“Gentlemen’s magazine” Esquire has an article by Ryan D’Agostino about TIBCO CEO Vivek Ranadive and mentions the new tibbr-based application for coordinating strategies and tactics among world leaders at WEF.
TopCom, … is a private communications platform for the two hundred most powerful people in the world.
TopCom is being officially launched in late January at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It is basically a customized, ridiculously secure version of tibbr, a platform developed by Tibco as a kind of combination Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, texting, and Skype. It is a private social network, essentially – in this case, for world leaders.
… The top two hundred WEF members – basically, the people who run the world – can speak to one another on a given subject, and then they can choose to loop in members from lower tiers (experts, academics, etc.) as needed, widening the pool of knowledge on whatever problem is on the table.
…Tibco consulted with both the Japanese prime minister at the time of last year’s tsunami, Naoto Kan, and his successor, Noda, when it was developing its presentation for the WEF board of directors, to find out what would have been useful to them at the time of the disaster. Schwab, too, collaborated. The result, which will be on display in Davos, is the first time a global organization will introduce its own proprietary communications platform. …