Sigurd Rinde

Ideas, Problems, Broken Arms - Social Objects

by: Sigurd Rinde

Thanks goes to Tony C for the inspiration:

Business and organisations are social groups with a value creation purpose.

The value creation happens to tangible or virtual objects, from widgets and bikes to concepts and broken arms.

Sometimes it happens in very linear processes like when a car is built. The classic ERP value chain.

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At Last

by: Sigurd Rinde

Seems it has dawned upon the VCs that yet another social network might not be the thing.

And when two "Facebook widget applications" (heh, a category by itself) startups are valued at substantially more than Bear Stearns, well, how can you avoid being hit by a blinding flash of the obvious: Something is not quite right.

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Creativity, Competition and Strategy

by: Sigurd Rinde

Good quotes often come from unexpected sources. Yesterday one of my sons came home with a sheet setting out the teaching philosophy of his drum instructor, in which I found the following gem about the importance of passion:

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Bars and Business - Social Objects and Business Objects

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Hugh's post on social objects the other day resonated with many, and I still remember Jyri bouncing a beach ball around at Reboot a couple of years ago.

Allow me to quote Hugh reporting from a social setting:

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Knowledge Handling - the Neglected Opportunity

by: Sigurd Rinde

I believe we are making a huge and unconscious mistake in how we handle knowledge; how we capture, organise and distribute facts and information for assimilation. It might have a wide-ranging negative impact on all what we do, and I think we should do something about it.

Knowledge is the source of our wealth, well-being, and hope for the future.

Knowledge is facts, information and skills acquired by experience or education.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, What's Your Business Model? Part #2

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Following Part #1, here's a build-a-business-model... eh, model:

First of all, a strategy is a must; freely gleaned from Professor Porter at Harvard Business School:

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Ladies and Gentlemen, What's Your Business Model? Part #1

by: Sigurd Rinde

About to start a new venture? Of course you are.

Be prepared to answer this: "What's your Business Model?"

Then find out that this widely used term is very seldom precisely defined, leaving popular (and perhaps faulty) descriptions to thrive. Confusing to say the least.

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Crowds

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Ray in his comments here led me to a beauty by Søren Kierkegaard:

"To win a crowd is no art; for that only untruth is needed, nonsense, and a little knowledge of human passions."

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A Secret Plot to Make Big Business Followers Instead of Leaders

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Every now and then I stop to actually read what corporate websites says. Today I did a couple of Enterprise Software sites to see what the leaders in this area are doing to their clients.

Note: Enterprise software is after all the backbone of most large corporations so I suspect the attitude of those backbone-suppliers will tell me a lot about the path big business is taking towards the future.

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Beginning of the End for Great Companies

by: Sigurd Rinde

I used to love Dell and Google.

Dell.com was the place for a geek-in-training - study, tinker, choose, build the machine of your dreams, click, pay and have it delivered. I bought all my machines there, ditto for the companies I was involved in.

Then one day, having enjoyed another build and order experience, a salesperson called me. A what?

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