I recently came across this article (http://pandodaily.com/2012/03/12/the-la-tech-scene-finally-moves-out-of-its-parents-basement/) which is mainly focussing on the Los Angeles Tech Scene. In the authors opinion the silicon valley is facing a competitive future. I absolutely agree with him except that it is not only LA taht is on the raise but also Germanies capital Berlin. Berlin hosts a lot of european startups, is a very good place to live for young, creative people and already have it’s “own” venture capital network.
What I find interesting most is the list of supporters Michael Carney has at the very end of his article:
Stuck in a geeks world.. What does it mean? Actually there are “10” different characters that are not easy to seperate for the rest of the wolrd: Geeks and Nerds. But what’s the actual difference? An Infographic compiled by http://www.mastersinit.org/ is explaining how to seperate them.
While Geeks are more likley to be found in positions like web developers or Entrepreneurs, Nerds are more often working as rocket scientists or reclusive professors. Both are likely to be IT professionals.
Whenever I think of gaming, I think of board games, card game as well as computer and console games first. Most game involve more than just one character and even those who can be played on your own are more fun being played with a friend. Social interaction is a common element in almost all kinds of gaming, so it is obvious that social media should have a big impact on gaming.
Prism Casino took a look at Facebook user satisfaction scores to come up with a top ten list of favorite social games to compile an infographic. Casinos, hidden objects and role-playing games top the list of favorite styles, passing trivia games like “Trivial Pursuit,” word games like “Scrabble,” and strategy games like chess that are very popular offline. The “Scrabble”-style game “Words With Friends” is on there, but in terms of actual usage, “FarmVille,” “Mafia Wars” and “Bejeweled Blitz” remain the top three social games played in the US and UK.
Usually graffiti artist are recognizedas vandals disturbing the world clean look with their Art. They are not known for being the smartest folks. But this view may change in a few days.
David Choe paintings at Facebooks first headquarter may be woth north of $200M in a few days without being sold. How this works?
The Artist took stock for paintings at the company’s headquarters instead of cash. His payout may be $200 million by Facebook IPO. Some other investors, especially the early ones, may even make billions of dollars.
Taking stocks may be one of the smartest move in terms of early art valuation in history. Other than regular artists of his guild do, the Choe had a bright foresight or may he just was the lucky winner of a smart bet.
When Google went to market with its $1.67 billion I.P.O. in 2004, hundreds of people joined the millionaire ranks, including secretaries, a company masseuse and a company chef. This time you can also count in a modern-day renegade artist who uses to put up party pics of himself spending enormous amounts of money on alcohol on his facebook page. Just recently he promoted photos of a $40.000 bottle of alcohol; a single shot is $888, much more than I sent on drinks for a whole party crowd usualy
“Going viral”.. one of the most important term in marketing nowadays. Designers, Bloggers, Marketers and Entertainment producers are working hard to create viral content. Unfortunately, there is no death proof recipe for going viral. Voltierdigital.com now compile it’s research results into an awesome infographic called Understanding Viral Content Marketing.
Even if you can’t guarantee virality, understanding the key components of what makes content go viral can help you ensure that your great content gets “the attention it deserves.”
Viral content relies on two things. The content itself is worthy of being shared the content and is shared widely enough to reap the benefits of the networks they are shared on. If your content is not worthy of being shared then it won’t go viral.
Check out the fantastic infographic below to learn more about what it takes to go viral.
Whether it’s a high-profile tech company like Yahoo!, or a more established conglomerate like GE or Home Depot, large companies have a hard time keeping their best and brightest in house. Recently, GigaOM discussed the troubles at Yahoo! with a flat stock price, vested options for some of their best people, and the apparent free flow of VC dollars luring away some of their best people to do the start-up thing again.
Forbes just released their TOP10-List of “FAIL” in the sense of keeping talent:
1. Big Company Bureaucracy
2. Failing to Find a Project for the Talent that Ignites Their Passion
3. Poor Annual Performance Reviews
4. No Discussion around Career Development
5. Shifting Whims/Strategic Priorities
6. Lack of Accountability and/or telling them how to do their Jobs
Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Twitter and LinkedIn built the heart of social Web being estimated to be worth more than $71 billion. Remarkable that all of them grew in the last decade, more exactly within the last 5 years.
Venture capitalists, founders, engineers and angel investors bring thos kind of start-ups from nothing to an IPO (groupon and facebook are expected to be the next in the row).
If you look closer to the ways money takes and who is connected to whom, same as you do with friends, colleagues or offers in social Web, you can come up with this kind of money network the New York Times did.
For example, the Russian billionaire Yuri Milner — who was virtually unknown in Silicon Valley before his first Facebook investment in May 2009 — is a critical connector in this ecosystem. Mr. Milner, the founder of the investment firm DST Global, has plowed more than $1 billion into Facebook, Zynga and Groupon in the last two years. He has also drawn the Wall Street elite into this world, joining with Goldman Sachs for a $1.5 billion investment in Facebook.
Jeff Clavier, silicon valley investor once said:
“Silicon Valley is not only building and investing in social networks, it is an efficient network of relationships where each individual can be activated or brought into a deal with just a few e-mails or phone calls,”