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And with that I really am on vacation until August 5th.
This morning Rackspace announced a deal with Intel to work on OpenStack. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rackspace-collaborates-with-intel-to-accelerate-openstack-enterprise-feature-development-and-adoption-2015-07-23-12173032 This is significant, because both Intel and Rackspace are pouring new resources into OpenStack, which will mean good things for our customers.
Yesterday I visited Facebook to get a look at how Oculus Rift is going in an off-the-record meeting. But, what I saw yesterday showed me there is an infinite need for new software to be written by many companies around the world. Soon we’ll be playing and working together in virtual worlds and those worlds will need new things built for them. They won’t all run on Facebook’s datacenters (not to mention Valve, Sony, and Samsung, among others, who are working on competitors, as you know if you've been reading my recent newsletters).
Earlier this week I ran the closing session at AppNation’s IoT Influencers Summit, where a panel of VIPs wrapped up an interesting day talking about innovations from farming to jewelry. http://iotinfluencers.com/siliconvalley/agenda/
Over the weekend I was at a camp hosted by the founder of Coral Group, http://www.coralgrp.com/ Yuval Almog and Israel’s famous VC, Yossi Vardi (he funded ICQ).
What did we talk about? The innovation that is still to come and how scary it is. How we will deal with the jobs displaced by companies like Uber, who is changing work and could dramatically change it when self-driving cars arrive.
At the camp I talked with the team from Tapingo. http://www.tapingo.com/ Don’t know who they are? Of course not, unless you're a college student or an investor. At Santa Clara University, 70% of students’ food transactions are already going through its app. It lets you order, say, a latte while still in bed. It’ll tell you “your latte will be ready at 8:09 a.m., come pick it up.” You walk in, don’t wait in line, don’t touch anything or give anyone a credit card or cash. It works great and students love it because it saves them tons of time. But Daniel Almog, CEO/founder, told me he’s moving into new areas. He’s having students deliver to other students and they are paid in a virtual currency (done so they can avoid paying bank transaction fees).
Think about just how much cloud computing and technology is changing the world at this bleeding edge. It’s changing what we think of as a job, or as a reward. Is your company studying companies like Tapingo?
How are you pushing your company to stay up with the disruptions? Let me know, I’d love to feature the best examples in future videos with me and in future newsletters.
Robotics Conference coming up. I’ll be speaking at this very cool robotics and AI conference in Idaho on August 20th. https://www.facebook.com/events/610178355751456/ You should be there, this is probably going to be the most bleeding edge of all the events I’ll visit this year and I’ll bring you tons of video, of course.
Drones face new PR challenges. Will drones be even more regulated due to people flying them over fires, which keeps emergency crews from flying their helicopters and saving property and potentially lives? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153444642744655 I keep hoping that people will refrain from behaving badly, but it looks like new laws are needed to keep drone operators from interfering with emergency crews.
What do most Americans miss about China’s tech companies? Gary Rieschel, one of the top investors in China, tells me “don’t miss the speed.” https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153444748904655/
Mashable says Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset has the best chance at winning the fight for your living room. http://mashable.com/2015/07/19/sony-project-morpheus-hands-on-2/?utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial I say it’s too early to decide on winners. Based on what I saw at Facebook yesterday this fight hasn’t even begun. But damn, is 2016 gonna be huge in consumer electronics.
Why I never brag about Rackspace’s security. Last year the PR team for Ashley Madison, a site that lets people cheat on their spouses, bragged to me that their security was best of breed. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153447889029655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654 Turns out it wasn’t. This week it was disclosed that the site was hacked and the hacker is threatening to turn over customer info to the public on its 37 million users. For me? It’s yet another reason why I’m so public about what’s going on in my life (both good and bad). Turns out privacy is just not going to be easy to come by for human beings anymore. But it reminds me not to brag about security. Why? It invites bad karma. That said, security is everyone’s job, and we’d love to work with you to make your security better.
PayPal splits off of eBay. This is a big deal for eBay, but, watch PayPal run away with the show. It’s growing a lot faster than eBay is, and there’s a lot of future in it. eBay needs to be rethought and it’ll be interesting to see if it can shake the perception that it is an old company that the cool kids don’t use anymore. I'm wishing them luck in competing with Amazon, which has been out innovating eBay for some time now. I know how that feels, and it’s not fun, but Rackspace found a way to remain relevant, so I bet eBay can too. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153449023394655
Thank you. Inc Magazine named me #5 on a list of 30 Power Players in Tech You Need to Know. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153451152324655 Very honored by that, but I have some unfair advantages thanks to working at Rackspace. We have 300,000 customers from tractor companies to TED. That lets me see the future in a way very few do, more fun to come.
Are you a member of the App Developer’s Alliance? Rackspace is. Here we meet up with Jon Potter, CEO of such. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153451965684655/ That helps 60,000 developers with education, advocacy, and more.
The smart home is here. Got a look at iControl’s use of Jasper. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153454739754655/ What is Jasper? It makes connectivity solutions for Internet of Things companies (it's used in things from vending machines, to GM’s connected cars, to iControl’s home security system, which you’ll learn about here).
Are you a photographer? Photographer and Rackspace customer Trey Ratcliff shows me the new bag he designed with Peak Design. Very useful. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153456232194655/
Hackers have their way with a connected car. http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/hackers-take-control-of-a-moving-jeep This stuff needs to be far more secure before consumers will trust a self-driving car. I’m seeing a new kind of fear of new technology. We aren’t good at figuring out real risk. Non-hacked cars kill 1.2 million people around the world every year, while I still haven’t seen a death from a car hacking, but it doesn’t matter. New technology scares us, the media takes advantage of that fear, and so the future will be slower to arrive than it otherwise should be. That said, we’re up to the challenge, I believe. I'm a technology optimist for a reason: it improves our lives more than it brings bad things into them.
Be back August 13th.
Today I’m leaving on vacation with my family on a road trip through Oregon’s coast. So, we’re going to take a few weeks off, I'll be back publishing August 13th. I really appreciate the many nice notes I’ve gotten from the first 15 weeks of my newsletter.
So, what were my favorite few interviews of the past 15 weeks since I started this newsletter?
1. Music promoter Claire Parr: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/
2. Second Life founder Philip Rosedale giving a talk about the future of VR: Philip Rosedale, Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153434334909655/
3. Talking tech and disruption with the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics Show, Gary Shapiro: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153422227344655
4. Talking about leadership with Mary Ann Davidson. She runs security at a huge Silicon Valley company: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426342009655
5. Talking about the sharing economy disruption with friend Jeremiah Owyang. This is coming up in so many conversations, I know it touched a nerve:
6. Talking with the investor in Starbucks, Dan Levithan:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153393544334655/ He is one of the best investors in consumer tech companies and his insights are deep.
7. Scaling companies/databases with the guy who helps do just that at ScaleArc: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153408879729655/
8. Inside the 7th most visited media company, Mode: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153402001204655/
9. Visiting Microsoft Research and talking about Quantum Computing:
10. Talking about indoor mapping with the founder of Aisle 411:
11. A look at Augmented Reality glasses of future from ODG:
12. A look at Augmented Reality that’s here today from Blippar’s CEO: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350520704655/
13. How surgery is changing due to AR tech with cofounder of Vital Medicals: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153330329514655
14. A look at professional VR cameras for sports stadiums: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153290637224655/
15. Augmented Reality in Children’s Coloring Books: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153277316249655/
16. A look at how a famous music festival is using beacons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJ8Hu-KELs&feature=youtu.be
17. Tim Draper (famous investor, he’s the “D” in DFJ) tells me how blockchain is changing how he does the legal “paperwork”: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153263857234655/?type=2&theater
18. Inside the world of casual gaming with President of SGN, Josh Yguado (they just announced a big funding round this morning): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153219641849655
19. My talk with drone lawyer, Brendan Schulman, about regulations that are hitting that industry: https://youtu.be/E-N6wL1Kn2Y
20. Mark Allen showing me the flight simulator of the future: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153391970529655/
Whew, what a year it’s been so far, much more to come!
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