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Mobile Is Where The Growth Is

Mobile Is Where The Growth Is
If you look at any of the top web properties on comScore, Quantcast, Alexa or any other third party reporting service you will see that they all have been fairly flat over the first half of the year. You might think that all these big web services are flatlining. We have seen this in our portfolio too. From board meeting to board meeting, we are seeing a similar pattern. Web is flattish. But mobile is growing like a weed. I alluded to this in a post last week where I wished for an aggregated audience measurement service across mobile and web. There is a significant shift going on this year, much more significant than we saw last year, from web to mobile. Mobile native services like Foursquare & Instagram have the most to gain from this transition. Mobile does not reward feature richness. That is why Facebook should (and it looks like will) break its big monolithic web app into a bunch of small mobile apps. In technology the more things change, the more the stay the same. Related:  Economy, Innovation, Startups, Crowdsourcing, Advertising, JobsPost-PC world

Trabajo Móvil: Una nueva modalidad que ayuda a buscar empleo vía SMS SANTIAGO.- Combinando la amplia movilidad que hay en Chile por los teléfonos celulares y la necesidad por buscar trabajo, hace ya unas semanas se encuentra a disposición de los chilenos TrabajoMó (TM), el primer portal en Chile que combina la telefonía e internet para aumentar las oportunidades de empleabilidad tanto para los trabajadores como para las empresas. TM surge tras un novedoso concurso que realizó el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) en su programa Mobile Citizen, que buscaba identificar problemas sociales significativos, en los que los teléfonos móviles sirvieran como parte de la solución. Una de las 5 iniciativas seleccionadas entre 124 presentadas desde 22 países, fue Trabajo Móvil, liderada por GenteMóvil y apoyada por la empresa 3Gmotion. El sistema es sencillo. En el caso de quien busca trabajo, debe enviar un SMS con su RUT (coma), COMUNA (coma), y OFICIO en el que busca empleo, al número 2531 y desde ese momento puede comenzar a ser elegido.

Building and dismantling the Windows advantage When the Macintosh was launched in 1984, computers running the MS-DOS operating system were nearing a dominant position in the market. Having launched in 1981 as the IBM PC, they were quickly cloned and four years later “PCs” were selling at the rate of 2 million/yr. The Mac only managed 372k units in its first year. In other words, PC was outselling the Mac by a factor of nearly 6. It turned out to be a high point. When Windows 95 launched in 1995 it negated most of the advantages of the ease of use of the Macintosh and the PC market took off. During the second half of the 90s it was already clear that Windows won the PC platform war. I should point out that this ratio between platforms is not just an exercise in arithmetic. Then, in 2004, something happened. Although PC volumes continued to grow, they did so more slowly and the Mac grew faster. As a result the Mac began to whittle down the advantage Windows had. But the story does not end there. The consequences are dire for Microsoft.

Cómo innovar según Steve Jobs Steve Jobs (1955-2011), patriarca de la nueva era computacional y prolífico creador de gadgets, dio prueba de que un sueño sólo vale en la medida en que se ve concretado en la realidad. Murió a los 56 años el pasado 5 de octubre tras una lucha feroz contra el cáncer. “Steve te hacía sentir que eras parte de las revoluciones que cambiarían al mundo y entendías que el futuro era posible”, cuenta de su experiencia con él Ricardo Shahin, coach de negocios y director general de Apple Computer Mexico a finales de 1990. Según las propias palabras del tecnólogo californiano, el mejor momento para hacer de un negocio el motor de cambio es el “ahora”. La aportación de Jobs consiste en el concepto íntegro de Apple, la marca más prestigiada de computadoras de lujo y alto rendimiento, donde la innovación no es un valor, sino la esencia de un corporativo que él diseñó a semejanza de sus expectativas. Del garaje al Apple Campus “No sólo se perdió un innovador, se perdió un líder”, sentencia Shahin.

Usage Statistics Mobile Use Grows 115% in 2013, Propelled by Messaging Apps Posted by Simon Khalaf on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 In November 2013, Benedict Evans, a well-respected and widely followed analyst, shared an updated version of his famous slide deck called “Mobile is Eating the World”. This deck quickly made the rounds on social media and was highly referenced by industry and financial analysts who cover mobile. We can’t help but agree with Benedict’s conclusion. For the past five years, we have watched mobile disrupt every industry, in every country, and continue to break its own records year after year. 2013 did not disappoint. According to Flurry Analytics, overall app use in 2013 posted 115% year-over-year growth. Every single app category has shown growth over the last twelve months. However, the segment that showed the most dramatic growth in 2013 was Messaging (Social and Photo sharing included). Killer Apps or Killer Platform? Another explosive growth year in mobile has passed. The App World

The Problem of Economic Calculation - Ludwig von Mises Since recent events helped socialist parties to obtain power in Russia, Hungary, Germany and Austria, and have thus made the execution of a socialist nationalization program a topical issue, Marxist writers have themselves begun to deal more closely with the problems of the regulation of the socialist commonwealth. But even now they still cautiously avoid the crucial question, leaving it to be tackled by the despised "Utopians." They themselves prefer to confine their attention to what is to be done in the immediate future; they are forever drawing up programs of the path to Socialism and not of Socialism itself. To Otto Bauer the nationalization of the banks appears the final and decisive step in the carrying through of the socialist nationalization program. the supreme economic authority, the chief administrative organ of the whole economy. All other writers who have grappled with the problems of the organization of the socialist commonwealth are guilty of similar confusions. Notes

Shift from PC to mobile faster than expected [Update: typo in title corrected] Mobile is growing partly because it is expanding our use of computing and partly at the expense of desktops and laptops. PC sales data out yesterday shows that PC substitution, the second the driver of growth, is happening faster than expected. As you can see from the tables below global PC shipments in Q2 were flat on the year before, meaning that in aggregate PCs are not participating in any of the growth in computing globally, and in the US PC shipments were down 11% in the same period. The US is one of the worlds most developed markets in computing and where the US goes I would expect the world to follow. Analysts at IDC had expected PCs to fare better, predicting global shipments to grow 2.1% and the US decline to be 6%. Adoption of new technologies typically follows an S-curve: I think we around the knee of the curve in mobile now.

Business Insider Think we’re moving past the PC? Ask the PC makers The latest sales numbers for PCs are in, and they are not good. Worldwide PC sales amounted to 86.7 million for the second quarter of 2012, which means they shrank by 0.1 percent compared to a year ago, according to IDC’s latest calculations, published Wednesday. Things were even worse in the U.S., where PC sales were off 10.6 percent from the same quarter a year ago, the least-inspiring showing in a long time for an industry that is very obviously in transition. Even Apple, which has had a remarkable string of Mac sales growth, saw sales dip. We know tablets are a serious threat to the PC’s dominance, but even the people who watch and forecast this industry didn’t entirely see this much damage coming this fast: IDC had predicted 2.1 percent growth for global PC sales for the second quarter and a drop of 6 percent here at home. So what was it that went wrong for laptop and desktop makers last quarter? Another thing PC manufacturers are still waiting for?

Right on. The large scale fixed-mobile shift is happening right now by Patrice Jul 1