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Lead, follow or get out of the way

Jeff Pulver is a vision guy. His keynote yesterday was proof positive, as he presented example after example of how the demographic segment called the "Millennials" (kids and teens) are communicating differently from the way that previous generations have.  Cell phones, social networks, and the web have completely changed the dynamics of how people reach other. 

So, here's my beef, telecom industry.  One of the industry's true visionaries stands up every six months and paints an incredible picture of where we can all go.  He does it with enthusiasm, zeal and fervor.  And what does the industry do?  Nada.

Iotum was the proud recipient of a VON Magazine Innovators Award last night for the work we've been doing to build conferencing services into social networks.  And we were in good company.  But none of the companies that can actually act as a channel to market for the innovations that we and the other 64 recipients of these awards are developing, were represented. 

Lead, follow or get out of the way you Old Skoolers… there's a crop of innovators out there who are champing at the bit to reach markets.  

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  • Jake March 20, 2008, 3:21 pm

    So telecom providers are not leading, I suppose you mean JUST GET OUT OF THE WAY.

    Just thinking that following comes naturally.

  • Jean-Philippe Daigle March 20, 2008, 8:55 pm

    This is true for the entire industry, but it never ceases to amaze me how it is especially so in Canada. I work in Kanata, surrounded by so many tech companies, yet the small group of telecom providers that serves the region lags so far behind the rest of the planet it’s not funny.

    I’m in Madrid this week and I’m amazed at what the telecoms are advertising here – wireless internet access for laptops, everywhere, for 30E a month.

  • Alec March 20, 2008, 9:02 pm

    I couldn’t agree more Jean-Philippe. I am here in San Jose where I’m using an AT&T plan that would put anything offered by any Canadian carrier to shame.

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