SAP Successfactors a Better Fit for LinkedIn

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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

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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 …

Jamie Foxx’ Grandmother to the Priest: “You Stop That!”

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The confident grandmother of the actor and musician Jamie Foxx’s stood up in a Texan small town church when the priest started to preach about homosexuality: “God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.” She stood up and said: “You stop that!” The whole church went silent, and she said: “Let me tell you something. I had this nursery school …

What Would You Improve If Your Basic Needs Were Met?

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Tire Marks after St. Rafael Italian Street Art Festival 2015 — Pic by me :-) Basic Income from Wikipedia: An basic income is a form of social security system in which all citizens of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money from the government to cover their basic needs: food, shelter and health insurance for them and their loved ones. It …

Don’t like Politics? Change it!

Optional background music: Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel especially these lines: Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon Going to the candidates debate Laugh about it, shout about it When you’ve got to choose Ev’ry way you look at it, you lose This song is over 50 years old and unfortunately truer than ever. We believe that our …

Is Gamification the Fast Food of Community Engagement?

In a tweet last week, my old boss at SAP, Mark Yolton, who is now leading Digital at Cisco, challenged the SAP Mentors and me to analyze Cisco’s gamification efforts. What they have done looks very promising. Before I get into it, I would like to first share what I learned when I stumbled into gamification years before that term …

Broomsters to the Chalk Art?

This weekend there is an amazing Italian Street Painting Art festival going on in San Rafael. They started yesterday evening and I talked to one of the artists. She recommended to come on Sunday evening before 10 PM as then the art will be the best. Why before 10 PM? Because then the street sweeper will drive through and take …

Good-Bye and Thank You for the …

Good-Bye and thank you for the fish Ukulele. As many of you know, I recently left SAP and, with it, the management of the SAP Mentors. I should quit more often, looking at the heart warming response I got from the community. I was floored when, a week ago, the friendly package delivery guy dropped off a beautiful ukulele. Thank you …

Asteroid on Collision Course with Earth discovered by [your name here] Space Telescope

Asteroids are nature’s way of asking: “How is your space program coming along.” Ed Lu One of the best Long Now talks ever was given by Ed Lu last year in June: Anthropocene Astronomy: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids Begins with Finding Them There are Asteroids hurling towards us, some of them are as big as the one that wiped out the …