Thomas Crampton

Next Beta: Social Media's Evolution, Globally


Wanted: Tech Pioneers from Asia for the World Economic Forum

Jun 9, 2009

Wanted: Tech Pioneers from Asia for the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum (Disclosure: Ogilvy client) is keen to find exciting Asian tech start-ups or companies in their early stages that should be considered for the WEF Technology Pioneer Award. As someone who has been fortunate enough to have been invited to attend the WEF annual meeting in Davos for many years, I can

Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn: In Crisis, Pimp Your Profile

Feb 16, 2009

Recently met with the founder of the business-focused social network LinkedIn to discuss how the crisis has affected online social networking and how brands can best interact with such sites. Video below this quick summary. For those searching for a job, Reid gave a few tips on how to work with social networking sites: Digital

Rich Stromback: Why bother going to Davos?

Feb 6, 2009

Former professional ice hockey player and serial entrepreneur Rich Stromback seems best known in Davos as the last man standing – at night in the piano bar, that is. In fact, this year at Davos he celebrated his 40th birthday in the piano bar with Richard Branson, more than 100 grandees and magnums of champagne

Davos Summary by The Economist’s Matthew Bishop

Feb 5, 2009

To save you the cost of a hotel room and airplane ticket, Matthew Bishop of The Economist kindly summarized what he found after a week in the Swiss mountains. Mainly, it was pretty depressing and will likely get worse!

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Feb 4, 2009

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One great pleasure of Davos and DLD this year was hanging out with uber-blogger Jeff Jarvis. He has a great sense of humor, outlook and fantastic new book that I read on the flight back to Hong Kong: What Would Google Do? In his book, Jeff does an intellectual road test of what a variety

Radio Free Europe declares me a Davos depressive

Feb 3, 2009

I had a good Davos wrap-up conversation with Ronald Synovitz of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He concluded – correctly – that I came out of the meeting with a fairly depressed view of the state of the world. I found my breakfast with Shimon Peres particularly depressing. The feeling was that the economic crisis will

Loic vlogs Davos

Jan 30, 2009

My friend Loic Le Meur has been doing some great video blogging from Davos. Here’s his day 1 summary.

Shimon Peres: Spain cannot prosecute Israel for war crimes

Jan 30, 2009

This morning I attended a breakfast with Israel president Shimon Peres who lashed out at a Spanish court probing Israel officials for alleged “crimes against humanity” relating to a 2002 Israeli attack in Gaza. This is an accidental video exclusive, since no other journalist attending used a video camera.

Economic Gloom in Davos

Jan 30, 2009

Fresh from a meeting with some of the high profile economists here in Davos, Time Magazine and Fortune columnist Justin Fox summarizes their pessimism, with particular worry for the financing shortage faced by emerging markets.

George Soros: I made money from the Crisis

Jan 29, 2009

George Soros, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, says that he made a “pretty good return” from the market turmoil which he foresaw.

Kofi Annan Tries Out YouTube

Jan 28, 2009

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan tried out YouTube and I and briefly discussed it afterwards. When I asked whether he thought Social Media could help bring about world peace, he suggested I ask Barack Obama. Sadly, Obama is not here in Davos, so will have to wait on that question.

YouTubers come to Davos

Jan 28, 2009

I caught up with citizen journalists Pablo Camacho and Rebecca McQuigg who are attending the World Economic Forum in Davos thanks to their responses online through YouTube and MySpace. They will be reporting to the YouTube and Myspace audiences and Pablo sayss that he’s planning to speak loudly so that his ideas sound more convincing.

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