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Mobile Tsunami

by Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four on Feb 19, 2008

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Recaps a presentation given to the Portland Web Innovators forum on the upcoming growth in the Mobile industry and in particular the mobile web.

Recaps a presentation given to the Portland Web Innovators forum on the upcoming growth in the Mobile industry and in particular the mobile web.

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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four Click on the 'COMMENTS ON SLIDE 1' Tab above for easy access to presenter's notes.

    Presenter's notes have been added as comments on each slide. I recommend viewing the slides with the presenters notes as some of the slides are meaningless without the notes.
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four I'm here to tell you a story. The story starts over 8 years ago when I got my first Handspring and my first mobile phone.

    Looking at the two devices in my pockets, I realized that there was a lot of potential if my phone, which was connected to the Internet, had access to the capabilities of the Handspring. Or vice versa.

    I became consumed with the idea that if people had ready access to information wherever and whenever they needed it that it could be the sort of thing that could change the world for the better.
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four And when I say consumed. I mean CONSUMED.

    My apartment was covered with large post-it notes describing what might be possible and a business plan built on this idea.

    I had forgotten about this until recently when we decided to start Cloud Four to focus on mobile development. My wife Dana reminded me that when she met me that my apartment was covered in post-it notes like some sort of mad scientist's lab.

    Probably not the best way to make a first impression. I'm tremendously lucky that despite the obsession, she still married me. :-)
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four I really believe we were onto something when it came to the convergence of mobile phones and PDAs. Unfortunately, we hit a wall called WAP.

    The reality was the technology wasn’t good enough to do what we wanted to do. The world changing would have to wait.

    Instead I got a great job at a wonderful company building web sites and applications for standards-setting organizations.
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four After seven years at that same company, I found myself yearning for something new. I found myself asking what was next: both for technology and for me. 6 years ago
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four When I looked around, there were three things that couldn't be ignored:

    The first was the release of the iPhone. It made the dreams of 8 years ago seem not only possible, but inevitable. The dream was close to becoming a reality.
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four The second was meeting Kinan Sweidan at Web Visions. Kinan and I discussed mobile development. I told him that I was surprised he chose to work on mobile given the frustrating lack of standards and the control that carriers have.

    Kinan said that yes, it was frustrating and difficult, but that it was in this space that the true opportunity lies because when it is easy and standardized that it is commoditized.

    I had spent the last seven years working at a company that built web sites and applications for standards-setting organizations so I lived and breathed standards. Kinan's words were heresy. And when I thought about the early days of the web, I realized that they were true.
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four The final thing that couldn't be ignored was a number. It was originally 2.7 and later 3.3 billion. That is the number of mobile devices in the world.

    That's an astonishing number. It is difficult to comprehend how large that is.
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four 3.3 billion mobile devices means that there is a subscription for every two people on the planet. None of the other popular technologies can come close to this widespread adoption. 6 years ago
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  • grigs Jason Grigsby, Mobile and Web Strategist, Co-Founder at Cloud Four Tomi T Ahonen recently helped put 3.3 billion in perspective. There are more mobile phones than Cars, PCs, Telephones, Credit Cards and Televisions. We think of television as being the global mass market, but it is dwarfed by the mobile phone market.

    It is astonishing that mobile phones can be such a large market and at the same time be under the radar for most businesses.

    Source: http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2007/01/putting_27_bill.html
    http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2008/01/when-there-is-a.html
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