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Feb. 5, 2017 Blumbers

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On Jan. 29, 2017, Bloomberg’s Peter Elstrom and Saritha Rai wrote “Trump’s Next Immigration Move to Hit Closer to Home for Tech” about the new administration’s immigration restrictions on high tech workers. It affected Infosys, TCS, Tech Mahindra and Wipro’s ability to supply cheap H1B labor to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Microsoft and Twitter. “Ron Hira, an associate professor at Howard University, who has done extensive research on the subject, points out workers at outsourcers are typically not treated as well as others. The median wage at outsourcing firms for H-1B workers was less than $70,000, while Apple, Google and Microsoft paid their employees in the program more than $100,000, according to data he collected. That suggests the American companies are going after true, highly skilled employees, while the outsourcers are recruiting less expensive talent, he said.”

On Jan. 31, 2017, The New Republic’s Clio Chang wrote “Silicon Valley’s Uneasy Muslim Ban Dance” about Silicon Valley’s reaction to the new restrictions. “Within the structure of American capitalism, the average tech CEO has more in common with a billionaire like Donald Trump than with the average immigrant worker or refugee. That many of them continue to find ways to work with Trump and to undercut protests to protect their profits should come as no surprise. Trump is ushering in a plutocratic era that requires us to demand the most from those in powerful positions; to do so, we must first shed the assumption that Silicon Valley is on the side of the people.”

Quietly many tech executives are furious. They helped get the president elected hoping they would not have to pay taxes. The money they thought they would make may have to go toward hiring US citizens at market rates. Citizens also have an advantage because they have no travel restrictions as there might be with visas or green cards. Foreign workers who are captive in a way that even Frederick Douglass would be concerned but U.S. citizens can just walk across the street. You know, all that free market stuff conservatives talk about, until they need help.

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May 25, 2011 Commonwealth Club Jack Dorsey Twitter

On Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square received the 21st Century Visionary Award. Kara Swisher of AllThingsD talked with him about his journey from learning dispatch systems in St. Louis and New York City to Silicon Valley. While Twitter has become a technological and political force, Dorsey thinks his Square device will change the way mobile electronic transactions are handled around the world. While he has support from Visa, Google and PayPal are offering solutions in the same space. I wonder if there will be an announcement about some Square deal with Apple at WWDC.

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Mar. 1, 2011 GABA Social Media

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Palo Alto at SNR Denton, GABA hosted a presentation on social media. Jennifer Vessels of Next Step moderated panelists Sandra McCandless of SNR Denton, Neale Mulligan of Equinix, Vicente Silveira of LinkedIn, Chris Tracy of One True Fan and Sam Weller of Reputation.com. They discussed the challenges of using social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in a WikiLeaks world.

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Aug. 26, 2010 STC Social Media

On August 26, 2010 at Celia’s in Palo Alto, the STC Silicon Valley chapter hosted Vincent Lowe, co-founder of the nonprofit Transformation of Education and Schoolhouse Earth. His presentation was “Social Media and Your Career.” He talked about strategies, tips and techniques for making the most of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media.

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Jun. 23, 2010 AmBAR Medvedev Silicon Valley

On June 23, 2010 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Silicon Valley companies Apple and Cisco to learn how to set up a research and development center outside of Moscow in Skolkovo. Medvedev also spoke to AmBAR members at Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium. While he used the latest iPad and Twitter in his speech, no photos were allowed to be taken at the event, sending mixed messages about openness and transparency. Obviously a lot of work needs to be done.

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May 25, 2010 SDF Social Networking

On May 25, 2010 in Redwood City at White & Lee LLP, SDForum held a workshop “Grow Your Career & Revenues with Social Media!” with Tim Bailey, President of Alliance-Strategies.

Bailey totally gets social networking. He understands it cannot be ignored and can be used to great advantage when communicating with customers. He talked about how social networks and strategies can work best for individuals and businesses using LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. His advice has helped me connect and do business in a way I could not have imagined before.

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May 12, 2010 Abel Adobe Acrolinx aQuatic

On May 12, 2010 in San Jose at Adobe, the fifth annual Acrolinx aQuatic Conference hosted Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler. His keynote was “Get Ready for Socially-Enabled Everything.” Social networking in Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are becoming the dominant ways we interact with each other. We can now get accurate numbers on what people are looking at using tools like MarkMail and Tynt. Other speakers were Andrew Bredenkamp of Acrolinx, Mahesh Kumar Gupta of Adobe, Mike Dillinger on Translation Optimization and David Rodrigues of Language Weaver.

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Mar. 30, 2010 SDF Social Search

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On March 30, 2010 in Menlo Park at the Orrick Silicon Valley Office, SDForum’s Search SIG hosted Google’s Damon Horowitz presentation “Social Search.” Horowitz was co-founder and CTO of Aardvark which was acquired by Google in February, where he is now Director of Engineering.

After studying at Columbia, MIT and Stanford he built several intelligent language processing applications at Perspecta, Novation Biosciences and NewsDB. He thought there were limitations with language processing that could overcome by including humans in the loop.  Social search activates the good will to share knowledge. Everybody knows something and it turns out that humans want to help each other. If you ask the right person the right way you will get an answer. Most search engines attempt to organize all the information on the Internet and that is only a fraction of what is available in our heads. Horowitz wants to make all that other previously undigitized information available to search.

Aardvark tries to find the perfect person in your network to answer your question. You are part of a conversation with other experts in a search for useful content across platforms. Members can access it through Instant Messaging (IM), e-mail, website (vark.com), Twitter and an iPhone App. A version for Google’s Android is the next logical step. They  plan to be the social media for over 100 million people and have already attracted interest at TED, Davos, the World Bank, the Fortune 500 and of course the White House. The business model is advertising. If a human expert cannot answer your question a sponsored answer can be offered. That is an attractive option for businesses targeting consumers.

It’s funny that all this machinery that we thought would isolate us is leading us to talk to one another.

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Nov. 12, 2009 SDF Deep Web

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On November 12, 2009 in Palo Alto at Cubberley Community Center, the SDForum Search SIG held “Google, Kosmix and the Exploration of the Deep Web” by Kosmix Co-Founder Dr. Anand Rajaraman and Dr. Alon Halevy of Google Labs. The Deep Web is the Internet not found by traditional search engines. This invisible web may be 500 times the size of what you see, made up of social networks, media-sharing sites for photos and videos, library catalogs, airline reservation systems, phone books, and scientific databases invisible to today’s search tools. Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter could provide whole new potentials for search. They think the Deep Web will change the business of search and discussed whether it will ever be fully exposed.

BTW: Mike Coop had a nice little Verizon Mi-Fi box that came in handy. His review can be seen at www.heycoop.com:


Thanks Coop!

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Oct. 30, 2009 SDF Collaboration

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On October 30, 2009 at Techmart in Santa Clara, SDForum hosted “Collaboration 2.0: Collaborating in the Next Decade”. Using social media at work is collaboration. So many consumers are adopting and using social networking and web applications at home that it is starting to find its way into the workplace. Companies incorporate these new tools to improve productivity and combine disparate resources around the globe. They create content and build engaging communities. Online collaboration not only augments old ways of doing things, it improves mindshare, transparency, and creates a sense of community among coworkers. It adds value for customers and opportunities for new investment.

James Lundy of Gartner Research gave the opening keynote. He said the traditional IT structure is vulnerable and the users are out of control. It is the Wild West all over again.

Harold Yu of Orrick moderated panelists Salim Ali of SAP, Roosevelt Bynum of IBM, Chuck Ganapathi of Salesforce.com, Didier Moretti of Cisco Systems, Perry Teevens of Skype and Matt Thompson of Microsoft. They talked about “The Incumbent Perspective on Collaboration”. Big corporations are not only collaborating internally, they see it as they way to find and keep customers. Legacy IT systems must give way for the Facebook generation. If the IT department doesn’t keep up, employees and customers will bypass it.

Danny Wallace of PricewaterhouseCoopers held a fireside chat on “Use Case Study – Real Time Collaboration – End User Customer Perspective” with Prashant Nema of SVB Financial Group and Mark Plakias of Orange Labs. Unstructured collaboration allows free-flowing ideas between multiple parties. Plakias thinks of online collaboration as a low-cost, low-threshold way to round up research inputs.

Frank Marino of Frank Rimerman Consulting moderated panelists Michael Ashley of FastPencil, Ivan Koon of YouSendIt, Ross Mayfield of Socialtext and Aaron Levie of Box.net. They discussed “Emerging Talents that are Changing the Business Model – What’s the Next Big Thing?” When collaboration and technology create value, the money and talent follow. The average employee spends twenty percent of their week looking for information. Collaboration is dirty, until you allow people to argue, break rules, and mess things up, you won’t get innovation.

Anthony Ha of Venture Beat moderated venture capitalists Asheem Chandna of Greylock and Sharon Wienbar of Scale Venture Partners. They discussed “A Look at the Investment Landscape” You must get new customers within a certain period. This is a metric used to evaluate startups. Investors are looking for broad adoption even if the deal size is small. The “try before buy” model means software has to deliver quickly. Everyone is trying to figure out how to become the Twitter or Facebook for the enterprise when it will probably be Twitter and Facebook.

Chris Yeh of PBWorks moderated panelists Kailash Ambwani of FaceTime, Margaret Francis of Scout Labs, Ryan Holmes of HootSuite, Nanda Kishore of ShareThis and Seth Sternberg of Meebo. They discussed “Social Collaboration and the Consumer”. Collaboration is about people not technology. If you want to learn about collaboration start using the tools. Consumers will break down barriers to get what they want. You want to be there with a solution when it happens. Eighty percent of Generation Y use social networking for both business and personal use already. Privacy and security are big concerns. Social media is not like Vegas, what happens on Facebook, doesn’t actually stay on Facebook. Chris Yeh said a collaboration tool only works if it helps people do more and not get in the way.

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Sept. 24, 2009 STC Andrew Davis LinkUp

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On September 24, 2009 in Mountain View at the Dojo House, STC Silicon Valley hosted Andrew Davis of LinkUp to talk about what’s next in technical communication. Whatever you are doing now, it is time to do something else. You have to create profits for your clients or you won’t have any. Don’t be middle management.  Be so good, so unique you cannot be offshored. Become the subject matter expert that clients want to talk to. Text from DJCline.com

Davis recommended business strategies that I’ve seen work elsewhere:

1. Identify an underserved audience in a prosperous industry with good long-term prospects (e.g., not snow sports or clean coal, but maybe healthcare, medical devices, or clean tech)

2. Acquire deep subject-matter expertise

3. Develop a respected, and responsive, professional network

4. Cultivate a role as trusted intermediary between seller and buyer

5. Provide a proprietary standalone product or service – such as training, support, recruiting, advertising, marketing, mediation, testing, or even documentation – with which you deliver unique profit-making potential to your customer. Try to make your solution synergistic, and don’t stop refining it.

6. Connect with both buyers and sellers, and dig deep for ways to make them both more financially successful.

7. Market your results in ways that resonate with ‘money people.’ Address the CFO’s concerns.

After the formal meeting Andrew also spoke to me about LinkUp which is not LinkedIn. LinkUp helps companies list jobs that are not normally advertised.  Companies can post a position and find qualified candidates. He explained to me why LinkUp made sense for companies looking to actually hire people. In a nutshell, here is what sets LinkUp apart (from the employer’s perspective): Text from DJCline.com

1. Indexes jobs only from employers’ websites, and freshens them daily — its listings are always current, never fake, and usually unadvertised anywhere else. Result: candidates can confidently spend more time focused on your opportunities.

2. Carries no listings from recruiters, job boards, or aggregators. No middleman or advertising fees means candidates cost you less.

3. Publicizes all your jobs for less than the price of 2 postings on the major ‘pay-to-post’ job boards.

4. Offers a custom career portal, if you lack your own applicant-tracking system (ATS).

5. Brings candidates directly to your site, making them ATS-trackable and easier to inform.

6. Syndicates your job listings to Facebook and Twitter, solving your social-network distribution challenges.

7. Offers sponsored ads for $0.25/click — 1/8th the cost of Indeed, Simply Hired, and Google. Plus, you’re not bidding against the job boards as you would be on the aggregators.

8. Makes jobs ultra-accessible via the LinkUp iPhone app, blog widget, custom RSS feeds, email agents, Twitter, and Facebook app.

9. Carries almost 400,000 jobs from over 22,000 employers nationally, including all the Fortune 500 — at least 3 times more listings than The Ladders and Employment Crossing, and 8 times more than DICE.

10. August 2009 stats: 151,223 visits / 113,608 unique / average time on site 4:22 minutes. Text from DJCline.com

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Aug. 6, 2009 SDF doubleTwist

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On August 6, 2009 in Menlo Park at the Orrick campus, SDForum’s Mobile SIG hosted the leaders of doubleTwist, CEO Monique Farantzos, CTO Jon Lech Johansen and COO Goetz Weber.

Their presentation focused on distribution of digital media and the concepts of open vs. closed ecosystems. What is going on between Apple and doubleTwist? What are the trends in moving content across platforms? Can content move easily between Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and your TV, laptop and cell phone? The platform doubleTwist presents is an open framework for new kinds of messaging.

They have had some success in Japan. Customers use their software to download content onto their cell phones and share it with family and friends. The software can be bundled with SD chips or other media and loaded onto almost any mobile device.

They are up to something. Stay tuned or even iTuned.

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July 9, 2009 SDF Social Networking

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On July 9, 2009 at White & Lee LLP in Redwood City SDForum hosted Tim Bailey, President of Alliance-Strategies. Bailey’s presentation was “Social Networking Increases Your Opportunities”.

Before diving into social networking, listen to Bailey. He says social networking is too big for companies and individuals to ignore and there are ways to make the most of it. Think about your brand’s short term and long-term strategy. Who is your audience and what do you want to tell them? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

The most important social networking phenomena are LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Bailey went through each of them discussing their advantages and disadvantages. LinkedIn is for professionals. Facebook is less formal and more personal. Twitter is wild and still forming. After carefully assessing them, start slowly building your network on the people and companies you know and trust. He thinks you can spend about a half hour a day maintaining it. Keep it honest and fun and people will want to get involved.

Social networking is so huge a topic that it needs at least a one-day seminar just to cover the highlights. The large audience had lots of questions that Bailey tried to answer as succinctly as possible in two short hours. I look forward to hearing more from him on this subject.


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