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
When you can accurately predict your results in each operating unit, it means less risk and a greater opportunity to scale your company without blowing your capital (missed quarters get more and more expensive as you grow!). Being able to make accurate predictions also means that:
You have an operating model (not just a collection of people), which allows you to scale better,
You understand the key drivers of output in your operating model,
You are consistently managing the unit to your operating model,
You have a set of early warning signs (your key drivers) that you can focus more attention on when they get below certain thresholds (i.e., it helps you to know where to spend your time),
You have a set of measures that you can benchmark against other companies to understand where you have opportunities to move to best practices, and
You know when you need to add staff or other resources well before you get caught short.
Finally, the understanding of the above gives you a solid platform for experimenting with new approaches and accurately evaluating the effectiveness of the new approaches (thereby allowing you to kill the approaches that don’t work and expanding the approaches that do work).
Most technology driven businesses tend to be under-managed, with board meetings organized as social gathering and public reading of very thick board pack that lack the simple data about the top 5 metrics and trends from one quarter to the other (furthermore, one interesting metric seems to be that the more confused a project is, the larger the board-pack is (NB of pages = function of square of (confusion))).
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)