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 …

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

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?

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 …