The importance of the iPod Touch (and where is the Android equivalent)

When I look at the stats of some the most popular iOS apps in our portfolio I’m amazed at the importance of the iPod Touch.

The Touch has come a long way since it was first introduced. It’s slimmer, has a camera and battery life is great.

The drawback of course is that it relies on WiFi for connectivity. There ain’t no cellular option on the Touch like the iPad 3G.

But the Touch has put most of the iPhone’s capability into the (mostly younger) hands without the need of a monthly data plan. That’s huge.

And it also tells me that there is more wifi coverage for “normal” people than I previously imagined. How do we get more open wifi in more places. Feels like an enormous opportunity.

Anyway I’m curious why we have seen an Android equivalent to the iPod Touch. I would buy one in a heart beat.

(please excuse typos and lack of links. wrote this on my phone)

At what point does your mobile compete with cable

Earlier today I read another article about the rise of smartphones.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/02/20/nielsen-66-of-americans-ages-24-35-own-a-smartphone/

It’s not a surprise if you have been following Apple’s iPhone or Android’s success. And of course we see the result of all these smartphones in our portfolio. The number of mobile downloads is accelerating.

We all knew the processing in your pockets thanks to moores law and beautiful software would change the world.

The thing I’ve been thinking about lately is mobile data plans.

Before the iPhone the only successful monthly data plan was blackberry. If you wanted a blackberry you needed to sign up for a monthly data plan. And most employers picked up that tab.

Now consumers are increasingly buying smartphones and if you get a smartphone then you have to get the monthly data plan.

And while CE manufacturers will continue to come up with lower cost Amdroid phones the upfront cost of that phone isn’t the biggie. It’s the data plan purchased every month by the consumer, not the enterprise.

At some point as we get faster cellular data (4g) and increased wifi coverage, I’m thinking its gonna impact cable companies.

Wireless operators have made it clear they will continue to raise rates as they throttle data.

So as consumers we are being offered three bundles at the moment

1. Tv bundle by your cable co
2. Broadband to your home by your cable co
3. Mobile data by your wireless co
4. Landline telephone service by your telco

We already can see the writing is on the wall for the landline.

In our family we subscribe to all of these but the mobile phone is the single most important device. I suspect that is true for many if not most of others.

But today we pay more to our cable co than our wireless co.

It’s interesting to think about how they impact each other and at what point consumers only pick one.

Because one day cutting the cord may really mean cutting the actual cord.

(please excuse lack of links and typos. wrote this on my phone )

Transforming a community, one developer at a time

Ever since we left SF and moved to Boston, our family goes somewhere warm for school vacation each February. It’s our time to thaw out, slow down, spend quality time together and have fun.

So this week we are doing just that

And while I’m loving the time with my family at a beautiful place, this island/community needs a transformation. 

This island has two sources of jobs essentially. Tourism and fishing. But I’m told it’s mostly tourism. 

There is nothing wrong with the tourism industry as we know many cities in the US rely on tourism. But if it’s the majority of job creation or preservation than it doesn’t feel right to me.

Thanks to the internet you can start a company anywhere. But we need more people to learn how to code to make good on this opportunity. I’m thrilled that places like Code Academy and Stack Overflow are helping people learn these valuable skills.

I’d love to see people on this island and this community learn to program. It would transform this place and I believe it’s possible. One developer at a time.