Adam Savage: don’t let others telling you what to think

If there is one thing to take away from Adam Savage, the energetic guy from Mythbusters it is the power of passion. Way too often, I’m in dusty meeting rooms with people with great corporate hair, who lost faith in their art, skill and business eons ago. I love the sparkle of energy, the profound …

SxSW: why everyone hates Facebook

It’s like an almost silent undercurrent here at #SxSW: people and brands are not very happy with Facebook.  The fact that the social platform is now de facto forcing brands to pay to reach the fan base they built up over the last couple of years clearly ripped open some sore wounds. Bonin Bough (from …

Bloodsuckers, human spam and collective genius

Meet Austin Kleon, who describes himself as “I am a writer who draws. I make art with words and books with pictures.” Kleon wrote bestselling books like ¨Show Your Work¨ and ¨Steal Like an Artist¨. He has a mind rattling creative view on content, media, business and creativity. Kleon is clearly a bit fed up …

Media: humans are connected, why don’t we connect to them?

It’s all over #SxSW: if you had not noticed: humans become more connected than ever. Humans look at their smart phone more than 150 times a day. Gary Vaynercuck sees mobile tech as an extension of the human body, and the phone gateway to the web as an extension to the human brain. Still, it …

It’s not about the likes, it’s about the content

Flying into to Austin is great. Everyone around you is on his way to SxSW, so the conversation starts early. Before I could pay two bucks for a lukewarm beer on the plane, I found myself in a heated discussion with a young fashionista blogger girl. Her main reason to go to SxSW was to …

Data: is it about size, or what you do with it?

Data is in, that is for sure. Keynotes and breakout sessions on data a gogo here @SxSWi. And, while everyone seems to agree that data is important, the why and how are still being heavily disputed. One section is all about Big Data, gathering as much data as humanly possible. Another –quickly growing- fraction states …

Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft will die…

That got you attention, right? Every year, my favorite science fiction author, futurologist and nostalgic thinker Bruce Sterling is wrapping up #SxSW. Sterling is, along with William Gibson,  and Pat Cadigan, the very foundation of the cyberpunk movement. “Chairman Bruce” gives the public what it wants: dark thoughts that analyze societies (current and future) with …

#SXSW: It’s PR, But Not As We Used to Know It

SXSW Interactive in Austin. It got bigger, way bigger. Close to 20,000 people converged on the Texan city for the high noon of digital, interactive and social media. Professionals brought their most shiny decks, their beta versions, their business cards and their elevator speeches. VCs tried desperately not to look too rich, as they browsed …

Encyclopedia Britannica stops printing, for good

It rains emotions here at #SxSW. Collectively; we buried Gowalla earlier this week. Mashable is on the verge to be taken over by aliens,  and now, the mother of all wisdom,  the notorious, always correct, all knowing Encyclopedia Britannica throws in the towel. The costly, stately, heavy and brainy brown leather covered books will be …

#SxSW: where is the ‘S” in Strategy?

I found one thing blatantly missing in this year’s #SxSW. I saw tools, I saw applications, I saw platforms, I saw demos. I heard lots of people speak, about applications, the future, robots, Nano technology, measurement, ROI,  Angry Birds, 3 D TV, homeless people, the weather, the US elections, world peace  and global warming. The …