All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible
Current Participant list (we have two rooms, room 1 upstair and room 2 in the ground level, as we have a very full party, i have assigned people to one of the two rooms so the restaurant can serve us dinner, we will then move from one room to the other)
UPDATE: WE HAVE MOVED THE DATE TO TUESDAY DEC 12 (same time, same place)
CGS dinners are back on Tuesday Dec 12 at 20:30 following the Web3.0 gathering next week. You can register on this post using the comments, I'll circulate the final attendee list + menu + logistic later. Seating will be restricted to 30 for room 1 and 30 for room 2 (counting with 20% no-show / overbooking, this allow for 75 people to register)...
Current Participant list (8 seats still available as of dec 8, and I'm working an getting us more space for the dinner using the two floors of the restaurant, which should allow for 60 people to attend... more new on this later here I have increased the seating capacity to 30 seats for room 1 and 30 seats for room 2 => WE STILL HAVE SPACE ;-) ) :
Jeff Clavier ; Marc Goldberg ; Rodrigo Sepulveda
Cedric Maloux + 1
Denis (from Jiwok)
Lucie Anne Radimsky
Leila X (from the WSJ)
Mayel de Borniol
Eric Plantier; Colette Ballou Lamotte ; Yves Michali
Interesting article in this week NY Magazine on how to manage burn-out or how, in a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith! Very good reading and very relevant from an entrepreneur perspective on how not to burn yourself, or the people working with you...
In 1981, Maslach, now vice-provost at the University of California, Berkeley, famously co-developed a detailed survey, known as the Maslach Burnout Inventory, to measure the syndrome. Her theory is that any one of the following six problems can fry us to a crisp:
working too much;
working in an unjust environment;
working with little social support;
working with little agency or control;
working in the service of values we loathe;
working for insufficient reward (whether the currency is money, prestige, or positive feedback).
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Maslach’s research is that burnout isn’t necessarily a result of overwork. It can be, certainly. Michael Leiter, a lovely Canadian fellow and frequent collaborator of Maslach’s, has elegantly called burnout a “crisis in self-efficacy,” which to me suggests that head-banging feeling of struggling mightily for too little or (worse) nothing in return. Ayala Pines, a researcher in Israel who’s looked at burnout in all sorts of inspired contexts (including marriage), rather heartbreakingly sums up the problem as “the failure of the existential quest”—that moment when we wake up one morning and realize that what we’re doing has appallingly little value.... ... And Farber often calls burnout “the gap between expectation and reward,”
=> Happiness equals reality divided by expectations !!!
Although user-generated content is proliferating because new technology is affecting economics (of content creation, storage, and distribution), it is also flourishing because new technology allows the incorporation of connectivity into content itself.
Meet by phone whenever possible.Most of them will be doing their email or goosing their admin or something and not paying any attention at all.They’ll just vote when you ask’em to.
Never distribute anything in advance; they might read it and get themselves all confused.Just present it all: gets you through most of the meeting.
Never number the pages of what you are presenting.Lots of time can be used constructively figuring out what page everybody is on.If you email the material (preferably just after the start of the meeting), send lots of separate files.Turkeys’ll never know what to look at.Bonus suggestion: send slightly different copies of files with different pagination to everyone; it’s a lotta work but it’s worth it.
Have your CFO present numbers, lots of numbers.Make sure they get a chance to go over variances in the pencil budget.
If you have to meet in person – it is gonna happen sometime – use food.Any discussion you don’t want input on should be right after lunch.No one’s gonna be awake then.
Speaking of lunch, you can play this for lots of time.Have your dumbest admin take orders off some huge takeout menu. Get what type of bread they want, dressing, meat, lettuce, all that. Then have a smart admin shuffle the list so NO order is right.Wrong bread with wrong filling etc.No veggies for vegetarians (they tend to be nitpickers anyway). Kills lots of time and helps make sure they meet on the phone next time.BTW, they’ll pay no attention to anything between when lunch is ordered and when it comes so minimum of an hour.
Do bring up board comp and director’s liability insurance.Sure to get their attention and won’t interfere with the real business of the company.
Have a nine person board with three insiders, four VCs and two people who don’t have a clue.Just four VCs alone should guarantee gridlock.
Every meeting should run way over schedule.You control the agenda: presentations up front; substance in the third overtime period.
If they’ve gotta discuss something, get’em down in the weeds.Color of the office; words for the new ad campaign; what bank to deposit tax payments in.That keeps everybody out of trouble.
If you’re public and their questions are going where you don’t want to go, tell them you’d be glad to answer but that’ll make them insiders for the next two years.You can also tell by who squirms who was planning to sell.
12 :: Kinnernet 2007 Tel Aviv - Israel
March 15 to 17 in Ohalo Manor, Kibbutz Kinneret, Jordan Valley. Followed by the Marker Conference in Tel Aviv March 18/19 and Mishkenot Shaananim Symposium in Jerusalem on March 20.
11 :: DLD 2007 DLD Conference
Munich January 21-23 2007.
DLD (Digital, Life, Design) is one of Europe's freshest conferences covering digital innovation, gaming, arts and science, bringing together thought leaders from Europe, the Middle-East, America and Asia
10 :: LE WEB 3 Paris
Dec 11/12 2006
I'll participate (with 1000 others ;-)) to was should be a great European tech gathering...
I'm also hosting a Dinner on Wed Dec 13 (register on my blog if you are interested)