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Social Technologies & Value Creation

Social technologies “may become the most powerful tools yet developed to raise the productivity of high-skill knowledge workers — the kind of workers who help drive innovation and growth, and who are going to be in increasingly short supply.

This is one of the surprising takeaways from our recent research on the economic impact of social technologies. The business world knows (or thinks it knows) a lot about how social technologies are changing the world. With consumers spending gobs of time in online communities (more than 1.5 billion consumers around the globe have an account on a social networking site and almost one in five online hours is spent on social networks), marketing departments have increasingly shifted their attention to social media. They’re not only advertising and creating their own social sites, they’re engaging with consumers, listening in on unfiltered conversations, and soaking up huge amounts of data on consumer behavior — all of which is producing nifty new insights for fine-tuning product requirements and marketing messages.

It’s powerful stuff that will continue to evolve and change the way that companies market to consumers and B2B customers. But, it turns out that there’s something even more powerful at play: the potential for value creation when social technologies are used to improve collaboration and communication within and across enterprises is twice as big as the value that can be created through all other uses across the value chain.

Via Social Media’s Productivity Payoff

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The Best Tech Conference that Nobody Knows About

Lindzonpalooza

Every year, StockTwits CEO Howard Lindzon invites around 75 entrepreneurs, VC investors and Wall Street types to geek out in San Diego for a weekend, exchange ideas and drink on Howard’s tab.  Big macher, nerd-celebrities like Brad Feld, Jeff Clavier, Shervin Pishevar, and Paul Kedrosky are all part of the mix.*  And then for good measure, Howard invites a few peons like me to present at the conference’s Demo Day.  For those interested, here’s a great summary of the demo day presentations.

(*apologies for the gratuitous nerd-celebrity name dropping)

In my opinion, conferences are like startups.   It’s always, always always about the people.

As a rule of thumb, strong startup teams make for strong startups.  And in the case of a conference, a strong attendee list will make for a strong conference.   This was definitely the case at Lindzonpalooza.  It wasn’t just good because of all the heavy hitter nerd-celebrities in attendance.  It was good because no matter who you talked you, you couldn’t have a bad conversation.  There were no weak links. Everyone in attendance was interesting and creative.  But more importantly, all the attendees were just good people with strong values.

This sounds like BarCamp Elite.  I’d love to be a guest.

Seeking a Dedicated Programmer

Looking for a skilled coder to co-found a company which will build the next big thing.

Sense of humor, loyalty & commitment are non-negotiable.

The Perfect Match: Finding the Right Co-Founder

1. Become Friends First
2. Test the Relationship
3. Pick a Good Match
4. Talk Through Where You’re Coming From

The 10 Best Digital Tools for Entrepreneurs in 2012

As the global economy writhes and rattles, entrepreneurship has ever more clearly emerged as the solution to economic recovery. Young startups not only create nearly two thirds of America’s new jobs, they also bring forth innovation that often revolutionizes humanity and provides widespread prosperity. The best part is, ease in creating businesses has increased dramatically due in large part to apps and sites that help entrepreneurs…

Click here for the list of the 10 Best Digital Tools for Entrepreneurs in 2012

Even with its glitches, I’m a huge fan of Hootsuite —

Hootsuite allows you to manage the social media madness by cross platform message scheduling and extensive data tracking. Seamless analytics across every platform ensures less time managing and more time growing your business.

Even the app impresses me.   Great functionality.

It’s the only tool on the list I’ve used, but I’d try the others when the needs arise.