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 …

#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 …

Social Media- beyond cool: it’s real

The biggest take-away for me at #SxSW is that Social Media is not hip and cool anymore. There are tons of applications, tons of new tools. But there is nothing that really made the audience go wow. And… that is a good thing. Social Media is getting mature. People use it to find their way …

Ray Kurzweil: The Enhanced Human Social Being.

I am a big fan of Ray Kurzweil. The celebrated tech thinker, and founder of the Singularity University fascinates me now for years with his projections-extraordinaire on a society where humans and machines become more and more interdependent, interconnected… and eventually quietly merge. Computers and AI units that play chess, write poetry… they are here, …

Location is not a product. It’s a feature.

When you look back, how stupid were we? Social Media was new, Location was new. All experts looked at it, said oh and ah…  And we thought it was a product. We put it in boxes. We branded it with shiny, expensive labels. We turned it into Powerpoints from hell, with graphics in screaming colors, …

What the *uck? (truck that is): when food becomes social

How creative can you get in trying to make a difference? If all you want to do is selling simple stuff. Stuff you make. Stuff you cook. Like food.  Austin is mobile food heaven. Well, if you’re not a vegetarian that is… but this old caveman likes his piece of well barbecued meat once in …

#SxSW – Stop growing, you’re an adult now.

Where to go. What to do. So much stuff, so little time. With 9 locations,  countless sessions and topics and an impressive army of more than 2,600 speakers SxSW grew uncomfortably big. Just trying to log a do-able schedule is good for a headache. How to you get to back-to-back sessions that are 20 minutes …