An Opera Singer in Silicon Valley
Just a short entry after the weekend. What amazes me in the hotspot of technological innovation is that we still all exchange business cards. Isn’t there a simple tech solution to exchange each other’s contact details without handing out and collection hundreds of little colorful cards? What do you do with them, when you got them? Add them all to your address book in a tedious work, throw them away, stack them somewhere or use one of the scan solutions to import them?
What I find even funnier is the ritual around business cards. We all know especially from Asian cultures that handing and receiving business cards is a way to honor the person you meet. It happens with an incredible respect and dignity.
Here I experience all forms of it. People simply handing business cards out like candies after a workshop. Others who need to be asked three times for their card. With all the expectations in Silicon Valley a breed of trainers have developed teaching you when to give out business cards and how to receive them.
I am looking forward to a simple and straightforward tech solution one day.
(Yes, I throw all cards away. But only after scanning them using an app called CamCard. The app works perfect with simple and clearly structured business cards. All fancy and too colorful cards are still waiting to be entered by my one by one.)
Bernhard is the founder of HELLO STAGE. He is probably the first opera singer pitching an Internet start-up in Silicon Valley. Before founding HELLO STAGE in Fall 2013, Bernhard was the CEO and Artistic Director of the Wiener Konzerthaus. He held several C-Level positions in European technology companies with EUR 100+ million turnover. See www.bernhardkerres.com.
Bernhard is currently working for HELLO STAGE in the Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley, a leading accelerator for start-ups. He writes about his experience in the innovation hot bed on this blog.
Author: Bernhard Kerres