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David Spark
San Francisco, CA
Always looking for a good tech story
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David Spark here, reporting for Yammer at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Often in social media we get so caught up in the excitement of new tools and the usefulness of them that we lose site of the larger picture.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at The Yammer Blog
David Spark here, reporting for Yammer at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Think you're popular? You're probably not as popular as you think. Eric Marcoullier and Todd Sampson, founders of OneTrueFan, and former creators of MyBlogLog (sold to Yahoo!) have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at The Yammer Blog
David Spark here, reporting for Yammer at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Adria Richards, Zendesk, talks about how they're using Yammer in her office. Zendesk's uses range from the critical, pushing out urgent alerts, to the completely benign such as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at The Yammer Blog
David Spark here, reporting for Yammer at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Salim Ismail, CEO and Executive Director of Singularity University, almost always develops projects in a distributed environment. To make that distributed environment work, says Ismail, it requires an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at The Yammer Blog
At the Techonomy conference in San Francisco, Bill Gates closed the event and answered questions from the audience. One woman asked him whether he thought that online education could potentially supersede in-person education. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Techonomy
At the Techonomy conference in San Francisco, Bill Gates closed the event and answered questions from the audience. One woman asked why non-profits can't behave more like for-profit businesses. Gates said that wasn't necessarily the best idea. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Techonomy
During the final sessions of the Techonomy conference, moderator David Kirkpatrick conversed with Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn and Sean Parker of the Founders Fund, Founding President, Facebook. Parker talked about Facebook Causes and why he's obsessed with live video and why Facebook invested in Chatroulette. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Techonomy
At the Techonomy conference in San Francisco, Nicholas Negroponte talked about the latest success of the One Laptop per Child. The most impressive advance is that children are teaching their parents to read. Watch. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Techonomy
So often when I attend conferences there's this driving desire to define the subject of the talk before we begin discussing. Objectively, it's a good idea, but it rarely allows you to launch your session with a bang. Regardless, here goes: Productivity = Output / Input In the long run... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
At the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, California, I chatted with Kevin Kelly, former Wired Magazine writer and currently author of the book, "What Technology Wants." Kelly's suggests that a wider definition of "technology" will allow us to see new opportunities for innovation. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
During the dinner of the first night of the conference, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos got up to answer a question from John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Doerr asked Bezos what it takes to create an Internet treasure. Doerr rattled off a few answers as to what it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
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On the second day of the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, California, David Kirkpatrick moderated a discussion on "Managing the Unmanageable: The New Empowered Workforce." On the panel were: Vineet Nayar of HCL Technologies Rajeev Singh of Molares, Alcatel-Lucent Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation Here's a few of the items... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
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At the Techonomy conference, David Christian of Macquarie University gave a presentation entitled, "Reinventing Intelligence: Why collective learning makes humans so different."Christian began his talk by explaining that there's a very long history of scientists trying to answer the question, "What makes humans different?" The answers have resulted in a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Techonomy
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A country's decision making process for information and communication technologies (ICT) has gone through two very distinct stages. Prior to the collection of worldwide data by country, decisions were first made based on anecdotal information. The second stage, where we currently stand today is utilizing a combination of hard data... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Techonomy
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Today is the opening day of the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, whose name is a merger between Technology and Economy. [tech(nology) + (ec)onomy] = Techonomy It's similar to the Econology Institute whose name is a merger between Economy and Ecology. [econ(omy) + (ec)ology] = EconologyI don't know much about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Techonomy
These are all great, but you missed the worst conference mistake: Really bad conference sessions. It's shocking how poorly most conference sessions are. People put little to zero effort into making a session successful. Think about it, what percentage of good to great conference sessions do you think you attend at a given conference? Is it really low? Why is that? It doesn't need to be that way. It just takes a small amount of effort and preparation to truly deliver a great presentation, whether you're a moderator, panelist, or even an audience member (yes, you have influence too.) Read this PDF article I wrote that offers advice for everyone: "More Schmooze, Less Snooze: How to Deliver 'The Most Talked About' Conference Session" (PDF) http://bit.ly/Schmooze
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