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Conversation with Sultan Al-Qassemi »

Sultan is the most interesting person I know in the United Arab Emirates. I met him in 2010 or so, soon after I had moved to Dubai. He had just been asked to "take a break" from his job as a journalist at The National, the main national newspaper, for being controversial. I helped him get started on Twitter and he taught me about the culture and politics of region. He is now a Director's Fellow at the Media Lab and a good friend and advisor. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with him and get an...

My picture of Pierre in BusinessWeek »

Good news. Pierre made BusinessWeek's list of Entrepreneurs for the Ages. Congrats Pierre! And... they used my photo of him. Yay! Bad news. They didn't give me attribution. It's the ONLY thing I ask people do with my photos since they're Creative Commons Attribution licensed. It doesn't cost them anything... and they're crediting the photos by Getty Images. /me shakes fist at BusinessWeek The original Flickr image is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/498701092/ I suppose they might have found it on Pierre's Wikipedia article. But... clicking on the photo shows the license. UPDATE: I wrote them a letter and they sent me...

You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired! »

Great Wired article by John Seely Brown about World of Warcraft and what you learn when you play it.And that's exactly what Gillett is doing. He accepted Yahoo!'s offer and now works there as senior director of engineering operations. "I used to worry about not having what I needed to get a job done," he says. "Now I think of it like a quest; by being willing to improvise, I can usually find the people and resources I need to accomplish the task." His story - translating experience in the virtual world into success in the real one - is...

French Suburbs in Flames »

Posted by thomas crampton After spending several days in the Paris suburbs and filing stories non-stop all day today, a few things struck me. I have written about the first incident that sparked the riots and today's latest news (more violence already starting tonight and plans by French government to use curfew.) The underlying feeling I got from the young people in Clichy-sous-Bois - where the troubles began - is total despair with no way out. Seems there must be CK Prahalad opportunities for these young people to make a fortune - or at least a living - if they...

Open source leadership »

One of the great things about going to OSCON was getting to know some of the interesting people involved in the various open source projects. The OSI team and Mitchell Baker, the Chief Lizard Wrangler of the Mozilla Foundation introduced me to a lot of people in the context of having joined both of their boards recently. One meeting that Mitchell set up was with Allison Randal - the president of the Perl Foundation, Zak Greant - the former MySQL AB Community Advocate, and Cliff Schmidt who until recently managed standards and open source strategy for BEA's WebLogic Workshop product....

The Development Gateway Award »

The Development Gateway Award is a prestigious award given to excellence in propagating ICT access, especially in the developing world. They've extended their deadline and are seeking additional nominations. I think $100K can go a long way, particularly in the developing world. If you know of anyone working on a suitable project, please pass this on. From the press release:Deadline Extended in $100,000 Development Gateway Award Global Competition to Recognize Information Technology’s Role in Development February 15, 2005 – The Development Gateway Foundation is extending the deadline in its global competition to reward outstanding achievement in using information and communication...

Leadership and authority »

I was just on a panel with Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. We've been talking the last few days about communities and it turns out the #wikipedia IRC channel is about the same size as #joiito. (approx 100 people online. Wikipedia has many other sub channels though so in aggregate they are much bigger...) Anyway, Jimmy noticed that I didn't have a Wikipedia article and he decided to go to his community and see if he could get an article written while we were on the channel.#wikipedia-- Jimbo has joined #wikipedia Jimbo: Just a fun experiment... Jimbo: Joichi...

Brainstorm 2004 tutorial notes - Rational Executive »

The Agency Costs of Overvalued Equity - Michael C. Jensen Here are my notes. They are rough notes and may be a bit inaccurate or unclear....

Loic's rant at the European WEF (Davos) meeting »

Loic's rant at the European WEF meeting. With his French accent, Loic criticizes France and is our designated agitator at the Warsaw meeting. Wish I had been there to heckle him. ;-) Interesting talk. Loic's soliciting comments on his blog....

Social Entrepreneurship »

I've always had a hard time describing what I do. Recently, depending on the context, I've started calling myself a social entrepreneur. I first heard it in the context of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Here is a Stanford Business School definition of Social Entrepreneurship. via CommonMe...

Fun in Davos »

I'm in Davos right now and here are a list of entries I've posted from here.Notes from Media Leaders Community sessionDiscussion with Media LeadersSpam for dinnerWhere are you my Sun? Breakfast between Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Social Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders Original post below....

Loic talks about starting companies »

Loic, a French entrepreneur blogger writes about his experience starting companies. Good stuff. I totally agree with the importance of execution over ideas. That's why, although I find my "competition" reads my blog, it's better if people know what I'm doing as long as I'm moving fast enough. ;-)

Wisdom from the Ages: Ancient Answers to Modern Problems »

Lou Marinoff, who I first met at Davos did the session on Wisdom. Lou is the one who convinced me to learn more about the Soka Gakkai and someone who I've grown to respect a great deal. This was the first organized session with Lou that I'd ever attended and it was truly great.

Mena does the cork trick at SXSW »

The last time I saw Ben and Mena, I showed them the "the cork trick".

Photo of our panel yesterday »

Shirai-san sent me a nice image of our panel discussion yesterday. Thanks!...

Live from the New Business Forum »

Since I was the chair of the Forum planning committee this year, I had to give the opening speech. (not really a speech, but an announcement) I had been dreading this for a whole year, but it's finally over. I was visibly nervous, but I got through it OK. The panel later with Oki Matsumoto, CEO of Monex, Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten, and Professor Takeuchi from the Hitotsubashi Business School was a lot more relaxed and fun. There were about 1200 people in the audience... Takeuchi-san is like a talk show host and it was a lot of fun....

"Neoteny" being used by HBS to talk about leadership »

When I first told Jun that "neoteny" meant the retention of childlike attributes in adulthood, he told me he thought it meant giant tadpoles. Iwrote an entry earlier about the meaning of Neoteny. Since then, the business press has been using the word to discuss leadership. There is a great piece from Harvard Business School about it. I'm glad I have www.neoteny.com. ;-) HBS Working KnowledgeAre Business Schools Really Important "Crucibles of Leadership?" HBSWK Pub. Date: Sep 30, 2002 by Jim Heskett The new book Geeks and Geezers by Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas, argues that all the leaders they...

Neoteny Venture Development established »

We will be announcing later today the establishment of Neoteny Venture Development Co., Ltd. which will be lead by Hidehiro Matsumoto as its CEO. Neoteny Venture Development is a spin-out of the consulting business of Neoteny Co., Ltd. which has been in development for a year. Neoteny Venture Development Co., Ltd. will be a subsidiary of Neoteny Co., Ltd. The team has delivered five consulting engagements to large Japanese companies. NVD will focus on corporate venture consulting, entrepreneurship support and corporate spin-out consulting. Neoteny Co., Ltd. will focus on venture investing in information technology businesses. Neoteny will update its web...

The Meaning of Neoteny »

Many people ask my what Neoteny (my company's name) means. It means the retention of childlike attributes in adulthood. I first heard it from Timothy Leary when we were working on a book together. (It was called "The New Breed" about the techno youth culture. We never finished it, but I still have a pile of notes. Maybe I should get around to publishing some of it someday...) Tim loved the word. He used it to mean all of the great things that you often lose in adulthood such as curiosity, playfulness, imagination, joy, humor, wonder, etc. It is a...

Note from lunch with John Vasconcellos, California State Senator »

I had lunch with John Vasconcellos and we had an excellent discussion about trustworthiness, self esteem and leadership....

It's tough being a revolutionary in a Democracy ;-) () »

An old favorite quote from Alexis de 's "Democracy in America" written in 1835. I found this in college, but now it seems more and more relevant......
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