On Roland Studer's initiative we met for the first UX Book Club yesterday evening. The piece we all read was Nathan Shedroff's Design is the Problem. The focus of the book isn't really UX, however, the idea was to start with some literature that takes a fundamental approach to sustainable design. As broad as the book made us think, as difficult it was to create the "take-aways" for our everyday job in Web.
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If there's one place between Germany and Italy that allows for super instant usability learnings, it's the UX Chuchi. Yesterday Amazee had the pleasure to accomodate the 5th drive-through with Guzuu.com in the spotlight. Below some impressions.
09.09.09 at 09:09 the CEO Day 2009 started in Berne. While our CEO unfortunately had other commitments, I had the pleasure to join the event and to meet many friends and new faces in the Swiss Start-up scene. During the day there were interesting workshops around “Winning in Sales”, “Team dynamics” and the opportunity to meet the industry.
The last two years have brought Amazee to Bar Camps, Blog Camps, Startup Camps and most lately the Government 2.0 Camp in Berlin. It took place yesterday at the Hertie School of Governance and featured an interesting mix of government employees, researchers, web pros, journalists, you name it. The bottom line: The biggest challenge for e-government - ranging from administration to participation - is not technology but the cultural resistance of the public sector.
Luckily I also heard the second part of Toni’s speech, which was amazing as well! Here two interesting and remarkable statements:
Every employee has full access to all live systems and the source code. So everybody in the company can change a feature and immediately release it. It takes 30 seconds to change all 1200 servers and another 30 seconds to fix a bug that has just been released! And by the way: there is ONE system engineer administrating all 1200 servers.
Don't know what Wordpress is? Well, right now you're looking at an installation of this really great blog software. Personally I enjoy using Wordpress since I guess 2003 when I started my first blog. And when Amazee decided to switch from Drupal (as a blogging software) to another solution, it was very clear to me that we'll go for Wordpress.
Tuesday evening we had a special marketing chuchi (=our Zurich meetup for marketing topics for startups) in the Amazee office. Andreas Von Gunten, a Salesforce CRM specialist from the company PARX, gave us an intro into CRMs. What is the benefit for a Web startup to use a CRM such as Salesforce? How can I manage my clients, users, press contacts, etc? What are the first steps to get going?
On his way into the Swiss Alps Read Write Web COO Bernard Lunn passes by Amazee.
After the super successful Startup CampSwitzerland 2009 in Basel the team is back at the table preparing for the 2010 edition. Stay tuned, good things to come!
Last night we had another UX Chuchi meeting in our secret underground Amazee office. UX stands for User Experience and Chuchi is Swiss German for kitchen. At the Chuchi meetings we like to hear about other people's businesses and scrutinize the living daylights out of them. All of this of course goes down in very civilized and constructive ways.