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New! IBM Innovation Space inspiring Cloud Innovation in Brazil!

May 26, 2015

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Honor and Thanks to all those who served

May 25, 2015

A very special thank you to all Veterans who are currently serving our country, who have served, and who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  You are not forgotten and your sacrifices are appreciated.   A special call out to my Uncle Johnny, who served in WW II and was recognized for his service in D Day.  I wish you were still with us!

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Our freedoms come at a high cost and we can never rest assuming that our freedoms will always be present, so it’s fitting that there is a day to say thank you to those who voluntarily serve and put themselves in harms way so that we can enjoy our freedom.

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Unconscious Bias?! What is it and what do you do?

May 20, 2015

Today we hosted an incredible call about Unconscious Bias.   Everyone has them … based on your history, experiences, and context.   Take this test — it is a real eye opener!    https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

What is UnConscious Bias?

A personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment (Merriam-Webster)

Unconscious biases influence our judgment and decision-making, and because we are not aware of them, can be detrimental in certain circumstances such as what information to prioritize in decision-making, who to hire, promote, and reward, and where to allocate precious resources.

Why do we have these biases?

We work in everyday between the automatic pilot and thoughtful, reflective moments.   Most of us are on that automatic pilot most of the day — driving to work,  the feeling when wearing shoes, breathing, etc  but when we pause and do the slow thinking, we think about the facts and the basis of our decisions.    When you are in System 1 — intuitive — you make assumptions you don’t even know about!

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Understand the Ladder of Influence:

We have a lot of filters that we need to be aware of.  I love this ladder from Chris on how much data we process automatically.   Alot of our conclusions are based on assumptions, based on a selective set of data.

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What do you do?  Unconscious Bias:

  • Be willing to examine your own assumptions and experiences.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, say so.
  • Be willing to practice inquiry if you suspect unconscious bias in action: seek to understand.
  • Start from the assumption of good intentions.
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TieCon Explodes for IBM Cloud!

May 19, 2015

I love attending the TieCon conferece every year.   It is the world’s largest Enterpreneur Conference with over 4300 attendees, 35% women, and this year 20% women speakers.

The TieCon 50 are the top 50 Entrepreneurs who this year each received up to $120K of the IBM Cloud!   The results for these chosen few are amazing .. with over the past years over 114 successful exits!

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They focused on 8 tracks: 

  • Internet of Things
  • Data Economy
  • Cloud & Security
  • Healthcare
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Oil and Gas
  • Online Education
  • Youth

I wanted to share many of the great moments from our Global Entrepreneurs!

Kick Sim:

GT Systems – a TieCon Power 50 Entrepreneur!

Airosense:

And the interest in the IBM Cloud was a long long line!   Thanks to all the entrepreneurs for your interest!  We will do our best to help you be successful!

 

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4 Key Themes of social media across global organizations

May 18, 2015
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Woman Founders at Black Box Learn about IBM’s Bluemix

May 14, 2015

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Introducing the WITI Virtual Hackathon! Sign up now to show off your “entrepreneur” style!

May 13, 2015

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In 1935, three decades before the Equal Pay Act, IBM recruited its first women in the workforce. IBM’s founder, T.J. Watson Sr. promised women, “the same kind of work for equal pay.” Since then, IBM has been acknowledged as a world leader in its commitment to women both in and out of the workforce. In 2014, IBM was named one of the 諺Best Companies for Women”by Forbes.

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It should come as no surprise that IBM has partnered with WITI (Women In Technology International), a powerhouse dedicated to women in tech, on their first ever Virtual Hackathon. WITI started in 1989 as The International Network of Women in Technology and, in 2001, evolved into The WITI Professional Association, the world’s leading trade association for tech-savvy women. Today, WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.

I personally invite you to join Bluemix, IBM’s premier cloud development platform, and WITI for an international hackathon where developers, scientists, students, and entrepreneurs will gather virtually to build software, applications, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions focused on the Internet of Things and wearables. The hackathon runs throughout the month of May and is open to open to all.  

Follow these easy steps to get started and get hacking!

1.    Register for the hackathon at ibm.biz/witiregistration
2.    Register for your free Bluemix trial at ibm.biz/witihack
3.    Participate in Bluemix virtual education sessions and review technical resources here: ibm.biz/witihackathon
4.    Start building your app and submit it for review by May 27th.

Prizes include IBM Cloud Credit, a 1-hour virtual meeting with me, 2016 WITI Summit tickets, free WITI memberships and more.

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As a board member of WITI and mentor to several women in IBM, I am thrilled to see this type of collaboration and can’t wait to see the apps you come up with!

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Wearable IOT? !

May 11, 2015
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No Fear Friday – Take that Risk!!!

May 8, 2015

Our short and sassy Friday message is … take that Risk!

There’s no success without risk.   Everything good has some risk associated with it.  This does not mean you don’t look and evaluate reasons you might have challenges or even small failures along the way, but plan your journey with clear goals.

Make sure you are flexible in how you solve the minimal and big challenges along the way.   Don’t let them derail your overall ambitions!

Learn, learn, learn!!!   Each of these mistakes help you to learn.

I love Barbara Corcoran’s quote:  “Failure is what I’m best at.”   Of course, she is wildly successful because she learned from her failures!

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3 Internet of Things “Items” you need to know!

May 7, 2015

The cloud has allowed the IoT to emerge.  What is the IoT?   It is a term that describes the growing network of objects that can communicate with each other and complete tasks without any human involvement having to take place.  In November 2014, Gartner stated that there will be 4.9 billion connected “things” in use by the end of 2015,  Wow!

With all these connected devices, connectivity will be the biggest part of it.   5G is being called the smartest network ever and is required for IoT to be successful.

All of us will need to know about the IoT!  Here’s 3 items that are in all the IoT space! 

Internet of Everything.   ABI Research summed it up well by explaining that the IoE has three subsystems: IoT, the Internet of Humans (human input to machines in any form) and the Internet of Digital (generating data and communicating it on for further use).

The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card-sized single-board computers developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.

MQTT.   In order to allow IoT data to flow from producers (sensors on the field) to consumers (IT backends, web apps, etc.), MQTT is an OASIS standard that implements a publish-subscribe communication model. It has several QoS levels making it easy to find the perfect tradeoff between reliability and resources/bandwidth usage.

 

 

 

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What I learned from my Mom!

May 6, 2015

Today is my Mom’s birthday.    I don’t get to live close anymore, but we do talk daily.    As I was chatting with a friend who recently lost her mom, she reminded me to cherish each moment so I decided to write the Top 7 Things I love about my mom!

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  1. Gives without expecting anything in return.    My mom is the most giving person I know.  Of course to her children, but to all.  She extends herself without expecting anything in return.
  2. Leads by example.  Whether she is gardening, or doing Tax Returns,  my mom leads by example.  She never asks anyone to do anything that she isn’t willing to do herself.
  3. Chooses Attitude over circumstances.   One of the things my mom taught me is that you sometimes cannot change your circumstances, but your attitude you have control over.   Make sure you keep your attitude in check, and don’t let those circumstances control you!
  4. Exudes “Smart.”  My mom was valedictorian in High School but could not afford to go to college.  Yet, she still used her incredible intelligence to be so successful in life.   She is not just book smart, but life smart.
  5. Grows in faithfulness.   My mom is faithful in her faith and God.  She has a gentle and trusting spirit.
  6. Shares Encouragement.   I cannot remember a time when my mom didn’t encourage her friends, family, and even pets.   She is a natural encourager — go Mom Go!
  7. Exemplifies Love.   My mom loves unconditionally.   Her love is soft and gentle yet strong.

I know that Mother’s day is upcoming as well and I cannot be more thankful for the beautiful woman who is my mom.

She has taught me how to be a good mom and leader!

Celebrate your mom today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cloud Academic Program for Faculty! Changing the dynamics for student learning!

May 5, 2015

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Holy Wow Monday! Top Tips for Entrepreneurs!

May 4, 2015
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Top 5 Personal Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs!

May 1, 2015

I was reading a few articles on entrepreneurship and the secrets of success of the entrepreneur themselves, vs just the company. Here’s the Top 5 Personal habits that I found in common across all the articles in both first time entrepreneurs and serial entrepreneurs as well!

  1. Prioritize!   81% of the top entrepreneurs (value of $3.2M or greater and successful exit) make one the night before for those priorities that are most important.
  2. The Early Riser!   44% get up and going an average of 3 hours before they officially start “work”
  3. Get Help!    77% of those who are successful have an adviser!
  4. Networked Connectors.    79% network 5 or more hours a month.
  5. Return that call.    86% return all their calls in the same week they were received.

Some great habits here that I will adopt as well !!!

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BlueMix Winners from the NASA Challenge!

April 30, 2015

During the NASA challenge, we named IBM BlueMix most Innovative solutions.    For the most innovative use of IBM Bluemix per City participating they received $12K of Cloud credit and if the winning team is a qualified startup, they will be granted up to $120K of Cloud credit in addition to up to 80 hours of technical support and assistance over 6 months by an senior IBM Bluemix developer.

Judging criteria
•    Application originality and uniqueness: 25%
•    Usage of Bluemix services and runtimes: 25%
•    Solution completeness: 25%
•    Business value: 25%

Drum roll please .. and the winners are:

Boston: Asteroid Heroes
Alex Huang, Korina Ysabel, and Mohib Hassan
They developed a solution to help classify asteroids.  Today this is a manual process requiring hundreds of hours from volunteers.  This solution provides an automated mechanism using pattern recognition on existing photometric data and then displays the results visually in a graph.  It should save countless hours of manual drudge work.  Used the Node.js runtime on Bluemix.

Carmel: Launch Window
Mr Jarvis works for Software Engineering Professionals service organization providing market research, software developers and operations professionals to clients.  His solution used the Ruby Sinatra runtime and the Mongodb service to provide a website hosting video (the SpaceX CRS-6 rocket launch from Nasa Public videos)) and a social media response mechanism to allow comments.

Glasgow- Tie! Two Winners: Icarus and Lost in Space
1.  Icarus (Javier Herrera) used the Python runtime to deploy a website that allows you to find the International Space Station from whatever location you choose, giving you the direction and inclination in the sky to find the station.

2.  Lost in Space  (Jamie Stevenson, student) also addressed the International Space Station.  They used the Ruby on Rails runtime with a PostgreSQL plug-in to get the Nasa data and returning a visual representation of the ISS orbiting the earth, allowing you to find and get more information on the various station modules.

Irvine: Water Matters
Quan Chau
Used the Node.js runtime and the MongoLab service to analyze data to help track water usage and drought conditions on the planet.

Instanbul: NTD – Natural Threat Determiners
Eray Hangul used the PHP runtime and the mysql service to display a catalog of earth hazards which you can view by type (atmosphere, land, etc) and date.

La Paz: Fanatic Code
Amilkar Shegrid Contreras Castro used the node.js runtime to display set of asteroids orbiting the sun at a distance that makes them a threat to earth.  If you move your mouse over an asteroid, you get details on the asteroid (name, orbital radius, period, etc) and comets that

London- Tie! Two Winners: Space Watch and The Great British Space Race
Space Watch used the Node.js runtime, MQ Light, Mobile Application Security and the Android SDK to deploy a mobile app that allows a user to find objects in the night sky.

The Great British Space Race used the Node.js runtime and wanted to use Cloudant to persist their data, but ran out of time.  Their solution allows you to compare your travel time to the speed of the New Horizons probe currently en route to Pluto (the fastest spacecraft ever launched from earth).

Madrid: Kepler Quest
Carlos Hayek used Node.js runtime, Push service and the sql database to create a game (similar to flappy birds) where you attempt to keep your spacecraft from running into various stellar objects.

Nairobi: eyeSpace
Nicolas Kisundu connected to a cloud hosting service which contained images and audio recordings and then used mysql and twilio services to do some twitter analysis and display all this on the screen.

New York City: FirstHand
Jesse Lee wrote a solution was using the Node.js runtime and the Node-RED service to gather sensor data from a special glove and its android controller.  They hope to expand their use of Bluemix to utilize some of our analytics services in the future.

Noordwijk: Load Interactive
Davide Ricardo, Joao Abrantes, Gil Filipe, Florian Olivera
Used the Node.js runtime, android sdk, watson speech to text personality insights, and the PHP runtime to analyze speech patterns of streamed nasa content (astronauts, launches, etc).

Pasadena: CatSat
Brian Cottrell created a game using the gamification service where you take a satellite view of the earth and identify and discover natural events as they occur in your field of view.

Sao Paulo: Maintaining Life in Space With The Most Important Ogranism Based on a Story From Rivers and Oceans
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And finally our Virtual Winner:
Kelana Jaya (Malaysia): canyousee created a game using the Node.js runtime, redis and mongolab to allow users to practice spotting special events (wildfires, volcanoes, etc) so they can then analyze real time feeds from NASA!

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Join me at the WITI Summit! From IoT, to speaker success tips, to millennials ….

April 29, 2015
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3 Surprises from Millennials on the Purchase Process

April 28, 2015

I love working with Millennials as well as understanding their purchasing habits.

From IBM’s Institute of Business Value’s study on Millennials, I had 3 Aha moments about how they like to purchase!

  • The world’s gone social!  Millennials meet with vendors face-to-face during the sales cycle, but they would much rather interact remotely during this initial phase
  • In God we trust, all others bring data.   Millennials place equal weight on data analysis and the opinion of family and friends when deciding whether or not to make a B2B purchase costing US$10,000 or more

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  • Millennials are eager to share positive experiences, but very reluctant to share disappointments

These 3 ahas, tell me that in order to meet their needs, we need to:

  • Be social in the sales cycle !  Since this social network scene makes the most sense to millennials, consider setting up an internal private social site to gain more input, and answer questions.
  • Share data and analytics to assist in the progression!   Since millennials want the data, share it!   Do your homework to make it valuable but don’t forget the “word of mouth” as well.
  • Make it easy to shout it from the mountain tops!   Since this new generation likes to share positive experiences, make it easy for them to do so.  This enables them to become your brand ambassadors!

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IBM Ignites Developers and Entrepreneurs in Berlin, Stuttgart, and Amsterdam

April 27, 2015

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Weather Channel and IBM in the Cloud!

April 27, 2015
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3…2…1… Houston, we have lift off! IBM at the NASA Challenge with Internet of Things leading!

April 24, 2015

Over the weekend of April 11th and 12th, IBM partnered with NASA on their International Space Apps Challenge. Over 12,000 attendees participated in the 48-hour hackathon in 133 cities around the world creating apps to solve some of the most challenging issues we face here on earth, in space, around robotics and as human beings.   IBM Bluemix was used as a development platform during this hackathon and we saw Bluemix adopted by more than 3600 developers during this event.

Combining the real time data provided by NASA about earth & space, and the ready-to-use Cloud services and app development tools provided by Bluemix,  developers rapidly created powerful solutions to address the challenges we see everyday.     .NASA Astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman made this bold statement at the New York City Main Stage Event:  “Having the tools, having a platform like Bluemix, to get these people in this place solves problems that we don’t have enough people to solve, and I think we’re going to see some amazing solutions.” – Watch the video at youtu.be/88KtkdVD8gs.

In this blog, I want to drill in and highlight three key things that I have learned

1. Creativity by combining IoT data and mobile

Wildfires are an immediate danger when they are close to human communities. When evacuating these areas, it turns out that the chosen route is crucial to people’s survival.  A NYC based team created the  Wildfire Navigator Mobile IoT App that analyzes the CO2 sensor data and combines real time imagery coming from NASA satellites Aqua and Terra, and builds optimized safest route API using Bluemix Python services. The route API will make predictions about potential areas that wildfires can spread to. Finding routes will take into consideration these predictions. Learn more at ibm.biz/BdXHrr

One of the NASA Space App topics was “Food Direction” – the country decision makers and the general public need to to understand the self-sufficiency of their country across decades and under fluctuating market conditions. To meet this challenge,  Noordwijk team from Europe created the app “Can You Feed Me?”.    This Android app uses space data combined with other data sources to create insight into the imports and exports of food in the world.  It was built to withstand global demand and supply data. The app’s backend mapping web service was built on Bluemix using its Web app services and is capable of telling if there’s enough food for the population of a specific country. Learn more at ibm.biz/BdXHj8

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The Great British Space Race, created an app that uses British astronaut Tim Peake’s inaugural mission to the ISS to encourage people on Earth to keep fit. Keeping track of the exercise they do, participants can pit themselves against friends to earn mission badges and astronaut wings as they race towards orbit.  Groups can challenge each other, and in conjunction with gyms, teams across the world can race around the solar system by earning “rocket fuel” for their physical exercise.

2. Women can do this too

In keeping with NASA’s focus on Women in Data for the 2015 Space Apps Challenge, the Space Apps Data Bootcamp was led by many exceptional women making an impact on the world through their engagement with data. This was NASA’s first Data Bootcamp and it was a huge success for women in or interested in coding.

Women of all ages got a chance to hear several women panelist speak about their first hackathons, problem solving tips, and more. Panelists included 13-year-old Olivia Ross, who represented Black Girls CODE. She got started in coding when she was just 11 and definitely embodies what we’re looking for in future Bluemixers. Learn more at ibm.biz/BdXHsd. two creative solutions out of these thousands of apps that developers came up with in solving our earth problem in the 48 hour period.

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My colleagues at IBM have recognized this trend and will build programs that specifically help women of all ages to take the leap and help them acquire necessary skills that transform their ideas into the next great product.

3. Innovation is happening everywhere.

In this rapidly evolving world, we have transitioned into an innovation economy – where capital and computing infrastructure is becoming a commodity, while creativity + speed have emerged as real differentiators in how a business can leapfrog their competition.   The #SpaceApps challenge has shown that by leveraging developer’s creativity and a rapid innovation platform’s speed, you can create new solutions within 48 hours.  I challenge your team to join us in our future Hackathons that my colleagues have created to challenge you to create your innovative solutions. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/events/

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Internet of Things Foosball on BlueMix With Social Linkage!

April 23, 2015

Yes, the students have done it!  This is an Internet of Things Foosball Table designed by Fabian Eitel and Marcel Seibold.  In this picture, they are the 2 gentlemen playing against me !!

thumb_IMG_0357_1024This table with sensors throughout does the following: 

  • It tweets the scores.
  • It rates the probability of the winning team (my team was not rated high — even though I did score one point!)
  • Others can tweet to cheer you on!

Here you can find our final result in Twitter as a little souvenir.   https://twitter.com/TischkickerEhn/status/590534529464467456)

It is a very innovative way to showcase the value of the Cloud.   Marcel and Fabian are not hard core coders but were able to get this up and coming quickly because of Bluemix.

How does it work?

Sensors capture the “game” and then send the results to the cloud, where the data is analyzed and stored.   Then based on the game, Tweets are automatically sent and the probablity of a Winner Calculated!

What fun!

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IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud: Focus in Germany

April 22, 2015

IBM has a long and deep commitment to the entrepreneurial community. IBM works with more than 400 leading venture capital firms in 30 countries to get an early-look into new technologies and upcoming entrepreneurs.  Through the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program, IBM already works with 6,000 startups worldwide, mentoring them to help them grow with free software and technical expertise, exposure to 600+ expert mentors of corporate executives and serial entrepreneurs, plus access to a global network of clients.

In Germany, we have been working together with 150 Startups.    On Thursday, I will be in Berlin meeting with some of the best of the best German Ecosystem members — from startups, to VCs to incubators.

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Last time here, I met with the Investment Punk   https://de-de.facebook.com/investmentpunkpage

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The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups is the leveling up of IBM’s current entrepreneur progam, combining the incredible power of IBM Cloud with the company’s vast, existing network of resources for startups.  This program is a game changer for entrepreneurs, offering them $120,000 of free IBM Cloud platform credits for one year and deep connections to IBM’s enterprise client base. This financial offer is higher than any other cloud vendor has offered startups to date.

This is the highest value cloud startup offering in the market for two reasons: the power of IBM Cloud, and the face-to-face connections and visibility for early stage startups to large enterprise clients.   We want to help ignite even more the growing community in Berlin and beyond in Germany.

IBM Cloud also offers startups an advantage in technical breadth: IBM is the leading vendor to provide a full suite, from bare metal to platform services with DevOps, in both virtualized and hybrid environments.  Bluemix is IBM’s cloud platform as a service, which offers a tremendous breadth of services to help startups build and scale their innovations quickly, as well as leverage rising volumes of Big Data from growing mobile and social networks, IoT devices and more.

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“IBM is the only large tech firm offering face-to-face, in-person connections to enterprises and mentoring that is so critical for early stage companies,” said Robin Hrassnigg, CEO of Diabetizer, a German startup and IBM partner recently recognized by the World Health Organization for its innovative health care app, in a statement. “As our company continues to scale our app, which uses cognitive computing and cloud to help diabetics manage their treatment with flexibility and accuracy, we will increasingly look to these types of in-depth connections to bring our approach to big data to different industries.”

IBM is also offering entrepreneurs connections to its enterprise client base through regional face-to-face events, as well as CIO and entrepreneur meet-ups. These face-to-face connections with enterprises are invaluable to early-stage companies, and IBM is the only large tech firm to offer interactions at this level.

The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups also offers entrepreneurs the most extensive global network of local technical expertise through IBM’s 43 Innovation Centers, all of which also host local tech community events and meet-ups.  And Using IBM Bluemix allows companies to accelerate the time it takes to bring their innovation to market – from weeks and months to hours and days.

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Go Entrepreneurs!

 

 

 

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5 quotes from German Authors — Celebrating my time here!

April 21, 2015

german flag indexI love quotes and have been sharing some of my favorites.   Since I am in 3 cities in Germany this week, I thought I’d look up some favorites from German Authors.

1.  Aller Anfang ist schwer    “All beginnings are hard.”

So true!   Anything that you start is always hard!     Transformations are particularly difficult but the outcomes are sweet!  As an entrepreneur, starting that business is hard, and keeping persistent harder.  But you have to begin to finish!

2.   Aus Schaden wird man klug.   Translated it means  “Failure makes smart.”

You learn so much from experimenting and failing and taking those insights back into the business.   This experimentation is now part of our learning skills!

3. Erst denken, dann handeln.    “First think, then act.”

Sometimes we are all impulsive.    But thinking, and finding that time to study, is always crucial to your success.  In today’s world that doesn’t mean planning for months, but it does mean pausing to think it through.

4.   He who begins many things finishes but fewGerman Proverb

Stay focused on the right things.    I see lots of entrepreneurs trying to do too much (yep, sometimes that me too!) but staying honed in on the right items really makes a difference.

5.  Übung macht den Meister 

Practice makes a master
I love this concept.    I created one that says ” Homework is not a MooC point”.   The thought is that you have to work at what you want to accomplish!   I love learning from serial entrepreneurs as they have learned some things of value!
 

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Growth Hacks for Startups!

April 20, 2015

Small is beautiful !  Listening to your clients!  Just some of the essentials ways to grow with some cool hacks!!

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Top 5 Quotes to inspire and challenge you to innovate

April 15, 2015

I love quotes and wanted to share my fav 5 for this week!

1.  Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  But it is wisdom that knows not to put a tomato into a fruit salad.  Informs Conference

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2.  In GOD we trust.   All others bring data.

3.  Don’t get distracted by every squirrel that runs by.

4.  People lose their way when they lose their why.  Focus on your goals.

5.  Never sacrifice 3 things:  your family, your heart, or your dignity.

 

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NASA Apps Rock This World and OuterSpace!!!

April 14, 2015

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Predictive Cloud Computing is REAL! Franz Edelman Award Finalist – team IBM!

April 13, 2015

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Astronaut Cady Coleman dishes on NASA Space Apps, STEM and Innovation

April 13, 2015

I had such a great weekend in NYC meeting all the great Hackers on the Bluemix platform.   You will see a set of videos around participants from 15 years old to 70 years old, as well as a ton of folks driving innovation into the local communities.

Today, we have Astronaut Cady Coleman, an amazing woman who spent 6 months in space!

More on the NASA Space Apps Challenge

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My Top 3 Ahas from the NASA Space App Challenge

April 12, 2015

I loved spending the last 2 days at the NASA Space App Challenge.

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The first day I was at the Women of Data with 75 amazing women ranging in age from 13 to 75.   Each was incredible — and I learned so much from each one.   Saturday was the first day of the Hackathon ,and while IBM was engaged in over 70 of the hacks and the virtual hack with IBM Bluemix, I was at the NYC hack today with 3 astronauts, the NASA CTO, and Beth from NASA who runs the Innovation Program.  I had so many AHA moments but I thought I’d pick out my top 3 and share with all of you!

1.   Community Matters.

Yesterday I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Brian Solis:  “Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter.”   As we were chatting yesterday after a session, our circle of “girls” kept growing and growing.  I loved the community that formed as we were all united in a common goal!

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2.  Hacks Give Confidence

Today I met amazing people who have gained tremendous confidence through hacking.   Olivia who “borrowed” an XML book from her brother, and then googled Ruby to learn language, Tae who attends Leigh University who could hardly sit still for a chat cause he wanted to go and code, and Katie who is a great combo of theater and code !!

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3.   NASA’s Data Gift not only helps NASA, but all of us!  Open source and crowdsoucing has a MAJOR impact!

During this Space Apps Challenge, NASA opened up new APIs and 200 data sources.   They did this not for their own gain, but for helping space, earth, and entrepreneurs.     Their own astronauts are committed to the collaborative economy — authentically !

This era of the collaborative economy is going to change the world.  And that’s what I witnessed today — a world changing event!

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Millennial Myths and Truths!

April 9, 2015

Not a shocker!  Collaboration is valued highly!

In phase 1 of the millennial study, we found that 56% of millennials and 64% of gen x’ers value collaboration (boomers operate more independently) in decision making.  Given that, there are things that really matter to these new workers (I love them too!)

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Not just gut feel!
Millennials and Gen X’ers rely on analytics to help them make decisions (Baby boomers operate more on gut feel).  For instance, Millennials love the analytics inside of email (like IBM Verse) help prioritize your inbox and make your day more productive using analytics.
Virtual plus In person matters:
One of the key findings from the phase 2 millennial study is in the way these new folks like to work.   They like to meet in person but also virtually.   Social collaboration matters to them.   So training the team on how to use social on social selling …During the sales cycle, make sure that you enable your sellers on social influence and selling.  For instance, IBM has partnered with Hootsuite and sellers can get a license to help manage their social accounts.
For in person value, we have been building out our influencer network with the influencers that millennials listen to (e.g., TED@IBM).  In addition, we have a world class social good focus. Through our IBM Corporate service corps, we deploy IBMers to do smarter city projects for local governments to give local citizens visibility to IBM and how we are helping local communities.
I have a team of millenials that have just started a weekly in person meeting because as they love the virtual work environment, that in person get together is also crucial.
Social — Millenials are more careful
One big difference between Gen X and Gen Y, is their use of digital.   We know that millennials grew up digitally and as such they are more careful in their use of social tools  But because they know how to use the tools, make sure you take advantage of their knowledge.  Have them do reverse mentoring to assist you in the workplace.

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Make it real — Influencers need to be authentic!!!

April 8, 2015

From #SMMW15, I loved Douglas Karr , the President and CEO of DK New Media, and his examples of powerful Influencer Marketing.

Authenticity is when your voice and input are helpful, real, verifiable and meaningful,  A simple example of the power of authenticity is a viral video hero!

The Authentic Rap

Did you catch the YouTube video that a husband filmed his wife in a very authenticate set of moves, as she raps to a song in the car.  It has about 18M views to date.   And the song playing by Salt and Pepper received another 500K downloads through the Ellen Show.

The Brand “takes over”:

Acura asked this “YouTube” star to do a commercial for them with their rap.   I still like the rap in their new commercial — but it only racked up 172K views on YouTube “Drive like a boss”.  Why?  It was not as authentic because of the heavy branding.

Why?

The second video is very branded, and not as authentic.   The big question is how do you leverage an influencer in an authentic way?

Doug’s 3 top pieces of advice:

1. Leverage influencers that have an audience that matches your audience.

2. Find influencers who are willing to share the story with their audience.

3. Measure the impact of the influencer

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NASA Space App Challenge Beginning this weekend with IBM BlueMix! Out of this world!

April 7, 2015

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Twitter Battle between Duke and Wisconsin – Social goes #ncaa

April 6, 2015

It started with a tweet from Wisconsin!

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Duke counters with a Vine Video of the Duke Devil! duke comebackSo Wisconsin brings in a Blue Man Group Video!wis comeAnd of course, Duke goes away for a bit to bring back pictures of influence from the pastbannersYou get the picture …. it’s a Social Battle of Twitter, Vines, YouTube, and Instagram between the best teams in the nation right now!What will happen next?

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A New Way to Work! Email + Social = WOW!

April 6, 2015

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5 Insights From VC Meetup and Panel for Enterpreneurs

April 2, 2015

I love to learn and share those learnings so here are 5 things I took away:

  1. Validate the good idea.   Over 50% of new apps and products fail.  Those that success have been vetted and tested.   The advice they gave was to have as many people as possible provide you feedback as quickly as you can. That could be through Kickstarter or just creating an MVP!
  2. Either be or hire a Tech Geek!    The VCs validated that every company today is competitive through technology (well, just about!).   The discussion was that every company is a tech company so either the founder or her right hand person needs to be steeped in the knowledge of technology.
  3. Network.   Networking is crucial to a successful startup.  All the VCs said that they bet on the person first, the idea second.   In order for them to bet on you, they need to know you and trust you!  Take the time to get to know those who might fund you!
  4. Have a business plan.   This factoid amazed me.  Over 50% of those companies that come into a VC come in with a great product but no business model.  Make sure you think through both the offering and the way that you make money.
  5. Dream big and have confidence.   A lot of success is trying again and again and not being afraid of hearing no  Facing  rejection can be tough, but ensure you have the confidence to wirhstand it.   One entrepreneur said he was turned down for funding over 20 times before he was funded, and is now a successful serial entrepreneur.  Be passionate about what you bring to the table.
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7 Career Hacks — Featuring advice from PointSource, Girls Who Code, Prudential, Lowe’s Social Media Today and more!

April 1, 2015

Gang:

I wrote this book at the request of many women that I mentor and the 38K women strong Super Women’s Group at IBM!

I share the stories and advice updated for Career hacks!

I would love you to share and use it — in social media style!

http://t.co/v8Qzzkl2Fc

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The Weather Channel and IBM using IoT and IBM Cloud to “change” the business of weather!

March 31, 2015

I am very excited for the Partnership of the Weather Channel and IBM!   IBM and The Weather Company through WSI, its global B2B division, today announced a groundbreaking global strategic alliance to integrate real-time weather insights into business to improve operational performance and decision-making.

As part of the alliance, The Weather Company, including WSI will shift its massive weather data services platform to the IBM Cloud and integrate its data with IBM analytics and cloud services.

IBM and WSI will deliver new cloud services to businesses in three key ways:

  • Watson Analytics for Weather: IBM and WSI will enable easy integration of historical and real-time weather data in business operations and decision making with IBM analytics platforms such as Watson Analytics. The companies will jointly develop industry solutions for insurance, energy & utilities, retail and logistics among others.
  • Cloud and Mobile App Developer Tools: Entrepreneurs and software developers will be able to rapidly build mobile and web apps that take advantage of WSI data combined with data from operational systems, connected devices and sensors using advanced analytics through Bluemix, IBM’s cloud application development platform.
  • Business and Operational Weather Expertise: Thousands of consultants from across IBM Global Business Services will be trained to combine WSI data with other sources to more effectively interpret industry pain points, providing clients new insights that solve business problems.

Check out https://ibm.biz/IoTandWeather

I am also loving our VINE videos to use social media showcase the power of this announcement.    https://vine.co/u/1025833884602232832

A YouTube Video, Harnessing the power of Weather: IBM and The Weather Company, voiced by The Weather Channel(R) Meteorologist Jim Cantore, this video offers an overview of IBM and The Weather Company’s alliance to bring advanced weather insights to business.

 

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The Expectations you set can change your “quest” for success! Community or Crowd

March 31, 2015

The other day my daughter came home with 2 different grades.  On one paper, she received a 97 and was upset that she didn’t get a 100.  On the other she got a 87 — a “B+” — and was satisfied because this was a ‘hard’ class and subject.

I thought about her reaction and ours to these types of situations as well.

Are you expecting success from your social work?  Are you expecting a crowd or a community?

As I talk to companies around the world, the big question that I get is: “What is the difference between just a group of people – a crowd and a community?”  Sometimes the question is “How do I get a group of people to become a community, and see value in the community itself?

This question has fascinated me for a while as I myself have built communities, and have been in learn mode as well from others researching the power of a community, taking classes, reading everything I can get my hands on, and talking to lots of clients who have been successful!

My conclusions for building a great community vs just a crowd, are below.  But in all cases you need to expect great things from working with your community!

  1. Leadership vs. Equality. The best communities have strong Community Managers who provide leadership and direction for the group. They help establish the goal of the community experience and define the business problems trying to be solved. They help develop and shape the community norm, start conversations, and listen. They attract and build the right content, stories, and subject matter expertise.. Crowds have no leadership that is stable.   As such, they struggle with a defined direction and so wander and lose focus. CEMEX, the world’s largest building materials supplier, has leadership not just from a community manager, but their leadership is all the way at the very top, their CEO.
  1. Purpose vs. Pride. A Community is motivated by purpose. They share a goal. For instance, Dogster, the number one community for dog lovers, is driven by the love of dogs. The community states “this vibrant community is a must for any dog enthusiast!” Crowds are run by Pride. Sometimes pride of ownership not purpose.
  2. Engaged vs. Sporadic. A community is engaged in active discussions and sharing.  They comment, debate, and share expertise. They are consistent and responsive. For example, the DeveloperWorks community, is very engaged even though they have over 4 million members. They engage though member driven topics on technology. The engagement is driven by trust in open and transparent discussion (this is what works, this doesn’t) and by perceived value. IBM has experts that are passionate about providing the best support in the industry. With the right people in the community, the value based engagement shines through as the members become community champions – internally and externally. Crowds are in and out of discussions in a sporadic way.   They are not committed to the discussions but pepper themselves in and out of the discussions.
  3. Belong vs. Benefit. A community is powered by belonging so that they can influence. The satisfaction that they get from the community is partially that they are part of something bigger. For instance, the China Deaf Association has a community that centers around providing real-time, online sign-language interpretation to improve the lives of deaf and hearing-impaired people. This 200K member community is driven by belonging to a community of people like them. Crowds wants benefits – or rewards. Crowds like to get; Communities like to give.
  4. Collaboration vs. Connection. The best communities collaborate as a normal working style.   They feel the value exists with more input and a diversity of debate. For example, Pepsi, a large global consumer products company, has their community focused on accelerating development and project pipelines for innovations and new products. Product innovations increase as people collaborate through discovery and expertise. Crowds want connection; Communities believe in the collective brain!

Numbers of members are not the key metric and does not equal a strong community. A Crowd Mentality is driven by the broad set of people that you have access to, not a relationship with.   A community is about having passionate members that belong!

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Executive Coach Mary Lynne Heldmann (seen on Oprah twice!) Dishes on her Top 3

March 30, 2015
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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.

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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!

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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
    brands.

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.

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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!!!

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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

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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!

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

March 16, 2015

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

March 16, 2015
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Did you see the USA Today Article on Geek Girls Are Chic – The Gap in Women in Tech?

March 15, 2015

USA Today Article

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

March 13, 2015

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Inspiration Friday — 10 Lessons from Tiffany Shlain – Founder of The Webbys

May 15, 2015

I was inspired by the great presentation by Tiffany Shlain on lessons of life!

I’ll share by favorites!

top ten

  1. Know what you want and know when to walk away.   You won’t succeed at everything.   So know which things to stick with and which things to throw over!
  2. Be over prepared.   Enough said!
  3. Think outside the box.    Tiffany shared a story about how she didn’t like to negotiate so she had folks email her “alternative email” so that she could negotiate in a  different voice.   Think about different ways to be strong!
  4. Renegotiate your definition of success.   It does change throughout life!
  5. Negotiate boundaries with technology.    Tiffany and her family turn off all devices one day a week — their family’s new favorite day!
  6. Whoever throws out the first number loses.    (Her freebie!)
  7. Always use the Love Sandwich approach.   Start with the good, what “they” will get.   Add in the middle what you want — and close with the “what they will get”
  8. Seek advice from a diverse group of people.
  9. Workout your courage.  It is like a muscle that needs to be exercised.
  10. Have fun and constantly be changing!

 

 

 

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