Obama’s Government 2.0 Approach

31. May 2009


During his campaign for US presidency, Barack Obama has shown that he understands the smart use of Web 2.0 technologies when he was mobilizing millions of followers by using Twitter as a powerful communication platform. Since then his administration keeps pushing the use of all kinds Web 2.0 technologies in government context. Vivek Kundra, recently assigned Chief Information Officer of the Obama administration, invited the public to make sensible use of government data when launching Data.gov. The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

Tim O’Reilly, known for coining the term “Web 2.0”, Google and the Sunlight Foundation called for the “Apps for America” prize in order to push the development of Data.gov mash-ups.

The Internet has changed our private lifes, it just started to change the way corporates do business and it is turning whole industries upside down. It will be interesting to watch how it will change the way we experience politics and public administration – for sure in ways we can’t even imagine today.

The 50 Most Innovative Companies

29. May 2009

Businessweek has posted a list of the top 50 most innovative companies in 2009. According to the survey, taken by “senior executives around the world,” Apple is number one, and the reason listed by 47% of respondents is the products. Not that surprising, no?

Suprisingly Microsoft comes in at number four, and Wal-Mart is not far behind at number 10, companies not necessarily being regarded as innovative. But then again, both of them are being recognized for their “process,” not their actual products. So maybe Businessweek is just asking the wrong people. At any rate, congrats to Apple for topping the list (for the second year in a row).

Is eMail dead?

28. May 2009


Google Programmierer Lars Rasmussen präsentiert bei der alljährlichen Google-Entwicklerkonferenz I/O einen Nachfolger der E-Mail, oder zumindest eine Software, die Google dafür hält.

Die Idee ist nicht neu, man darf trotzdem gespannt sein…

The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity

27. May 2009


So now, in the graveyard of giants, it’s worth asking: Was Malone right? Was his age of nimble mammals simply delayed by the final march of corporate dinosaurs into the tar pits?

This crisis is not just the trough of a cycle but the end of an era. We will come out not just wiser but different.

Read the full article by Chris Anderson, Wired’s editor in chief.

Online Reputation Management & Personal Branding

27. May 2009

Im Rahmen eines Digitalks Spezial auf dem DIY – Festival “Fake it till you make it” für die Kreativwirtschaft in Wien durfte ich Klaus Eck kennenlernen und seinem interessanten Vortrag zum Thema “Online Reputation Management – Personal Branding” beiwohnen.

Klaus Eck, der Herausgeber des PR Bloggers, ist Kommunikationsberater und Reputation Manager.

Er hilft Unternehmen beim Aufbau einer eindeutigen Online-Reputation, bei der Entwicklung von Online-Relations und im Umgang mit der zentralen Frage “Wie geht man mit unternehmensrelevanter Kommunikation von MitarbeiterInnen auf Twitter, Facebook & Co um?”


27. May 2009

Making the world’s knowledge computable

Today’s Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. You enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer. Based on a new kind of knowledge-based computing…

Still at an early stage and US-centric, but WolframAlpha clearly points out the fascinating direction we are heading. Watch the intro by Stephen Wolfram!

Web 2.0: Managing Corporate Reputations

26. May 2009

BusinessWeek logo May 20, 2009, 10:05PM EST

Companies are scrambling to silence errant messages while exploiting social networks

By Michelle Conlin and Douglas MacMillan

Zachary Weiner, the CEO of Chicago boutique ad agency Luxuryreach, has had quite a time in social networking land of late. Recent adventures include employees twittering about how demanding Weiner is, how hung over they feel, and how “totally not into” the client they are. Then there’s the worker and her boyfriend who are lobbing character assassinations, sexual insults, and details of their therapy sessions at each other on Facebook. “I can’t lie, I’d almost like to hear how it ends,” says Weiner. “It’s entertaining.” Read the rest of this entry »

MBAs: Public Enemy No. 1?

26. May 2009

BusinessWeek logoTop News May 20, 2009, 5:20PM EST

The debate over business schools’ culpability in the financial crisis rages on, with no clear end in sight

By Francesca Di Meglio

It’s easy to see why MBAs are getting blamed for the financial crisis. In the 1970s when Lehman Brothers’ Richard Fuld was attending NYU Stern School of Business (NYU Stern Full-Time MBA Profile) and Merrill Lynch’s Stan O’Neal was knocking around Harvard Business School (Harvard Full-Time MBA Profile), the gospel of shareholder value was gaining a stranglehold on the nation’s business schools. Fuld, O’Neal, and other newly minted MBAs of their generation would go on to inherit a world where following that gospel—by boosting shareholder returns in the short-term—left them exceedingly rich. Read the rest of this entry »

Values-Based Leadership

7. May 2009

“Character is the most important trait of a leader — defined as always putting the needs of the organization above your own. The officer eats last. … If your ambition is for the organization, people will follow you. If you’re a leader whose ambition is all for your self, people will figure that out.”

Robert (Bob) McDonald from Procter & Gamble.

A good video at MIT World.

Best Buy as Wiki

5. May 2009

Aus Don Tapscott’s Blog.

Best Buy management understand that the nature of work is changing. It has become more cognitively complex, more team-based and collaborative, more dependent on social skills, more time-pressured, more reliant on technological competence, more mobile and less dependent on geography. A growing number of firms are decentralizing decision-making functions, communicating in a peer-to-peer fashion, and embracing new technologies which empower employees to communicate easily and openly with people inside and outside the firm. In doing so, they are creating new corporate meritocracy that is sweeping away the hierarchical silos in its path and connecting internal teams to a wealth of external networks.