Joining the CrowdSmart Team :-)

In 2007, at the height of Web 2.0, Tim O’Reilly was giving the keynote at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas. That afternoon I organized a Community Day for the most active SAP community members. We gave out T-shirts that said: Go Ahead. Make my Community Day! Tim got his shirt when he joined us for a fireside chat at the …

Take Back Democracy via Participatory Budgeting

The other week my 84-year-old mother in Germany got asked by one of her friends to talk to me about what is going on with the US government pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. My mom’s friend is genuinely concerned about the direction we are going.  It is another reminder that our political process needs to be improved. More transparency, accountability, …

Enterprise Software – On the Brink?

Going to be on a Future of Enterprise Software panel today organized by the German American Business Association a bit sensationally named: Enterprise Software at the Brink SaaS, Big Data/IoT, the big paradigms of recent years seem to have run their course. Time to take stock and look at where we are today, and even more interesting, where we are …

AI Enhanced Community Management?

Kevin Kelly recently closed his The Next 30 Digital Years Long Now talk saying, “It is easy to predict the next 10.000 Startups! Take topic X and add AI.”. Salesforce put a stake into the ground by boldly claiming that you can now create your first AI-powered community using their platform. So far details are scarce what exactly Einstein is …

The Purpose -> Passion -> Engagement Connection

Recently I stumbled upon these highlights from last year’s Santa Fe Institute Symposium. These insights really resonate with my thinking around community engagement: “In Unleash Your Inner Company, John [Hagel] explains that passion and purpose can create the fundamental positive feedback loop that powers your company.” Powers your company as well as your community. If you can align the larger …

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Podcast Notes: How to Create an Enterprise Community!

Update: Jon Reed did an amazing summary post of our conversation on Diginomica: The Art of Enterprise Community. The Podcast is now available too. When I moved to Mill Valley, my landlord allowed me to build this treehouse. I highly recommend the experience. To be able to sit in something that you mostly built with your own hands is very rewarding. …

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Spreecast Enabled Listening to the Edges

In the early 90s SAP was dominating the Enterprise Software Market with their R/2 product on the IBM/Siemens mainframes. IBM was coming out with the AS/400 computer for the mid market and so SAP was developing their next solution R/3 for it. Hasso Plattner once told the story that 9 weeks before they wanted to show the new product at …

SAP Successfactors a Better Fit for LinkedIn

You probably have read the news today about Microsoft buying LinkedIn. I think SAP Successfactors would have been a better fit. In 2009 I was part of a team that negotiated and created a link between the SAP Community Network (SCN) and LinkedIn. That was before LinkedIn’s IPO and SAP Ventures had also invested in them. We called it Community Bio. You were …

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Hopfully I never have to buy a Tesla

Growing up in Germany especially as a boy, you obsess over cars. You read Auto Motor @ Sport, the flagship car review magazine from cover to cover. You dream about being a test driver for that magazine. When my old man got a new car I would sit in it for hours and just take it in, push all these …