The Cluetrain Manifesto
By Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, David Weinberger
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Dragos Novac (CEO/Nordic 9)Then, again when I was younger, at the beginning of 2000s, Seth Godin’s Purple Cow and The Cluetrain Manifesto were two pieces of work I’d always refer to, as well as Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup, later on when I was looking at how to become a better tech entrepreneur.
Bogdana Butnar (Head of Strategy/Poke)Interestingly, it was not a book per se but it was a piece of writing which redefined my career. I read the Cluetrain manifesto early on and thought "boy, the internet sure sounds like something that's going to change the world in the best way possible" so that's what got me interested in digital, tech and virtual spaces and I've never wanted to step out of that area since then.
"The Cluetrain Manifesto" is as potent and relevant now as it was when came out ten years ago. "The Cluetrain Manifesto" began as a Web site in 1999 when the authors, who have worked variously at IBM, Sun Microsystems, the Linux Journal, and NPR, posted 95 theses that pronounced what they felt was the new reality of the networked marketplace.
For example, thesis no. 2: 'Markets consist of human beings, not demographic sectors'; thesis no. 20: 'Companies need to realize their markets are often laughing at them'; thesis no. 62: 'Markets do not want to talk to flacks and hucksters. They want to participate in the conversations going on behind the corporate firewall'; thesis no. 74: 'We are immune to advertising. Just forget it'.
The book enlarges on these themes through seven essays filled with dozens of stories and observations about how business gets done in America and how the Internet will continue to change it all. Ten years after its original publication, the message itself remains quite relevant and unique. With four new forewords, this book is for anyone interested in the Internet and e-commerce, and is especially important for those businesses navigating the topography of the wired marketplace.
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