Met a MindManager enthusiast at a Future of Fuels event

Filed Under Mindjet


May 9, 2007

The following story comes from Linda Cleary, Marketing Communications Specialist at Mindjet in her own words…

"Local and international business people gathered yesterday evening in Palo Alto to attend GABA’s “Future of Fuels — What Drives Our Cars Tomorrow?” hosted by its Clean Technology and Semiconductor-IT Industry Groups, MIT Club of Northern California Cleantech Program, and Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. Prior to the event, guests enjoyed touring an Alternative Fuel System Vehicle Showcase, where the Wrightspeed X1 prototype electrical roadster, DaimlerChrysler "F-cell" FCV fuel cell car, "Das Frachtgut" (vegetable – oil fueled bus) and CalCars plug-in hybrid demo car were on display outside, then listened inside as each representative discussed current challenges, changes and opportunities to the California and German alternative fuels markets. The electric, biodiesel, public utility and fuel cell representatives all agreed: while Germany is the leader, California is a key market for cleantech.

I ended up talking to Ralf, a gentleman who made a stopover in Northern California for the GABA event, on his way to North Carolina. His cab was running late, so instead I offered him a ride to SFO. On the ride there, Ralf told me all about being a Business Unit Manager for Siemens Energy and Automation by day, but was cleary passionate about other things… Knowing I worked for Mindjet he enthused his love for the software, saying: “I can’t live without MindManager!” Away from access to MindManager on the road, Ralf then showed me some handwritten notes he’s taken in a mindmap.

I invited Ralf to comment here on the Mindjet Blog, and help with making contact to others in cleantech using MindManager in their passions and professions!"

– Linda Cleary

One Response to “Met a MindManager enthusiast at a Future of Fuels event”

  1. Ralf Sonnefeld

    Well, it was one of these coincidents… Last week when I attended an event of the German American Business Association (GABA) in Palo Alto about Electric Vehicles and Biofuels I got to talk about not just one but two subjects I’m very passionate about – Alternative Energy Sources *and* Mindmaps.

    After the panel discussion I ran into Linda from Mindjet Marketing who is also active in GABA’s Cleantech Group and we talked about the great event (see her report I’m commenting on). When we exchanged business cards I told her that I’m a big fan of Mindmaps and Mindjet’s MindManager.

    Throughout my time in college and my career I have been using Mindmaps to document and visualize my very own thoughts and also my discussions with others. And while Mindjet hasn’t invented the Mindmap (they go back thousands of years) Mindjet has done a great job in turning this concept into a wonderful piece of Software that helps boost the productivity of businesses around the world.

    In our company we use MindManager in many different ways: to support creative thinking, to document meetings, to draw orgcharts or to write todo lists. Some say I’m crazy (for instance my wife), but I sometimes even use it at home to make all kinds of lists – guest lists, shopping lists, even wish lists.

    At events like the GABA discussion last week Mindmaps are a great way to take notes. It turned out to be a great evening with the chance to share about our passion for Mindmaps and Alternative Energy Sources – what a combination. The message here? Go out and use more Mindmaps! It might even help save the Planet.

    Best regards,
    Ralf Sonnefeld,
    Siemens in California