Curation, Social Business and Beyond
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Curation, Social Business and Beyond
Covering the ongoing evolution of curation & beyond; the impact & innovation
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Jeremiah Owyang Speaks at LeWeb “State of Social Business” Timely & Relevant

Jeremiah Owyang, A Partner at Altimeter Group shares at LeWeb, “State of Social Business”, important information you need to know if you're in social media or your business is embarking on a social media strategy.

He introduced the Social Business Hierarchy Needs Report at LeWeb in addition to his keynote address.

Jeremiah Owyang says that in 2012 the main focus will be on social, local and mobile data. In his talk, he says that social is so new, and companies aren't ready for it. They don't know what it is they need, therefore, they don't have the right talent in place to move forward.

If you're in one of these companies or servicing one of them, this presentation is something you won't want to miss.

My commentary:

As an entrepreneur, always being drawn to the "cutting edge" I can tell you from past experience, it's important to know that social business is still in its very early stages. Even if you have the latest and greatest widget or service, if people aren't ready you will be spinning your wheels.

Here's the most valuable lesson I can pass on to you having been a pioneer in Cable TV and the internet.

**Know where the marketplace is now and understand what you need to do now to get ready and operate successfully

**Is your product or service too early? Are there enough early adopters who know they need what you're offering or is there too much of an education process ahead before you see ROI

**Is there something you can do right NOW to fill a need and establish the right relionships to build your business accordingly while you wait for the market to evolve?

**If you're a company, this talk will help you to see what it is you need, what you're lacking,  and where you are in general with all of this, so you can put the right infrastructure in place and move in the right direction

"Make everyone in your business a diplomat, the rest is orchestration"

Commentary and selection by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

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The Greatest Enemy of Today's Entrepreneur

Calling all entrepreneurs, this post is worthy of your attention! Being an entrepreneur myself, I can certainly relate to this and remember very well falling in love with projects and not using the critical thinking so necessary to avoid the pitfalls. If this reaches one person then I will feel that I helped a fellow traveler.

Wishful thinking

It’s been said that in warfare, the greatest enemy of victory is wishful thinking. The same can easily be said for today’s entrepreneur.

In its most basic definition, “wishful thinking” is believing something because of a desire that it be true. It’s thinking that ignores fact, and instead, relies on a premise for the conclusion to be true. For entrepreneurs, it can be a bias towards a certain solution (Solution A) which leads to the overestimating of the evidence supporting that solution. It can also result in the underestimation of evidence that supports other solutions besides Solution A.

Despite all the hoopla that entrepreneurs need to have passion in their endeavors and exhibit a “never give up” attitude, this type of flawed critical thinking can be deadly. In fact, it’s about the quickest way to run a new venture into the ground and go bust.

Instead, entrepreneurs need to separate well-reasoned critical thinking from passion. They need to have a clear head so that when challenges arise, they can apply unbiased problem solving techniques and be willing to take action and make the appropriate changes--pivoting as we like to say--when the problem has been defined and the cause(s) identified. With wishful thinking, one rarely gets past the stage of recognizing that, in fact, a problem even exists.

Written by Patrick Lefler
Customer Think Blog
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The Best Investment You Can Make People!

The Best Investment You Can Make People! | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
I want to begin this gorgeous Monday morning in New York with this post, the best way to start off the week. It's about nurturing people, not things you can sell to others. When we focus on this, everyone wins!

Here's an excerpt from one of my favorite bloggers:

- Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review

Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.

Here's a tiny suggestion. The "best" investment you can make isn't gold. It's the people you love, the dreams you have, and living a life that matters.
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Can Venture Capitalize on Curation?

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It was very exciting to read this article by Steve Rosenbaum today in the Huffington Post! I love reading "The sheer volume of web content and the increasing demand of both content consumers and web advertisers makes it clear that content without curation is simply noise".

Here's an excerpt:

Yuri Milner, the VC whose Russian Digital Sky Technologies (DST) group has put money into Facebook, Zynga and Groupon, was quoted at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit as saying, Curation is the next big thing.

Said Milner: "The question is, 'How do you select what's relevant for you?' And my guess is that it's probably going to be 50% driven by your network and 50% driven by algorithms."

Upon hearing Milner's prophetic words, thousands of PowerPoint decks were reworked overnight to find a way to edge the word "Curation" into executive summaries.

An understandable impulse. But perhaps premature.

What Yuri meant, and what venture is now scouring the incubators and business plan competitions for, is a way to manage the madness that is promiscuous production of data.

But first, let's look back at the history of why venture has been allergic to content.

In order for investors to be able to put a small number of dollars in -- and get an outsized return out -- businesses need to be able to grow very large with relatively little human intervention.

The portfolio theory of investing requires that the hits are big, and the misses are manageable.

Steve Rosenbaum
CEO,; Author, 'Curation Nation'
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