Sehr romantisch! :-)

Kann man machen, muss man aber nicht! *grins*

Ein Lächeln zum Geschenk

In diesen Tagen ist es kalt und entweder verregnet oder verschneit. Die Menschen sind mit ihren Autos vielleicht gerade irgendwo im Verkehr stecken geblieben und zu spät gekommen oder aber haben ihr Ziel etwas nasser als sonst erreicht.

Nun gut – das Wetter können wir nicht ändern (nehmen wir den selbstgemachten Klimawandel einmal außen vor). Sollten wir einmal zu spät kommen und dies auf höhere Gewalt zurückzuführen zu sein, so können wir es auch nicht ändern.

Wie also nun mit derartigen Widrigkeiten umgehen?

Mein Tipp: Ertragen Sie es mit Gelassenheit! Ärgern macht die Situation nicht besser und hilft Ihnen schon gar nicht! Ärgern macht nur Falten und hilft der Kosmetikindustrie. War das Ihr Ziel, als sie sich das letzte Mal über das schlechte Wetter oder einen Stau aufgeregt haben?

Wie schon in meinem Artikel “Smile, it’s raining!” kann ich Ihnen nur eines raten: Genießen Sie den Moment! Er hat wunderschöne Aspekte, die Sie im Ärger vielleicht übersehen würden.
Ja, es schneit gerade und ist kalt, aber hören Sie einmal wie wunderbar der frische Schnee unter den Schuhen knirscht! :-) Oder aber es regnet – ja, man kann den Regen riechen, hmmm, und die Luft ist dann immer so wunderbar sauber!

Gestern bin ich am Hackeschen Markt entlang nach Hause gegangen, hatte gute Laune und mir diese auch nicht vom Nieselregen verderben lassen. Ich lächelte und schaute den Menschen, die mir entgegenkamen auch in die Augen. Viele Menschen schauen auf den Boden oder meiden Blickkontakte, wenn sie durch die Straßen gehen. Wie schade!

Ich schaute also meinen Mitmenschen in die Augen, nicht aufdringlich, aber mit meiner fröhlichen Gelassenheit. Und siehe da – einige wachten auf aus ihrem Trott, irgendetwas auf dem Boden zu suchen und auch ihre Gesichter wurden von einem Lächeln gekrönt. Ein wirklich schönes Gefühl einem unbekannten Mitmenschen ein Lächeln geschenkt zu haben!

Möchten Sie es auch einmal versuchen? Vielleicht finden ja auch Sie gefallen daran!

Ihr Björn Woltermann

Lost Generation

I don’t want to comment on this, just spread it, ’cause it’s just great!

See for yourself!

Open Internet Economies – The next big thing? (part one)

Amazon did it. Silently but consequently they have opened their doors. Anybody, any retailer and even producer can offer products on Amazon. Even the same that Amazon is selling. They understood that opening their model towards former competitors is the best thing to do. Taking classic chioce theory into account, consumers have lots of tools at hand to search the web for the best price. Back in the days an Internetchop had the chance to offer the best price or see the user go to another website and buy there. The trend towards price search engines enabled the customers to get real transparency in this matter.

The Amazon approach to the “sell or let the user go” problem is ingeneous and far reaching. They let everybody sell on their marketplace. “If I (Amazon) can’t make the best price, then at least partissipate in the deal of the successful seller!” Great! You got a tripple win solution. The User now has a single point of contact for shopping with secure payment and great search possibilities. The seller has the chance to benefit from Amazons great traffic and Amazon is building the most attractive market place out there with the best range of products making even the price comparisson services obsolete – and Ebay!

As an economist I believe that the internet economy is facing a new period, the “opening phase” that national economies faced in the 18th and 19th century. The theory of comparative advantages by David Ricardo states, that two or more economies (here networks or service providers) can raise their over all benefit from openness and trade due to the fact, that they have difference in factor costs (here use cases, users and technology).

Following this theory, the open networks will be able to integrate with others in order to raise their users benefit. Let”™s think of a connection of Facebook for the social graph, YouTube for Videos, Google for Search, a GMail integration and openID for authentication. Add an Amazon Shop that uses my activities for its suggestions, that would be great! All together would be better than each of them alone.

I bet, the Internet”™s Economic future can be predicted by closely looking at real world”™s economic history.

… to be continued

How many social networks do you need?

“Hey, communities are en vogue! Let”™s build one!”

I have heard this sentence over and over again in the last months. Sorry guys, it”™s too late. There is no use in a third student network or a 12th yellow pages website. In the good old times, when we still used phonebooks, yes, these things with paper, have you ever thought about putting your number and address to a second or third one? Even in most niche markets, there are already established special interest communities.

Today”™s Internet in most cases is a “winner takes all” competition environment, especially in areas, where shire size matters or creating a standard. The struggle between HD-DVD and Blueray as the successor of the DVD is a perfect example for that! No one wants an email address that only works with Outlook or Notes. Sooner or later one will die!
StudiVZ, the German Facebook clone, was a clever StartUp. It filled a gap, since facebook was not available in German language and had no German university catalogue. Those guys did a good job and timed their exit perfectly.

Today Facebook is international (also German) and open for applications, what StudiVZ is not. I believe that StudiVZ is facing a “killer use case”. One that origins from a special species of users: The evil “exchange students”. Those people travel across borders and study in foreign countries. For example a Korean student comes to Germany and wants to keep in touch with his new friends or the German guy, who goes to California and so on. Regional and isolated networks simply don”™t work for them.
I believe that sooner or later this effect will drain the active and international users off national networks.

As an effect of natural laziness, users look for a single point of contact for a use case. The “keep contact with friends” case is on Facebook, the one for business contacts is on LinkedIn. Period!

There really is no need for a third, fourth or fifth community. Let”™s see who will be winner who takes it all! Wanna bet? :-)

Do executive bloggers exist?

Especially in the last four to five months, I asked myself the following question over and over again:

“Who are those business bloggers and what is there role in their industry or business?”

Since I work in the Internet industry, especially in the web 2.0 application area, I read quite a bunch of interesting blogs. Most of them report ex post about things, that have happened in the near past. For example deutsche-startups.de is a nice news aggregator for the German web 2.0 scene. There are special interest blogs like bazaarblog.com who serve as a evangelizing corporate blog on a narrow topic or self marketing blogs of various technology or method consultants. Those guys act as catalysts, sparring partners or idea distribution providers across the Atlantic and often write about the things they encountered in one or more client sessions.

All these blogs offer well written insights or overviews over more or less open information or opinions. But is there something like an executive blogger out there? A manager who writes about the really interesting things, he is working on? A guy who is in charge of a company, product or strategy? Someone who has responsibility for people, money and the future of his “baby”?

I believe not!

I came to this point, because over and over again I had some ideas for articles I did not write due to the fact that the topics and especially solutions are confidential and crucial to the success of the projects and companies I am working on. Things that are not “open source” or “public domain”. If I just travelled from workshop to workshop and convention to convention, blogging about my ideas and business issues would be a great and fascination thing, especially in the time waiting in airport lounges.

In my case, I need to keep them and use the waiting times talking to my team members, business partners and work on strategic details … and I like that! :-)

What do you think? Are there any executive bloggers? If you found one, please comment and tell me!

All the best from snowy Berlin!

Björn Woltermann