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Jive so far

Posted by Gia Lyons on May 30, 2008

I haven’t even officially started at Jive Software yet, but I’m already part of the family. I haven’t received my laptop yet, but I’ve got VPN access from my home iMac. As a result, I’ve already plopped a load of Gia stuff all over our internal social software environment, called Brewspace. Natch, it runs on Jive Clearspace 2.0.x.

Some observations

  • Many of my new colleagues come from large companies, just like me.
  • Many customer experiences are the same. This would be true, no matter what software vendor you work for.
  • There are a lot of “doers” at Jive. There are many discussions, and people seem to act on them more than I’m used to.
  • These people know how to have fun, OMG. Makes me wish I was relocating to Portland.
  • There is positive communal pressure from within to get social software right, from all angles – development capabilities, administration, performance/scalability, user experience, user adoption. Each area gets some love.
  • Jivers will call “bullshit” when necessary. I expect when that happens, things actually change. Luxury of a growing company.

I’ll be onsite in Portland next week, and will finally get to meet my new boss, Sam Lawrence, in person. I already have secrets about him, so I think trust has been established already.

Oh yeah! I’ll be at Enterprise 2.0 in Boston. I’ll arrive the evening of June 9, and plan to work the Jive booth June 11. Stop by to get some Enterprise Octopus stickers, assuming we have any left!


11 Responses to “Jive so far”

  1. Hi Gia

    I can’t tell you how great I think this is!

    You bring a lot to the table, you’ll be working for what I believe to be the premier company in this space, and you’ll be working on one of the hottest emerging topics in corporate IT.

    And, not to mention, my arch-competitor loses a key talent.

    That’s what we call a win-win-win-win.

    Best of luck! I’m sure our paths will cross at some point …

  2. Who the hell are you?

  3. […] Jive so far Gia Lyons writes “I’ll be onsite in Portland next week, and will finally get to meet my new boss, Sam Lawrence, in person. I already have secrets about him, so I think trust has been established already.” […]

  4. Gia Lyons said

    Thanks Chuck! Sam, I heart you, you jackarse.

  5. Ric said

    Gia – how can I get my hands on some of those stickers (to go with my Jive t-shirt … or more accurately to decorate the laptop!)?

  6. Gia Lyons said

    Hi Ric! Not sure yet. I’ll see what can be done, once I’m actually in Portland next week…

  7. Gia,

    I never met you in person, yet you influenced me to a greater extent than you may realize.

    Here’s my parting shot:

    I’ll continue to follow your posts. You’re a smart cookie

  8. Rainier said

    Totally Jealous! Happy for you! Do they need a tech specialist? :-)

  9. Gia Lyons said

    Rainier, ha! So, you’ll appreciate this: today, i went into the breakroom (I’m still visiting Portland HQ), where there is a permanent beer tap. I haven’t pulled a beer in forever (usually, a nice bartender does it for me), so I of course do it all wrong and get about a 5″ head. I’m not exaggerating.

    A couple of the boyz saw me do this, and got the biggest kick out of it. I was glad to have entertained them. :)

  10. Rainier said

    Gia! Did you tip the glass as you poured it? That’s under Beer Pouring 101!

  11. Gia Lyons said

    Rainier, no, I didn’t! I was totally spaced out, obviously.

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