Archive

Archive for the ‘trends’ Category

Drones ≠ Delivery

Interesting long piece in the Economist about drones from last week.

20170610_01_DESKTOP

Key points that were interesting for me:

  • Commercial drones are taking off faster than military ones (see chart)
  • The US armed forces have about 11k drones, dramatically up from a few in 2001
  • Most of the interesting uses are not in delivery (despite all the hype in the popular press), but rather in imaging
  • The future of drones may be “multi modal” – i.e. drones that operate on the ground and fly rather than just do one thing

And if you are bored reading about this and want to watch some fun drone tricks, try this TED talk from a few years ago. It’s cool to watch.

Good magazine for Blockchain?

distributed coverWith every new tech, there comes a slew of magazines / websites to capitalize on the hype. Blockchain is no exception. I came across a magazine “Distributed” (which was being given away for free) at the recent Consensus 2017 conference in NYC last week. I found some of the articles in it useful (e.g. one on the enterprise distributed ledgers – part one and two). Probably worth a look to see how this evolves.

Categories: blockchain, technology, trends Tags:

Amazon acendant

It’s easy to forget how dominant Amazon has become in our lives. An article from the Economist a few weeks ago (I’m behind!) is a good reminder. Some tidbits:

  • It is now the world’s fifth largest company by value (currently at ~$400B), with sales at about $140B
  • It accounts for 5% of retail spending in the US (roughly half of Walmart)
  • Alexa already has has ~10,000 skills (sort of akin to apps), despite the recency of its launch
  • Amazon spends twice as much much on movies / TV than HBO
  • The number of Amazon prime customers is now ~72M, up 32% from 2015.

amazon on fire

Only 10 firms with sales of more $50B have managed to grow by 15% for over 10 years since 1950; no company over $100B has pulled that off. Can Amazon be the one? I wouldn’t rule it out.

Nice read.

Categories: future, trends

C.E.-Bro: Jerks in Silicon Valley

Nicely written article on the “bro” culture in Silicon Valley from the NYTimes. While most of the article focuses (of course!) on Uber, it has examples from others including Zenefits and Quirky. A couple of points that caught my eye:

  • In 1999, 10 percent of investing partners at venture capital companies were women. By 2014 the number had declined to 6 percent. Bros in VC support Bros in tech companies.
  • None of the 15 biggest tech “unicorns” — start-ups worth more than $1 billion — has a female chief executive

Worth a a quick scan.

Categories: startups, technology, trends

Extra airlines fees now 10% of revenue

airline feesAirlines’ business practices never cease to amaze me. It appears that the “extra fees” (read blankets, ear buds, movies, baggage, change fees etc.) now make up ~10% of total revenue according to an article in the NYTimes. The data is actually from a survey from hopper.com – full data here. All this while the quality of “service” continues to be awful at best. Read and weep.

Categories: airlines, travel, trends Tags:

Oracle, IBM “most hyped” cloud vendors

I ran across some data on the “most hyped” cloud vendors from Oppenheimer research that I thought would be useful to share. It essentially confirms that Oracle, IBM lead in the “hype vs. reality” for cloud. [The essential question asked in the survey was:”Which cloud vendor has least lived up to the hype?”]

cloud-hype

Notice that Amazon is near the bottom, where one would expect it to be.

Categories: interesting, technology, trends Tags:

EIU report: IoT adoption slower than expected

A new report from the EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) on IoT claims that adoption is slower than expected. Major blockers seem to be costs, concerns about security and lack of senior management commitment.

eiu-iot

However not all is gloomy. More than half the surveyed execs are optimistic about the future potential of IoT.

 

Categories: iot, technology, trends Tags: