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The Long March from Crowdsourcing to a Global Meritocracy

The Long March from Crowdsourcing to a Global Meritocracy

OK, this isn’t working anymore. Too many people either don’t have a job or the ones that do are predominantly dissatisfied. We’ve been talking about networked organisations and distributed work for decades, but productivity gains have been dim the past ten years. Everything worked just well enough to not think about structural changes. We tried…

Nairobi Weekend: New Startups in East Africa

Nairobi Weekend: New Startups in East Africa

Driving from Nairobi Airport into Kenya’s capital of Nairobi the evening of my arrival left me with this image: A four-lane highway that ends in a big pile of metal, street vendors and thousands of people sharing the street with all the other traffic, dented Disco Matatus, predominantly Asian sedans and pickups for the middle classes…

The Gaming Strategy Facebook Might Unleash This Summer

The Gaming Strategy Facebook Might Unleash This Summer

When Mark Zuckerberg spoke about enabling independent entrepreneurs, make no mistake, this was about more influence, not less. Take gaming for example: Late last year Facebook acquired Walletin, a start-up still in stealth mode at the time. Despite being largely overlooked, this was a high-profile talent acquisition. Walletin’s Cory Ondrejka was…