I had the pleasure of attending the NewCo Shift Forum last month in San Francisco. I’m already a huge fan of John Battelle’s thinking, so attending this was a treat. It, like his writing, aligns my passion for technology, innovation, the future of work and social change — all which feel extraordinarily significant given our current climate of a consolidating technology industry and an extremist political environment.
The icing on the cake was moderating a lunch table of attendees interested in sharing best practices for distributed workforces. We had folks ranging from companies as large as Dell to as small as Sched, products to professional services, all sharing their experiences with coworkers across geographies and time zones.
You can read my 2-minute summary of our discussion I read onstage here (scroll all the way down :).
Me “backstage” so to speak, taking them up on an offer to chat a bit more given the time constraints onstage. Alas the recording didn’t happen, but this great shot for my mom did.
I love ForwardJS and the opportunity it gives me to explore something different and significant. This year I teamed up with my Mozilla colleague Chris Riley, interviewing him on the future of Internet policy (which he heads up for us).
An overview is here, Chris’ full recap here, and the the video here — but here’s the spoiler: Competition, Algorithms, Tracking and Security.
Of course this is not meant to diss the Zig.p.s. some of my other ForwardJS talks: Creating a Strong Geek Culture, Being Effective in a Virtual World, and Building Trust Before Code: Unpacking the Weekly Retrospective.
2015 marked my 4th year not-in-a-row at South by Southwest. My observations from last year still largely hold true, though this year some of the crowds seem to have staved off (Mykel, my Austinite buddy, speculated that some of this may be from key sponsorship changes this year – from Chevrolet to Mazda and from Frito-Lay to…McDonalds…) and I’m not going to disagree: I sure didn’t head over to the Golden Arches area. That said, there is such a plethora of rich, meaningful content and amazing people all in one spot, it still deserves a go. Continue reading →