Old innovation ecosystem models are broken, it is time to realise the open models based around startups (particularly scalable global product based tech startups) are the key to our future.
The above diagram by StartupCommons summarises the change in focus at a macro level, we also need to look at the basics of our cultural approach to select digital natives from diverse global backgrounds to represent our interests. Run your eye over most of our nation’s government and industry bodies and the focus and representation is a woeful, old, monoculture with computing science degrees a rarity and real recent internet entrepreneurship dangerously absent, they are similarly rarely constituted of independent non-aligned experts with fresh experience.
If these people can’t serve real customers ever let alone recently (in the last decade) how can they serve our society?
This path forward is so obvious other nations have ‘productised’ the right approach in order to give (and sell) to the world.
Read the full (non country specific) report from StartupCommons here.
Excellent article from The Information on how Microsoft is leading the augmented reality patent war.
Meanwhile this week … HP (the printer manufacturers who split from their enterprise business 10 months ago) is consolidating their share of the printing market with 6,500 patents being acquired from Samsung for a little over $1b to consolidate market share at around 40%. HP claim they will focus on 3d printing to challenge industrial processes while Samsung phones are catching fire their printing market share was declining in a market that was also declining at over 10% per annum. A weird deal in which they also get Samsung’s Korea retail printing business guaranteed and a few hundred million cash investment back from Samsung.
Oh and Apple launched the iPhone 7 which translates to a part of the anatomy in Cantonese (repeating a similar ‘mistake’ made recently by Samsung. Do your research people… all press is good press apparently.
Home and office facial recognition is now a plug and play exercise set to go mainstream (thanks to crowd sourcing) in homes, small businesses and maybe even departmentally in corporates and government from as little as $200.
Combine this with integration services that are now also rapidly becoming cheap and simple and cost effective tailored service and security systems are within reach for each family and business.
These are interesting times for IT pros. The pressure is on to assess how their company’s tech is running and what deployment model will be best going forward. And they are inundated with claims that a) public cloud is best for everything, b) a mix of public and private resources is best, c) stark, bare metal is faster than cloud, d) co=location is cheapest once you have a grip on your workload … the list goes on. As is usually the case, the truth is somewhere in the middle of that scrum.
Tapjoy, a mobile app marketing firm based in San Francisco, did its due diligence and decided to move a big chunk of its workload from bare-metal servers running at SoftLayer(s IBM) to OpenStack — but to OpenStack managed for it by Metacloud.
Here’s the thing, according to Tapjoy Head of Operations Wes Jossey (pictured above) who manages devops for the San Francisco-based company:…