Popular themes from the Sharewords Cloud @Robin_Dickinson Sharewords:’the easiest way for us to recommend you.’ Great Concept! @hollingsworth

Popular themes from the Sharewords Cloud

Robin Dickenson’s RadSmarts has been moderating a very active discussion around his concept of ‘Sharewords : the easiest way for us to recommend you‘. It’s generated around 153 retweets and over 900 comments so far, so it definitely resonates with many people.

I’ve taken the liberty of building a word cloud to get a feeling of what the main themes are. Have a look…

Business, People, Delivery and Advantage clearly stand out.

Excellent to see the focus Robin is generating around profitability and customer value. Keep it up Robin, Great work!

and yes, I’m starting to ponder my sharewords 😉


Melbourne @Pitch_Club, @AnthillMagazine Meetup and the CrowdSourced COO?…@peterchristo @jamestuckerman #nscm

Melbourne Pitch Club, Anthill Magazine Meetup and the CrowdSourced COO?

After my first #nscm Coffee morning in Sydney last week and all the interesting folks I’ve met, I decided to attend the Melbourne Pitch Club event this evening. To my pleasant surprise the event was merged with an Anthill magazine Entrepreneurial evening, so there was lots to learn, listen to and contribute, as well as meeting a few more interesting people. Four entrepreneurs were on stage talking about some lessons learned, with James prompting them to distill the essence of their journey to date. The mix of people was great as was the discussion around ‘ageism’ 😉 and funding approaches. It seems there is an opportunity for more experienced folks (in the corporate sense) to work with, for or mentor the brains trust – the ‘younger’ crowd who have the energy, vision and guts to create these amazing businesses , without them having to learn some of the business basics the hard way.I’m not being patronising here at all, but I do believe there’s a point where your experience, energy and passion collide to create some value for those around you.

A common theme seems to be the access to someone able to coach and actively participate in these buisnesses as a sounding board and, as James put it, someone to work for and be accountable to in terms of deadlines.

Once the startup has funding, the board and directors often play this role, but I’m seeing an opportunity to support startups in the very early stages. How to make this viable will require some creativity, but some things you do for the love of it and to see bright people and ideas succeed. Maybe the ‘pay it forward’ approach pays off in the longer term. The birth of the Crowdsourced COO? Time for my thinking cap…

The Intrepreneur

These theme came up this evening and it was good to hear that it’s a common issue. I have always considered myself an Intrepreneur (see my LinkedIn Profile), as I’ve spent most of my working life inside enterprises as a change agent, always swimming upstream or at least across the current, driving change. A very rewarding and at times frustrating experience, as often ideas are stillborn as the nature of the corporate is that they lag innovative thinking by a few years. The Intrepid Intrepreneur, however, has vision, determination, foresight and influence and this, combined with the Entrepreneurial opportunity and community, can be a powerful combination. Your thoughts?


and lastly, a shoutout to Ken Ihara from BookMonkey.com.au for his 90 second pitch at the end of the evening . This always takes guts and courage, so well done! Check him out and support this great cause – driving down the prices of books in Australia!



Meeting #Crowdsourcing startups one day, @Cisco the next…and many surprising synergies #TIEcrowd @rossdawson @hollingsworth @paulwallbank

Serendipity. A word that’s popped up many times over the last few days.

I get a tweet. I go to the Crowdsourcing event in Sydney. I go to the Cisco Insight 2010 event on Tuesday. @rossdawson who hosted the Crowdsourcing event is speaking at the Cisco event. I catch up with Ross. We discover other mutual opportunities. He blogs about it here. I LinkIn to someone I met at the Crowdsource event on Monday. This may lead to further opportunities. My blog traffic rises tenfold. All this in 2 days.

Very interesting series of events and some lessons learned.

  • Keep the faith and work hard on your online presence. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Blogging works.
  • Electronic only ‘relationships’ don’t exist. Nothing replaces meeting in person. One physical meeting creates more momentum than hundreds of electronic interactions. If you doubt this, review which ‘relationships’ on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc are the most meaningful, and 90% of those will be with people you have actually met.
  • Pay it forward. Social media is only effective if you’re giving without expecting anything in return. There are definite business benefits and rewards, but that’s the spin-off, not the objective. A bit like fishing – the pleasure is in being absorbed in the fishing, not just catching the fish.
  • Get involved and participate in a community. Calling all pockets is a waste of time.
  • Understand your unique combination of skills that forms your personal value proposition, and don’t get overwhelmed by the ‘everything has been done before’ feeling that the mass of data on the web creates.
  • If you have a great idea, just do it. now. quickly. See seggr, Task Exchange , Ideas Culture , Freelancer, and DesignCrowd for proof.

OK, back to the Cisco Event. What was interesting? (My personal views)

  • Cisco (a $133B tech product company) cares about social media and the impact and opportunities in our future. So should you. Take it seriously
  • We’re moving towards the Internet of Things rapidly.
  • Collaboration is the major challenge and opportunity going forward.
  • Managing multiple providers is a key differentiator and future skill (Gartner said this a few years ago when they spoke about the move to multi-sourcing and the need for organization to become expert vendor managers). I believe Crowdsourcing will face a similar challenge  / opportunity for whoever can get this right.
  • Project  / Programme Management has a major opportunity to get more agile here and operate in all these areas – Internal formal PMO’s, Outsourced Project Services, Cloud based PM, Crowd-based Project Management and the various supporting Saas PM tools. Massive opportunity to play across these areas, I think.
  • It was interesting to observe the two ends of the spectrum. Micro business Crowdsourcing vs large scale Cisco both driving the same message and strategy. “Smart + Connected”. In @Cisco’s case, it’s in the Network and in Crowdsourcing’s case, it’s in the Living Network.
  • Cisco also spoke about their internal Virtual Expert Organisation offering, which is actually ‘Private/Enterprise Crowdsourcing’?

And finally, I think I’ve gone over to the Dark Side. I found myself #tagging my written notes 😉

Crowdsourcing Insight from great #TIEcrowd event in #Sydney this evening. Thanks @rossdawson

Twitter is useless, and does not have real world value!

I think not.

On a business trip from Melbourne to Sydney today, I checked my Tweetstream and noticed a tweet from @deswalsh mentioning the #TIEcrowd event ( Getting Results from Crowdsourcing, the Insight Exchange) in Sydney this evening. 10 minutes later I was signed up and looking forward to a stimulating evening, and I wasn’t disappointed. Thanks again @rossdawson for my Just-In-Time social everything fix.

The format was great.

4 five minute slots by some interesting speakers, with ample time for questions and discussion, followed by 4 fifteen minute ‘speed dating’ discussions with knowledgeable panelists. I learned a few things and met some interesting people as a bonus. I’m looking forward to the next event.

Some Takeaways:

  • @lukerides from seggr challenged our thinking on thought leaders being the Content Curator vs the Content Creator
  • @hollingsworth from Task Exchange discussed the value of online communities and business success, with some practical tips. (Good to see you again, Tony)
  • @TobyLeads discussed building blocks of SME marketing. Niche->Keywords->Leads

The speakers were

  • and overcoming corporate resistance, so clearly has it figured out…
  • Matt Barrie from Freelancer.com on leveraging the world’s talent. Great energy!
  • @aleclynch from DesignCrowd discussing the key Crowdsource candidates, and
  • Phil Sim (can’t find you on Twitter?) giving the customer’s perspective and lessons learned. I liked the term ‘Cloud Labour’. Nice one…

Some clarity. Crowdsourcing is Not Outsourcing.

Outsourcing = Defined Service or Product delivered by the lowest bidder. Crowdsourcing = Best Service or Product selected from multiple bidders for an aggregated price. Arguably, better quality over cost. Thanks @aleclynch

This presents some interesting opportunities.

For those of us with many years Corporate / Enterprise Outsourcing experience, and keen to ride this Crowdsourcing wave, I see many previously solved challenges and therefore opportunties. We’ve learned these lessons the hard way, and with some minor tweaks, can apply some of the learning to Crowdsourcing. Watch this space…

…and some challenges

  • How do we leverage this into the enterprise space?
  • How do we get at all that untapped IP?
  • What if we Crowdsourced our corporate employees? Across enterprises?
  • What about IP?
  • How does the Crowdsource-ee differentiate themselves?
  • What about the vertical project management expertise that the customer of Crowdsourced resources/services/products has to build in-house? and the unseen costs and overhead for this?
  • How to overcome resistance to the ‘offshore/nearshore/outsource’ label and the often negative perceptions / experiences attached to this?

I’ll leave it there for now. Your thoughts and feedback is, as always, most welcome!

For more on the #TIECrowd event, check out Tony Hollingworth’s post here