Posts Tagged ‘networks’

Seems Bitstrips raised a lot of money recently and I must admit at first was very sceptical. Let’s say it’s a funny tale and another social story, gamed with cartoons and a “do-it-yourself” use of drawings through several opportunities. Fair enough. If the “cartoonisation” gives clever scenes and enhances our “gamability”, I’m still wondering what kind of value is behind these large valuation and viral expanding. Guess what? The value is in you. As digital networks invade the world, the real value is built, day after day, with the increasing datas and profiles, users. You. Me. Friends. Fans. No one missed the last Facebook starving price with this astronomic deal with Whatsapp.

What’s incredible in the “digital network” is that few people now concentrate value, revenue and growth. Where millions of employees had to participate in industrial era, smart teams (eg 13 for Instagram, and 55 for Whatsapp for example) do the job for billions of stocks valuation. If indeed they created and built something relevant, the most part of the value comes now from the network and the potential of its members/profiles. What they do, post, discuss, members who do anything for free, anytime, anywhere, filling timelines with pictures, text messages and conversations. And the contents blooming in these platforms bring value to the whole project. Ask yourself how these companies’ stocks are valued: from the users they drew to the network (eg value of a user between 20 to 100$, according to returning and activity rates x number of members). Why do we value these networks with members figures without sharing any revenue with these members?!


But this value is not distributed (eg for example in jobs raising, revenue sharing or anything else) to third part anymore. We’re facing the worst side of digital revolution, destructing value: no more jobs needed – lean companies -, value created for free by userswho are the next unemployed. I must admit, being an early adopter of digital wave, this theory that we can find in Janier’s book “who owns the future” made my day and the real danger zone is already there: the more you’re opt-in, the more you’ll have free information. Your “Opt-Inness” make you more valuable but the question is: for who? Finally, more free information makes the world poorer because in the long term, there’s a massive destruction of employment, directly from the fact that industry now needs far less people to work. We all, using and consuming free and low cost services, participate to this slow and steady destruction of middle class. The one that holds the global edifice and raises children. The bulky one that create the motion for mass markets. It’s time for revenue sharing between, friendly users and startup aces, and rebuild another model for digital economy. Sustainable, fair and collaborative centric. Kind of we could be proud, without fear of being smashed up from the system.

Think of it before your next content feed. It may worth much money, but not for you

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First part of three set, including the changes triggered by the connected world in which we live. We’ll underline there all that is described by “way of doing”, now, considering things we can’t stop and have to cope with.

Did you ever live, the incredible speed of information spreading, as you first have an idea, start to tell to a friend…and what becomes next: the one tells to a friend, who tells to a friend…six degrees later world knows all about it. That shapes what is to be said: living in a connecting world allows us to save time, moments and whole phases in building innovation. You can now make work a huge diversity of people, around the clock, in a single project, getting insights from the best of them, challenging everything from seeds to concrete plan. And it changes the vision we have on anything is possible or not: speed of sourcing, evaluating and throwing an insight, our ability to get information on marketplaces, competitors or competition in a larger view. Branding or modeling prototypes and viewing them in “real” second world (3D, social games, virtual environments…). Thrilling isn’t it. Not at all but a strong opportunity.

And if it’s for us, it’s for competitors, too. Competition keeps us awake (must?), and dangers come faster than ever: from stakeholders to suppliers, or even closer partners, anyone can, without having it in mind, leak on important secrets. And for a time-based competition, connectivity might probably change the game: speed of renewal cycles, defining, correcting and sourcing make markets more demanding on the service level and innovation. Being faced in daily life to digital shift, consumers have to adopt, learn and make them, the opportunities of technology.

In production fields, the reduction of wastes, mistakes or return, driven by a more accurate forecast of volumes, needs and trends go directly on the bottom-line. Engineers can have a close feedback with marketers, for model design, duplication, customization…and on-the-go modifications. That’s an incredible change in the process, always wired, and the ability to evolve, on ongoing periods, and raise the sustainable facet of production: less wastes, less energy, less stress, as it takes part of the whole shipment way of delivering goods or services.

Don’t you know that in poor areas (like described in BOP markets with books like), 7% on the income of poors is dedicated to connectivity expenses, often before cleaning, safety water, health or food…? The only step for isolated zones to be linked, bankable and start a tiny commercial activity is to be…connected. Connectivity changed the way farmers for example, can set their prices for their crop, because they’re connected (e-choupal system) with bid marketplaces and stocks for the raws they have: they can choose quickly to do or not and with who, they are going to deal.

Hold on for the second part and “connectivity effects on resources”. Stay tuned, and meet the following part soon, here…

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It happened to be our daily life now, living with “social” behaviors and encounters. Last time I was for my MBA program, at HEC session for “social networks” in companies, I understood two things (at least!), starting the session:
– seems to move in companies, while social networks could be a solution for change (tip: my session was on “transform your business”, and I was supposed to get keys to do it)
– nothing was really new: a stone in the window…while discovering, “social networks” had nothing to see with social web in fact, considering they were  1) there since a long time  2) in fact in DNA for any organization   3) drawing the informal patterns, representing not authority (anything to see with organization charts), but “how companies do things…”


I had the idea to write something that could exorcise me (!), and making another building tool in the forest of social web.

First idea: I was not fool and out of the subject, while sharing ideas with excellent speaker, Marco Tortoriello, at the end of the session. What we always call “social networks”, is in fact  “informal networks” into companies. We obviously see that social web can improve a lot these understandings of such apps, but quicky I realize that web (already said several times, seems to be true), is just a tool. It gave us kind of “power” to save time (and time is important we’ll see further) in social graphs, and simplified a lot, sharing, finding information, find experts…and answers (an old post of last year reminds me about “instant search” that now burst…threat for search majors…)

Second idea: more your company is large and full of complicated graphs and organization, the more you’ll have to listen and be careful of informal situations. Anything you can consider as futile or useless can be your best weapon to understand others and pass through several steps more easily tomorrow. That is to say, spend time for “nothing” is really important if you want to get the “codes”, no one will ever give you. Public companies complicate the game with some political ladders too…

Third idea: as you could be disappointed, nothing to see with web in fact, in the fact that web is only a way (tool) to achieve your goals and maybe save times for networking more, fast and better. But nothing more. I always see people staring at web as the next thing that will resolve all their problems. Some in the history already did this this with totems and others idols…

Last idea: nothing is more important than listening and spending time (no waste at all!), to look, understand, and then act. Lots of unfortunate situation, seems driven to death, by urgency. There’s no much time than take time.

Maybe you’ll find gems in unknown territories: has anybody ask for reputation, those who do, don’t have any in fact. But those who live in silence and whispering minds, are the wisdom cell. Reputation and power are rewards, and reality show us that true ones, are long to get, are not “self-told to the world”!
Practically, don’t avoid anything: take care of every moment, from lift trips to small talks at coffee breaks, from sport sessions, to transportation random meetings. Any opportunity is real to empower yourself, reinforce your track record and perception, learning all small things to save time (and tears!).

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