Category Archives: Tech

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.

Shared on Google Plus by Mike Searle

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.

Posted by Liza Sperling in Events, Seesmic, Tech | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

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)

First Look: Seesmic CRM for Salesforce on Android


Android is shaking up the mobile market, and it’s not over yet. IDC predicts that Android will command 40% of the mobile market through 2011 and 44% by 2015. According to Nielsen, Android smartphones lead the market in data usage, too. Android users averaged 582 megabytes of data in the first quarter of 2011 vs. 492 megabytes for iPhone owners.

Forrester wrote, “We now live in a multi-device world, where companies and consumers choose different smartphone and tablet platforms and expect to get apps on all of them.” With increasing market share, the largest share of data, and enterprise acceptance, Androids are not just for geeks anymore.

Seesmic learned this when we integrated Chatter into all of our applications. Most of our users are mobile (75%), and, of those, a majority are Android users. These users wanted more than just Chatter integration in Seesmic – they wanted an Android application devoted solely to Salesforce. Our familiarity with Salesforce (both a partner and an investor) and the success of Seesmic for Android (1 million + downloads!) fueled our mission to build Seesmic CRM for Salesforce on Android. 

Here is a first look:

If you are not an Android user, stay tuned…Wednesday we will tell you more about Seesmic CRM for Salesforce on iPad and offer you a sneak peek.

If you’re attending Dreamforce: Visit Seesmic’s Booth (1430), register to save your spot for Loic’s session, and join us in the Seesmic CRM Dreamforce Chatter group.

If you can’t make it to Dreamforce: Seesmic CRM for Salesforce on Android will be live in the Android Market August 30th.

Posted by Liza Sperling in Android, CRM, enterprise, Saleforce, Seesmic, Social Business, Tech | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

Loic Talks Dreamforce While Kite Boarding


I asked Loic, our Founder and CEO,  to explain how he is preparing for Dreamforce and his session Mobile Marketing: Staying Engaged Wherever You Are on August 31st at 5pm. This was Loic’s response:

Loic knows how to stay engaged wherever he is, even while kite boarding. You don’t want to miss Loic’s session!

Posted by Liza Sperling in CRM, enterprise, Saleforce, Seesmic, Social Business, Social Media, Tech | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)