The Conversation is in the Comments

One of the most rewarding aspect of having this blog is watching the comments. Two posts in particular I want to call out, the first is the item I posted about the ongoing works council debate in SAP Germany. I learned quite a bit about the issue and the underlying tensions in Germany by reading the comments. 

Secondly, I want to point out the post I made on the company Zvents at the UTR conference. Peter Caputa laid down a comment that reflects a deep level of insight and experience about this market. This is the kind of stuff that venture investors try to figure out in the due diligence process, to actually have it spelled out so clearly in a comment to a blog post is pretty refreshing considering what we used to have to do to acquire this knowledge.

Jury awards $6.5M to panic disorder patient in job bias suit

Imagine the following:

1) You have a panic disorder that prevents you from meeting people face-to-face

2) You apply for a promotion to a job that requires you to meet people face-to-face

3) You application for the promotion is turned down because, well, you are unable to perform the required functions of the job you applied for.

4) You file a lawsuit claiming discrimmination because you were turned down for a job you are psychologically unfit to perform

5) You win $6.5 million in damages, and get your legal fees thrown in as well.

Welcome to California.

America the inferior

I don't find myself disagreeing with Umair very often, but this whopper of a post is so skewed with generalizations and stereotypes that I am left speechless. But then again, I am just a dumb American lacking in culture, style, and a charming foreign accent. 

At heart, that's the source of Europe's genius: it is, fundamentally, the most creative place in the world.

UPDATE: It would be far too easy to point out that Umair is posting his thoughts on a blog (American innovation), on the WWW (Berners-Lee developed his first Web tools on a NeXT workstation), based on hyperlinking principles pioneered by Englebart and Ted Nelson, on the Internet (yep, American creation), on either Windows or a Mac (don't know, but neither are European)… nope, too easy, not going to do that. If I did point that out Umair would no doubt use them to underscore his point that technology has had it's day, to which I would have to respond that the cultural forces that technology enables are a direct result of the technology constantly evolving and it's impossible to suggest that you can have broad creative innovation today without technology innovation as an enabler.

I don’t understand how Memeorandum works

If you look at this snapshot of Memeorandum today, the "lead item" is Matt's piece about Podtech raising a round of venture capital. I posted about this 7 days ago and it didn't get linked to by Memeorandum, granted I didn't have the level of details that Matt does because the company hadn't officially announced. I have been linked to many times by Memeorandum in the past and Gabe even confirmed that they updated their database when I moved to my new site a couple of months ago. So what I don't understand is how you move up in font size, so to speak, and if there isn't a process for escalation then what is the point of it, at least insofar as exposing blogged items when they first appear as opposed to when a select group of bloggers writes about it?

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