In past centuries, getting news was a source of interest as isolated communities were keen to hear what was happening elsewhere. But in the 21st century it seems we can’t get away from news – on the radio and TV, in print, on the Internet, and now via mobile apps. It was a growing personal feeling of depression and anxiety whenever I heard or read a news item that made me think about cutting back on news. And then I started seeing articles that said too much news was not good for you. Continue reading
For a single person, or for DINKs (double income no kids), the role of the nuclear family doesn’t factor too much. But as someone who recently became a grandfather, I have started to wonder whether the nuclear family is actually a limitation and anachronism in the modern world. Continue reading
I was at an event recently organized by Sage software in Johannesburg. This was an event to promote Sage’s independent software partners to other consultants and customers in it’s large community. I spent a lot of time talking with various people, many of whom operate fairly small businesses but are very knowledgeable of their area of business. It was only afterwards that I realized I was never asked how analysts rate our platform, rather we were asked what we did and how we might help. In other words, none of the attendees cared, or even knew, about Gartner. Continue reading
For about twenty years, my focus on marketing and selling enterprise software was on business decision makers foremost, and technical people second. The software I was involved in was large-scale, on-premise applications with a high initial license purchase. That has changed in the last two years. Continue reading
You may have heard that Facebook has launched a version of its flagship product for organizations, called Facebook Workplace. Facebook’s challenge, and opportunity, is that there are already other business collaboration and communication offerings on the market. The best known one is Slack. My company has been using Slack for a while, but we got an invitation to Facebook Workplace, so I have been checking out its features. My exposure to Workplace has been brief, but I thought I would share some of my initial impressions about the differences between Slack and Workplace. Continue reading
The original seed of this post came from my experiences at Los Angeles and Heathrow airports last year, but the seed germinated recently when I read about the troubles ordinary people have in living in San Francisco, and the commotion around Dan Lyon’s critical book about HubSpot and the Silicon Valley culture. Continue reading
US-based VCs (venture capitalists) should get off their arses and realize that there is a greater world out there than what they hear about on the US East or West coast. I’m not talking about Europe or Israel either. I’m echoing what Ben Parr said in a recent Tech Caucus email that:
we in the Silicon Valley / LA / NYC bubble have no clue what’s happening in Africa.