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Jeff Pulver Explores How We Communicate

Jeff Pulver has always helped us explore how we communicate. He does it in a way that let’s us see over the horizon sooner, with greater clarity, and sense of purpose.

On May 18–19, he’s holding the Pulver HWC Summit, which takes place in Los Gatos, California.

Before we move forward, let’s take a slight look back in time, taking us back to 1996, at Jeff’s first gathering to further understand Voice and Video on the Internet that helped seed the Internet Communications revolution.

Looking back, many of the people who attended that first summit became the movers and the shakers behind more than 200 startups. One year later, this gathering morphed into what became VON / Voice on the Net conferences and events.

Up until 2008, VON became the meeting place where the future of communications evolved and where VoIP became the standard of the global telecommunications industry. 

The conversations that Jeff advanced helped explore the state of the technology, the gaps in the markets of the then current products and public policy as we collectively looked into the future.

From the opportunity presented, billions of dollars were raised and many delegates became competitors, players and positive disruptors in the telecommunications space, resulting in the largest boom of innovation in communications in the past 50 years.

During the days of VON over 120 of the exhibitors were acquired by 7 of the community’s exhibitors. Quite a number of startups went public and at times VON hosted delegations from 40 to 65 different countries at the US events.

And now at the PulverHWC, “How We Communicate,” Jeff will pick up on a new emerging industry. 

These days, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter dominate our personal communication space. One to one, one to many and many to many communications continue to evolve, both personally and professionally.

Many of Jeff’s friends are intuitive and want to explore how technology help us to listen better. And for those who are spiritual, there are ways to feel more connected with the world outside of our digital domains.

So Jeff wants you to be part of the conversation, and to share your ideas on to where we are headed.

Over the planned series of events, Pulver HWC will begin to explore the questions and answers with a multi-disciplinary approach across many industries which impact the evolution of communications.

He’s am kicking things off with an intimate gathering of people, similar to what he did back in 1996 in a catering hall in New York City.

This time the event will be taking place at the Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos and will include old friends responsible for changing the way the world communicates, together with new friends who help answer questions related to the umbrella question of “How We Communicate.”

Cisco and Symphony as presenting sponsors and Polycom, Vodia Networks and Phone.com — are the community sponsors.

So far, there are over 40 people speaking during the two days of the Summit. And while everyone will enjoy and be inspired by the conversations, the best part of any Jeff Pulver happening are the conversations and incredible networking opportunities that happen.

Use this code for a coupon — VON16 and save $300 from the registration price. Sign up and register here.

As we approach the second half of 2016, this might be a good time to start looking ahead and get a jump on the future. 

You’ll find it there at the Pulver HWC Summit.
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Lots of cool stuff going on in OpenStack in ‪#‎Israel‬..... Abe Selig shares here on the Rackspace Hosting HQ blog. Follow him - and Eli Mansoor. who's based in Israel... here's the story...
Rackspace has been quietly building a strong Israeli customer base across a variety of customer segments and technologies.
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A blast from the past....an old school press release from 1993 - that's 23 years ago.... at the beginning of the Rapid Prototyping industry - something we now call 3D Printing.

Note the CompuServe and MCIMail email address that I had. And the best part - 35MM slides to "share" our content.

Back then, we did dial-up to the Internet - blazing 56K speed. 

We could not send art, but we could send email and to some degree, small attached files.

One thing that has not change: message, brand, communications strategy, outreach, story, relationships....
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This will probably get in lots of trouble.... but John Biggs has written a very thoughtful and realistic piece on the present and future of VR.
Yes, I think it's awesome and all, but.... I still think it's further away than we think....
A great and sobering read....
A fish floats by my head while I stand on the prow of a sunken ship. A whale approaches from above, silhouetted briefly …
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If you are headed to SXSW in Austin, you will want to make Sarah Snow AKA Sarah Glide's presentation along with Jules Dameron a must attend talk.

I have been following the team at Glide since their participation at last year's SXSW, and of course visiting with Sarah, Chaim Haas, and Jonathan Joseph Caras both in Israel and the U.S.

Here's my story and details in Geektime.com....

Glide, a video messaging app, will discuss how they have served an unexpected and increasingly important part of their user base: the deaf community
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The honor and privilege to have served in Israel’s startup and innovation ecosystem.

In a few hours, I will be boarding a flight from Tel Aviv to San Antonio.

This will conclude a sixteen month engagement, serving at the Brand Ambassador to Israel for the Rackspace Startups program.

I am not “leaving” Israel; I’m just taking a break.

It’s my intent to return in May, right after Passover.

Having traveled back and forth for 23 years, and having made 53 trips, there is a big difference in staying here for two weeks at time vs. an extended period of time.

Way back when I started this adventure, I was part of the second wave of the start-up ecosystem which built the foundation and plumbing for what become the Internet as we know it today.

I got to work with the teams that gave birth to the commercialization of VoIP, WiFi, IPTV, rapid prototyping (now called 3D printing), enterprise security, the tablet PC, and many other foundational platforms and standards that are now mainstream, and used by billions of people around the world.

Over the last sixteen months, I have worked at, visited, mentored, given talks and went to events at just about every accelerator / startup program / co-working space / conference / meetup in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Nazareth and Be’er Sheva.

My travels also took me to startups communities in Prague, Athens, Patras, and Berlin.

There were somewhere around 1,000 teams I met with, listened to, and in some cases, they became Rackspace customers who moved to our startup program.

My mission was to #BeHelpful, and you did not have to be a Rackspace customer for me to help the company.

In many cases, I advised companies against moving to Rackspace because they had credits with another provider.

This experience was both an honor to serve, and a privilege to take part in many of the behind the scenes of living and working where history was literally born, and continues to be made.

I had a birds-eye view of the entire ecosystem from seeing the rise of Techstars, 500 Startups, and MassChallenge, to every various vertically-focused programs in education, urban living, agriculture, medicine, food, transportation, and tourism.

There were the workspaces in magical places like Gush Etzion, Bet Shemesh, and Modi’in and specific programs for Israeli Arabs and the Haradim (religious).

Most recently, I visited a program for Ethiopians who are building their lives here, getting technical training and becoming part of the startup ecosystem.

For the purpose of this story, I did not mention names of people, or link to any of the programs.

It was with intent.

It was not one person or single program.

It was the critical mass, the geographic contiguity of having so many programs, and opportunities in such concentrated place that made this journey possible.

I am honored and privileged to cross paths with people from all over the world who make this magical place their home.

Being here is very purposeful, and those who live and make this place their home are actually setting an example for the rest of the world.

This is what makes Israel the API of humanity.

Rackspace art by Gapingvoid.
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The beginnings of the personal computer had its start in San Antonio.
Factual history does not always share this story.
Lamont Wood reports the facts and background here in The Rivard Report....
Proof has arrived. The digital world really was born in San Antonio in 1970. As was explained in my story last year, the mass-produced personal computer first saw the light ...
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Keshett Barkai is doing something really amazing - as one of the team members behind this accelerator program aimed at teens.

Given that Israel is the home to the second largest startup ecosystem in the world, is home to over 300 major R&D centers from all over the world, and ranks number three in the world after the U.S. / Canada and China for having NASDAQ publicly traded companies, this could be pretty cool place to send your teen to this summer.

For all good things in tech, startups, design and entrepreneurship, there's more to this than meets the eye.

Israel is an expression of code that manifests itself as being what I can only describe as the API of humanity.

More below....
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Today in San Antonio, I shared my insights of living and working in Israel for a 16 period when I was sponsored by Rackspace Hosting Startups program with a mission to ‪#‎BeHelpful‬. Here's the presentation on Slideshare.

Special thanks to Judy Lackritz who helped make this happen.

It was such an honor to meet leaders from our community and letting me share this wonderful experience.

I return to Israel from May 16 - June 22.
Presentation to the heads of all Jewish organizations in San Antonio, Texas on my experience and insights of living and working in Israel's startup and innovat…
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What’s Next: I’m teaming up with one of the world’s leading Internet of Things — IoT — consulting firms, James Brehm & Associates

For the last twenty years, I have been crossing paths with James Brehm, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Internet of Things — IoT space.

Two years ago, James founded his own consulting firm focused on providing strategy acceleration, market intelligence, and advisory services.

James and his team not only look to, but are very much a part of other ecosystems where innovation and technology is being developed. IoT is more than hardware, software, and sensors. It includes cloud services, makers, analytics, and many other varieties of change agents.

Today, I am pleased to announce that I am joining as an adjunct member of the firm, spending about one third of my time in the role of Senior Advisor and Brand Ambassador.

While I am primarily based in San Antonio, I also spend quite a bit of time in Israel, where I will return to in mid-May. Israel is one of the leading centers of innovation that touches every part of what we do. James’ firm also has clients based in Israel; many of which have their own R&D centers.

Given my background in PR, strategic communications and journalism, coupled with my living and working both in San Antonio and (mostly) Tel Aviv, provides our clients with a unique perspective as we not only help guide their future, but articulate and define who they are.

While the U.S. market is certainly compelling, we also recognize that borders no longer exist.

We are seeing demands from our clients who want to expand into other regions of the world, and we are seeing global players outside of the U.S. seeking our counsel and expertise on U.S. market entry.
Change is happening on a global basis.

The opportunities are there before us.

My goal is to help our clients understand change, and act on these opportunities.

Onward.
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If you make presentations... you are gonna love +WeKast - Kudos to Noemie Alliel 
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I am pleased to announce that I will be part of a panel discussion during #SXSW, hosted by SelectUSA designed to help startups who want to come to the U.S.

Monday, March 14 at the Austin Chamber Offices at the Hilton - next to the convention center from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.

If you're a foreign startup getting ready to expand into the U.S., or thinking of the U.S. as your next phase of expanding, I hope you will consider joining us.

Details below...
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I'm a Public Relations / Social Media / Content Strategist working with American and Israeli tech and disruptive companies.  

My goal is to help thought leaders establish their message, create visibility, and build credibility via traditional and emerging media channels.  

I was also the first consumer facing blogger to cover AT&T's three-screen product and service offering.


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