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Steve Jobs: “Do Different”

Om Malik’s magnificent post, The Tao of Steve, sums up what the passing of Steve Jobs means to many of us here at Seesmic. While I encourage you to read the post in full, I’d like to share a line that stood out:

 Jobs put life and soul into inanimate objects.

Steve Jobs welcomed creativity into the technology industry.  We spend most of our waking hours building, testing and thinking about technology, but it is not just about the code. There is a life and soul in everything we do. A line of code is far more than a combination of characters. Code is built with intent – to give users features and functions, but also to provide an experience, a feeling and a look that requires a human being to envision it.

As users embraced Jobs approach, the technology industry accepted the value of creativity, and technology now creates products using both the left and right sides of our brains. The influx of creativity in technology also redefined its endusers and reasons for using technology. Gadgets, computers and software are not just for geeks or for performing tasks at the office. With tools to more easily capture, create and share content, including music, film and a variety of mediums, Steve Jobs and Apple taught people without any technical expertise to use technology to express what was previously limited to our imaginations.

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Shared on Google Plus by Mike Searle

Steve Jobs reintroduced technology to the world and inspired us not only to “think different”, but also to “do different” We can’t imagine a world without Steve Jobs, because we are living in a world that he has helped us build.

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Going Metro: Seesmic’s CTO, Marco Kaiser, Explains the Windows 8 Tablet and OS


Seesmic‘s CTO, Marco Kaiser, and Director, John Yamasaki, spent last week at Microsoft’s BUILD Conference and were among the first developers to get their hands on the Windows 8 tablet and OS.

During our team meeting, we sized up the device and were slightly confused  – this tablet does not look like an iPad or Android tablet. As Marco pointed out, that is the point.

In the video below, Loic Le Meur, Seesmic’s CEO, interviews Marco to make sense of the Microsoft news and to understand how a developer sizes up the Windows 8 tablet and OS:

As Marco points out in the video, the Windows 8 tablet offers developers features that iPad and Android currently do not offer: the ability to code in many different languages, the Metro UI and intra-application capabilities on a single device. It is not really a tablet, but a device with the convenience of a touch screen and mobility coupled with the features of a PC, like the keyboard, mouse, and stylus included with the tablet. As Marco explains, this “multi-purpose device” will make coding or number-crunching on a tablet a different experience. What’s more, the Metro apps for the tablet blur the line between mobile apps and computers apps.

It will take time for developers to explore the device and OS and form their opinions. Unlike consumers, developers have a more systematic approach to evaluating news, and a lot of in-depth analysis is sure to follow.

Posted by Liza Sperling in Events, Tech, Windows, Windows Phone 7 | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack (0)

Behind Seesmic CRM: It Takes a Team


In the midst of Dreamforce 2011, 45,000 attendees and hundreds of booths, Seesmic CRM for Android Beta went live in the Android Market. Not just any beta, Loic demo’d Seesmic CRM for Android live on stage at the Keynote, and we spent four days demo’ing the app at the Seesmic booth. The public unveiling, however, does not represent all of the work that went on behind the scenes. We want to thank everyone who is a part of Team Seesmic – you made the launch possible.

The team, the team, the team Stephane Delbecque, Director of Mobile Products at Seesmic, lead Seesmic’s Development and QA teams to deliver both the Android beta and the upcoming iPhone and iPad Seesmic CRM applications.

The Seesmic team is made up of some of the smartest, most passionate and thoughtful people in the industry. It is impossible to be a part of this team without realizing this, so please forgive the outpour of Seesmic love here, because this team earned it. We remain grateful to Salesforce, both a great partner and investor in Seesmic. Together Seesmic and Salesforce are a force to be reckoned with – pun intended. We look forward to continuing to work together to define the future of mobile CRM.

Users Users power our roadmap. The Android beta is an open invitation to join the roadmap, and Salesforce powerusers are driving. As an agile development shop, we rely on this feedback for each release, and there are many releases to come. Our users guide both Seesmic CRM and Seesmic Social’s roadmaps. Bonus points for users like Thomas Gagne, of Xede Consulting, who downloaded the app and stopped by the booth ASAP to share his feedback. Thank you, Thomas, for letting us capture this awesomeness on camera:

Motorola  Jae Shin, Director of Enterprise Solutions at Motorola, took great care of our team throughout Dreamforce. Motorola loaned us a slew of Droid 3’s to demo Seesmic CRM and offered up a Motorola Xoom to raffle at the booth. What’s more, Joseph Avila, Enterprise Training Manager at Motorola, joined us at the Seesmic booth for the entire event. Congrats to Rajeev Iyer, Commerical Services Manager at Comcast, who is the proud new owner of a Motorla Xoom  (Psst…we threw in a Seesmic CRM tshirt, too).

The Seesmic team is made up of many players, and we thank all of you for your part in launching Seesmic CRM for Android beta. We have only just begun, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the future.

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And Seesmic is off to Cloudforce London!

After an amazing Dreamforce 2011, complete with demonstrations of Seesmic CRM for Salesforce on Android and iPad AND a surprise keynote part with Loic demo’ing Seesmic CRM, we are off to Cloudforce London!

This Wednesday and Thursday, brings all of the innovation and announcements to London. There will be keynotes from Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, Michael Dell, Chairmain & CEO of Dell, and Jane Moran, Global CIO of Thomson Reuters, among others.

Seesmic will be on the floor and giving demos of Seesmic CRM at booth G34.

Don’t forget to stop by if you’re going:

The full program can be found here (Wednesday and Thursday have the same programs), and you can still RSVP for tickets.

The event will be held at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

If you’re unable to make it, don’t worry, you can watch Cloudforce London live on Facebook.



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