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20 no-brainer commandments of social media

Friday, February 20th, 2009

1. Thou shalt not get sucked in by others to disclose too much private information. 2. Thou shalt have at least one face-to-face and one phone conversation per week. 3. Thou shalt not use performance-enhancing drugs (alcohol, Viagra, pot, etc.) before engaging with others online. 4. Thou shalt limit the number of social ...

How long to do you whine when you accidentally erased your work?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Image via Wikipedia Yesterday, I lost an entire blog post that was finished and ready to go. The fault was mine completely. No one else is to blame. Blaming someone else is rarely an option since I switched to a Mac ;-) I usually type in TextEdit, the basic ...

Where do you get your news from?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Blogs and micro-blogs have greatly enhanced my communication: I can reach out, I can share, comment, learn etc. Here is what they can't do: They will not replace papers and magazines as my #1 resource of information. Why? Comparing a leading paper and news blog might ...

Brainstorming for a better Twitter

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Image via CrunchBase Twitter could use a little makeover. The objective of this post is to initiate a discussion and come up with a list of suggestions for Twitter on how to improve. I  met Twitter co-founder Biz Stone personally. He appeared to be very humble and is ...

The beginning of a new era for marketers?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr President Obama called on Americans to confront “our collective failure to make hard choices.” How does this apply to us? This country could change quite fundamentally with the new administration. The President called the Americans to action. Many people that enthusiastically supported his ...

US Car Industry – Throwing more good money after bad money?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Tomorrow we won't see those private jets landing in Washington again. No guys in expensive suits wearing beggar hats will get off. Instead the car manufacturers are driving their Hybrids into Washington to set a signal. Banks screwed up over the last 15-20 ...

Who are they endorsing and why?

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

I made a shortlist of some international leaders that won’t be allowed to vote. But I have their endorsements for you;-) Nicolas Sarkozy – President, France McCain – Sarkozy would be terrified to bring his wife Carla Bruni to the states when the President looks way better and is way more charming ...

Well spoken Tim O’Reilly

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I like when people get it right. So did Tim O'Reilly at the WEB 2.0 EXPO BERLIN today (surprise, surprise;-) He stated that all the web-clones are unnecessary - How many Twitter copies do we have now? He also told everyone to stop looking for the quick buck - these days ...

Meeting Biz Stone at the Aloha Summit

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

I had the great pleasure to meet Biz Stone, Co-founder of Twitter at the Aloha Summit in Boulder earlier this week. He spoke a bit about the reasons for Twitter: In 2006 phone companies would allow SMS to go from one network to another. That's when the idea of Twitter become something ...

Letter from the random CEO

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Ooops, we really didn't see that one coming. Well, kind of: This is just a little note to let you know that all our board members are fine. They sold enough stock before our entire little shack vanished. As for our 50,000 employees: We are glad to announce that the weekend is coming. ...

Brief BlogWorld 2008 Recap

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I won't go over all the great speeches and podium discussion at Blogworld 2008. 100's if not 1000's of other bloggers have covered this already via Twitter or in depth on their blogs. I just want to sum up the things that stood out for me to make this a very ...

Blogworld Entrepreneur & Executive conference – what a great place to be at

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Imagine a conference center that usually holds 100k + visitors - filled with nothing else but ~ 300 bloggers - many of them leading thinkers and influencers. That's what #1 of the Blogworld Expo 2008 looked like. Of course bloggers are interested in growing their "tribe" or following and so a ...

Thanks for letting me in

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Today marks a special day on my calendar as I turned into an American Citizen. I have arrived;-) I visited this country the first time in 1983 and figured that this is where I will eventually end up. I don't want to bore you with the details and all the different Visa ...

Dinner With The Namibians

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Guest Olympic Post From Rohit Bhargava When I boarded my flight to Beijing, I didn't have a single ticket for any Olympic events and I wasn't worried. To understand why, I need to tell you about my best day during the Summer Olympics in Sydney in 2000. I was living there ...

Jacques Rogge wakes up from his nightmare and calls it off

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

My name is Jacques Rogge. I just woke up from a long and bad nightmare. I just spent 7 years being totally delusional. Wishful thinking ruled We had an idea that awarding the games to Beijing would make a difference in the lives of one of the wonderful people of China. ...