2019, Red Hot IPO Year for Silicon Valley

There are nearly a dozen tech Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) planned for 2019, the tech companies are scurrying to generate immense wealth before the expected 2020 recession. While many industries are seeing financial problems. pre-IPO tech companies are being heavily valued by Wall Street traders and financial analysts. Most of these companies are Collaborative Economy companies, an industry I covered with great detail over the last half decade. These online marketplaces enable the buying and selling of assets (they don’t own) between individuals. Since they don’t own most of the assets, they have great upside –and little downside. These tech companies are the darlings in business, as they prepare for a massive set of IPOs that could result in over $250 … Continue reading2019, Red Hot IPO Year for Silicon Valley

Roadmap: Five Phases of Digital Eras

Five Phases of Digital Eras Roadmaps directionally guide us when situations are unclear. To guide me, I often used this framework in client work, speeches, and reports. It serves us to see how technology is rolling out in our lives, as Scott Monty said, it could a “chart of your life”. It’s not just for me, it’s for all of us to use in our personal and professional planning. As we approach the anticipated recession, now is a good time to publish this roadmap, as we’ve seen economic conditions shape each era. For example, in the Internet Era, the dot coms experienced a shakeout in the 2001 recession. Next the Social Media era became a low-cost channel in the next … Continue readingRoadmap: Five Phases of Digital Eras

What it Means: Apple Wants To Reduce Addiction to its own iPhone

Click above video or access directly: Tim Cook describes how he wants users to curb their phone addictions and have “a great life” without being tethered to the phone, features include data on app usage, and ability for users to limit notifications, apps, and overall time on device. By Jeremiah Owyang, Jessica Groopman, Rebecca Lieb, and Jaimy Szymanski. Apple is leading self-regulation of the tech industry by enabling users to impose limits on the time they spend on social networks. The company, which has 44% of smartphone market share in the USA, is using its hardware and software platforms to become the arbiter of balance in our lives, by providing multiple features that will: gauge how much technology we’re using, and … Continue readingWhat it Means: Apple Wants To Reduce Addiction to its own iPhone

Virtual Assistant Management Systems (VAMS)

By Jeremiah Owyang and Jessica Groopman, Kaleido Insights Analysts. A new category of software companies must emerge, these companies enable a business to manage multiple virtual assistant experiences from one single platform. Business needs: marketing, customer care, and other departments are struggling to manage various virtual assistant and AI platforms ranging from Alexa, Cortana, Facebook messenger, and beyond. The APIs will frequently change, often without notice, multiple scripts will have to be integrated and managed per each platform. These vendors have the following features: Enable a business buyer to manage a single set of chat scripts from a single platform, Manage changing APIs from various Virtual Assistant companies, reducing customization by the business buyer Enterprise-class data security and compliance Provide … Continue readingVirtual Assistant Management Systems (VAMS)

Analysis: Should Blockchain Power Your Customer Loyalty Program?

By Kaleido Insights Research Analysts: Jeremiah Owyang, Jessica Groopman, Jaimy Szymanski, and Rebecca Lieb Trend: Nearly a dozen companies have announced their intent to launch blockchain-based loyalty programs and/or branded cryptotokens to encourage customer engagement. But should your company?  Is it right for your loyalty program? Is it just hype? Should you deploy? Our analysis of what you should consider. Keep in mind, many of these are corporate announcements of intention to launch the programs, few are currently deploying. A few examples: Recently, restaurant holding group Chanticleer (franchises include Little Big Burger, American Burger Co., Hooters, Just Fresh, and BGR) announced its intent to use a blockchain-based loyalty coin for rewards across its dining brands, Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten just … Continue readingAnalysis: Should Blockchain Power Your Customer Loyalty Program?

Introducing: The 2015 Crowd Companies Awards

Crowd Companies’ member organizations consistently work to overcome challenges while leading their teams in adapting to, and thriving within, the Collaborative Economy. Their efforts to connect with new the crowd behaviors have not gone unnoticed. 2015 Crowd Companies Awards Recognize Collaborative Economy Excellence: At the Crowd Companies “Main Event” in San Francisco on Oct. 6-7, we presented awards to five member companies that have exhibited excellence in the creation and execution of Collaborative Economy programs. The following companies have proven ROI as a result of their dedication and initiative deployment in the areas of on-demand integration, crowd collaboration, brand innovation, and enablement of makers and marketplaces. Below are photos of Angus Nelson of member success and I, presenting awards at the council event. … Continue readingIntroducing: The 2015 Crowd Companies Awards

The Collaborative Economy is Replicating Social Business #socbiz

Above image: Social Business Replicated by Collaborative Economy, Ver 1.1If you’re a social business professional, you’re in a prime spot to advance your career to the next phase: the Collaborative Economy. For over ten years, I was a social business professional. I helped Hitachi launch their program as a full time employee in 2005, started this Web Strategy blog, joined Forrester Research, and became a founding partner at Altimeter Group. I saw the genesis, evolution, maturity, and integration of an entire market in less than a decade. Today, another decade later, I’m witnessing the birth, growth, and emergence of the next phase of social connection: the Collaborative Economy. In social media, people created media and shared it on social networks. In this next phase, … Continue readingThe Collaborative Economy is Replicating Social Business #socbiz

Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers

(Above pic: Thousands of HK protesters link their phones together using Bluetooth to become their own internet –overcoming the government ban on social media sites. Photo credit: Alex Hofford) If you thought peer-to-peer-based Uber, Airbnb, Lyft and Lending Club were disruptive, you haven’t seen anything yet. People are empowered –through commonly used technologies Previous revolutionaries have used pitchforks, wagon barricades, pamphlets, signs and drums. Today’s revolutionaries are using Firechat. It’s not just for revolutionaries, as I just downloaded Firechat. If you want to communicate during an emergencies, in the subway or on a plane, you can download Firechat too. Seven month old app enables the crowd to become the internet Seven month old Firechat enables people to become the internet themselves … Continue readingFirechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers

Here’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values

This was originally posted on VentureBeat, with a wide array of comments and reactions. Silicon Valley has been espousing sharing, making, community through the latest startups like Lyft, Airbnb, LendingClub and more. Yet is Silicon Valley really leading the example?  While generalizations can put people off, I wanted to take a stand on some broader trends we see. I’ve received reinforcing and disagreeing feedback, all which I’m open to learning more from. Photo by Adam Foster Here’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values Silicon Valley startups like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Lending Club and others that empower people to get what they need from each other command extensive market attention and sky-high valuations. This Collaborative Economy prospers on the … Continue readingHere’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values

Slides: Cold Hard Facts on the Ice Bucket Challenge #IceBucketChallenge

Icebucket Challenge: Cold Facts and Stats #icebucketchallenge from Jeremiah Owyang Crowd-based business models and marketing are no stranger to the Web Strategy blog –and now we’re seeing the same effect impact non profits, including the much discussed (and debated) ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was curious on the actual impacts of this controversial crowd challenge, and decided to tally up some of the numbers. In this above embedded slideshare, you’ll see facts on buzz, assumptions on water usage, influencer impact, money raised, and bottom line of total donated dollars. Also, in case you’re wondering, I was challenged by Scott Monty, I accepted the ice shower (over my garden –in a nod to our drought) and also donated to ALS —you … Continue readingSlides: Cold Hard Facts on the Ice Bucket Challenge #IceBucketChallenge