Friday Top 6 Favorite Quotes to Inspire

March 27, 2015

1.   Nobody who ever gave her best regretted it.    George Hala

2.   Entrepreneur is a state of mind, not a job title.

3.  Make your crazy ideas stick.

4.  Being you can be your niche.

5.  What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail.  E.  Roosevelt

6.  A tweet only lasts 60 minutes.


Kevin Hall, Author of Aspire, Dishes on his 3 Best pieces of Advice!

March 23, 2015

I had the honor of meeting Kevin Hall, the author of the book, Aspire.   This book is the all time best seller for personal motivational books and is well worth the investment.   Listen for a little taste of the great insight he offered us at the Senior Leader Session at the Professional Business Women of California session!


Customers expect simple, sophisticated experiences – Some Cool Ones from SXSW!

March 19, 2015

Experience with new platform technologies and business models is dramatically increasing both the expectations and
empowerment of consumers. They are developing an insatiable desire for compelling experiences across all areas of life.
Increasing technological sophistication is leading to:

  • More information to consumers, allowing more choices and enabling greater opportunity to influence organizations
  • Higher expectations of integrated and sophisticated — yet simple — experiences
  • Decreasing brand loyalty, as consumers have less patience and are more willing to switch interchangeably among

At SXSW, we saw Mophie leverage a simple “dog” to deliver power at the sound of a tweet!  This simple yet impactful experience will remain one of the top at SXSW.  The other great example was in Start up WonderWoof.   Designing a FitBit for dogs, they have delivered more information to consumers allowing them more informed decisions.
In response, organizations are increasingly pressured to play catch-up and meet the next generation of consumer demands
by providing integrated, customized experiences. Consumers expect personalization across all of their experiences, from
airline counters, to online mega-retailers, to the showroom floors of automobile dealerships. They expect integration
across channels and touch points, and they are quick to change loyalties to organizations that can better meet their needs.
Today, 81 percent of millennial consumers demand improved response time; 76 percent expect organizations to understand
individual needs and 68 percent anticipate organizations to harmonize consumer experiences.  In fact, at SXSW at our Millennail panel, Monday night, IBM hosted the first ever new way to startup Gen Y pitch party, attracting over 250 guests. 10 teams participated and only 5 were picked to move on to  live in a house in Austin, TX for an exciting reality webseries. They will compete to win software, services, mentorship and a trip to TED@IBM. The documented webisodes will demonstrate how these innovators are working with IBM to transform their big ideas into big change.  These types of experiences humanize brands.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, for example, is seeking to engage connected consumers. Xiaomi uses customer
segmentation as a brand differentiator. It sells high-end phones for prices close to cost, less than half the price of some rivals.
The company leverages consumer feedback captured via Weibo (i.e. Twitter-like social media application) to release new versions
of its operating system, which it does on a weekly schedule.

The Xiaomi example demonstrates that, to create an opportu­nity to provide a differentiated experience in line with consumer expectations, organizations must embrace data and analytics to underpin experience and pursue social media to promote collaboration. They will also need to reduce barriers to engage­ment and partnering.
Luxury fashion house Burberry, a traditionally conservative brand, digitized its organization to create a seamless consumer experience. Burberry removed organizational boundaries between digital and physical; for example, it equipped employ­ees with iPads to enable online access to leverage consumer data to improve the in-store experience. Through digital-phys­ical integration, Burberry has transformed into a modern, relevant, and hip luxury brand.

Focus on these simple, yet impactful brand experiences!!!


Nustory Project: Startups and students get together for content marketing and growth hacking!

March 17, 2015

Learn more about the Nustory Project

Check out Hootsuite University


It’s IBM at the Jimmy Kimmel Show during SXSW!

March 16, 2015

Yes, IBM BlueMix, IBM Verse, and IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program played a starring role in the Jimmy Kimmel show.

This short video showcases the energy in seeing IBM showcased with our Partner Mutual Mind and our IBM Cloud!

We featured #GuillerMoInAustin and you too can get tickets to go by heading by the IBM Cloud @Startup Village in the Hilton !! It is a must see event!


Day 3 of SXSW: Women in Tech, Startups, Content, Meerkat, IBM Cloud Trending

March 16, 2015


How do companies engage millennials? Lanie Abisdris explains! (Coffee Break)

March 16, 2015

Did you see the USA Today Article on Geek Girls Are Chic – The Gap in Women in Tech?

March 15, 2015

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Love Growth Hacking? How about Career Hacks — Download the ebook!

March 15, 2015

Join me in this Geek Girls Are Chic community!   Community

And download this ebook!    http://bit.ly/sandy7hacks

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SXSW Day 2 Summary: Career Hacks, Run your business like…, and IBM Cloud !

March 14, 2015

5 Days at SXSW with IBM Including Massive Party, Millennials, and Girls Who Code

March 14, 2015



Summary of Day 1 at SXSW Interactive! ROC (Return on Content), Millennials, Startups, and Bears Oh no!

March 13, 2015


Social Media Tips for SXSW!

March 13, 2015

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Places to eat in Austin, SXSW-style!

March 13, 2015

Many of you know that I’m always bragging about my Texas heritage. Can’t help it! Texas is a great place! And when SXSW is in full-swing, it’s a great time to soak up all that is Austin!

Just like last year, Chef Watson will be active at SXSW. We have a Chef Watson session in the making at the historic Driskill Hotel this year. You can check it out on the SXSW website -> http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP44524. Bring your recipe ideas!

There are so many things to love about Austin, but I must admit, my favorite thing about Austin is the food! So, in spirit of Chef Watson coming back to SXSW, I’ve comprised a list of Austin foodie places! Get ready for some great food!

We gotta start with Mexican food!

BBQ, anyone! Yes!

Then there’s Southern and Southwestern style!

Asian food is sooo delicious!

And last, but not least, FOOD TRUCKS!


#SXSW – IBM Day at the Radisson: It’s all about the entrepreneurs!

March 12, 2015

What to learn more about Watson?   Come to our IBM Day at the Radisson!

We’ve got great sessions dedicated to CAMSS and IoT focused on developers and entrepreneurs. The session on the Startup Go-to-Market Guide will help entrepreneurs learn how to plan your go-to-market strategy and leverage the right partnerships to your advantage.

Likewise, the session on Innovating Development of Cloud, Mobile, and Social will help entrepreneurs and startups understand how new approaches to development and new APIs and capabilities could radically change product/app definition, design, development and deployment for themselves and their clients. Bluemix will be showcased, as well as embedding Watson services and content through cloud-based APIs.

Click on the links to add them to your SXSW schedule!

As you can see, there’s a ton of great stuff to hear and learn about on Watson and Bluemix, plus plenty of time for questions and networking after each session!

I look forward to seeing you there!


IBM @ SXSW: Geek Girls, #Selfies, Supercomputer chefs, and more!

March 12, 2015

I’m an Austin gal at heart, so there’s hardly a more exciting time of year for me than SXSW! Once again, IBM will have a huge presence at SXSW Interactive, so I just can’t wait to see my passion for the city of Austin meet my passion for the work we do at IBM!

There will be so many great sessions and events to experience, but I want to give you a taste of a few that I’m really excited about! I hope you’ll check these out and add them to your SXSW schedule! See you in Austin!

Friday, March 13

Social Media Today Breakfast (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_OE03970)
8:30AM – 10:30AM
Join me for breakfast and discussion about how people and technology are transforming businesses. We’ll discuss the new way to work. Request your invitation here: http://bit.ly/SMTSXSW

Decoding Gender Diversity in Tech (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP41428)
3:30PM – 4:30PM
The shortage of women in tech is no secret. The industry has fewer female executives and founders than almost any other. Why the disparity? Learn more about the issue and how companies can fix the gap, with thoughts from Alexa Scordato of Stack Exchange, Carolina Huaranca of Girls Who Chode, Darrell Silver of Thinkful, and Savannah Peterson of Shapeways Inc.

Saturday, March 14

Can anyone really trust user generated content?(http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP41634)
12:30PM – 1:30PM
In this session, Gene Austin, CEO of Bazaarvoice, discusses the dark side of social media, along with the impact of inauthentic behavior on businesses and consumers, and what each of us can do to create a web worthy of our trust.

City 2.0: Why Local Gov. Bets on Civic Innovation (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP35776)
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Rapid technological advances, explosive urban growth, and changing economic dynamics are presenting a host of new challenges for U.S. cities. In order to stay competitive, urban leaders are re-envisioning how to run their cities, from meeting the basic needs of constituents to tackling complex urban challenges. Hear from Jessica Singleton, Digital Director from the Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as leaders from Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco to see how cities across the US are tackling these challenges.

Sunday, March 15

Geek Girls are Chic! 5 Career Hacks (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP31283)
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Join Elizabeth Caudle, Director of Girls Who Code, and me as we discuss why women in tech matter, how innovation will benefit, and how to foster an interest in tech. Learn why women need to take risks and embrace failure to give them the courage to crash through the glass ceiling or start a new business!

*Following this session, I’ll be available for book signing on 4th floor of Austin Convention Center in SXSW Bookstore at 12:00PM. Come by, get a book and say “Hi!”

Anatomy of #Selfies That Sell
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Join Pau Sabria, CEO of Olapic, and Chris Haines, Director of Strategy for Fluid, for an insights-packed discussion of the visual commerce landscape, including new data about consumer appetite for visual commerce, the Top 10 best converting photos of 2014, the most innovative and successful brands and retailers in visual commerce, and how to plan your approach to integrating customer photos.

Monday, March 16

How Chef Watson Changed the Way We Prepare Food (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP44524)
9:30AM – 10:30AM
Learn how Chef Watson has changed the way we interact with and prepare food and allows us to make new discoveries. Dawn Perry, Senior Food Editor for Bon Appetit, will be on hand to help us explore this concept in the context of design, implications for the mass market and professionals, and how it impacts how we prepare food in our homes.

These are just a few of the great sessions going on at SXSW, so I encourage you to check out the schedule and find the topics that excite you. Also, make sure you don’t miss IBM’s full day of sessions at the Radisson on Monday, March 16. There’s a new way to work and it’s made with IBM—join us to learn more!






SXSW! Geek Girls Are Chic with Girls Who Code! Five Career Hacks on Sunday at 11AM CST!

March 11, 2015

Come on Sunday to see Geek Girls are Chic:  5 Career Hacks!  We’ll be in Ballroom A at the Austin Convention Center on Sunday, March 15th. Our session begins at 11:00AM Central. Visit this link to add our session to your SXSW schedule!

Geek Girls Are Chic

I’m so thrilled that I am sharing the stage during a SXSW featured session with one of my favorite organizations:

  • Girls Who Code! Joining me will be Elizabeth Caudle, Director for Girls Who Code. Elizabeth’s background is rich in STEM-type roles where she has been a supporter and leader of organizations dedicated to advancing educational opportunities around the globe!

During our session, Elizabeth and I will discuss women’s participation in tech-related fields, why there are fewer women graduating with a technical degree, and why women are not rising in the tech ranks or startup businesses. We’ll tackle these issues, as well as discuss how the tech industry can benefit from innovations from women. We’ll discuss why more women need to take risks and embrace failure and build the courage the shatter the glass ceiling! We’ll also share with you 5 career hacks that can help you strategize your approach to grow your career!

Here’s a taste of what we’ll share with you:

  • Doing your homework is a MOOC point
  • Be an Open API
  • Define your “ALL”

Watch my short video to get a taste of my session with Girls Who Code!

And after the session, be sure to join me at the SXSW Bookstore where I’ll be signing copies of my books. Come by, say “Hi!” and share your ideas with me! I promise, it’ll be a lively debate!

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Whether you are a woman or man, parent or business owner, this is a must-see session!


Women in Technology – A Business Imperative

March 10, 2015

Live at Professional Business Women of California Sr Women Forum!

March 9, 2015



Happy International Women’s Day!!! STEM jobs on the rise, but Women in STEM declining

March 8, 2015

STEM jobs are on the rise, in fact,  there will be 1.4 million new computer science jobs by 2020.

  • These new jobs pay better, 33% more than non-STEM positions.
  • Women are the perfect candidates for these new jobs. Women hold a greater percentage of all bachelor’s degrees,
  • Unfortunately, they also hold an increasingly smaller percentage of computer science degrees with just 18 percent in 2012 as compared to 37 percent in 1984.
  • Women represent 48 percent of the workforce but only a quarter of STEM and IT careers.
  • When women are in positions of leadership, there is a 35% higher return on equity and 34% better return to shareholders.

So let’s get some more women into the roles they can be qualified to fill.

At PBWC tomorrow, a group of Senior Women will continue the work to change the game.   Tell me what you will do!!



Insight Robotics WINS the IBM Entrepreneur of the Year!

March 8, 2015

Check out their amazing IOT solution that is changing the world!!!


Over 5500 Coming to the Professional Business Women of California!

March 5, 2015


Cricket is HOT in India – Developers are Coding BlueMix Apps to Participate!

March 4, 2015

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What I learned from the Women of the Cloud Get Together at IBM Interconnect!

March 3, 2015

With over 1000 women joining us for the Women in the Cloud event at IBM Interconnect, we heard Ted Talks from:

  • Lisa Seacat DeLuca – IBM’s Most Prolific Woman Inventor
  • Maria Winans – IBM’s VP of Marketing
  • Marie Wieck – IBM’s GM of Software
  • Laurie McCabe – CEO / Founder SMB Group
  • Frances West – IBM’s Executvie for Accessibility
  • me!
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Here’s my Top 10.5 Top Aways!

  1. Learn how to say No!   Not every opportunity is a good one so don’t say yes to everything.   Pick and choose those with the highest Return on Investment or Most Joy!
  2. You Can have it ALL but you have to define what your ALL is.    What brings you joy and excitement should be your bar, not what others desire.
  3. Exercise!   Almost all of the TED talks valued working out to de stress and stay healthy!
  4. Prioritize yourself.  The analogy I used was on a flight and in life, put your safety mask on first.  Then you can help others.  Sometimes it is ok to make you a priority.
  5. Have a support structure.   All of us need help and so when your daughter comes home with that last minute tea and you have a big presentation, have a support team who can sub in when needed.  You’ll need a strong support network for your personal life to meet the challenges of integrating work and life. Ask help of those around you – friends, family, and neighbors
  6. Take risks. Stretch opportunities, coaching and placement in roles outside of your “comfort zone” is critical to building leadership attributes
  7. Have fun.    Many examples of where women excel more when they loved what they were doing.   Do what brings you joy!
  8. Move from “can it be done” to “how can I get it done”.   Attitude and tone is really important but for your teams and you!
  9. Believe in yourself.   Make sure you have confidence in you and your abilities and those crazy ideas.
  10. Give yourself permission. Don’t feel guiltly about decisions  Make a decision and stand behind it. As one executive put it, “Don’t spend your time feeling guilty afterwards because you may be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.”

10.5  Get a massage weekly!

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Entrepreneurs are driving Innovation in 2015!

March 2, 2015


Selfies Can Reveal Your Health!

February 28, 2015

Compliments of Ray Hammond again!  I love this one!  (Follow him here — @hammondfuturist )
A team of researchers at the University of Rochester has developed a computer program that can help health professionals monitor a person`s mental health through the images from selfie videos the patient records while engaging in social media activity.
The method is a variation of existing health monitoring programs. The novelty here is that the user’s behavior. can be monitored quietly and unobtrusively while they routinely use their computer or smartphone. No extra information about how the user is feeling needs to be provided. No special accessories are required, either. The user just needs to go about their computer routine as usual.
During its experiments, the team, successfully measured a user’s heart rate simply by monitoring small changes in the patient’s forehead color.  Other visual signals could be extracted, such as blinking rate, eye pupil radius and head movement rate, from the video data, all of this using modern computer vision and signal processing techniques.




New Startup: The Smartphone Device That Will Be Able To Detect Cancer In Your Breath

February 27, 2015

Compliments of Ray Hammond who alerted me to this cool Startup!   A device developed in Israel called the “NaNose” is claimed to be able to detect cancer and other illness simply by sampling human breath.
NaNose is now being ported to be available on a smartphone as an add-on called “The Sniff Phone”.
By identifying the special “odour” emitted by cancer cells, it is claimed the NaNose system can detect the presence of tumours, both benign and malignant, more quickly, efficiently and cheaply than previously possible.

It is claimed the system is 90 per cent accurate.


IBM Interconnect Cloud Ecosystem Highlights! It’s all about the Cloud!

February 26, 2015



Coffee Break: Jason McGee, IBM Cloud CTO explains why this is the year of the hybrid cloud!

February 23, 2015

Cloud is transforming entire industries around us! I recently caught up with Jason McGee, IBM Fellow and IBM Cloud CTO, who explains how cloud changes the way apps are being built and why this is the year of the hybrid cloud.

We’ll be discussing more of these topics at IBM InterConnect this week!



Building an ECOSYSTEM for Growth Hacking: the Nustory Project!

February 23, 2015

As you know, I’m a HUGE fan of growth hacking and content marketing. Businesses need to embrace the most powerful digital engagement strategies and make data-driven decisions!

And what’s a core ingredient to make this happen? Skills!

We need new marketers that understand how to mine data to build PERSONALIZED relationships. We need project managers that know how to run an EFFECTIVE content calendar. We need data scientists and developers that can build the tools to TRANSFORM industries.

How do we build these skills? Through partnerships and development of an ECOSYSTEM. That’s exactly what we are doing with the Nustory Project. We’re matching student teams with startups to work on real-world challenges building and executing on content marketing plans.

Nustory In Action

Recipes for success:

Pair students with living, breathing startups

For this project, we are leveraging two key components of our ecosystem: faculty and students from our Academic Initiative AND startups from our Global Entrepreneur Program.

Faculty realize the need to build content marketing skills. As Peter Cardon from USC’s Marshall School of Business says, “Social media has turned brands into publishers, and the pressure to produce quality content is growing.”

Startups realize the importance of building content strategies to differentiate themselves as digital engagement becomes increasingly important.

Give students access to the best tools and platforms

To create a culture of success, we need to give students and startups access to the best tools!

Again we leverage our ecosystem, bringing in Hootsuite, the world’s most widely used social relationship platform and a key IBM social business partner . Through Hootsuite’s Higher Education Program, students access the Hootsuite  platform for sharing content across social media and measuring its effectiveness. Startups access the platform to validate content and provide feedback.

For a successful content marketing strategy, COLLABORATION is KEY! And when it comes to collaboration, developerWorks offers a best-in-class suite of tools, whether its wiki for posting challenges or the forums for sharing best practices across a number of student teams.

Use analytics and certification to drive performance

Today’s volatile business environment demands a flexible data-driven strategy to drive success. Throughout the Nustory Project, students assess the reach, engagement and action from the social content they generate. They use agile processes to constantly move in the direction of higher value for customers and the startups they represent.

It’s one thing developing skills, but how can students actually PROVE that they are knowledgeable in Content Marketing? All students in the Nustory Project have access to Hootsuite University’s Certification Program – one of the best in the business for social media and content marketing.

So remember, when it comes to successful growth hacking and content marketing, think SKILLS and think ECOSYSTEM!

Learn more:

1) Come see my presentation on Growth Hacking @ InterConnect!

2) Hootsuite University – Stay up to date in today’s rapidly changing media landscape through social media education and industry-recognized certification

3) Whether your are a student, faculty member or business, get involved in the Nustory Project




Watch highlights from the critical success of PWLC 2015!

February 18, 2015

With a wealth of panels, speakers, networking and more the 2015 Partnership World Leadership Conference was a great success! Some highlights include the Women in Channels Luncheon, the Cloud Ecosystem Breakout Session, and the Cloud Deep-Dive Workshop. Check out this video recap of all the excitement:


IBM’s New Millennial Study!

February 18, 2015

By 2020, Millennials will be approximately 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, and by 2030, 75 percent of the global workforce.   (Source: Forbes study)

I am sure you’ve seen some of the recent studies, highlighting how millennials will be a major part of the workforce going into 2020 and beyond.  A Forbes study, highlights that Millennials will be 50% of he US workforce by 2020!
This creates a great challenge for leaders who are faced with managing a workforce across multiple generations namely,  Millennials, Gen X (aged 35–49), and Baby Boomers (aged 50–60).  At IBM, we see the importance of understanding the preferences and behavioral patterns of each of these segments.
Today, I will share a few of the datapoints from this study from IBM’s Institute of Business Value that was released today!  Its a multigenerational study of 1,700+ employees from organizations across 12 countries and 6 industries

Here’s a few of our findings and actions for leaders in managing this multigenerational workforce:
One surprising finding is that Millennials want many of the same things their older colleagues do. While there are some distinctions among the generations, Millennials’ attitudes are not poles apart from other employees

50%+ of Millennials are accessing their personal social networks for professional reasons less frequently than Gen X employees.

While this finding may not be a surprise, we did find that Gen Xers use social networks more frequently (60%+) to communicate with colleagues, get industry information, and promote their companies products / services.  Given today’s escalating concerns about privacy and security, it’s imperative for senior leaders managing a cross generational workforce to publish social computing guidelines and ensure all employees receive direction about what can and cannot be shared externally

3 Actions for Senior leaders managing a cross generational workforce – How to get started
1. Focus on the individual (employee)
2. Foster a collaborative culture
3. Make customer experience a priority

More coming!!!



Happy Valentine’s Day with a Social Business Twist!

February 13, 2015


Live from IBM PWLC – Brian Fanzo (BroadSuite) on developing in the cloud

February 12, 2015

Follow Brian Fanzo on Twitter!



Live from IBM PWLC – Diabetizer on the power of Bluemix

February 12, 2015

Diabetizer is an IBM Partner solution built on IBM Bluemix that can help the lives of the 300m worldwide diabetes sufferers.

More on Diabetizer

More on IBM Bluemix


3 Pieces of Advice for Start-ups and Intrapreneurs from Unusual Places!

February 11, 2015

I am in Vegas and walked through a great museum with fun quotes and it made me think of the advice earlier from some of our Venture Capitalists!

1.  Fish are the last to recognize water.    Make sure that you are constantly evaluating the landscape.  Sometimes startups fall in love with their products and don’t see poor product-market fit with a solid business model.   Remember that the product must be desired by a customer — and there are many substitutes. At our last VC roundtable, the VCs said that they are always weary when someone comes in with an idea that has 0 competition  While this seems basic, I have seen many entrepreneurs dive into creating a product that they think is totally unique, not thinking through other options.

2.  It’s always better to be looked over than overlooked.  Many start-ups think about scale and overlook the way to get to need scale.   The priority should be on developer productivity and being able to deliver the features and platform that sets your product apart.   Focus on scale when it actually becomes a problem. You’ll be better prepared with more information about what to fix and where and hopefully with more help to do it.

3.  If you want the rainbow you better put up with the rain.    Many start-ups put their energy into impressing their boards and investors instead of their customers.    Of course you must work with your investors, but a great start-up filters those ides through the eyes of their clients and potential clients.    Don’t get distracted focusing on the wrong group.


Live from IBM PWLC – Redis Labs on the power of Bluemix

February 10, 2015

More on Redis Labs

More on IBM Bluemix



IBM SmartCamp Finals is Almost here!!! Join us!

February 10, 2015

Join us for the SmartCamp finals with a set of AMAZING Entrepreneurs!

Monday, Feb 23
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MGM Hotel
Rooms 312–317


















Live from IBM PWLC – eperi Dishes on Cloud Security and Marketplace

February 9, 2015

More on eperi

More on the Cloud Marketplace


What is a Meme? Is it important?

February 9, 2015

To be your Social Best, you must be authentic!

February 5, 2015

In a recent study, the #1 characteristic across B2B and B2C is that those using Social be Authentic.

But what does this mean?

Authentic is when we are true to ourselves and celebrate the diversity of unique leadership character.  We act fairly and build trust in every environment, even when it’s tough to do.  We are self aware and never let business pressures and stress prevent us from leading with integrity and respect.

What do you see authentic as?


29% of the World’s Population are ACTIVE Social Media Users! WOW!

February 4, 2015

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Social Business Trend – 6 Seconds on Experience!

February 3, 2015

Social business trend #5!! Experience is the key!

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Valuable Terms and Concepts that Start-Ups “Coined”

February 2, 2015

Speedgeeking! 5 Demos To Keep Your Career Heading UP @ Interconnect

January 29, 2015

Yes, I am a self proclaimed Girl Geek.  In fact, Geek Girls are very chic!

So for my top 5 Picks at IBM’s Interconnect Conference in Las Vegas on Feb 22-26 — here you will find my top choices!  And Yes, I want to go to all of them!  How about you!?

You can register here:   http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/interconnect/devat/

Top 5 Speedgeeking Demos

  • Startup in 15 Minutes Using Bluemix – Disrupt or be disrupted is the mantra of IT today. Watch this demonstration where we take an idea and turn it in to a prototype for a real business and take it to a pilot stage. We will use a variety of services on Bluemix including Cloudant, dashDB, Twillio, Analytics for Hadoop and Node-Red.
  • Real-time Sentiment Analysis of Twitter during Brazil World Cup soccer gamesFAMA was implemented for real-time sentiment analysis of streaming Twitter data during all matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This engine included the sentiment about each player, the coach and the teams. We have implemented a Machine Learning-based classifier to identify the polarity of each tweet during the games in real-time using IBM InfoSphere Streams over Softlayer cloud infrastructure. The system provided a report of the most frequent topics, terms and their co-occurrences and the corresponding volume of messages classified with positive, negative or neutral polarity. These results were made available to a major nation-wide television network mobile app and at a ESPN hotsite.
  • From Nothing to a Running App in the Cloud with IBM Bluemix DevOps Services – You want to develop something quickly but you don’t have days or weeks to set up an environments? No worries, Bluemix DevOps Services is here to help you be more productive. Come to this hands-on demo to see how to create a new app (Node.js), manage source code (Git),  or configure automated builds and deployments (continuous delivery) in the cloud.  The demo will also introduce DevOps Services capabilities to manage agile product development (Product Backlog, Sprint planning).   When cloud computing is so easy with Bluemix DevOps Services, you can focus on what really matters: Develop your next brilliant idea.
  • Building a Living Heart – (Just in time for Valentine’s Day!!)  – Dassault Systemes, an IBM Business Partner and Silver+ sponsor, is building a heart simulator by working with experts in medicine, device manufacturing, academia and regulatory agencies.  This is a short demo of the The Living Heart Project announced by the FDA and Dassault Systemes for a Living Heart collaborative research project with crowdsourcing and ability to project IP and share outcomes.
  • Let’s Build a Start-up In 30 Minutes Using Bluemix and IoT – In this workshop we will show you how to quickly develop a new line of business using the IoT technology provided by Kiwi Wearables and the IBM Bluemix platform.    As telco executive is trying to target the under-served market of senior citizens. They don’t carry smartphones so they sign very inexpensive contracts that barely generates any profit. The new business idea is to create a plan where they receive a smartphone with the Kiwi app pre-configured, a data plan and an automatic fall detection service.    The attendees will build the fall detection service that will be running on IBM Bluemix and will use the services provided by the platform to store and analyze data and automatically notify a caregiver of the fall.

Interconnect — The Scoop for Developers, Entrepreneurs and App Builders!

January 28, 2015



5 Workshops You Need to Attend at Dev@Interconnect

January 27, 2015


I hope you are going to join me at Interconnect and will attend Dev@interconnect in Las Vegas Feb 22-26!

Register here:   http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/interconnect/devat/

Some of my favorite topics at the event!   What else would you like to see!

  1. Think Like a Hacker! Exploiting Mobile Apps and How to Mitigate these Risks
  2. Let’s Build a Start-up In 30 Minutes Using Bluemix and IoT
  3. Eliminate Dogwork with Leaner and Smarter Methods
  4. Not another pitch workshop
  5. Continuous mobile app quality – Listen to that feedback!

I hope you will join me there!



SuperBowl! What Entrepreneurs can learn from Football!

January 26, 2015

Chef Watson Releases Her Cookbook!!!!

January 25, 2015

Yes,  our own Chef Watson will release her cookbook “Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson” in the US on April 14!

I had the pleasure of meeting our chef down at SXSW in her food truck last year where she created a chocolate bacon burrito that I first cringed at and then loved!!!    Since Chef Watson partnered with the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), the recipes are creative and delicious.

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The recipes from the cookbook are generated from the cognitive computer. This machine learning showcases the computer’s creativity, and its ability to “understand” flavor profiles and ingredient pairings.  It drives the chefs to think outside the “norm”.   The book promises to introduce us to new food and flavor pairings conceived by Watson.

I will be ordering the book of over 65 Watson generated recipes.  How about you?



Get enterprise-level analytics on a startup-level budget: IBM Analytics Starter Program

January 20, 2015

You know one of the biggest obstacles as a startup is having the revenue to buy or get access to software that could enhance your solutions. It gets even tougher when your clients are clamoring for analytics solutions to address their business challenges. You’ve got to get the solutions they need and fast!

We have the solution!
That’s why we’ve created the IBM Analytics Starter Program for startup ISVs! It can help you break through barriers and integrate proven, enterprise-strength software in the solutions you deliver to your clients!

Start-ups don’t have additional funds to invest in software. The IBM Analytics Starter Program takes away that barrier to entry! We offer software for no charge and no royalties for 18 months.

Who qualifies for the program?
If you are a member of IBM Global Entrepreneur, you’re already most of the way there! In addition, you must meet these two criteria:
•Company must integrate IBM software into their application
•Company’s application charge is less than $150,000 USD for one on-premise license

Great, where do I sign up?
To apply and learn more about the IBM Analytics Starter Program, visit our website or reach out to starter@us.ibm.com. You can also contact your assigned Global Entrepreneur Relationship Manager. The program will be offered to qualified Business Partners in the US on 20 Jan 2015 and available worldwide in mid-February.

We look forward to helping you deliver better value to your clients with the power of business analytics!

Not a member of the IBM Global Entrepreneur? Now is a great time to become a member!

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