Last week I was invited to the Mannheim Forum and boy is that university beautiful, you have to give that to them. I wonderfully arrived in style directly on the big square in front of the palace that is the university. The team took great care of me the entire time and on friday I was able to see a few of the panel discussions. A discussion on climate change with the head of the board of directory of RWE Innogy GmbH and the head of the research institute on shore development can be fun, especially when at the end they both more or less agree that yes we do have a problem, but the hardcore line on climate change just has too much of the shore of voice and it’s not as bad as it seems.
Finance Markets and Debt had among other Professor Dr. Bert Rürup and Professor Dr. Hörisch (I’ll listen to him any time!), which was again an amazing discussion moving along the line of whether money is not really a synonym of trust and what that entails. The day ended on the note of Moral in Business with Dr. Wagenknecht from Die Linke (left wing party) who held up very well with members from banking and stocks to say the least. I really have to give it to her, chapeau. While the idea of a 100% inheritance tax on anything above 1 million EURs was laughed at, the idea of giving anything above the value of 1 million of a company that is inherited to a foundation of all the workers, didn’t get a lot of replies because it is for harder to argue against. Then again, that the US as a whole can make better decisions on giving away Bill Gates money instead of the man himself is laughable, sorry.
Then we had a great discussion on startups in the evening and I finished up talking with Ulf S. Baecker and Bjoern Herrmann from Startup Genome, whom I met for the first time in person after having invested in 2012. I actually shared a room with both of them at the Mannheimer Jugendherberge, which was a blast. Amazing place directly at the water in a park, with very nice rooms. As a pointer, your key cards also work at the lockers … but only at one specific one and you need to rub it right of the little nob. Just sayin’
Next up on Saturday Morning was our Startup Panel on Resources moderated by Ulf and together with Bjoern, Dr. (yes ) Dominik Matyka from plista, and Robert Rudnik from Coffee Circle. We were then also joined by a Student that Ulf grabbed out of the audience, great move to be exact. We actually were a bit radical in our views but you are a startup founder for a reason. Stuff like not doing it for money, competing for time, calling it human assets instead of human resources (your employees are leveraged not used up) and the death of consulting and big companies were just some of the subjects we talked about. Judging by this comment on facebook, it seems to have worked well. I at least have to say that it was huge fun.
Mehr Impressionen vom Mannheim Forum gibt es auf Facebook (daher auch das Foto in diesem Post). Ich freue mich auf das nächste mal.
The Guardian has a very nice interview with David Allen, the guy behind GTD. GTD stands for Getting Things Done and I posted about it recently in terms of starting to use Kinless GTD. The interview is a good introduction to GTD actually.
I found the Kinkless GTD System via this post on 43 Folders and it does kick major ass. I was trying to find something similar for a long time, something that allows me to manage my tasks in an easy way and giving me a good overview about what happens next and what is waiting, keeping your head clear. If you have OmniOutliner Pro, try it out, otherwise download a trial or just buy the damn thing.
As I just signed up at Statcounter.com I got some interesting stats. One would be from which ISPs the last 100 people came from, which gets especially interesting for the OUBS Blog as the list includes some very nice universities. I might have to think about allowing some ads from people that want to connect to those people.
1. British Library – UK
2. University Of Lincolnshire And Humberside, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
3. University Of Central England In Birmingham, Reading, England, United Kingdom
4. Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
5. University Of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
6. University Of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
7. University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
8. University Of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
9. Letterkenny Institute Of Technology, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland
10. Liverpool Institute Of Higer Education, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
11. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States
Not a bad list really I have to say and I presume some more people who study or have studied surf from home or from places where I didn’t know where they came from.
If you are still in doubt that Wikipedia, a Wiki that everyone out there can edit and change around, can work, I suggest you check out Joi’s post entitled Wikipedia heals in 5 minutes. It links to a study (with an amazing graph by the way) from IBM about History Flow visualisation as they call it. What they did was analyse how long it takes for a deleted or greatly changed page in Wikipedia to be reactivated with the original correct one. The average is 5 minutes!!! Either you take it up, or you go back into your control world.
To quote General Shinseki: “If you don’t like changge, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.“
This seems to be studies week. I just put my summaries of Project Appraisal and Company Appraisal online on the OUBS Blog in the last two days and to finish this off I just registered for a new course at the OUBS. This one is entitled Creativity, Innovation and Change and will likely be both relaxing in relation to the current Finance course and a huge amount of fun. From what I hear it includes lots of different things to make up perfect teams, brainstorming, handling change, lots of interesting little tidbits. With the residential school on this one you are more or less asked to not stick with your group but to wonder arround, leave at any time, change groups, look at something else, … wonder freely in a sense. Free your mind. I just hope that I will not free my mind up too much with this We will see.
I couldn’t keep myself. You should never have a meeting of geeks with macs without iSights. You’ll end up buying them anyway. So I did. I am now got my iSight (WORD PLAY WORD PLAY! ). If you are available on there, send me a message and we can chat My nick is othylmann.
We would be germans and the list would be Forbes World’s Richest People 2004. And the germans are Theo and Karl Albrecht, owners of the Aldi Supermarket chain. Numer one is as always Bill Gates III, number two goes to the undisputed Warren Buffet. Number 4 goes to Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud and 5 to Paul Allen. Then we have place 6-10, all belong to somebody connected to Wallmart
Wow. It seems that MIT’s OpenCourseWare has greatly expanded and there might be some really interesting things for anyone on there now. So much to read, so little time. Damn. This rocks.
I have my Diploma in Management. Yesterday the letter arrived telling me about my result. Today a box arrived, bringing me my MBA Study Material. First course is Strategy and I still have to take a closer look but the OUBS once again managed to ship a nice bag with the entire package. Yes, I have a bag fetisch… wait … not sexual or anything, simply a love for different bags. Anyway, back to the subject. The material looks great. It contains 11 OU Books (actually three books with 4/4/3 books in them), plus two standard books on strategy. Then there are two 90 minute videos and 3 Audio CDs. Then there is some stuff for the case study, residential school and a synopsis of the books which nobody should be forced to look at at first sight of their material. The synopsis shows you how much stuff there really is to learn. This will be a great amount of fun and I am looking forward to the studies by May.