September 25, 2005

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On booth babes and sex in technology

Jon_prez reacts to my comments on Microsoft booth babes and open source posters:

Be fair to Microsoft… those booth babes are still in much better taste than Red Hat’s lame ‘fsck me’ – Carmen Electra ad.

Right. Hence the “SHEESH. Shame on all of you.” comment in 2005.09.17#5.

In fact, open source companies have done a _lot_ worse. Was that Red
Hat with a poster of an almost-naked women with… err… just a
strategically placed penguin or something like that?

<sigh>

And they wonder why girls don’t really like tech.

_Definitely_ one of the things that gets my goat.

Wiki for rolemodels

I’ve decided to put up a wiki to list my role models. =) It’s at
http://sacha.free.net.ph/rolemodels/ . Still incomplete. There are
so many things I need to flesh out, but it’s a good start!

Please be nice to the wiki or I’m going to make it read-only. =) Feel
free to leave comments, just make it easy for people to tell the
difference between your thoughts and mine.

Looking for role models: Marissa Mayer

Tell me who you love, and I’ll tell you who you are. – Creole proverb and many other variants

Role models are important to me. Job titles don’t tell me enough about
work, but people’s stories show me what I want for my own life. When I
read people’s stories, I find aspects that I’d like to include in my
life. I learn about skills I need to develop. I find names for the
things I want to do.

I’m going to share my role models with you as I discover them. You’ll
get a sense of what I want to do, and you might find some of these
role models also inspiring.

Today from tech.memeorandum: Marissa Mayer of Google.

Managing Google’s Idea Factory: Marissa Mayer helps the search giant out-think its rivals

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_40/b3953093.htm

What Mayer does is help figure out how to make sure good
ideas bubble to the surface and get the attention they need.

I want to do that. I want to be exposed to all sorts of ideas bubbling
around me. I want to listen and draw ideas out. I want to connect
people to other people and resources they need to make their ideas
reality. I want to know who’s doing what and make it easier for them
to do it.

I’ll need to work on:

- listening really well
- evaluating ideas quickly
- combining ideas in my head
- remembering people’s names, faces, and interests
- meeting more people

Stranger and stranger

More from Jon_P:

To infer from what I read on one of the now-absent pages in the
SpecOps website which had technical details, Caslon _is_ the guy who
was responsible for the breakthrough innovation that underpins David
and differentiates it from WINE. I’ve since forgotten what exactly
that supposed innovation is, and since SpecOps is not even bothering
to explain it today, I don’t know why they deserve the media mileage
they are getting with their extravagant, unsubstantiated claims (i.e.
the stuff that gets reported in Erwin Oliva’s columns like).

David smells to me like Freedows redux, except on a bigger scale and
with commercial vendors sucked in by the hype.

The media have been too kind to SpecOps, but I’m glad that Chin
Wong and other writers don’t just publish the company’s press
releases but also report the other side of the story.

You know, one of the things I would _definitely_ like to read—would
even pay a reasonable price for—would be an account of what’s
_really_ going on at SpecOps. How long are NDAs binding? When can
a journalist get in there and crack this case wide open? Do you think
any whistleblowers will come forth? I can smell a nice business book
coming out of all of this; heck, even a documentary like the one on
Enron… Heck, I’d be really amused by even a hype-laden
we-are-the-best book or press release.

Seeing a company spiral into the depths is strangely fascinating.
Their last-ditch attempts remind me of someone grasping at straws.
They complained about the lack of talent in the Philippines and made
some noises about outsourcing, then they showed up at LinuxWorld
Philippines soliciting random people for cold interviews. They’ve even tried
appealing to people’s greed with an unrealistic contest.

When the company dissolves and the NDAs are no longer in force, I want
to find out the whole story. I want to piece together exactly what
happened. I want to see what’s on the other side. I want to know why
they’re doing this, what pressures they’re facing. I want to be able
to say I understand both sides. I would _love_ to talk to their HR
person after all of this is over. Wow, what a challenge. What a tough
job. And oh, what lessons we could learn from all of this.

No, it’s not crab mentality. We’re not trying to prevent them from
succeeding. We just won’t take BS from them.

You know what could save them at this point?

A confession. An apology. A much more realistic and humble plan to
make things work.

I don’t think they’re going to do that any time soon, so pass me the
popcorn. We’ll sit back and watch the Titanic sink. And then we’ll wait for the book.

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Business speaker in the Philippines: Bob Martin, ex-CEO of Walmart

On Friday 7 October 2005, Mr. Bob Martin, retired President & CEO of the
largest retail operation in the USA shares with the members and friends of
Entrepreneurs Society of the Philippines
<http://www.entrepreneursociety.com.ph/> the highlights of his career and
his insights on business and entrepreneurship. This unique, not be missed,
special evening at the New World Hotel is from 6:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. and it
is open to members and friends. The entrance fee is only Pesos 300.00 to
cover the cost of the venue and a light snack. Seats are very limited and we
require pre-registration and payment of the tickets. Please call Pres. Jimmy
Siybauco at 726-6740 or 726-5466 or email your reservations to
[email protected].

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