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The Power of Collaboration

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Today is the start of a long journey, as businesses can also be part of this new economy.

I’m excited! Today is a milestone, it’s the first Crowd Companies council session –we’re kicking off!

The above video was played in our session, to set the tone of the council, we worked with Visually, a collaborative marketplace to get it created. Crowd Companies now has 26 companies in the council, and 22 startups from the collaborative movement.

Together, we’re exploring, discussing, learning, engaging, connecting, and activating within the Collaborative Economy. All within a program focused on the business models and trends we see emerging.

Our speakers are authors, startup CEOs, the members themselves, and even folks who are living a sharing lifestyle day to day. Everyone brought together to think along the lines of innovation – The goal is that brands win and startups too.

This month, we’re setting the foundation for the council, and I’ll present our vision, along with the key business models we see emerging. In Feb, we’ll focus deep on the Sharing Economy and have author of The Mesh, Lisa Gansky present, followed by Neal Gorenflo the founder of Shareable magazine and then council member discussions.

In March, we’ll focus on the Maker movement with the CEO of Techshop, Mark Hatch who authored the book the Maker Manifesto, along with startups from our Innovation Network sharing how they want to work with large companies. In future months, the council will help to share the topics in which we’ll explore.

In addition, we’re trying our best to live this movement too. So far, we’ve used: Crowdspring, Zirtual, Visually, co-working at the Impact Hub, Uber, Airbnb, Visually, TaskRabbit, and many other services. We’re learning into this new economy, as it makes business sense and the best way to learn is by doing.

Professionally, launching this company has been the most challenging and rewarding endeavor ever. And I’m deeply thankful for all of the support and encouragement from people like you.

Since I have you, I’d like to do a little crowdsourcing of our own and get YOU involved. We put up a FAQ on our website and I’d really appreciate you visiting and letting me know if there should be additional questions answered on this page. We want to be as transparent as possible and look forward to your questions.

Today is the start of a long journey, as businesses can also be part of this new economy.

2014 Collaborative Economy Predictions on NBC (video)

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Above:  The embedded video player will allow you to play the short, 8 minute clip from my interview in the “hot seat” on NBC.

Happy New Year all, it’s great to ring in the new year, right after the Dec 10th launch of my new company, Crowd Companies.   To kick start the new year, NBC asked me to go to their Silicon Valley TV studio for the Press:Here show hosted by Scott McGrew to give three predictions for 2014 around the collaborative economy. Here’s what I told them, which you can also watch above:

  1. Uber will start to threaten Amazon, as they can deliver goods at local level. Uber can deliver at a local level, faster than 3-day shipping from an Amazon fulfillment center. It’s also worth noting that Uber’s major investor is Google, who has Google Shopping Express, Google Wallet, Waze, search, and more.
  2. A major hotel chain will launch their own branded version of Airbnb.  Using white label marketplace software like NearMeCo, or Sharetribe, brands will start to build their own versions of marketplaces.  I predict a major hotel chain will do this first –franchising the crowd, just as they franchise business owners.
  3. Scanning and printing of 3D objects will cause manufacturers to turn their heads.   Much how we saw the democratization of media with Napster and Torrent sites, we’ll start to see P2P file sharing of 3D printed items, as well as people start to experiment creating simple items.

And yeah, I’m wearing a tie, a rare occurrence, as I thought I’d start the near year spiffy. I was joined by Jon Swartz of USA Today, Michal Lev-Ram of Fortune, and our host Scott McGrew.  Also, a special thanks to Todd Defren, Alex Cohen and the SHIFT Communications team who were a huge help in the media outreach for Crowd Companies.

Techcrunch TV: A Fireside Chat with Andrew Keen on Future of Internet

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Over the years, I have watched author, speaker, advisor and host Andrew Keen’s position on the social web, he continues to challenge the status quo of the crowd, bringing balance. Andrew serves a very important role in the industry by curbing the exuberance of social by thinking about the short term and long term ramifications to business, society, and personal lives, in fact, his next book Digital Vertigo is out, discussing the topic of how today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorienting us.

Topics we covered in this short 15 min clip:

  • What’s the next phase of the internet and social web? What are the up and downsides?
  • The battle between Google vs Facebook, who’s got the upper hand, and why?
  • Why is it like 1:40am on the dance floor and software players are selling vs IPO?

Andrew invited me to join him in the hip Techcrunch studios in SOMA SF, to discuss the future of the Internet and social. We discussed the industry at large, and how I think the next phase of social is data driven, performance based, and to some degree …automated. Join us in this short 15 minute video clip of rapid fire questions and my semi-coherant answers, in this fireside interview with Andrew Keen. I look forward to your comments below.

Video: Why Google Wants to Move into Hardware (This Week in Google)

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Why is Google launching so many hardware devices like Nexus tablets, the Q (Home media) laptops, desktops, phones, and even augmented reality glasses? They want to be ‘connective tissue’ across all digital experiences, harness the data, make it useful to you, then figure out how to monetize it, primarily with ads. To summarize, their mission is to organize the world’s information, and sell it back to us, and there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you understand this contract up front.

I had the pleasure of joining This Week in Google show with Leo Laporte (Wikipedia), Gina Trapani (Wikipedia), and Jeff Jarvis (Wikipedia) for the second time, and we discussed Google’s new strategy, what it means, and how web technologies continues to change as it impacts consumers, brands, and the industry. Unlike short ‘broad-cast’ media clips, this is a long form, deep ‘narrow-cast’, that explores a number of related news topics and insights, so grab some coffee, get a comfortable chair, and settle in for this show on This Week on Google.

The video is embedded below, or you can find it on the This Week in Tech website.


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LeWeb Keynote 2012 Covering Altimeter Research Themes

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Below is a 15 minute video which encapsulates Altimeter’s themes on the Dynamic Customer Journey and the Sentient World.

I’m really proud to have taken an active role in the first ever LeWeb outside of Paris. This one, which was featured in downtown London across the street from Westminster Abbey was sold out. If you’ve not heard of LeWeb, this is a global Internet conference hosted by Loic and Geraldine Le Meur, a power couple that stem from Paris but are also living in Silicon Valley, this is one of my favorite conferences to connect with brands, technology innovators, investors and friends.

Altimeter was able to play a minor role in suggesting the theme for the event “Faster Than Real Time” which stems off previous LeWebs that focused on the “Real time web”. In this radical state, companies are able to anticipate the needs of their customers by using data, technology, and devices and deliver meaningful experiences before customers even know they need it. I explore two of three of Altimeter’s research themes, the Dynamic Customer Journey, and the Sentient World in my speech, but due to time, did not focus on Adaptive Organization.

In future posts, I’ll share some of the videos from the social business track, in which I co-hosted with Cedric Giorgi, and also, sign up and register for LeWeb Paris, this December, 2012.  Thanks to the Altimeter analysts, researchers and partners who helped to shape these research themes, this is a culmination of many people’s work beyond myself.


The slides are located on slideshare, and see this punchy art from Gaping Void that summarizes the theme.

I look forward to your feedback on the themes, we’re actively linking (over 15 to date) to those who thoughtful add their thoughts about the themes, starting with Dynamic Customer Journey, if you blog your thoughts, we’ll link back.

Update: Drew B blogged about the keynote, as well as Timo Elliott of SAP  and on the SAP blog.

Video: Scaling your Social Business

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A few days before the hectic 2012 SXSW storm (my analysis here), The Dachis Group hosted the Social Business Summit (catch one in your city) with some of the world’s top brands to discuss social business.   Kicking off the day, I shared Altimeter’s research on how advanced companies are scaling their programs –and avoiding programs that will slow them down.  A few key points we iterated:

  • Being prepared in advanced with: the proper policies, teams, roles, and education programs. These are the foundation needed to build a Center of Excellence.
  • Advanced corporations have enabled their business units to deploy social –once they’ve provided the right training, process, then technology (in that order)
  • Savvy companies are developing a social support triage process, rather than arbitrarily responding to customers, as it can teach the crowd bad behaviors

Enjoy the embedded video below, as well as access the full research report on the Social Business Hierarchy of Needs.

Also, if you’ve not heard about the Dachis Group, they’re a management consultant, software, listening, and digital design quasi-hybrid solution provider that’s rolling out interesting programs for large brands. Ping Jeff Dachis to find out more, or interact with him here in the comments, as he’s a reader and commenter.