This one is a rant yet is still a loosely logical, connected piece here….bear with me:
- Uber is getting hammered because of claims a senior exec would sanction digging up dirt on journalists
- Sarah Lacey (legitimately placed to do so) has gone on the attack over Uber, deleted the app
- people are now reporting on Sarah Lacey’s piece
- last week the FT broke the ‘Facebook at Work’ story
- mere hours later, stories surfaced citing the FT breaking news with NO additional information
- days later, reporting on someone else’s story still with NO new information but quoted speculation is everywhere
- it gets worse…
I was privileged to attend the Wired Autumn conference about a month ago where there was a major theme of using technology, the power of crowds and social to improve our health.
Great video of a presentation by Benedict Evans at a Bloomberg conference, on the way that mobile technology (especially) is changing our world.
Essentially, those disrupting the space are not necessarily finding new business sectors to be in, rather, they are using new technology to improve the way their business is designed. The availability of cheap technology, powerful mobile devices and easy access to a global audience means that the no longer need to think about licensing and exiting to peers.