the Silicon Valley edition also wants to talk about how we can better connect the two sides of the Atlantic. How to best do that within a format like Web Monday hasn’t been defined yet and things were taking shape as we spoke last night.

All in all, I’d say the experiment went well. Thirteen people showed up, and we saw three pretty cool presentations: the new Flex 2.0 (in use at Adobe/SAP), the future of Plazes, as well as a brief overview of Yahoo! Mail beta. While we certainly weren’t able last night to fully answer all the questions on how we can bring Germany closer, we agreed that it’s a challenge worth pursuing over the coming months. There are still a few ideas out in the open as to what we can do to make things better. To that effort, there will most likely be another Web Monday in this area, most likely some time later this summer. In the meantime, I plan to bring some of the most active Web Monday contributors in Germany into this discussion as well. During my upcoming visit to Germany, there will be another Web Monday Cologne where we will focus on next steps and our plans for 2006/2007.

Thanks to Benay, who co-organized last night, and thanks to the numerous people who helped spread the word (many more than were actually able to attend in person). It became clear once again that so many connections exist already at an individual level, it almost seems like it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to take this to the next level.

For anyone who is not yet familiar with Web Monday, I have posted my slides, which give a brief overview of how Web Monday has evolved over the past 7 or so months.

As always, your feedback is most welcome. Go to the wiki or contact me directly with your concerns, questions, or just plain whacky ideas.

Survey: Wikis in Enterprises

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Tim Bartel of Wikipedistik would like you to participate in his survey: Wikis in Enterprises

The survey is part of the study “Wikis in Enterprises” by the Department of Personnel Economics and Human Resource Management of the University of Cologne. I’m writing my diploma thesis about this subject.

The survey adresses enterprises of any size and also enterprises not using a wiki. It is held short on purpose and answering it will take only 5-10 minutes at most.

Click here to go directly to the survey Wikis in Enterprises.

Anderson Copper's 2006 Class Day Address at Yale

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

Anderson Cooper (CNN) addressed the class of 2006 at Yale on Sunday, May 21:

My friends from Yale who are happiest are the ones who thought less of where they’d be in 10 years and what steps they’d have to do now in order to make partner 10 years from now in a law firm or build their 401K. My friends who are happiest now are the ones who kept taking steps based on what they felt right and what felt like them at the moment. If I had gotten that job on the set of ABC News there’s no telling where I’d be now.

When I started going to wars I had no clear goal in mind. There was no path that promised me success or job security. But I was listening really to myself and followed my passion, and I’m more convinced than ever that if you do that, you will be successful. I’m not talking about rich — perhaps you will be — but you’ll be fulfilled, and that’s the greatest success you can have.

Read the transcript here.

Flock

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

I caught this nice little piece of conversation between Mike Arrington and Gil Penchina where they talk about Flock (towards the end of the latest edition of Talkcrunch: Episode 8 - Gil Penchina On Leaving eBay for Wikia, starts at 24:00 minutes)

Gil: In terms of a smaller company that I’m pretty passionate about I have to say Flock ranks up there as probably my favorite early-stage company. Bart, who is the CEO, was at Mozilla and was, you know, looking around going “Boy, here’s a foundation that’s doing something really amazing but all these companies keep coming and trying to partner with us and they can’t because we’re a foundation. So, I’m gonna go off and build a commercial open-source browser and be more partner-centric,” and Flock has built an incredible product and they’re actually, you know, beta testing, you know, the next version right now. So, you know, Flock has built a great browser, they have created quite a following, they’re very partner-centric and have been partnering with a number of people. And, you know, my map is that the browser business needs… to be successful in that business you need a 4-5 percent share. And that on a 5 percent share of the browser business Flock can go public. So yeah, I’m pretty bullish on a company that has to lose to be able to go public.

Mike: So I’m running the current version of Flock on my Mac, and it’s amazing. I mean, it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s a completely different product than it was in the fall…

Gil: Oh yeah.

Mike: … when I liked it as well. But, you know, the ability to interact with Flickr and with del.icio.us… and I haven’t even used the blogging part of it [...] but the rest, just an absolute pleasure to use and I can’t wait for them to launch and I think they are going to do it in a week or two.

Gil: Yep, yeah, it should be, they were, you know… should be any day now — so you have the new version that has the picture integration and all that?

Mike: Yeah.

Gil: Yeah, it’s really cool.

Mike: It’s really cool, yep. So… I’m looking forward to that launching.

Gil: I’m very bullish on this one…

It’s even more cool when you listen to it. To me, there is so much Silicon Valley in that little piece of chat I don’t even know where to start.

Anyway, my point is: I’m back to Playing with Flock.

Wiki slash spreadsheet news

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

Very interesting stuff (not that this hasn’t been all over the web already, but hey):

Germany 4, Costa Rica 2

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Not so bad for an opening game. One down, two to go.

Podcasts I like

Friday, June 9th, 2006

A list of podcasts I actually listen to on a regular basis:

  • Om & Niall PodSessions — Weekly technology podcast from Om Malik and Niall Kennedy.
  • Edgework — Edgework is about social media, smart marketing, web apps and usability — the ways we can help people have better conversations about our organizations, products & services. How can you let go and be a great community member? By Brian Oberkirch.
  • Krautshow — A german point of view. A podcast. A pleasure.
  • Vier Nasen tanken Super (in German) — Nico, Mario, Heiko and Sebastian talk internet stuff.
  • Talkcrunch — A weekly podcast about new web 2.0 companies and products hosted by TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington.