In the announcement, Joanna is confirmed to also be taking up the roles of Business Ambassador for the Digital Industries and Chairman of the Tech City Advisory Group. It doesn't say exactly when she will start. Quotes in the appointment from David Cameron himself as well as two ministers underline the importance of this new appointment.
Joanna Shields is Facebook's EMEA MD and a Vice President. Before that she had top jobs in Google, Bebo and AOL. Pretty awesome addition to the London tech scene, definitely something that will drive the area on both in business and in inspiration.
I first moved to Tech City in 1999 as a student (inadvertently... it was just called Old Street back then) then worked there in the early noughties for a few years and have been there again since 2007. The area has completely transformed, but something tells me there is a lot more change still to come.
I just came across an awesome blog post from a novelist called Charlie Stross about two brands I love: Moleskine and Evernote (who are also a client of ours).
I have purchased two of the new Evernote Moleskines, which I hope to be receiving next week (I pre-ordered on launch day, a long time ago). But to read the thoughts of a novelist on the fusion of real and digital worlds I find fascinating. (he calls products that do this Spimes)
Here are a couple of excerpts from Charlie's blog post.
"...That is why I am currently intrigued by the new Moleskine/Evernote notebooks. Here we see spime-hood working in the opposite direction. Moleskine make high-quality old-fashioned paper and ink notebooks. Evernote provide a cloud based web clipping and notetaking service. One of Evernote's selling points is that they can carry out handwriting recognition on handwriting in photographs uploaded to the cloud. The new Moleskine notebooks represent a collision between the old and the new; you write in them, then photograph the pages using the Evernote app on your phone, and upload the images. Evernote performs de-skewing and colour correction, then handwriting recognition, making your text available and searchable. This is not the first hand-writing to cloud solution, of course. However, other systems that require proprietary paper and electronic pens (such as Livescribe) are less flexible; The Moleskine/Evernote system substitutes a generic smartphone for a specialised piece of electronics in the shape of a digital pen. And it further blurs the boundary between the physical, material artefact of the notebook, and the immaterial mutable data in the cloud."
"One day the Internet will contain a model of everything around us. Indeed, most of the things around us will start their existence on the Internet as a piece of data, which will be instantiated in physical form. But not all of them; my cat is a spime, but she was instantiated via another cat! Her online presence exists solely in my vets' computer. And if I find myself writing longhand, as a way to address keyboard related injuries, does that mean that my future books will be spimes, which originated in the physical world and imploded into the Internet?"
I can't wait for my Moleskines to arrive. Thanks to Nixon Mcinnes for linking to this blog post.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Meaning, a conference all about making business fit for purpose in our inclement times.
It was a stonker. Really fantastic quality of speakers and delegates (check out all the speakers here).
Highlights for me were David Heiatt, who founded new jeans company Hiut Denhim and formerly of Howies fame. He told a very engaging story about setting up a jeans company in Cardigan, where 10% of the population used to be employed in factories making jeans (and who all lost their jobs many years ago when the factories closed).
Host Will Mcinnes opening proceedings
Indy Johar and Stowe Boyd were also top quality. And Professor Karen Pine of the Iniversity of Hertfordshire who talked about retraining your brain to do things better / more efficiently / whatever you want.
Vinay Gupta has a batch of videos of the talks, all available over on YouTube here, so you can go back through any of the content from the day.