49ers’ Richard Sherman up for NFL’s Man of the Year Award

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman’s best season as a 49er extends off the field. He is their nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, as announced Thursday morning by the NFL.Sherman’s community service efforts extend both near and far, such as through his Blanket Coverage foundation to help low-income students. He’s also spent this season making regular visits to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall and donating funds to various causes, such as covering school-cafeteria debts …last_img read more

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Enterprise 2.0 Pioneer Ross Mayfield Leaves Socialtext for SlideShare

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Trends klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Today co-founder, president and chairman of Socialtext Ross Mayfield announced on his blog that he is stepping down from his day-to-day duties at Socialtext and joining SlideShare as vice presdent of business development. Mayfield told us about the move: “SlideShare is obviously different but what it has in common with Socialtext is being at the boundary between consumer and enterprise, which is my favorite place to play.” Mayfield has been an adviser to SlideShare for the past four years. He will remain the chairman of the board of directors at Socialtext.Socialtext was one of the first companies in the enterprise 2.0 space, and the first to offer an enterprise wiki. “Whatever your enterprise 2.0 / social business poison, our industry owes a lot to Ross for persistently questioning how we work,” Sameer Patel of the Sovos Grouptweeted in response to the announcement. We discussed Socialtext’s role in the development of enterprise social software earlier this week.As president of Socialtext, Mayfield handled marketing and business development for the company. Mayfield’s new role at Slideshare won’t be entirely different. Mayfield was also the original CEO of Socialtext, a role he ceded in 2007. Eugene Lee is now the CEO of Socialtext. Mayfield’s announcement from 2007 rings true today as well:As a company founder, as I’ve written before, it is inevitable and necessary that your role evolves for the best interest of the company and what you own of it. Today I’m invoking the most powerful inflection point I can for Socialtext.“Ross is one of those guys who starts companies and grows them to a certain point and brings on other management,” says R “Ray” Wang, CEO and principal analyst of Constellation Research. “Eugene is now in the position of having to take the company is a bigger direction.” Wang doesn’t think Mayfield’s departure should be of concern to Socialtext customers.Mayfield leaves the company in a state of growth, but is most proud of what he calls Socialtext’s “series of firsts.” From his announcement:The first commercial wiki company, first to adapt the best of the social web for enterprises each year, bringing web oriented architecture and emerging standards like OpenSocial into the enterprise, SocialCalc as the first native Enterprise 2.0 application and the creation of a social layer across the enterprise. All these first were made possible by focusing on one of the most rewarding problems you can address — collaboration and sharing between people.Although the company is growing, and has been a prominent thought leader in the space for several years, it faces challenges. It faces increased competition from both established companies like IBM and upstarts like Yammer. Last year in its Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace report, Gartner praised most aspects of the company but cautioned “Socialtext is a small organization with fewer than 100 employees that needs to do more to build its reputation as an enterprise vendor.” Earlier this week we commented that Socialtext needs to do more to scale its operations. Being first isn’t enough anymore.What’s next for SlideShare? Mayfield hints that SlideShare will be making more of a play for the enterprise soon.center_img Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Yelp Would Like to Have Its Cake & Eat it, Too (Plus the Cake Tastes Terrible!)

first_imgThis reminds me of newspaper sites complaining about the millions of readers aggregators like the Huffington Post send them, based on short excerpts of their articles. Except Yelp isn’t hurting like newspapers are. Yelp is doing really well, in large part because of Google’s free search traffic.Yelp may have reason to be concerned about Google Places (with Hotpot!) – especially given the advertising blitz Google has behind it. But it’s legitimate competition Yelp has to fear, not a little light aggregation. That’s my take on it. Maybe there are fine-grained details I’m not taking into account. Maybe this is about cross-industry monopolistic practices, I don’t know. Google’s take it or leave it perspective doesn’t seem unreasonable to me in this case, though.Google Places is a good, fast way to start looking for reviews of nearby restaurants but it doesn’t offer the depth of the sites it aggregates. In the end, millions of us will keep going to Yelp for the in-depth reviews of restaurants written from the perspective of the unique Yelp culture: typically young, urban socialites who feel entitled to pass judgement on small businesses. Maybe the corporate attitude just comes along with that culture. Poor, poor Yelp. What other website would you more expect to want to have its cake and eat it to? Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman was the subject of a big write-up in the UK’s Telegraph today where he complained that Google had given his restaurant review site an ultimatum: either allow Google to continue including excerpted reviews from Yelp on the new Google Places pages, or remove Yelp all together from the Google index.“But that is not an option for us…we get a large volume of our traffic via Google search,” said Stoppelman, apparently ungrateful for what he must consider a Natural Right, to have his information organized ala Google at no cost. “We just don’t get any value out of our reviews appearing on Google Places and haven’t been given an option other than to remove ourselves from search…” I’m not buying it and here’s why.Stoppelman went on to explain to the Telegraph that his company is doing just fine, of course. “We are getting to the size where very few companies can afford to buy us,” he said. “Our annual revenues are getting to the point where can be a public company….from our perspective that would be a hell of a lot more fun than selling Yelp.”Well boo-hoo for you then, over this whole Google Places thing. Just how bad is it? Google Places is hardly a Google map covered in Yelp reviews – in fact, the site only excerpts the first 3 lines of two Yelp reviews! Along with 4 other sources of reviews (CitySearch, etc.) and Google’s own user reviews. Yelp is on the top of the list, too. Google Places could probably do just fine without it. marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Location#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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New Brunswick Speaker jumps from Liberal ranks amid harassment allegation

first_imgFREDERICTON – The speaker of the New Brunswick legislature is leaving the Liberal ranks to sit as an Independent, and is launching a case of libel and slander against the government.Chris Collins issued a lengthy statement Thursday, criticizing Premier Brian Gallant’s actions after an allegation of harassment was made against Collins last month.At the time, Collins’s lawyer, T.J. Burke, said his client had been given no information about the nature of the allegation but would fight it “tooth and nail.”Gallant announced in early April that Collins was being suspended from caucus, saying he had been made aware of potential allegations of harassment in February but the individual only recently made the complaint.Collins said a teleconference Gallant had with media on April 5 was done without any concern for his rights or those of the complainant.“I was placed upon the alter of public consumption then and there, for reasons not yet completely clear,” Collins wrote.“The handling of this file by the premier has been nothing less than atrocious.”Collins said he has never seen a human resources matter handled in this matter, and the actions have damaged his political opportunities in the provincial election set for Sept. 24.“Because of the above noted actions of Mr. Gallant, I have instructed my counsel to initiate notice under the The Proceedings Against the Crown Act, for a cause of libel and slander,” he wrote.Premier Brian Gallant issued a statement Thursday evening, saying Collins has always been a passionate representative for his constituents.“Ensuring a harassment-free workplace is of paramount importance and therefore we take any allegations very seriously. In this matter of public interest we proceeded in the fairest way possible to respect the rights of all concerned. Because this matter may be subject to litigation, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further,” Gallant wrote.He said the party looks forward to finding a strong Liberal candidate for Collins’ riding of Moncton Centre.Collins said he has asked the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly to move his seat to the opposition side, and he will finish his term as an Independent member of the legislature. He will not re-offer for the Liberal Party in the upcoming election.Collins was first elected to the provincial legislature in a 2007 byelection, after serving three years as a Moncton city councillor. He was briefly minister of local government under former Liberal premier Shawn Graham, and was elected Speaker after the Liberals returned to power in September 2014 under Gallant.last_img read more

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