In May I’m going to Berlin where Martin Recke and his staff have kindly invited me to attend the Next Conference 2011.
I met Martin in Paris, where I’ve asked him a pair of questions about the event and the very topic of this year, which is “Data Love”. The result is a 2:40 audio-interview whick you can listen to further in this post.
Here’s an abstract:
The main topic of the coming event in Berlin is “Data Love”: as we see everyday, there’s a lot of data created this days and the real challenge is to develop out of them services and products for consumer. In Germany there’s been a lot of discussion over data protection and privacy, and we sense a lot of fear in the market over these topics. What we want to do is to put everything in a positive view and to focus more on the opportunities.
We’re living surrounded by huge amounts of data, and still a lot more will come as Governments and Institutions will eventually release tons of public data sets.
Are you ready to take you chance and build over them the next worldwide successful business?
Let’s talk about this and more in Berlin on May the 17th and 18th.
More info here and here
I’m quite sure you all know what outsourcing is. What you probably don’t know is that there’s an online revolution going on out there, which is deeply changing the way outsourcing works: thanks to the Internet, to the way it helps people interacting with each other regardless of where they are in the world and – of course – thanks to the so-called social media collaboration tools, millions of professionals around the globe are working on projects, are solving problems, are earning money even if they will never leave their houses and meet or have a coffe with their co-workers and employers.
There’s a new way of doing business together in progress and Freelancer.com is definitely a huge part of it. The web site founded by Matt Barrie today sports more than two millions of members, and claims to be “the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business”.
I met him in person sometimes ago in Paris during Leweb ’10 and asked him some questions on the impact of outsourcing and crowdsourcing on local job markets and economy, about the community he built, the way it works and – above all – about the way Freelancer.com let people checking every member’s reputation, trustworthiness and reliability as well as managing their own.
You can listen his answers in the following podcast.
A few days ago in Paris I had a nice chat with Matt Mullenweg – founding developer of WordPress – about the popular open-source blogging software and its future developments, as well as the way in which WP helps democracy along with anything else that enabes open communications, transparency and publishing.
There was also time to point out that Rambo is blogging on WordPress and that the partneship with Microsoft won’t eventually lead to any acquisition.
And when at end I asked him “if you had to start developing today, on what would you like to work?”, Matt answered “On e-mail, which I think is still really painful”, adding that what Facebook is doing goes in the right direction.
So let’s just hope that he really will, one day or another.
While in Paris for LeWeb, I had the chance to interview MG Siegler, who is a writer for the technology blog Techcrunch where he covers the web, mobile, social, big companies, small companies and much more.
The audio interview is divided into two parts: in the first one, he talks about his job as a hitech blogger at Techcrunch and how challenging is to create meaningful contents in the real-time web era.
In the second part I ask him what he thinks about Wikileaks and the way big players like Amazon or PayPal got rid of Julian Assange’s web site, rising a simple but vital question:
Who does really own (and so control) the Internet?
While here in Paris, I was invited by the very kind Renee Blodgett to a lunch arranged by Pearltrees. There I met and interviewed, among others, the very smart and beautiful Anina.
As you can read on her blog, “Anina is an international model with a passion for technology who has just been awarded by the Chinese government the “oscar” for China’s number one Top Foreign Model. She is a 3 year Nokia Champion, and the founder of the 360Fashion Network”, a “network of high level fashion professionals using the latest web 2.0 and mobile technology to market their brands”.
What I like the most of Anina is that she works hard to encourage all women to embrace technology, in order to give them a chance to compete in the new digital markets.
She is now running a brand new project, “Anina dress up”, meant to work on every kind of mobile phone, smart and not. During our short interview, she explains why and how.
Enjoy the podcast
When Josh Bernoff wrote “Groundswell” together with Charlene Li, he brought to light a “spontaneous movement of people using online tools to connect, take charge of their experience, and get what they need – information, support, ideas, products, and bargaining power – from each other”.
Those people are the new “Empowered” users the company have now to deal with. But how? Where the traditional means of corporate pr are due to fail, there the answer is letting the employees embracing the social technologies and use them to reach out and solve customers’ problems.
The time has come, once and for all, to “transform your company through the employees called HEROes (highly empowered and resourceful operatives)”. A new, giant leap ahead well described by Bernoff and his co-author Ted Schadler in a new book entitled “Empowered“, where they give account of 25 case studies an dozens of examples.
I met Josh and Ted during the O’Reilly Web2.0 expo in New York and asked them a couple of questions. You can listen to their answers in the following two podcasts.
It’s the end of september and the Web2.0 Expo 2010 is taking place in a rainy New York city. I had the chance to chat with Elspeth Rountree, who is senior producer, host, and co-creator of both Rocketboom Tech and Know Your Meme series.
In a four minute interview she brilliantly explains what memes are and how they “have gone from inside joke to marketing gimmick to worldwide cultural phenomena”.
Foto: Luca Sartoni (original version here)