Offer for my blog readers - buy a copy of my new book, The New Technology Elite, and I will mail you copy of my last book, The New Polymath, a $ 39 list value. Email your proof of purchase and mailing address to thenewtechnologyelite AT gmail DOT com.
Offer valid till May 15 or till my stash of Polymath runs out. Readers outside US - due to customs restrictions, this offer is only for US addresses, so you are welcome to participate with a US mailing address for a friend or colleague.
As I talk to potential case studies for my next book, it is easy to show them the last book’s website, FB page, LinkedIn Group, Flickr gallery, my innovation blog. But I need to also point out how much positive press I have brought to case studies like GE, Plantronics, Cognizant, salesforce.com, UFL by using their examples (and many others) in the presentations/events I have done around the book. Yes, even BP which last year was toxic – in my talks I vigorously praised the CTO group profiled in the book.
In our social world we often underestimate this old-fashioned channel. Many in the audiences are executives and influencers who don’t have time to read a book or even a blog ( and majority certainly are not on Twitter) but can spare a few minutes of time listening to inspiring tales of innovation.
As I was updating my speaker bio this weekend, I was impressed how long a list of events I had presented at in the last few months. Here’s a few:
Netsuite SuiteWorld – San Francisco, CA (next week)
IBM Author Call series
Lexmark/IN2LEX Startup Advantage - Lexington, KY
Procurement Leaders Forum - Chicago, IL
Cognizant Community - Orlando, FL
Insight Real Cloud Summit - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona State U - Tempe, AZ
GigaOm Bunker Session - San Francisco, CA
EuroCloud – London, UK
Cap Gemini - Amsterdam, Netherlands
iSchool, U. of Toronto - Toronto, Canada
Salesforce.com Cloudforce - San Jose, CA
Sapience – Cologne, Germany
Enterprise 2.0 – Boston, MA
Babson College – Wellesley, MA
Knowledge Infusion Executive Forum – Dallas, TX
Thanks again to all the event hosts (and others not listed above) and to many friends who recommended me to these events. The biggest thank-you goes to the many innovators in the book (and the next one). They are the story - I am just a messenger.
Since my book came out, I have been blessed with an unbelievable range of feedback – from readers I have known for a while, others i have never met, and those I have been meeting on the book tour. To most it is about how technology is changing business but to many it is about a rethink of personal priorities and to many others it is about revisiting various ethical issues around technology.
I have posted on the New Florence blog some of the reader reactions. Here are more reactions
Other readers – please feel free to send in other feedback. Look forward to it.
Bill Hambrecht makes a persuasive case on CNBC for a Dutch Auction for the GM IPO.
In my book, his bankers David Marcus and Jim Dohonue explain how it works and why it is usually better for the issuer – see excerpt of the book in attachment below. In this case, that would be the US Taxpayer.
The Polymaths have been making their way around the world.
a) This one made it to Leonardo Shikida in Brazil in good shape.
b) This one arrived to Harish Malani in India “severely jetlagged”. Barnes and Noble generously offered him a discount of a whopping $ 4 if he would keep the torn and soaked fellow!
c) The 5 below and 20 others traveled in my Delta baggage on my trip to Europe last week since amazon in the UK told me just before I left they could not deliver in Europe for another 3 weeks. To avoid the fate above from moisture in the cargo hold, they were packed in gallon freezer bags. They are now being well taken care of by Pat Phelan, David Terrar, Bertrand Duperrin and others in Dublin, London and Paris.
d) Of course, Martijn Linssen in Amsterdam had his arrive while I was there – because he had smartly ordered from amazon in the US, not amazon in Europe.
e) 14 of them barely made it across the state, forget the ocean. The USPS delivered back the cover (yes, just the cover) of a box. It had an ominous sticker “Received without contents. Jacksonville, FL NDC” so somewhere between Tampa and Jacksonville something bad happened to them. Or may be something good. On eBay, some used copies are selling for almost 3 times what amazon is selling them new!
Dear reader, do you have a Pilgrim’s Progress tale to report?
The New Polymath, my upcoming book, got some nice blurbs this week from execs and authors - Maynard Webb, ex eBay; Ben Fried, Google; author Don Tapscott; Daniel Hamburger, Devry; Dave Duffield, Workday; Linda Avey, co-founder 23andMe; author Tom Davenport; Andy Mulholland, Capgemini; Caroline Watteeuw, PepsiCo; Chris Curran, Diamond and Shawn Otto, ScienceDebate.