From Connecting To Influencing
Who is Seth Priebatsch? He’s a 20-year old CEO who is redefining the world. His company, Scvngr Inc. runs scavenger hunts that are cell-phone based and he proudly declares that he is a Princeton dropout. His first venture was when he was in the 8th grade and he’s used the experience of his early years to put together a company with a strong team and a great work ethos. Maybe the support he got from his parents also helped in making him what he is today – a young entrepreneur who knows what he wants and also knows what the world wants or needs.
He titles this talk on Ted.com – one of my favourite sites - as ‘The game layer on top of the world’ and he goes on to explain how the world is moving from connecting as in social networking sites to influencing – which is what most games are about today. He also gives us a peek at how the tools used in gaming can be used for the greater good. If only our educational institutions would follow his advice! Coming from someone so young and with a great deal of authority because he knows what he is talking about – this is truly admirable.
I found this such an inspiring talk because it seeks to try and define in what direction the Internet is taking us, how it is changing our way of thinking and connecting and how it can be used to influence people. It also is an example of how young people very often think outside the box and see things more objectively and therefore more clearly than many of us.
I love the way he puts forward his viewpoint. Straight, simple, sure. And of course, in that wonderful, clipped Boston accent. :)