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Event: Start-Up Grind Los Angeles

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If you’re in Los Angeles this week, I would urge you to come over to the Startup Grind Meetup on Wednesday night where my good friend (and exceptional speaker) Robert Tercek will give a keynote. It is bound to be full of enlightening stuff about the future of media & technology (he’s been there and done that many a time, be it with Star TV, Sony Digital, Packetvideo, Oprah Winfrey Networks or any number of ventures he was involved with over the years). You can RSVP here and buy tickets here (they’re cheap,…read more

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Event: ICT Spring Luxembourg

Posted by in BlackBerry, Events, Games

Are you in Luxembourg and not involved in either counting money or European law? Then I would urge you to come along to ICT Spring, the conference that will take place next week. it is a widely varied agenda. I’ll be speaking on a panel on “How Games are Impacting the Global Social and Business Landscapes” (yes, it is about gamification) and will be joined by a venerable list of A-listers: None less but Trip Hawkins (founder of EA and Digital Chocolate); Boris Pfeiffer (MD of Kabam Europe); David Gardner…read more

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Oh America, where art thou?

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I am pretty angry, America (OK, American government; that is)! What on earth are you doing? (oh, and hello, NSA, thanks for checking in). Let me open with Plato (Laws): “Where the law is subject to some other authority and has none of its own, the collapse of the state, in my view, is not far off; but if law is the master of the government and the government is its slave, then the situation is full of promise and men enjoy all the blessings that the gods shower on…read more

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The Power of Platforms (Part 2)

Posted by in Android, Apple, BlackBerry, OEM, Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at the power of platforms. In that post, I tried to trace the line from the shift of platform power and suggested that (in mobile) after carriers and operating systems, we would now be looking to services and applications. I specifically pointed out the shift that Apple’s initial break-up of the first powerhouse, the network operators (or carriers if you prefer that term) was under threat from Android, which itself struggled with a number of things. Android has the challenge of platform fragmentation…read more

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Wearable is the New Black

Posted by in OEM, Thoughts

Ever since I have been working with and speaking about mobile technologies and its unique features, the fact that it was, erm, mobile was and remains key. This sounds odd at first sight but when you look back at the relatively brief history, you’ll see that the number of use cases, addressable user base and, consequently, mass effects with subsequent ubiquity depend crucially on size, weight, etc. Does Size Matter? For a while, this meant people were taken down a path where everyone thought that the biggest innovation in mobile…read more

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Panel: Providing Wow Through Innovation & Disruption

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Soooo. Better than traveling down to one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe in February is what? Yes, traveling there in June! And so, I will be in Barcelona in a couple of week’s time, i.e. from 26-28 June for GameLab, Spain’s largest gaming conference this year. And if this wouldn’t be enough, I will have the immense pleasure (and honour!) to speak on a rather cool – and, at first sight, funky-sounding – panel, namely on how to deliver "Wow Through Innovation & Disruption". A lot of buzz…read more

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The Power of Platforms

Posted by in Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Carriers, Slides, Thoughts

Mary Meeker has just released her almost iconic annual “Internet Trend” report. In it (on slide 7), she points out that 88% of the smartphone OS share is now “made in USA”. Now, this might be good for the patriotic US soul but it signifies a much more important thing and that is the shift from carrier control to platform control. If you are an EU politician, you may lament that the current winners are from North America, but the fundamental shift does not actually depend on it (there will…read more

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