I have mixed feelings about the deal. On one hand I am happy for Susan Scrupski, fellow Enterprise Irregular and E2.0 evangelist / thought leader.
On the other hand I would have preferred to see the Council remain independent – I’ve always thought this independent, peer-to-peer nature was part of the attraction for members, and that the formula worked especially well without a heavy-weight “owner” – Susan’s role, while trying to build a for-pofit business was more a facilitator in a self-driven peer-to-peer group.
But I guess business is business, and Susan likely had good financial reasons to join Dachis. And for being “Social Business” experts I assume Dachis will have the smarts to find a formula that will allow Susan to enjoy more than usual autonomy, and the Council to remain independent – however difficult it may be.
The Enterprise Irregulars group is abuzz with talk of the deal – incidentally this is the third Dachis acquisition affecting one of our members. Ramana Rao hit the nail on its head:
Just sayin’ in a 2nd beer sorta way, are we now Razorfishing Social Enterprise?
Spot on! I’ve always considered the Dachis Group (and previously nGenera) a classical roll-up business. This is the third generation I’m witnessing, having seen firms emerge and hit $$$ big time in the 90’s ERP era, then the Internet era, and now it’s time for Social Enterprise. (And I suppose some players have learned the lesson of getting out earlier this time…)
Not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just business – and in the meantime Dachis clearly has the best names now.
And now all eyes focus on Toronto 🙂
(Cross-posted @ CloudAve)