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On the first day of South by Southwest Interactive this year, Social Media Today and IBM hosted The Social Business Shake-Up at the W in Austin. The panel touched on what we see as the major themes of social business: collaboration, customer-centricity, security, analytics, and innovation.
I have an underlying feeling that, as an industry, we are struggling to really innovate. I think this is due to a number of factors. Digital communication has never been easier to do, so brands are flocking to it. It’s cheap and easy, and the barriers to entry are low.
It’s a Peruvian Potato Poutine. Only unlike a typical Canadian poutine, this one had tomatoes, cauliflower, onions and cumin. How did that happen? Watson. As in IBM’s Watson. Using his vast database of food qualities, chemical knowhow and, dare we say, creativity, the big-brained computer thought it up.
As part of my conversations about the new collaborative economy at SXSW last week, I spoke to the co-founders of digital agency startup "Digital Flash" about how their business came about (as a result of new more flexible models of collaboration) and how they have been able to accomplish larger results.
I caught up with Roku CMO Matthew Anderson at South by Southwest last week. Matthew and I talked about content democratization and how it's never been easier to launch your own TV station. As the cost of content production has plummeted, so have the barriers to entry.
Simon and Dan talked about how the move towards the quantified self is opening up exciting new applications in unexpected places. Dan talked about wearable technology that can automatically create action sports videos.
Simon Pearce (@simonpearcelive) spoke to Grind co-founder Benjamin Dyett (@BenjaminDyett) about collaborating outside of the walls and silos of yesteryear. Benjamin talked about how collaborative networks and communities like Grind are providing the multiplier effect that was previously the exclusive domain of large, established companies.
Edward Snowden was piped in from Russia with the ACLU moderating in the room to address the tech community as being, necessarily, tasked with the responsibility of protecting both users and themselves from (1) unwarranted and unknown monitoring, and (2) cyber attack.
There were some central, unifying themes this year at SXSW. Big data was evident in everything from startups pitching new data-driven platforms, to the profit motives (somewhat disguised as altruism) of companies mapping our genes, to IBM’s Watson-informed lunch truck. Global impact and policy had an entire track.
The last day of SXSW Interactive ran the gamut from HootSuite and Twitter to George Takei and Chelsea Clinton, all with different ideas about how social is shaking up business. It was a solid way to wrap up a great conference that defined what #SocBizShakeUp really means.