Silicon Valley – University

I often joke that I am on a 4 week ‘holiday’ in Silicon Valley.  The reality is, its more like a semester at University at Phd level.  There is just so much to learn and take in, from the subject matter being spoken about to the presentation style.  Everyone around you is extremely bright and that means every person you sit next to at the start of a presentation or during a lunch time or coffee break will have something interesting to say.  My best conversations this week have happened by chance.  While the mind is getting a full workout, I’ve also managed two swims, pretty hard work but hopefully my fitness will return now the sun is shining bright.

As for the pitch for the week, what to you do?  I lead on open source project that allows an individual to data mine themselves and then share the answers.  Seems to be working well.

visionary landscape

Start a look back

1995 – 2001  .com era.  As a perfect information ‘economist’ to buy my first internet magazine in 1995 and see the world I had written about as a theory, be more like a reality (an early one at that).  The whole world will change in a bang, mindset, well in the small financial community until the bubble burst.

2002 Built first internet product, a tool bar to share web information with ‘family, friends, the web’.   Then c-commerce to get closer to cashflow but provided environment to obverse lifestylelinking working in the world and how it would be applied to all via the Internet.  mepath.com started.

2004-2010 web2.0 era
Society — Authoring content and connection   Minimising the barrier to author (self expression) and symmetrical and asymmetrical connection of individuals.  Search from .com era has more content to work with, gets better (thus more ad money moves online) and new social analytics try to find new ways to connect.

Tech — vast reductions in price of serving a webpage, infinite scale via cloud computing emerges.

Economy — attempts at making shopping social but SEO (search engine optimisation) for those selling ads or products still dominate.  VC gap fund increasingly powerful social businesses i.e. facebook but valuation based on low cashflow amounts.

2008-2010
Semantic badged services becoming more visable.  Started powerset acquisition 2008.  NLP (natural language processing), Wolframalpha and now ‘text and data analysis’ from finding people to give answers, to personalized home pages, taming the firehose from twitter and the ‘real time web’.

2011 – ahead  semantic web era?  Who knows, we can look back some day and edit for the generally accepted term.

The word, ‘generally’ I except will become increasingly rarely used word as personalization and participation rockets.

We have vast amounts of information, but still most of it not digitized and on the web. This will be solved.

Society:  Radical shift in participation, collaboration by the masses.  Increased authoring of information and data working better to deliver life i.e data captured at finer grains of granularity and new discovery of connections.

Tech: vast reductions in price of computing power (in addition to storage) and these laws become dominant across all industries, biotech to physical manufacturing.  Small and distributed architectures replace all large scale central efficiency networks, water/sewage, power, education, websites, and databases etc.  Increase in the blurring on difference between software engineer and an individual ‘user’.

Economy:  Almost complete separation from a cashflow-financial system of economic management to an attention based one.