No sooner did I post last week’s blog about smartphone sales surpassing PC/laptop revenues in 2011 than this Eric Schmidt story showed up on my ever-growing Tweetdeck dashboard.
At the Digital Life Design conference that took place last week in Munich, the new Chairman at Google delivered his view of where his company – and technology – is moving in the next decade.
This is like free consulting from a guy who has an amazing vantage point. I’m including his entire presentation (37 minutes) in this post, and would recommend you spend some time just listening to Eric Schmidt’s view.
Below are a few nuggets that stood out for me:
- “Everything’s changing again.”
- “Technology is going to serve US.”
- “If you have a child, your child is either asleep or online.”
- “The mobile web is growing eight times faster than the equivalent PC/desktop web at the same point in its history.”
- “The majority of humans will go online with a mobile device, not a PC.”
- “The smartphone is THE device of our time.”
- “Devices that are not connected to the Internet are not interesting anymore.”
- “Every day there’s a surprise.”
- “YouTube is taking 35 hours of video uploads every minute.”
- “When you look at innovation and you look at innovation historically, it’s pretty clear that the Internet is the greatest disruptor of all time.”
- “(The Internet) has replaced the economics of scarcity with the economics of abundance.”
- “Imagine a future where the following things are true…you don’t forget anything…you cannot get lost…you can have all the information of the world at your fingertips…you’re never lonely because there’s always someone to talk to online…you’re never bored…you’re never out of ideas…and this is not a vision for the elites…this is a vision that is accessible to every single person on the planet.”
Schmidt is a big believer in crowd sourcing – something that should make the folks at Jelli and Listener Driven Radio happy.
As he says, it can help us understand “what’s really going on – not what we think is going on.”
One of his key pieces of advice, however, hit home for us:
“Whatever you’re doing, do mobile first.”
Schmidt calls this approach “Mobile First.”
I’m taking this advice to heart.