Robots, Yes Robots, Could Be Trump’s Greatest Threat

The rise of automation is destined to replace some worker employment, and it could increasingly cause friction with efforts to create new jobs, a hallmark of the Donald Trump administration. Many studies have forecast a day when repetitive and labor-intensive jobs will be recast by automation, though the jury is still out about whether the humans now holding those jobs will be elevated to more meaningful positions that utilize automation or will be replaced outright. One particular technology, self-driving cars, is on pace to emerge en masse in 2021, right around the next election, as most car manufacturers will offer these features in their fleets. Furthermore, Lyft has partnered with GM to roll out self-driving on-demand fleets, and Uber and … Continue readingRobots, Yes Robots, Could Be Trump’s Greatest Threat

Liberals and Conservatives Both Love & Loathe the Collaborative Economy

By Jeremiah Owyang, Founder, Crowd Companies and Alan Webber, Government Insights Research Director, IDC, (profile and twitter). Last week, A version of this article appeared in the WSJ. The Collaborative Economy is emerging as the defining societal narrative for 2015 and beyond. In this burgeoning, economic model, individuals use commonly available technologies to obtain resources from their peers, like use of homes, cars, money, and other goods and services. These technology-based companies enable people to bypass inefficient corporations, find favorable alternatives to entrenched, established channels, and confront existing, draconian, government regulations. Above Graphic: Spectrum of Political Perspectives on the Collaborative Economy Above Slideshare: Spectrum of Political Perspectives on the Collaborative Economy, detailed How big is this market? We know that … Continue readingLiberals and Conservatives Both Love & Loathe the Collaborative Economy

The Obama Generation

Yesterday, Stephanie Agresta brought nine tech and business students from Iowa’s Luther College (blog) to meet me at our Foster City office for some Q&A about the business world they’re about to enter. This day, Jan 20th was the first day Obama has been in office, and he’s already made some significant changes within his first hours in the oval office. We had an interesting conversation, we talked about creating career websites, starting blogs, and how to represent yourself in a professional way. We discussed how sharing online is likely permanent and you should assume your boss, your mother, and your future wife/husband will read whatever you say online. How they should start preparing for the job market, and some … Continue readingThe Obama Generation

How Did You Participate In The Inauguration?

Are you old media or new? Progressive or traditional? Were you present in DC or were you participating using TV and being online? President Barack Obama’s inauguration was an interesting event, why? It wasn’t during normal evening showtimes when people would watch on TV, as a result, people found other ways to consume the event –even using iPhone apps. Secondly, although an American event, it has implications to the rest of the globe, it’s not just a limited audience. In my world, I watched it at 830am at home on HDTV, while streaming other pieces on I watched Current TV (got annoyed with the hip hop music and ridiculous tweets) and turned on CNN. I was on twitter (see … Continue readingHow Did You Participate In The Inauguration?

Obama Crowdsources Daily Ideas with Citizen’s Briefing Book

I just learned from Leverage’s Mike Walsh that Obama will receive a briefing from the top voted ideas that were submitted by the American people each evening see (a play off . This method of keeping in direct communication by ‘listening’ to the citizens leans on voting style technology similar to Dell’s Ideastorm. My colleague Josh Bernoff will be pleased, as he requested this feature a few months ago. You’ll need to login and register (I suspect they can use IP addresses to determine point of origin within US) in order to confirm location but that’s not completely accurate. How can Obama extend this further? Make a similar site for all other nations to submit ideas for foreign policy. … Continue readingObama Crowdsources Daily Ideas with Citizen’s Briefing Book

How Municipalities Should Integrate Social Media Into Disaster Planning

This last Thanksgiving was marred by the horrible deaths of over 170 victims at Mumbai’s terrorist attack. If you weren’t watching, social media played a part in helping –and hurting– the event. First hand accounts were published on twitter, including pictures of terrorists in action, in fact Forbes called this Mumbai: Twitter’s Moment. Cities, authorities, states, and governments should have a social media plan in place to prepare for disasters of all sorts. [Social tools allow both true and false information to be rapidly communicated from sources in real time from anyone using a mobile device. During disasters this both enables and detracts emergency response.] Social Tools Pervasive Social Technographics research indicates that these social tools are readily available and … Continue readingHow Municipalities Should Integrate Social Media Into Disaster Planning

SnapShot: YouTube’s Top 5 Channels vs Obama, ranked 34

Obama has declared he’ll be using YouTube to provide weekly addresses to the nation and the world, I want to start taking snapshots of the analytics in order to understand the changes that are happening to our world. Each generation has it’s medium, and this one is the web –let’s see how our leadership grasps this. The following is the most subscribed channels of all time. I use this as a primary measure as if someone subscribes it means they’re asking for updates whenever new content is published, preference. The following is a snapshot of numbers of the most Subscribed (All Time) YouTube Channels. YouTube’s Top 5 Most Subscribed Channels of all Time: #1 Fred This skit act from a … Continue readingSnapShot: YouTube’s Top 5 Channels vs Obama, ranked 34

Inaccuracy in Reporting at ABC News

I was surprised to see this article by ABC News just a few heartbeats before the election, an un-named reporter riffs off my blog post cataloging Obama vs McCain social networking stats: “A social network researcher says you can expect Barack Obama to win the election. Analyzing the candidates social networking pages, Jermiah Owyang found Obama has more supporters than John McCain. According to Ownyang’s research, Obama almost 4 times the number of supporters on & Ownyang cites two reasons for the difference. “[The] Obama campaign moved quicker to social networking and social media, McCain only recently launched his own social network with KickApps.” He also says Obama supporters are also much more likely to use social networking … Continue readingInaccuracy in Reporting at ABC News


Respected colleague Josh Bernoff asks Barack Obama, will you tap the groundswell? I just learned that Obama and Biden have launched this website called that transparently puts forth agenda items, a blog introducing latest videos, as well as a web form to submit your American ideas. The site is more one way in communication –there’s not a lot of places to leave your own comments– but based upon the promises he’s made for collaborative technology, we could expect a “Digg” like feature to emerge at some point, the challenge will be managing logins, detractors, and identity issues. Of course, any website of this caliber that offers an online dialog is going to be overloaded with comments, perhaps some type … Continue readingChange.Gov

Obama’s Technology Promises

Now that the dust has settled between the candidates, we should keep an eye on the President’s promises he made to the technology community. Never before have we seen a president give this much focus on Technology (let alone use new technology in addition to old for his campaigns) and it’s important we remember what he has planned and promised. Some may argue they don’t want government in the private industry, but without a doubt, technology changes not only how American culture is being changed as well as connecting with other cultures outside of our border. In this snapshot, he discusses economic competitiveness, H1B Visas, exposing government data, offers online political collaboration, increase access to broadband and it’s speed, wireless … Continue readingObama’s Technology Promises