Category Archives: Technology Trends

Steve trades insights on mobile computing at NXTcomm 08

{mosimage}In a wide ranging one-hour debate kicked off by positioning speeches, Steve and fellow industry experts Jeff Orr, CEO and Founder of Orr Technology in Oregon (a noted WiMax.com and mobile broadband news author), and Jon Pelson, Chief of Convergence for British Telecom in London, UK, staked out their positions and debated the future of next generation mobile computing applications, along with the potential impact on the service providers and network architectures that will support them.

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Microsoft announces availability of Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC)

{mosimage}What a difference a day makes!  Tuesday June 17 the NXTcomm showfloor opened with an estimated crowd of 35-40,000 attendees working the floor and attending conference sessions.   One of my more interesting visits of the day was an extended discussion with the folks from Redmond, who are cutting a high profile at this mostly telecom show.

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GTD on the iPhone – with either Mac or Windows

Please come back to this page later in 2008 – this page will be redirected to Steve’s new website on using the iPhone for GTD — either with a Macintosh computer or a Windows machine. 

Steve was the publisher of the popular "Productively Speaking" GTD Blog in 2004-05, which discussed using GTD on a Blackberry.  He was the first to publish a GTD freeware application in 2002, a Windows/VBA application for Excel called "e-Dashboard" which received thousands of downloads. 

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Behind the scenes at NXTcomm 08 – largest telecommunications show in the US

Steve Bell at Nxtcom 08 Monday June 16 2008
Steve Bell at Nxtcom 08 Monday June 16 2008

I arrived a day early at the NXTcomm 2008 show , formerly known as Supercomm and now merged or operated in concert with several other telecom and wireless shows – including Infocomm, Broadband Wireless World, and Light Readings’ Wireless Conference – making it the largest telecom show held in the United States.

nxtcom 08 under construction
nxtcom 08 under construction

NXTComm was moved from Chicago to Vegas this year, to take advantage of Vegas larger convention facilities and to attract silicon valley types like myself.

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SharePoint from my iPhone! – now here is a killer app for mobile computing

Full-blown (not "/m", DOS-style) Sharepoint running on the iPhone

Full-blown (not "/m", DOS-style) Sharepoint running on the iPhone

I will be debating what kind of software applications are likely to be driving the mobile computing market with  some colleagues from the industry next week in Las Vegas at the NxtCom 08 conference.  While I was attending a different conference this week in Silicon Valley, i accidentally discovered a killer mobile productivity app:  running SharePoint sites from my iPhone.

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Steve to debate next-generation Mobile Computing Apps at NxTComm 08 in Las Vegas

Steve Bell wil speak as part of a debate 1PM Thu June 19 in the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Broadband Wireless World / NxTComm 08 conference, co-sponsored by Light Reading, on the topic “New Data Applications in the Wireless Network”.  He’ll be addressing which classes of mobile computing applications are likely to be the most heavily used and successful in next-generation computing devices from (amongst others) Palm, Research in Motion, Apple’s now-open iPhone platform, and of course Google’s “Android” open mobile OS.  The panel will debate which applications are likely to drive growth, and the bandwidth demands they are likely to place upon network operators.

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Churchill Club Annual "Top Tech Trends" Debate Wed May 14

Around 700 attended the Churchill Club’s annual debate for 2008, centered around where Tech Trends are going.

Here is an excellent summation, summing up the ground covered in the discussion, written by Eric Savitz of Barron’s and here are the panelist’s slides

Speakers:

  • Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures
  • Josh Kopelman, Managing Partner, First Round Capital

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What's hot in venture capital investing during 2008?

I attended this interesting panel discussion session Thursday Jan 10. It was organized by the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, held at the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich campus in Palo Alto, and attended by about 130 local entrepreneurs and business people. The panel discussion was moderated by Mark Albertson, Executive Producer of Tech Closeup TV, and the four venture capitalists were selected because they are ‘A-round’ (sometimes also called ‘seed’, or first-round) investors, who need to be ahead of the cutting edge of investing trends. ‘A-round investment’ is currently the place to be due to systemic changes underway in the venture capital business.

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Las Vegas 2008

All of the high volume consumer electronics markets & technology are on display at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This year, confirmed attendance was on record to match the second peak attendance day.

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Sprint to spin XOhm into Clearwire; lands Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner as minority investors

The “super news” the WiMax industry has been waiting for appears to be on the way later this year:

summary Wall Street Journal article: Tech Firms to Build WiMax Network in U.S.

This $3.2B proposed cross-sector tech investment banking deal and joint venture announced May 7 2008 is to be consummated this fall after regulatory review, will allow Sprint to spin XOhm into Clearwire, gaining majority 51% ownership while also receiving financial backing from partners Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and other important backers.  This is the most interesting large-scale tech deal of 2008, barring the failed Microsoft-Yahoo discussions, with potentially a huge 5-10 year impact on growth across most the big tech sectors. Keep in mind though – it is still only a proposed deal, not a done deal!  It is easy to lose sight of that while reading about it in the financial media.

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