Currents Interview

May 2, 2008 at 12:13 pm 8 comments

In early April, Jonathon Narvey of Currents was kind enough to interview me so I could make sure I knew my stuff for the Third Tuesday Presentation. Jonathon was great and I had a fantastic time chatting with him. He’s smart, kind and personable. I am lucky to have such amazing friends.

I have my moments in this but I sincerely don’t feel I came across as all that confident. I questioned many things I actually knew (Such as what an algorithm was?!! Sigh…) I also said “Right?” too much (should ban it from my vocab overall!), and there were some painful pauses where I sorted through my brain organizing my thoughts. I’ll get better with practice. Also my performance background leads me to be very, very critical of anything I do that sounds less than polished.

To clarify: Outsourcing didn’t begin Crowdsourcing – I just meant that the terms are similar and that might have been the “root” of the term. Outsourcing is closer to Open Source, but differs in many respects (who gets paid, how the contributions are valued). Jeff Howe is tracing the history of Crowdsourcing in his upcoming book “Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business”.)


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  • 1. Jonathon Narvey  |  May 2, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Monica, it was a pleasure having you in my recording studio and you ought to know you did an amazing job illuminating the nebulous topic of crowdsourcing. Nicely done.

  • 2. Bruce Byfield  |  May 2, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Reading your comments about learning to speak in public and your self-criticisms is interesting to me, because speaking is a skill that I’m relearning after not using it much for a while.

    But looking at your comments, I had a sudden blinding flash of the obvious: None of your talks that I’ve heard has had much humor in it. Is that deliberate? You’re good at humor, and I’m wondering whether you are handicapping yourself by completely excluding it.

    I can see not going quite as far as your humor blog, because you want to be taken seriously. But perhaps excluding it entirely means excluding a possible source of strength in your talks?

  • 3. monicahamburg  |  May 3, 2008 at 1:26 am

    @ Jonathan: Thanks

    @ Bruce – Interesting comment – I didn’t notice that entirely. I did have humour in the WordCamp presentation (or what was the audience laughing at… 😉

    But you are right re: the Crowdsourcing Third Tuesday presentation, my interview with Jonathan & the one I did with you – not much humor there. It’s not so much that I want to be taken seriously,it’s just that I sometimes feel humour pertains and sometimes it doesn’t.

    That said, I certainly love making people laugh and know that that is a unique skill & I do want to add it more to my work. Thanks for the feedback, Bruce. Much appreciated and good food for thought.

  • 4. vbaker  |  May 5, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Monica! Thank you again for your “Crowd Sourcing” speech. This is conjecture, but I believe that we are now in a world now where crowd sourcing is almost critical for any project. In order to have a well rounded solution, you need to open enough of it for others to see if they can implement the core usefulness into their environment.

    We have just kicked off our Crowd Sourcing effort at which will use FaceBook as its social gathering point. The hope is that, as more people contribute, it can eventually become a standalone environment that is useful for both productivity and pleasure.

    Still, we are easing into it slowly, and once we have a few winners to our contests, hopefully we can learn more about crowd sourcing.

    Great blog. I think you have found a niche where expertise will be highly valued. I will be sure to share my experiences.


  • 5. Alan Booker  |  May 6, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Great interview Monica, you are just too hard on yourself though. The flow of conversation was nice with really good examples of CS and how lovely to have a voice to connect to your name.

    Congrats, Alan

  • 6. monicahamburg  |  May 6, 2008 at 9:14 am

    @ Alan: Thank you so much. I really appreciate hearing that.

    @ Vern: Thank you for being so supportive. I am very intrigued by your contest. I do however think the prize should be greater – a creative idea for a Facebook app will be very profitable for the company and should carry a slightly larger dollar amount (say $400-$500)

  • 7. Raul  |  May 6, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Jonathon is perhaps one of the sweetest guys on this planet, and one heck of a great writer and PR specialist. I am glad he did this interview (and just for the record, the last four letters of his name are thon like Marathon, hehehehe – that’s the way I know he spells his name).

    And we are following you on Twitter even though you never update!

  • 8. monicahamburg  |  May 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Raul, thanks for the correction – sometimes things just get stuck in my head one way – it’s fixed now.

    Dream on about Twitter 😉


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