News from the Social Media Fringe

30. April 2010


Don’t miss some of last week’s re:publica keynotes such as Jeff Jarvis – “The German Paradox” or Sascha Lobo – “How to survive a shitstorm” and other great speakers.

Facebook Turns to the Crowd to Monitor the Crowdies

5. January 2010

FastCompany commenting on a tricky matter:

Facebook has begun testing a system that’s in vogue at the moment: Using its own users as a data-crunching system. Nothing terribly new there–except that Facebook’s using its crowd to actually moderate the rest of the crowd and stamp out the nasty bits, which is a whole new ethically-intriguing level.

Read more…

Wired: Facebook Loosens Privacy Controls, Sparks a Backlash

12. December 2009


(Photo: Andrew Feinberg)

Facebook simplified its privacy controls for 350 million users Wednesday. But some users and privacy advocates protest that important controls got lost in translation — including the right to keep one’s data from unscrupulous third-party developers.

Read the full article on Wired with updates and interesting comments from facebook.

Silicon Valley Insights – Social Objects and Activity Streams

13. October 2009

On our study trip through Silicon Valley I discovered the work of Jyri Engeström about nodal points and social objects and of

#SiliconValley2009: Top 10 Elements of Technology Entrepreneurship for High-Growth Innovation

6. October 2009

We were able to participate on a great lecture on “New Ventures – From Idea to Enterprise” by Prof. Tom Byers, Stanford University.

From a “Helicopter View” participants learn about the life cycle of entrepreneurship. How to find an idea an opportunity? How to find the right team? Where to find investors and how to convince them about your business plan. What kind of funds are best for your new business? What are the major challenges for young entrepreneurs and what their biggest mistakes? Why should one think of how to get out of the new business before even starting it? These questions will make participants aware of very crucial aspects which might decide on failure or success. This lecture will provide a fundamental attitude towards the look at numerous examples of enterprises presented during the whole study week.


Read his Top 10 Elements of Technology Entrepreneurship. We also highly recommend to check out Stanford Entrepreneurship Corner and watch several video clips or listen to a podcast.


#SiliconValley2009: 12 Features of an Advanced High Tech Entrepreneurial Habitat

6. October 2009

We were honored to meet Prof. William Miller, Stanford University, on our FUNKENSPRUNG Silicon Valley Discovery Tour this morning.


Prof. Miller who has been a pioneer in the Valley from its early days on gave a fantastic lecture about History and Development of Silicon Valley.

To understand what makes Silicon Valley such an exceptional place for innovation and entrepreneurship by learning about the history and development of the Silicon Valley and the habitat for innovation and entrepreneurship. Who were the major players, individuals and institutions.? What was the role of universities, governments, and private industry? Why has Silicon Valley been able to keep reinventing itself? Could it have happened at any other place in the USA or in the world? Answers to this and many more questions will be discussed and first hand background will be provided by one of these pioneers.



Eric Schmidt on technology, innovation & the global economy

29. September 2009


Some interesting statements:

Eric Schmidt speaks at a forum jointly hosted by Google and the Pittsburgh Technology Council on September 23, 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA.

We are looking forward to visit Google next week in Mountain View!

How Facebook Copes with 300 Million Users

23. September 2009

VP of Engineering Mike Schroepfer reveals the tricks that keep the world’s biggest social network going.


23. September 2009

wufoo.tiff – Simple to use web form builder.

How Much Are You Worth to Facebook?

21. September 2009


“Facebook and others have tapped into the power of viral loops to build massive audiences in record time. Now they’re using these growth engines to create the future of online advertising.”

Recommended article by ADAM L. PENENBERG, Fast