15 posts and columns on Munich
Earlier this year, I moderated a panel of tech leaders from the U.S. and Europe, at the opening of the DLD conference in Munich. To get things going, I used that old trick of word association — asking for lightning observations on Facebook, Google, Steve Jobs, Nokia, Rupert Murdoch and smartphones. Results, well, varied.
Here is former Napster troublemaker, former Facebook consigliere and current investor, entrepreneur and movie subject Sean Parker onstage at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, yesterday. It was vintage Parker, who always tries to paint himself as more of a geek than the multicolored life of the digital party. In truth, he is very much both.
It’s a big, wide and very digital world out there and that’s why I’m headed around the globe–quite literally–for the next week to see some non-Silicon Valley tech trends and more.
With a ridiculously large investor group and an even larger pile of expectations now, how will Groupon manage its funding success going forward? Whatever happens, the social buying service’s gathering of many of the digital arena’s most prominent VC firms, institutional investors and angels could be one of the digital sectors most interesting sideshows.
“I recently read in the news that you lost a very special phone at a German beer bar in California. We all know how frustrating it can be to lose personal belongings, especially when it is such a unique item.
At Lufthansa we also noted with great interest your passion for German beer and culture….Therefore we would love to offer you complimentary Business Class transportation to Munich, where you can literally pick up where you last left off.”
– Lufthansa spins a bit of clever PR from this week’s iPhone prototype debacle.