Showing posts with label Personal computer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal computer. Show all posts

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Things, Stuff

The Sectors Where the Internet of Things Really Matters
The Internet of Things is emerging as the third wave in the development of the internet. While the fixed internet that grew up in the 1990s connected 1 billion users via PCs, and the mobile internet of the 2000s connected 2 billion users via smartphones (on its way to 6 billion), the IoT is expected to connect 28 billion “things” to the internet by 2020, ranging from wearable devices such as smartwatches to automobiles, appliances, and industrial equipment. ..... five key verticals where the IoT will be tested first: Connected Wearable Devices, Connected Cars, Connected Homes, Connected Cities, and the Industrial Internet........ Within the vast Industrials sector, the IoT represents a structural change akin to the industrial revolution.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Going Corporate, Going Startup

Medium (TV series)
Medium (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Medium post has been a social media viral hit the past few days.

How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up

Why was this post a big hit?

It is well written. The title is catchy. Many more people do startups these days than was true before the 2008 recession. The title speaks to fears many people have. Most people avoid going into the startup grind because deep down they know it is going to f*ck up things.

The post has great introductory paragraphs. The writer seems to be a classic success story. He got a great education, then landed a great job. He was flying business class.

Then he pinches you the reality. It was not all that great. He was mostly staring at spreadsheets, all night long, all flight long. A lot of people relate to that.

They say that about marriage. People who are out, want in. People who are in, want out. People who are married think singles are having more fun. Singles think married people are having more fun.

A great, catchy title with great first few paragraphs can create a social media hit.

But even after that, the post is pretty good. It gives you a pretty good idea of what a sinkhole a startup can be.

One element though is missing. He is not talking about his idea. You don't create a successful startup just because you quit a great job. It is about your idea, and your execution.

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Only Way Google Can Grow Like Crazy

English: Left to right, Eric E. Schmidt, Serge...
English: Left to right, Eric E. Schmidt, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google Polski: Od lewej do prawej: Eric E. Schmidt, Sergey Brin i Larry Page z firmy Google (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The only way Google can grow like crazy - and crazy is double digits - year in year out is if it gets a few more billion people online fast. Universal internet access is still Google's best bet, a better bet than Google Glass - duh! - and the Google Car. It is imaginable when one company dominated the PC operating system, but it is harder to explain why one company dominates online search. You were told growing up the competition was only one click away. But Google does. And so no matter how you play it, Google benefits simply by getting more people online. As in, it can simply keep offering the services it offers, and bring in three more billion people online, and it will have passed 500 billion in market value, and that 500 is a conservative estimate. I am surprised it is spending only one billion on satellites. Google should spend 10 billion, maybe 20 billion, and get everybody online already, like within a year, or two, before Obama passes out of office. This is not charity yo, this is big business. Waiting would hurt. If Google takes 10 years to get everybody online, there is no telling another search engine will not show up. 10 years are a long time in tech innovation. Maybe Jack Ma has a cousin or two. This is called printing money. This is called zero risk taking. This is harvest time for Google. The hard work has already been done, and the money is sitting in the bank like banana.

For every billion Google spends to get more of the world's people online, its market value is going to go up by at least two, maybe five, sometimes 10. Bhagat's Google Law, if you need a name for the easy math.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Intel, Mobile And The Global South

Image representing Intel as depicted in CrunchBase
Image via CrunchBase
Lowering the price is always a great innovation in my book. That is the only way to truly reach the masses.

But this is more about Intel and less about the "developing market." Intel won the PC handily, but totally lost out on mobile.

Will the Developing World’s Smartphones Have Intel Inside?
The chip is designed to power Android phones that are cheap compared to those devices sold in rich countries such as the United States. ..... Latin America, Africa, China, South East Asia ... Low-cost smartphones have already begun selling in large numbers in Africa and elsewhere .... those models have been built on processors significantly less advanced than those used in high-end smartphones. Intel believes its new processor will strike the right balance between price and performance
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Ubuntu Out In The Open

Official Ubuntu circle with wordmark. Replace ...
Official Ubuntu circle with wordmark. Replace File:Former Ubuntu logo.svg. Español: logo de Ubuntu + marca denominativa Français : Logo officiel d'Ubuntu. Remplace File:Former Ubuntu logo.svg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are billions of people in the Global South waiting to lay their hands on their first smartphone. Android, welcome. Ubuntu, welcome.

Ubuntu Smartphone Aims for Success in Developing Economies
the world’s most popular Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu ..... he expected to make the most progress with the Ubuntu Phone in the developing world, where smartphone sales are only just beginning to take off ..... Ubuntu is already a household name in some of these markets due to its use on desktop and laptops PCs. “We ship on 30 percent of Chinese PCs today” .... models from Dell, Lenovo, and HP. “If you go into a store in India, you will see Ubuntu branding” ..... Canonical coördinates development of Ubuntu and makes money by offering paid-for support to companies using it, with many companies around the world using Ubuntu to run Internet and Web servers. Shuttleworth intends to replicate that model for Ubuntu’s mobile version. .... Ubuntu’s software makes wide use of sideways swiping gestures .... Even though a high proportion of PCs bought in India and China are bought with Ubuntu installed, many are soon wiped, with pirated copies of Microsoft Windows installed instead ... Yesterday Intel announced it would release a new smartphone chip aimed at developing world markets
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