“The requirements placed on startups by labels will squash innovation. By demanding large advances and costly legal wrangling, labels may end up placing their stamps of approval on the wrong start ups. The best ideas and best services are not necessarily the products of the best funded companies or those executives with the most willingness to jump through the industry’s hoops.”—
It’s safe to say we can trust the labels to keep totally failing with digital as they have since the advent of MP3s…..
To visit the Marshfield Clinic, a longtime innovator in health information technology, is to glimpse medicine’s digital future. Across the national spectrum of health care politics there is broad agreement that moving patient records into the computer age, the way Marshfield and some other health systems have already done, is essential to improving care and curbing costs.
“we’ve fallen into a trend of diverting and rewarding the best of our collective I.Q. to people doing financial engineering rather than real engineering. These rocket scientists and engineers were designing complex financial instruments to make money out of money — rather than designing cars, phones, computers, teaching tools, Internet programs and medical equipment that could improve the lives and productivity of millions.”—Tom Friedman’s NYT column from Dec 24
I’m enjoying the lively debate/articles/cross-postings by Tom Friedman, Fred Wilson, Brad Feld et al.
Andy Kessler wrote the definitive history of innovation in 2005 and it’s a must read for anyone looking for perspective. The title says it all - How we got here: a slightly irreverent history of technology and markets - and Andy provides a PDF copy on his website. Read it and forward it !
Brad Feld and Fred Wilson sum it up well, in short, digital/web/mobile innovation will not stop and will keep pushing entrenched industries/businesses to the limit.
"After the Internet bubble burst in 2001, there were a lot of people in “the established business world” who said something akin to “see – that was just a fad.” Anyone who has clung to the idea that the Internet was a fad is in a world of hurt right now, as the premise, functions, and implications of the Internet revolution of the late 1990’s becomes deeply instantiated across the global economy."
My prediction for 2009 - the year of the mobile web
I rarely write any predictions but prompted by a tweet-versation with @nwjerseyliz this morning, I’ll make a (safe) prediction for 2009:
Record-breaking number of users worldwide will browse and experience the web over mobile devices. They will search, browse, download apps and share those experiences with their friends.
Every year since 2000 (when I started to work in the mobile industry) has been hailed as “the year of mobile”. I foresee that 2009 will be a watershed/tipping point for mobile as a primary channel for experiencing, producing, broadcasting/sharing content.
Here are some interesting datapoints:
- http://ctia.org/ : 269 million mobile devices are active in the US. Estimates of mobile handsets used for web access range between 38 and 45 million.
- Opera released a State of the Mobile Web report - “The next billion people will come online with a mobile device. I hope we look back on 2008 not as the year the mobile Web went mainstream, but as the year people realized that we have One Web that we access through a multitude of devices.” Jon S. von Tetzchner CEO, Opera Software
I spent a good deal of Christmas Day (full disclosure: while kinda multitasking..) trying to install a Linux distribution to test out. The goal is to turn of my machines into a media center.
I started with Wubi, a Windows installer for Ubuntu, on an Averatec 3200 laptop. After 4 reboots and retries, I gave up on Wubi and, thanks to the good folks at Lifehacker, tried the Debian installer at http://goodbye-microsoft.com/. Yet again, Linux failed -)
I switched machines and proceeded to try again on my more recent Viao laptop, and after going through Wubi and Debian again, still can’t get Linux to load properly. Various software errors plagued my multiple attempts. I’ll try again via Live CDs (which you need to burn, more friction).
I consider myself to be an early adopter-type and am amazed that the Linux community hasn’t made it easier ie that there are only 2 .exe installers.
Any suggestions/recommendations on how I should proceed ?
I just discovered The Fratellis (i know, i must be lame-) via the Palladia HD channel http://www.palladia.tv , which re-broadcasts festivals and caught the Frattelis’ live act at V 2008. I’ve been humming this song all weekend….