** This post originally appeared on TechVibes. Â Go read it there. I have a spotty track record for timing on predictions, but that doesn’t stop me from making them. Â Having studied the influence of technology and media on societies, and having worked in the technology business now for almost 24 years, starting at 17 as […]Read more "Ten Tech Industry Predictions for 2012"
I have been struggling (quite publicly) to condense why Steve Jobs is so unique and important to us all into a crisp, clear thought. Â It’s difficult, of course, given the breadth and depth of his influence. Â When talking to a CBC reporter by phone this evening I got very close to the thought I really want to express and after some hang-wringing and a great deal of editing, here it is.Read more "One more thought about Steve Jobs"
Every time I watch an Apple announcement such as this morning’s, I am reminded of a series of vision videos that Apple produced with Alan Kay in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Â Apple seems to be steadily and unflinchingly chipping away at every aspect of these videos, guided by this 20+ year vision to […]Read more "Is Apple inventing the future?"
Much glee and angst is being expressed over RIM’s current “transition“. Â The whole situation has become so theatrical and cliched that yesterday I was compelled to tweet my observation that RIM’s current transition in the SmartPhone market is not dissimilar from the Titanic’s transition in the iceberg market. Â It’s clear that, along with a litany of 1990s tech giants before it, RIM is following a cliched playbook (pardon the pun) that has not borne long-term dividends for shareholders in the vast majority of prior examples. At any rate, in the unlikely event that I were to suddenly become the CEO of RIM, a company that is about 1,300 times larger than my own modest startup, here is what I would do:Read more "Five Things I’d Do If I Were RIM’s CEO"
Many columns of text and tweets are dedicated to the emulation of Silicon Valley tech companies in our industry. Â My obvious response to this is: Â why bother? Â We will never have all of the same advantages of Silicon Valley — if you truly think that it is the best place to incubate your tech business, […]Read more "Don’t look to the Valley (*all of the time)"
In 1999 I was an obscure Product Manager working in the Packet Telephony Division at Cisco Systems. Â After digging through the SIP specification I realized that, if implemented as I’d hoped it would be, SIP would be a tremendous catalyst for expansion within the world of communications. Â More specifically, IÂ wrote an internal white paper for […]Read more "Feeling Smug: Cisco invests in RingCentral"
I enjoyed Connect this year but figured I’d toss my constructive feedback out to the community for discussion, debate, or possibly even confirmation. As you can probably guess I’ve spent almost 20 years attending, speaking at, and even helping organize conferences within technology, business and academia. At this point I could not possibly account for […]Read more "Reflections on Connect 2010 Vancouver"
At last, here it is… (click here to view on Vimeo). …after months of toil and tinkering we have finally released the Vancouver video to you, the world. Â Thanks to those who helped at every level — from our sponsors at Microsoft, the BCIC, the BCTIA, and VEDC; to the student volunteers who crewed our […]Read more "Vancouver: Wonders Start Here"
Vancouver is the scene of a wonderfully diverse and burgeoning technology economy. Â One effort I am making to shepherd this along is with a film I’ve been producing in partnership with the Vancouver Film School, Microsoft Canada, BCTIA, VEDC, and BC Innovation Council. Â Another is of course the entrepreneurial endeavour begun by Patrick and I […]Read more "Looking Forward to GROWing"