Late last year, there was a lot of buzz around Silicon Valley on the subject of mobility. We hear about a lot of the "new" trends annually – the last two years have been all about Social Media and the Cloud – and thanks to Steve Jobs and Apple, mobility appears to be taking center stage in 2012. I read Jobs’ biography over the holidays, and it reminded me about all the players who helped to shape our experience of technology today. With the passing of Mr. Jobs (RIP), who will be the next visionary? Will it be someone in the mobile space? What does mobile really mean? As one of my close confidantes stated, "Talking about mobility is like talking about oxygen."
There are lots of topics that one could entertain around mobility:
- Who takes credit for coining the saying "Consumerization of the Enterprise"? Whoever is responsible, he is right. The phenomenon continues, and with great implications from user behavior to security and network management.
- Mobile applications, like gaming and e-commerce - are these still in vogue to the VC? What types of applications haven't been exposed? Has the subscription model been overtaken by the advertising model? Is micropayments still a relevant topic of discussion?
- Security issues around mobility and the Cloud
- Mobile as an extension of the Internet -- are we talking about pipes and middleware again? Is there a new BEA-like company in the making?
- Localization and how the international experience might drive user experience in the US
This year, I’m hoping to be able to address the topics listed above, and possibly more topics around the subject of mobility as they may arise and become more relevant in Silicon Valley. It’s no small endeavor, but I hope to get a taste of as many different perspectives as possible. So stay tuned...and, of course, I welcome any and all perspectives.