Now I'm thinking about a parallel universe where text-based interfaces never went away...
A lot of the features WeChat offers seem to make sense - it surprised me.
Google is probably best poised to take leadership here. They have a fleet of phones in peoples' hands, great AI resources, and relationships with millions of businesses that want to sell things and services.
Facebook, Amazon, and Apple all seem to be missing a key component for this market, but Google checks all of the boxes.
Facebook has all those except a fleet of phones. But they have an app installed on practically every phone.
People who buy these in developing nations usually require that the handset retail vendor install the .APK for Facebook (though they don't know the process of HOW facebook gets installed without the Play store, they just know that "I want facebook on my phone), before buying the phone.
Currently, browser is outgoing, and messenger is incoming but if an app can integrate both. Well, that's your online homescreen...
They disclosed it at the end of the deck, but that's some great pub for Ring. If they wanted to use an example that resonated with more of the audience, Nest would have been a better choice.
Looker Blog, noting Mary Meeker's inclusion of Looker:
"Looker Secures $48 Million Series C Funding from Kleiner Perkins" (January 2016):
Not so good: For Silicon Valley interested in valuable innovations, there was a lot of emphasis on the economy as a whole. Sure, maybe for a while some entrepreneurs or companies got big financial returns basically taking existing US/EU/Japan tech into countries that were still short on running water. Maybe. But that's not really a Silicon Valley thing.
I believe that the big thing missing was innovation. That is, the report was similar to the common statement of about 1900 that all the big discoveries in physics were done with. Well, the report gave too little weight to what innovation there could be in the next 10 years. I.e., the report placed much more emphasis on population and GDP growth than innovation growth.
Part of the report turned me off: There was a lot of emphasis on digital electronics in cars. I have a car, for all the reasons people have wanted cars for a long time. I do like the digital electronics for management of fuel mixture and ignition timing. Otherwise, I want NOTHING in my car digital -- I don't want to use it, pay for it, or pay to maintain it. Besides, the US car industry is not up to doing a good job with digital in the design and manufacturing, and the maintenance part of the car industry is in much less good shape with digital.
Digital was great to replace typewriters, ..., and bring us the Internet, but I see nothing I want from digital in a car. The car that is $1 cheaper and has as little digital as possible is the one I will buy.
Mary Meeker and Henry Blodget are symbols of greed from first dot com bust. These two knowing cheered on worthless tech stocks that went bust, they did it right until the end. These two hucksters walked away with small fortunes in fees collected while analysts at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. They did this as everyone else went belly up. If the ratings agencies were complicit in the 2008 financial meltdown these two played the same supporting role in in the 2001 dot com bust.
Blodget is just as much of a scum bag:
Her opinion should be prefaced in the above manner, I for one am glad to know her history. Investing is a tough game if an analyst can't handle criticism and attacks when they make mistakes, then they shouldn't be doing this job.
She probably cost a whole lot of people their life savings, I'm sure the impacts of that has lasted longer than 15 years.
"Gen Z: Want To Work For Success"
The graphs are great, but there's a lot of drivel like this. It is a curious combination of pessimism (global growth drivers are dying), optimism (Houzz!), hard data, and glittering generalities.
I use it mostly to get a sense of where the financial elites think things are going. It's not so much a predictive tool as it is a summary of what people are chit-chatting about in executive suites.
I'm not sure it works that way any more, but I'm also not sure it doesn't.
I wonder what comes next.
I'd also like to go on record as saying that all of the recent generations are just poor imitations to the original letter generation, Gen X. We complained about lack of decent jobs, debt, and emptiness the wealthy, long before you kids, and we did it better music too. You're welcome.
As a side note, I think "GenZ" is also the generation that has grown up with zombies being a mainstream, core mythology. So perhaps it's an appropriate name.
Ah, here we go: http://www.idlewords.com/2015/11/the_advertising_bubble.htm
Indeed, the fact that the depth isn't immediately obvious is probably one of the best indications that it isn't a fad. Fads tend to be based on things that are shallow and ephemeral. The advent of synthetic space is anything but.
1.) legacy software rules, companies and government will be slow to adopt even though VR can save a lot of money
2.) Walking around wearing a VR headset looks kind of dumb
The fact that [uncertain thing] became a huge, lasting hit doesn't really give us information about [different uncertain thing], except the knowledge that the probability of being a hit is non-zero.
I believe that we'll see a new visual language arrive soon enough, and it will be adopted faster than any previous language in history by generation Z (and the next). I suspect needs in AR will lead to the design of such a language. I wouldn't be surprised to see it prove the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.
there is video from her at the code conference
- It's a deck with 200+ slides, so it's going to probably have decent content in there somewhere.
- A document / paper would have been better for you, but you're not really the intended audience.
The whole idea behind these syndicated reports is to drive business to their firm either by being consumed by 'suits' who commission those reports, or by being cited in presentations delivered to other 'suits' who might go on to commission a report from them.
If I have something to say, I can build a web page of some sort and 3,000,000,000 human beings can see what I put there.
Thanks to translation services, most of them will even be able to read it.
I mean, 3,000,000,000 people can read this comment.
Does that astonish anyone else?