Jessica Meir, astronaut: Diversity, yes. But only by working as hard.

It is not everyday that you can date a real astronaut. So I had to admit that I was a tiny bit nervous to spend some time with my very personal astronaut crush Jessica Meir (please, don’t tell my wife :-).) For a boy like me, who was kicked out of astronaut school for not …

Cerf and Berners-Lee, founding fathers of the internet, and the World Wide Web on the barricades against fake news.

O the sweet perks of my job. I got to schmooze with Vint Cerf, the father of the internet, the inventor or the TCP/IP protocol that is the very backbone as we know it. Three encounters with the best dressed man in Austin in a couple of hours, and I was in nerd-heaven. Tim Berners-Lee, …

Gary Vaynerchuk: Fail. Forget. Forward.

Meeting Gary Vaynerchuk is always a rollercoaster. The guy thinks, speaks and curses faster than Billy The Kid could shoot. The wine-mogul, founder of Wine Library and Wine Library TV, and current CEO of VaynderMedia is speeding through #SxSW as a young, horny and very happy dog. From a keynote in his lightning fast #askgaryvee …

#SxSW – On popular request: what is it?

So before I flood your timeline with a gazillion SxSW updates, this might be just about the right time to explain what #SxSW exactly is. :-). #SxSW is the abbreviation for South by Southwest, and is named after one of the directions of the compass. Since 1987 it is a yearly happening that brings three …

Segway inventor Dean Kamen: to invent is to give

Yesterday, on the rocky island of Tenerife, I did everything the Gods forbid on a gyroscope balanced, balance steered, and battery powered two wheeler. On a Segway X2 PT (personal transporter), I whirled through dust, over rocks, down stairs, blazed over sand and climbed steep hills. This machine can still do a lot more than …

The Hyperloop: rethinking transport

Sometimes SxSW sessions really feel like being in a science fiction movie on steroids. Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk promised an intriguing view on the very near future: traveling at the speed of sound, in a comfortable crowdsourced capsule that has unsettling similarities with a gigantic gel cap pill. Hyperloop Hyperloop Transportation Technologies …

VR is the most orgasmic experience since the Macintosh (Robert Scoble)

Well, we all know that the geeky evangelist, and blogger Robert Scoble is a passionate man. Since years he’s traveling the globe, (on Rackspace’s dime) to go and find the newest platforms, apps and technologies. This journey has gotten us memorable pictures of Scoble using his Google Glass in his shower, and finding the man …

Collaborative Economy Honeycomb

It was great to meet Jeremiah Owyang again at #SXSW. The founder of www.crowdcompanies.com introduced the third version of his Collaborative Economy Honeycomb. The Collaborative Economy, the passion of Owyang, enables people to mostly get what they need in life or business from each other. A new trend that is extremely disruptive for most industries …

Forget the battle for the wallet, try the battle for the heart

Many agencies and their clients are still struggling to click in the social and digital piece in the complex jigsaw of media. The result is a constant firing from the hip of boring and uninspiring banners, mastheads and click buttons a go-go. The consumers try to shield themselves from this relentless onslaught with stealth-modus, ad-blockers …

@POTUS, the FBI, iPhone and your underwear

“Privacy is sacred. It’s a cornerstone of our society. A pillar of our constitution. But, to stop the bad guys, we can riffle through your underwear with a legal warrant. Why would a iPhone be more sacred?” Barack Obama