Poken is the talk of SXSW conference!

Here is a small selection of some of the things we’ve been reading:

“Finally some gadget news to report at SXSW”
http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/15/poken-tiny-rfid-thingies-that-share-all-your-personal-data-with-others/

“Poken’s digital business cards take off” – Listen to Interview with Renate Nyborg
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/mar/17/sxswi-startups1

Just watch this for fun!
http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/inspect-a-gadget/2009/03/video-the-future-of-business-cards-im-not-taking-the-poken.html

National Public Radio broadcast talks of the new trends at SXSW. In 2007 it was Twitter and now there’s Poken! “Poken in your pocket”
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101963191

The Next next really cool thing. Like a Kindle for business cards
http://blogs.laweekly.com/style_council/sxsw/poken—the-next-next-really-c/

Japan takes off with Tokyo CGM Night; The attack of the Poken

Yesterday evening at the Tokoy CGM Night the attack of the Poken was the launch of Poken in Japan.
During this consumer generated content night there was a great audience of the most influential bloggers in Japan. The “Poken Girls” running about explaining how to use them were next to the introduction of course very successful! Be sure to check out other pictures of iMorpheus and the posting (Tokyo CGM Night Part III: The Attack of the Poken) of Steve Nagata.

Below two pictures of Danny Choo with Stéphane:

Danny Choo - Stéphane Doutriaux - They Poken

The power of social media

Poken up instead of thumbs up is what i wake up with and what i go to bed with :-). I’m amazed every day to see the enthusiasm and all the great response we get from people around the world loving Poken. I remember my first thought back in December when reading about Poken. The only thing i could think was: ‘What the **** is Poken?’. I started googling but i only got a suggestion if i was looking for Pokemon. NO, I am an adult and not into that…
I found it interesting and wanted to get my hands on one but in the Netherlands there was a serious shortage so I bought a 12-pack. I helpt building up the market in the Netherlands and now i am joining the team as head of business development and international sales. The team is great, full of energy, inspiring, international and i wake up everyday full of energy and although the days are long i go to bed full of energy :-).

The world is really connected, things have really changed if i bring back my memories of the first bubble. Sorry, let me introduce myself, my name is Ayman van Bregt and Google will tell you a lot but my favourite Poken is an edition that’s not yet in the stores so i will just shut up. Want to know more about me, try LinkedIN.

Anyway enough said, back to my title, the power of social media…. In December Poken did not have any hits on Google, now we are above 160 million. The buzz on Twitter is amazing and Youtube shows its power too…

The guys that made the video below are students in the Netherlands that got broadcasted on a Belgian tv-channel:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pimk4V41gK4&hl=nl&fs=1]

I love Lee LeFever and his videos of Common Craft but as of today a big Poken fanatic in New Zealand (Vaughan Rivett) made a great Poken in plain English, don’t you think? He only needs to work on his infographic skills 😉

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4iyQvpgons&hl=nl&fs=1]

Poken bridges offline networking and all that’s out there online and we are all passionate about that world. Renate in the UK recently joined too and although we have to miss her for some days, if you are going to SXSW so if you run in to her, the opening line is: ‘Do you poken?’ (check out Seesmic!)

Renate, enjoy the trip and keep us updated here please!

Poken time

Up until now we didn’t have an official blog. Instead we were posting news on our facebook group, emailing a few people and then our community was then spreading the word via blogs and twitter.

Since we launched in December 2008 things are moving faster and faster. We’ve gone from having a few prototypes to selling 60,000 Pokens in a couple of months. Pokens are all over the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, North/South America), people are doing more and more. And in response we’re expanding the poken team and keeping up our fast pace of innovation.  It’s hectic here and we call it  working in “Poken time”.

So here it is the official blog to keep track of all this. Welcome to “Poken time” 🙂