One of the most compelling promises of the internet was that for first time in human history, businesses could connect and transact with people anywhere in the world. Roughly 20 years into the digital revolution however, less than 50% of the global population enjoys access to the internet.
But that is rapidly changing
Just have a look at how quickly developing markets are catching up and coming online (slides below via KPCB)
We live in truly amazing times. Back in the internet stone age (the year 2000) there were only 350 Million online globally, and the content was largely English language focused. Today, 2.6 Billion people are online and the dominant country is China.
As access to the internet has exploded over the past few years, some digital powerhouses have done a great job of taking their businesses global. Facebook, for example, had [...]
When I bought my first iPhone a few years ago, I was drawn in by the allure of Apple and the world of Apps. At the time, I didn’t realize how many sensors were inside my phone.
The coolest thing for me as a consumer was the accelerometer–the sensor that enabled the iPhone to figure out if it should be in landscape or portrait mode and adjust itself accordingly.
Later, of course, [...]
Those of you who subscribe to this blog via email might have (oddly) received an older post from “me” in your inbox today. Some of you might have noticed a strange little ad at the bottom of the e-mail.
Additionally, if by chance you recently Googled m-cause, you may have received a notice that my site may be “compromised.”
All is well now. I’ve had the [...]
Some of you know that my wife & I were in Madagascar last year. There we met Andry.
Andry was abandoned on the streets of Madagascar when he was 12. His life was in danger because of a local superstitious curse. Luckily, he was rescued and brought to the Betikara orphanage where he struggled heavily at first after spending 12 years on the streets. Now, he speaks 4 languages and [...]