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I sent this newsletter out last week. Every Thursday I send out a new one to people who subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

LIFE AND TECH #39: Internet of Things Comes to the Masses

Internet of Things, aka “IoT” is all the rage. You know, all these new connected things like Nest thermostats, Hue lights, digital door locks and other devices that have lights, sensors, motors or switches, along with a small computer and are connected to the Internet.

On Monday, building IoT-based devices is going to get a lot easier and cheaper thanks to Particle.io.

Take a look at its new Electron cellular development kit. This $39 kit lets you build advanced prototypes -- often without writing code -- that connect to the Internet via cell towers. Here's the video I shot at its headquarters earlier this week: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153874806314655/

Just think of the things that are now easy to build. Farmers can try out new kinds of drone-based systems. Kids can build new kinds of weather stations. Businesses can do new things on factory lines. Very exciting.

Speaking of Internet of Things, Cisco just bought Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion. Jasper’s IoT cards are inside GM cars, many of the world’s vending machines and most of the electronic car charging stations you see in the San Francisco area. Details on that here: http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/03/cisco-buys-jasper-technologies-for-1-4-billion/

Other things I’ve been seeing this week:

I visited Menlo Ventures and had a very interesting conversation with Managing Director Venky Ganesan about meta economic trends, startups in his focus areas, marketplaces and cyber security:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153877028489655/

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Speaking of cyber security, Observable Networks CEO Bryan Doerr came to my house and explained endpoint modeling and why this technique will help secure networks that are increasingly seeing devices brought from home, as well as IoT devices that represent new attack surfaces. That video is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153878578209655/

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An in-depth look at one of the newer cameras that will be used at the Super Bowl. It’s a 36-sensor, 108-megapixel, 360-degree camera: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153873173934655/

Speaking of the Super Bowl, Microsoft showed off another sizzle video of Hololens, but this time how it might be used in the future to watch football: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153878751054655

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Hololens isn’t the only thing that made headlines this week. Magic Leap just collected another $800 million investment without shipping a product or having a customer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876201074655

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Last night I visited Avegant to get a look at its new Glyph product, which lets you watch video in private, say, while traveling on planes. This $699 device has small but sharp screens that let you watch videos, see drone camera output, play video games and work on computing tasks -- all in private. Demo and discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153879264794655/

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I visited with Techcrunch Cofounder Keith Teare at his home. We covered some video toys he’s using in his studio, but also a variety of trends in the tech industry: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153866300824655/

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Peter Mullen showed me new conferencing service Speakeasy. This is much easier to use for conferencing than other conferencing services, particularly for mobile workers. Video demo here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153879019339655/

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Here's a tour of the lab at University of Illinois where the first Tesla prototype is hanging on the wall: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153868511804655/

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An interactive mirror at 500 Startups (the iMirror): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153875177819655/

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Rackspace achieves AWS DevOps Competency: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153874478759655

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10 things to do if you're laid off -- a few friends have been laid off recently so I wrote up some tips that got a lot of praise over on LinkedIn: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876563164655

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Lily Drone update: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153877613404655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654 Separately, here's a drone that can swim: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153873306519655

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Check out this VR game: Budget Cuts. Who said VR is anti social?https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153879628029655

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Rackspace sponsored my talk "Beyond Mobile" in Blacksburg, Virginia, and now the video and slides are up here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153868798609655

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A look at the tech behind Star Wars: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153869337774655

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Card Aisle, great idea for Valentine's Day: a vending machine for greeting cards:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153873302724655/

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I'm honored that out of thousands of technology writers, I'm #4 on the most followed by other technology writers list: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876647949655

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If this isn’t enough new technology and trends for you, JD Meier shared with me the most complete list I’ve seen so far in 2016 of the stuff on the bleeding edge. His list is at:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153879658604655

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

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I sent out this email newsletter three weeks ago after I got back from the Consumer Electronics Show. I send out this newsletter every Thursday night, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #36: CES WRAPUP

CES wrapped up last week and I can say it was the best one I’ve seen in a decade. Three big stories jumped out this year:

1. VR.
2. Self driving cars.
3. AR.

Inc Magazine (er Joel Comm) interviewed me after CES and I gave them the rundown:
http://www.inc.com/joel-comm/the-3-most-amazing-technologies-at-ces-according-to-robert-scoble.html

For the VR alone, like the HTC Vive (which won best of show) or Oculus Rift, which went on sale at the show, this would have been the most important CES in a decade. Just look at this 17-year-old, as he gets a demo: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153820064944655/
But then there were AR glasses and self driving cars. I covered the AR side of things last week, but didn’t go into the state of of self-driving cars.

I was one of only eight people to get to drive the new Mercedes E Class with AutoPilot features that ships in March (it costs about $50,000).
While I was driving it, they flipped a switch and the car was fully autonomous, driving itself. This was such a big deal I did four separate videos. If you care about self driving cars, you’ll want to watch all four.

They’re all linked here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153829767304655/

The big takeaway is that the technology is ready to do more, but the lawyers are holding it back. Tesla reported it’s throttling the self-driving features too:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153826224564655

Why? Everyone is scared of being the first to have an accident, so they’re keeping these features out of customers’ hands.

That said, Mercedes has pointed out that cars with some of these features (front facing radar, which they called “Dystronic”) have, for example, already reduced bumper sales by 30%.

The new AutoPilot features in the E Class and in the Teslas are even better, as you can see in the videos.

While we’re on cars, my friend Anton Wahlman, who is one of the top auto analysts, says that the big winner at CES was Chevy, who introduced us to the new Bolt:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153826306214655

He says that’s 18 months ahead of the rest of the industry because it’s a well-designed, $35,000, 200-mile range, all electric vehicle. Wait a second, you mean GM beat Elon Musk? Can’t be!

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In this hour-long conversation with Bain Capital Ventures partner Ajay Agarwal, I learned that slow-driving entrepreneurs aren’t as good as those who exceed the speed limit and demonstrate some need for urgency:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153830771134655

That wasn’t all he shared with me, as we walked through the stock market duldrums, got a bunch of advice for entrepreneurs who are just entering the game and took a look at quite a few businesses that are just gaining fire. Many people are commenting “Excellent interview.”

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I took my viewers on a tour of the closed-to-the-public Broadcom booth where we saw new wireless charging, new payment-enabling chips and more:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153821550594655/

They make many of the chips that are inside your phones and computers. Note the new low-power wifi that’s coming, which will make wearables last a lot longer.

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The big TV deal this year was Quantum Dots. It makes colors much richer and dynamic range higher. I interviewed the company that invented these way back in 2011: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153822016374655/

We visited Dolby to get a look at the state of the art systems that use Quantum Dot. They showed us that they’re pushing said technology even further. Here Dolby’s CTO explains how: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153829767304655/

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An amazing demo by VR pioneer Dan Thurber of Intel’s RealSense and Google’s Tango technologies:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153820426459655/

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Intel drones use RealSense to navigate around things: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816517564655

Parrott shows off my favorite new drone: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153833929569655

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Scott Jordan followed me around at CES and saw how many times I get pitched on one aisle. Here you see clothing with sensors built in: https://www.facebook.com/sevscottjordan/videos/10205197853012784/

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We visited a drone race at Zappos and broadcast it. During the broadcast I met the guy who invented the league and learned a lot about how it works: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153824346264655/

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I hope your company never suffers a cyber attack or breach, but if you do, you’ll want Rackspace Chief Security Officer Brian Kelly on your team. Here he offers some steps to take if you are being breached: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153832363184655

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a new standard, 802.11ah which gives longer range and uses less power. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/reesejones1/posts/10154538499469899

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I always come across something weird when I'm in Vegas. This year it’s the “Drunk Mode” app which, among other things, keeps you from drunk dialing your friends or bosses. Video with the guy who came up with that app at:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153831133459655/

Don’t laugh, he’s already got a million downloads.

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Next week I’ll be at the University of Illinois, which brings us so much of the world’s technology and technologists. Then I’ll be on to Virginia for this:https://www.facebook.com/ThomasW.Weeks/posts/10204225963249633

On Saturday, 200 of my friends are gathering in Napa to listen to a bunch of great music, have fun, see some new toys and put the focus onhttp://www.preventchildabuse.org. You might not know, but I was sexually abused when a child, so I feel strongly about this cause. I hope this brings the organization more funding, but even more so, attention from parents, as the website there gives you skills to head off abuse.

Anyway, it’s not just my close friends who are invited (this started as my 50th birthday party last year, then grew into something much deeper this year). You’re invited too, and we’ll be live streaming the event starting at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Details are here: http://scobleizer.com/8515-2/ Come and join us!
Finally, as I do my research for a new “Beyond Mobile” book that Shel Israel and I are going to announce on Saturday, I’m seeing very advanced tracking technologies available from a number of places.

Here is a good article in the Harvard Business Review about how businesses should make their customer tracking technology work without being creepy:
https://hbr.org/2016/01/customer-tracking-technology-can-work-without-being-creepy

Think businesses aren’t going there? Think again. Harley Davidson’s R&D and innovation teams told me they're using face detection technology in its dealerships. If Harley Davidson is using it, you know everyone is going to be using it soon.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more athttp://www.gapingvoid.com
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Here's the slides from my talk, the video of which is up at https://youtu.be/M9_J3ERWOIo

This is the beginnings of the book Shel Israel and I are working on, titled "Beyond Mobile" that's coming later this year. If you have something that fits, or want to sponsor the book/be part of it, please email me at scobleizer@gmail.com
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This is my email newsletter that was sent out last week (it’s the last one of 2015, the 34th I’ve published since starting it in May). Subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Life and Tech #34: The Convenience, er, Concierge Economy Gains Steam

As I travel for Rackspace and visit new companies looking for the future, I sometimes see new trends taking place. One that has been catching my eye lately is what I call "the Convenience Economy." Some are calling it the "Concierge Economy," but I think that technology is bringing convenience to our lives in a broader way than just a concierge.

Why is the convenience economy something you should pay attention to and start using? Because these services are already appealing to many.

Next year you'll see http://www.viv.ai/-- I got a preview a few weeks ago. What is it? This startup is run by two of the visionaries who made Siri. They quit working for Apple a few years ago and built a new Internet brain that will make your life more convenient.

You'll use it to order Uber rides, flowers for your wife, find tickets to movies and much more.

Why is it different? Well, Siri can't answer questions such as, "how many people are checked in on Foursquare at the Half Moon Bay Ritz?" Why not? Because Siri is hard coded. Foursquare has an answer. Foursquare has an API. And Siri understands the question. It just isn't "hooked up," so it fails and provides a stupid answer.

Viv is going to fix a bunch of those problems, but even better, it’s going to build a profile around you, which will assist in the future and save you clicks.

Ask it to bring you a "large pepperoni pizza from Dominos," and it will know you find Dominos to be an acceptable pizza restaurant and that you like pepperoni pizza. The next time you ask for pizza it might ask you, "would you like your usual large pepperoni pizza from Dominos?" Generally, it will be right.

But Viv won't be alone in making your life more convenient.

Facebook is readying "M" - a service you talk to and that does stuff for you. Built into Facebook Messenger, this service is probably the most interesting of all the Convenience Economy offerings because of the potential scale it will hit. Let's be honest, how soon will Viv have access to almost a billion people around the world? Even if it's hugely successful, Viv will take years to get there. Facebook already has the users; it just needs to figure out how to scale the technology up (right now it's only available to a small number of people).

Why will scale be a problem for "M," though? Because at first you are talking to a human. Here Verge shows how it works: http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/26/9605526/facebook-m-hands-on-personal-assistant-ai

As humans answer questions like "can you buy my wife a dozen long-stem red roses and have them delivered tomorrow?" they have artificial intelligence systems both assisting the humans who are answering the questions as well as learning from the answers themselves. So, eventually, a technology system will do most of the answering.

Yesterday Uber announced UberEats: http://www.wired.com/2015/12/ubereats-is-ubers-first-app-thats-not-about-rides/ This service delivers food to you, and makes life more convenient. It is certainly part of the convenient economy.

What else is part of the Convenience Economy?

Operator. This service is similar to M and was developed by Uber cofounder Garrett Camp. It was just named one of the top 25 apps of the year by Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-startups-that-launched-in-2015-2015-5

Apple named it one of its top apps too, and you can try it at: https://www.operator.com/

Here are some examples of what Operator can do: http://www.businessinsider.com/operator-launches-to-public-2015-11

Magic. This service will deliver you anything: https://getmagicnow.com/

Tapingo. A mobile ordering app (only available to college students at the moment): http://www.tapingo.com/

Amazon Echo. A device that you talk to and ask for a variety of tasks. "Alexa, buy me some more toilet paper." http://www.amazon.com/echo

Dispatch. http://dispatch.pm/ Request anything on demand. Also, send a photo of something, and they will find the item for you.

Lugg. It provides moving services: http://themacro.com/articles/2015/12/interview-with-lugg-founders/

Sprig. A delivery service for healthy, organic meals: https://www.sprig.com/#/

Reserve. This assists with reservations at restaurants: https://reserve.com/

Easy Post. Offers simple shipping API: https://www.easypost.com/

MyTime. Books appointments: https://www.mytime.com/

ZeusLiving. An apartment rental market (coming soon): http://www.zeusliving.com/

Saambaa. A live event data service: http://go.saambaa.com/

So, why does this trend matter? Well, as Augmented Reality glasses start to arrive in 2016 (things like Magic Leap, which Google has invested half a billion in, or Meta, or ODG, or Microsoft Hololens) we'll want to have services that we talk to and ask to get things for us.

These services are how we'll interact with the world - how we’ll buy things and have them delivered to us.

I've only touched on a small part of this trend, too. Your sports stadiums soon will bring food to your seat (at Levi's Stadium they have 2,000 beacons and a system to already do that for you). Your airline app will assist you in airports. American Airlines app just added indoor positioning in several US airports to do just that. And on and on. Data and new business models and artificial intelligence are bringing us a whole new breed of business and it's worth paying attention to before it disrupts your business.

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It’s been a big honor having thousands of you sign up for my email newsletter this year. This will be my last newsletter of 2015, and I’ll be back in early January from the Consumer Electronics Show.

It’s been quite a year for me and Rackspace.

One question I get a lot is, “why does Rackspace ask you to see the future and basically post it on Facebook?” Well, it’s part of how we’re becoming recognized as one of the world’s great service companies. By studying the world’s most innovative companies, we not only help them gain recognition, but we can bring what we learn back to our 300,000 customers.

This year Rackspace has seen huge change. We now support a variety of Internet-based business infrastructure from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, email on a variety of systems including Microsoft Exchange, ecommerce on Magento, Intranets on Sharepoint, to high-speed cloud on OpenStack Carina, among quite a few others. And there’s more on the way in 2016.

It was also a year of major change For me personally, and this newsletter is just one example. It’s amazing to look back at the 33 other newsletters from this year. They are all on my LinkedIn account at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobleizer

Next year I’m planning a bunch of travel to see new companies, since the future is often happening in places other than Silicon Valley. I’m looking forward to seeing you on the road, and let’s meet back here January 7th from the Consumer Electronics Show.

Talking about CES, I’ve been doing some previews of cool things you can expect to see at this year’s CES. Here’s a taste:

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153750235379655/A new camera for your iPhone which brings us much better quality.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153751956579655/ Depth sensor from Stereo Labs. This adds the “eyes” onto robots, self driving cars and augmented reality.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153752209874655/ The technology inside WowWee’s coolest toys.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153753734094655/ PlayDxtr is making intelligent building blocks.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153754056784655/ A $15 64-bit computer. Amazingly low price for a powerful computer.

Hope you have a happy holidays with your family and friends.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/
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LIFE AND TECH #38: A TALE OF TWO UNIVERSITY TOWNS

In a typical week, I’m happy if I get to meet one really innovative team, company or person to tell you about.

This week, I visited two college towns where so much of the world’s innovation comes from: Champaign-Urbana Illinois, and Blacksburg, Virginia. I did more than a dozen videos and met more than 15 companies, many of whom are doing mind blowing things.

Instead of linking to all of them here, which seems to get my emails thrown into spam folders, I put up a lengthy article on Medium about my trip:
https://medium.com/@scobleizer/here-s-how-small-town-america-is-primed-to-beat-silicon-valley-in-innovation-3923049865ed#.54zvq21hj

A separate article focuses on how real self-driving cars are: https://medium.com/@scobleizer/don-t-worry-uber-lyft-drivers-self-driving-cars-won-t-take-your-job-for-at-least-a-decade-3b8c58a7f102#.fflq4kyet

I visited the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg and got a ride on the “Smart Road,” where they’re developing and testing out self-driving technologies. My conclusion is that a real self-driving car (one without a steering wheel) is further away than many people are expecting, at least a decade out.

But, for this newsletter, I want to focus on the very real innovation I saw in Illinois and Virginia.

If you want to get a sense of the density of the innovation, just watch these two videos I made while getting a tour of Enterprise Works, a startup incubator that’s part of the research park in Champaign, Illinois:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852061749655/

Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852130939655/

There you’ll see more than 10 companies, including BioAnalytics, Quicket, PhotoniCare, IntelliWheels,OceanComm, Xerion and RINGR.

IntelliWheels makes devices that help wheelchair-bound people, OceanComm makes communication that works underwater, Quicket makes a system for police officers to do their jobs better and on and on. Both videos are well worth watching to get a taste of all the startups.

Why does it matter? Well, this is the community that brought us Tesla, YouTube, PayPal, Mozilla and much more.

On my trip report in Medium, you’ll see tours of John Deere’s R&D lab, Yahoo’s R&D lab, Agrible’s headquarters, Wolfram Alpha’s headquarters and a walk through the biggest computer in the world, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. All worth watching.

Agrible is worth focusing on, by the way. Its CEO, Chris Harbourt, grows virtual plants for farmers. Well, he does that to analyze what will happen to farms thanks to the weather and other things that are changing. My interview with him is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852241604655/

Out of all the amazing things I did over the past week, what he told me stuck in my head the most. When he was doing his thesis 20 years ago, it took him two years to analyze just 24 hours of data from farms (he pulls in data from satellites, Doppler radar and even drones). Today, his company does the same thing in seconds.

That demonstrates just how quickly data is changing even the act of farming.
I put up so much video in the past week it will be difficult to catch all of the amazing things I saw in such a short span. Thank you to the University of Illinois and VirginiaTech (and the surrounding entrepreneurial ecosystems) for giving me such amazing tours. Did you see the one with the flight simulators? The one with the new 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing)? The new airflow sensors?

What a week, I’ll be tearing into this material for some time to come and, it will lead to the publication of a new book later this year called “Beyond Mobile,” which Shel Israel and I are writing. Let me know if you have something important we should see for that.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/.
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LIFE AND TECH #37: EVERYTHING WILL BE DIGITIZED

On Sunday I visited the Periscope Summit – a four-day gathering in San Francisco for fans of this live video streaming platform. There were a ton of people there who LOVE it, which tells me you can’t ignore it.

While I was there, I saw Nick Mattingly, the founder of Switcher Studio, which lets you use multiple iPhones or iPads together to build a TV studio.

He shows it to me here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846758869655/

This $25-a-month service lets you do a lot of advanced stuff, all from iPhones. If you’re a small business and you want to build your own video studio at a low cost, this is certainly something to consider. Heck, I’m looking at using it.

Cons? Today it doesn’t support Periscope or Facebook Live. Only YouTube Live, along with a few other live streaming platforms. Hopefully that gets fixed soon, as it seems Facebook would want more “pro style” video broadcast to its users.

Speaking of video, at CES I tried a new Giroptic 360-degree video camera. I used it in the self-driving Mercedes (so it’s probably the first 360-degree video shot in that car): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153846877689655

This camera costs less than $500, it’s pretty darn capable and it’s nice and small. It compares to Ricoh Theta. I think the Giroptic gives a better image, but I need to get them side by side to really know for sure. Either way, the sub-$500 camera market is seeing a lot of competition, which is why GoPro is having trouble in the stock market.

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At the end of every talk I give, I ask my audience, “how many people are freaked out by what I just showed you?” Every time, at least one third of the hands go up. It doesn’t matter where the audiences are, either. I spoke to Draper University in Silicon Valley and got the same response as I did in Dubai or Australia or other places.

One thing our industry has to do is earn trust with “freaky” kinds of data (and the data is going to keep getting freakier and freakier as we’re asked to wear sensors, drive sensors, walk through fields of sensors, etc). How do we earn that trust? Step up our game when it comes to security.

Last week Rackspace announced we were the first to encrypt Mongo DB at rest:
http://blog.rackspace.com/encryption-at-rest-storage-engines-and-disaster-recovery-with-objectrocket-mongodb/

How do you earn trust? With advanced technology that’s designed to keep your customers’ data secure and safe. Why don’t you give us a call and see if it’s appropriate for you? Or, come to Rackspace::Solve in New York on February 11th and hear about it firsthand: http://solve.rackspace.com/nyc2016.html

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Regarding freaky data, a weird drone was flying over my birthday party last Saturday. Oh, it was piloted by George Krieger, who made this scan: https://sketchfab.com/models/145e4d49059f40b8a031aa1f3dc126aa

He didn’t know it at the time, but he firmed up a trend I’ve been seeing lately: that the entire world will be turned into a point cloud of data. Just look at this video from Occipital. It gives us a tiny taste of how that digital world will look and feel once we get there with augmented reality glasses and new software that’s being developed: https://youtu.be/cEnnbCSbijo

Think it’s not close? I saw these glasses from Carl Zeiss at CES: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153843067839655
They looked very much like regular glasses. It was hard to tell that there was a screen in one eye.

I figure consumer AR is only three to five years away. Enterprises already have it. We’ve been covering that a lot in my newsletters from CES, but before we move on, all of this is why Shel Israel and I just announced that we’re working on a new book titled “Beyond Mobile.” I discussed it with Shel here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846437464655/

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As my son drove to my party last Friday they stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge to take some photos. When they got back to the car a bunch of their stuff was gone: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153846994584655

Turns out thieves can now open your car doors if you use those new keyless entry systems. A few of my commenters posted links to how the thieves work: they extend the range of your keyless fobs through a power amplifier. Then, they pop the doors, and open and steal your stuff without having to break a window.

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At my party I spent a bit of time with singer/performer Peter Hollens. His songs on YouTube have millions of hits and backstage he was singing the praises of Petreon to me. That’s a crowdfunding site that helps creative types like him raise money from their fans. I took note and then the next day it was announced that they had raised $30 million to be able to grow faster in this role. Details on Techcrunch here:
http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/19/patreon-gains-30-million-series-b-funding-experiencing-major-growth/

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Chris Messina, who now works at Uber in customer experience, wrote a very important piece about how messengers are taking over and disrupting many businesses: https://medium.com/@chrismessina/2016-will-be-the-year-of-conversational-commerce-1586e85e3991 - .5ut8xcf33

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One significant product introduction this week was a printer that automatically orders ink from Amazon:
http://www.geekwire.com/2016/these-printers-will-order-their-own-ink-from-amazon/
I’m predicting that over the next few years, we’ll see many products order their own refills, from coffee makers to dishwashers to more.

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Here’s a dog toy that got my vote at the Extreme Tech Challenge at CES: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider/posts/457617914436570

This robot plays a game with your pet all day long and rewards your pet with a treat for doing well. Impressive thought went into this. I think it’ll do very well, after all, who won’t spend some money on keeping their pets happy?

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

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Whether or not the cars are safer than humans right now isn't particularly relevant. Will they be in 10 years? Almost certainly. Will they replace Uber by then? I would guess the cost issues +Robert Scoble mentions will be more problematic than the safety concerns at that point.  The tech is improving rapidly.
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This is a reprint of my email newsletter from last week (a new email newletter is sent out every Thursday night). You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

I’m kicking off my first newsletter of the year from CES 2016, where thousands of companies from around the world are showing off their latest and greatest products.

We’re only about halfway through the weeklong event, but here’s what you should take away from this massive show, which has more than 150,000 attendees in Las Vegas every year:

** Cars are now quickly moving to self driving technologies that have deep implications on a whole raft of things, from manufacturing to new kinds of cameras.
** Augmented Reality glasses made a HUGE leap in quality this past year. They’re still not ready for consumers, but it’s time to start using these in your business.
** Virtual Reality is here and it's not going away. If you’re in the media business, it’s time to put big money into building content. There are a ton of new 360-degree cameras to enable just that.
** IoT and Bluetooth connectivity keeps spreading to everything, which enables not just new products, but new business models as well.
** Home automation is finally becoming easier, thanks to new products like Amazon’s Echo or startups like Seven Hugs, which has a new remote that changes depending on what device you’re aiming at.

What can you take away from CES for your business? Well, for me it’s more of an expectation that all products will be smart, connected and easier to use. Amazon Echo is a great example of that. You just talk to it and it talks back. “Alexa, play the Beatles.” “Alexa tell me the news.”

Further off, you see that augmented reality is going to be huge. Already companies like Caterpillar are using it to conduct training for its mechanics, but this year the screens got a lot smaller and sharper, so you’re seeing them being used in more projects.

This year, for consumers, though, is when they will discover VR. The line to get to the Oculus booth was more than an hour long yesterday and today we’ll be getting a private run through with the HTC/Valve Vive. Yesterday I ordered my Oculus headset, which cost me $599 (and then you’ll need a high-end gaming PC to run it too).

Here’s a look at the best I’ve seen come out of CES over the past week:

I talk with Gary Shapiro for 20 minutes, he runs CES: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153813159579655/

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Kopin shows off smart eyewear that has very small screens and the best audio capabilities I’ve seen:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153817407904655/

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ODG shows me its augmented reality glasses, which have a wider field of view than previous versions:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153812695049655/

Infinity AR showed me its AR glasses, which have two video cameras that do depth sensing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815469519655/

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I get a look at Amazon Echo, from a developer’s point of view: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153811243564655/

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16 sensors let Withings new thermometer make it easy to take readings: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153813704444655

There were a ton of Bluetooth-connected smart devices like this. Here’s another, a smart pregnancy test:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816500399655

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Nvidia had a couple of important announcements, the first is its new Maxwell GPU: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153814154184655

The second is a powerful box that will enable better self-driving features:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153814155259655

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Here announced new maps that are optimized for self-driving cars: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815589979655

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Magic announced a new “super human” assistant that runs $100 an hour: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815790494655

This will be a trend this year, as a variety of messengers add new ways to get help.

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Parrott has a new fixed-wing drone that flies 50 mph: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153813706109655

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Nikon hit at GoPro with a 360-degree sports action video camera: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815578719655

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Vuze showed me a new $700 3D 360-degree video camera coming in August. This is a breakthrough because the rig I used last year cost $5,500 and doesn’t do 3D: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815108339655/

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Avegant Glyph started shipping its new headset, which lets you work or watch a movie in privacy. I have one and the screens are very sharp. I’ll be using it while traveling so people next to me on a plane can’t see what I’m doing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816224824655

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Google’s Tango depth sensing technology started to be demonstrated and here’s a great primer on what that is:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153812527579655

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Lots of car news came out of CES, here’s some:

GM and Lyft announce a partnership: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153812496129655

GM invested half a billion in Lyft, and is working on self driving technologies.

Volkswagen announced a bunch of stuff including an electric van prototype: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816507339655

Chevy Bolt, the $30,000 200 mile range electric car: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816510114655

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Intel shows off a drone that can navigate itself: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816517564655

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Finally, something fun. The Mix Fader is a Bluetooth-connected tool for those of you who want to be a DJ:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815360724655/

But what’s it really like to see a ton of companies at CES? In this 40 minute video you meet dozens of companies at the Pepcom Digital Experience event (a press event where hundreds of companies are in a room, all showing their latest): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153816146624655/

This was the first CES I could broadcast live on Facebook. Others were doing Periscope. People around the world loved watching as I went from booth to booth to get pitched on everything from a smart plant pot to digital locks.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/
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LIFE AND TECH #33: Getting Pitched on Startups

This morning I spoke to business students at the University of California and one of them asked me, “what was your favorite pitch?”

Of course I remember my winners.

Things like seeing Instagram, Siri or Flipboard early on. I also remembered all the crappy ones. I told the student, “if you pitch something in a crowded market, you put me to sleep, so you better have a few reasons why I should wake up.”

In other words, if you pitch me yet another phone, you better explain why I should care. After all, I’ve already decided on my phone and so have most of my readers. If I’m going to tell my readers about a new phone, it better have something that makes it interesting (like if it has a bunch of new sensors).

Earlier this week I asked you to pitch me your startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153733047854655

More than 400 pitches rolled in. Here’s my top ten:

1. Sara Sakowitz - Blue Moon Box: a monthly science kit subscription service for kids. This engages kids through fun science projects they can do on their kitchen tables. Every box contains all the materials you need to complete each experiment.

2. Aik Arutunian - On-Demand Engine: a modular platform for building on-demand Uber-like apps easy and fast, for businesses across the board.

3. Chhai Thach - Go Reception: an office automation management system that helps enterprises manage visitors registration, room booking, event ticketing and contractor management. It's being used at Rackspace Australia.

4. Kirill Zubovsky - Receipt Donkey: Save and track your business receipts with Dropbox.

5. David Burrows - GetLaundri.com: launched in Dallas, TX. App-based pick-up and delivery service for employees, households and hotel guests for dry cleaning, laundry and shoe service. All returned in 24 hours. Also, free pick-up of clothing for donation to one of three participating area charities. It's growing 250% each month.

6. Michal Wendrowski - Rublon: cloud-based security software that helps companies protect their data and control employee logins with two-factor authentication via email, SMS and mobile app (2,000+ deployments worldwide, SaaS).

7. Lane Campbell and Mark Graves - MyIRE.com: a platform that is changing the way medical and scientific research is conducted. Democratizing the process with a soon to be publicly released platform that's currently being used in phase three and phase four clinical trials.

8. Yol Sot - StartupBlink.com: an interactive global startup ecosystem map which has tens of thousands of registered startups and other related entities such as co-working spaces, accelerators, startup organizations, tech reporters and much more.

9. Randy Creighton - StoAmigo: cloud file management and storage that unifies users’ storage devices and makes the files accessible from one UI. From the UI you can access your PC, Mac, online storage, NAS device and Android-powered smartphone or tablet. All with nothing uploaded to the cloud.

10. Nitish Kannan - Circlepluspay.com: allows anyone in 23 countries to accept credit cards, bitcoin and invoice globally. Free app with no hardware. Think square without dongles and it works around the world.

Some lessons about pitches:

1. The best are short. Think about it, did you really need to know much more about Uber than, “way better than taxis?” No.

2. A great pitch hits real pain.

3. To win contests, like this one, you pretty much have to be for everyone. But I did find a new app for parents with autistic kids by doing this (https://www.facebook.com/birdhouseforautism/), so it’s worth trying, no matter how narrow your company is.

4. A great pitch has a URL or a call to action, or, preferably both. “Download Uber athttp://www.uber.com.”

5. A great pitch has some social proof: “used by Starbucks in all of its stores.”

6. It tells us what makes the company different.

7. It uses clear English with a minimum of jargon.

8. In a few words, it makes us CARE about the product or company.

9. It uses as few words as possible. If hyperbole is used, you can reduce the number of words. “Uber is better than taxis” is better than “Uber is the leading service that’s better than taxis.”

10. Startups done by kids win. Renata Kotscho Velloso ·http://www.healthymission.us is a startup created by my 11 year-old daughter that uses Instagram to help kids enjoy eating right.

Here are some other things I’ve done or collected over the past week:

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I visited a new kind of startup, which doesn’t even have a good market yet (they make games for VR headsets) to see how they might pitch me.

That pitch, by the founders of Temple Gate Games is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153738588954655/ (I filmed it live, so my readers could ask questions as they talked about their company).

You’ll learn a lot about the VR industry and also see their frustrations as they try to explain a new UI that people don’t have context for yet.

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First Round Capital released its report on startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153740564459655 Interesting read about results from a study of 500 entrepreneurs.

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VTech got hacked and its customer data was shared on the Internet. In this case, it was data that belonged to children. Look at this analysis of how the hack went down, and you’ll see a bunch of really basic mistakes. Like not upgrading servers. This stuff makes me livid because if you use a cloud computing company that invests ANYTHING into security this wouldn’t happen. First rule of security is to do the basics: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153735461409655

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Apple open-sourced its Swift programming language: https://github.com/blog/2089-apple-open-sources-swift-on-github

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Symmetry Labs makes lights for stages behind musical performers (among other places you need digital art). I visit them and get a look at these very cool cubes: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153737003354655/

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I got a video of a fun robot that teaches kids to code at the Big Ideas Festival, an innovation conference for educators: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153742609259655/

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Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (which makes Wordpress) came on the Gillmor Gang to talk to me about the new version of Wordpress and how the publishing industry is evolving: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153732960449655

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Eclipse comes out with a browser-based IDE. Damn is that a controversial topic, evidenced by the comments here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153737260454655

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Ello changed things around, continues being for “artsy fartsy” types:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153738284494655

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New Django ships: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153739027534655

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Why Metabase picked Clojure: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153740489104655

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Amazon showed off new drones: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153734819024655

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Facebook is now adding live video for non celebrities: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153742071064655 (I’ve been using this feature for a while, but until now it was only for a small group of people).

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/
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As Futurist for Rackspace, the leading Managed Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people.

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I'm a geek who grew up in Silicon Valley (my dad was an engineer at Lockheed) and since 1985 I've been building online communities. In 2000 I started my technology blog, http://scobleizer.com/, and my life has been on a rocketship ever since. In 2003-2006 I worked at Microsoft as an evangelist and one of the five guys who started Microsoft's famous Channel9 video community.

I'm now working at Rackspace as its Futurist (I go around the world to study and make media about world-changing innovators). You'll also see my videos on http://youtube.com/scobleizer but the best place to watch me now is on Facebook, on Twitter or on my blog. Our professional videos, done in studio, are on Rackspace's YouTube site.

The real-time streaming web is changing my life faster than I can imagine, and lets me keep in touch with thousands of technology and business innovators all around the world.

I'm also the father of three sons, Patrick, 21, Milan, 7, and Ryan, 5 (as of 2015). Lots of fun and they are all geeks in training too.

Anyway, visit some of my links to see more about me, especially my Wikipedia profile (I didn't edit any of it, that was done by people in the community) and feel free to drop me a line at scobleizer@gmail.com anytime you need something or want to talk about being on one of my video shows.

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The oldest local business in Half Moon Bay. Kevin, the owner, is a real lover of books and this is a must-support place if you are a book lover.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Great place to work during the day. Decent food, great views, fun for family and for hanging out. Oh, and the beer is great too!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
THIS HAS NOW CLOSED.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Great Mexican restaurant and family. I love the Chicken Mole and the chips here.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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Great eye doctor. Reasonable prices.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Found this a bit by accident, but the home made Persian bread, alone, made the meal. They roll it and bake it right in front of you. We had a variety of meat dishes, including lamb, chicken, and beef kababs and they were all among the best I've had (my wife is Persian). The service was efficient, but not very personable, which is why I didn't rate them five stars (I save that rating for only the best restaurants that have the full package). It's a small place, but comfortable. A full meal (no alcohol) was £115 for six people, which gives you some idea of the pricing.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago