The New Sheriff of Washington DC Is In, So Are the Washingtonian Entrepreneurs

The Good looking one is me, Jamey is the other one

I am very excited to announce my involvement with the Technology Business Innovation Taskforce of the incoming DC mayor, Vince Gray. The task force is being co-chaired by my awesome entrepreneur friend, Jamey Harvey, CEO of another exciting DC startup, Sponto.

I think that this will be a good opportunity for me as I try to help tackle some of the problems that I’ve been bitching about, from an entrepreneur’s perspective for the DC area. I hope my participation to the team brings me closer to my goal in positioning Awesome Washington, DC as a technology hub.

The Technology Business Innovation Taskforce will focus on attracting and retaining technology companies from these and other high growth industries:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Health Care
  • Cyber Security
  • Internet/Software/Social Media
  • Optics
  • Mobile
  • Gov 2.0 service providers
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Google’s New $1 Billion Mobile Business

That’s what I call the business. It has been only a few years that Google got into the mobile space and already making $1B revenue from it. The company recently reported $2.17 billion in profits on $7.29 billion in revenues during the last quarter. Revenues were up 23% from a year ago when it brought in $5.94 billion and profits were up 32% from $1.64 billion in the year-ago period.

During Q3 earnings call a few days ago, Google did something it has never done before: It broke down the numbers from some of its key businesses. I am guessing the company  revealed these numbers, not just for kicks; they wanted to make it clear that search isn’t the only revenue-generating arm of the Google empire. Google needs these divisions to grow in order to expand its online empire. Read more of this post

The Fall of Qualcomm FLO TV means nothing to Mobile DTV testing in Washington, DC. Not yet

It doesn’t look like the recent fall of Qualcomm FLO TV means anything to the Mobile DTV testing  that has been underway in Washington, DC since May of this year.

Open Mobile Video Coalition, a voluntary association of television broadcasters, has been conducting a consumer showcase of the mobile digital TV technology, since May and is expected to wrap up by the end of this month. The survey is termed as the “OMVC Washington Consumer Showcase,” and was conducted as a market research on the growing usage of mobile phones or smart phones especially for watching television on mobile. Read more of this post

Digital East 2010 Networking Event in Tysons Corner

Join hundreds of Internet executives, online marketers, web strategists, bloggers, entrepreneurs and investors at Digital East 2010 to get the latest in best practices on a wide range of Internet marketing and business topics.

Dozens of industry thought leaders and innovators will discuss best practices in areas such as Social Media, Online Marketing, Cloud Computing, Web Analytics, Mobile, Ecommerce, Online Reputation Management, Association/Non-Profit Web Marketing, Search, Online Video and Email marketing among others. Read more of this post

Our Smartphone as our Credit Card?

Finally, our carriers have decided to join the 21st century to get on with the over due project that has been going on in the Europe and many of the Asian countries for the past three years. According to Bloomberg AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are all working on a smart-phone payment system using Near Field Communications (NFC) that would displace credit and debit cards. Read more of this post

Hilarious Comparison of iPhone 4 vs Sprint EVO 4G

This is a hilarious and original piece of comedy I found on Youtube that make fun of  how people can lock on to a brand to the point of ridicule. The iPhone could not be a better example. If you can’t laugh at it then maybe “You don’t care” either 🙂 Read more of this post

Droid X Hit Verizon Stores

The new Droid family, Droid X, hit Verizon Wireless stores on Thursday. So, those of you iPhone hater, here is your chance to switch.

The Droid X is Motorola’s latest Google Android device, featuring a 4.3-inch screen, 8-megapixel camera, HDMI out put and more (check out our hands-on look at the Droid X video and photo capabilities). Read more of this post

WiMAX Growth Up Again

Time to yap about WiMAX. Yes, I know… what’s new this time?

Frankly, I am getting bored with all the mixed reports coming out about WiMAX by various analysts; we read one report saying WiMAX going down… the next day, we read another report saying WiMAX growth on the rise. I am just going to blog about it as each report released and leave it up to you guys  to make your own conclusion. Your input is of  course greatly appreciated in the comment section below.

It was just last month, In-Stat reported WiMAX could be in for some challenges as competing technologies like LTE begin coming to market. Maravedis also expressed similar concerns, noted that its research has shown carriers are concerned about the lack of support for the 802.16m standard, which could dampen enthusiasm for greater WiMAX deployments.

This month, it is Visant Strategies who is up on WiMAX. They have been covering the wireless industry since the mid 80’s. The firm noted in their recent report that new specifications for the technology and overall growth in fixed/portable WiMAX deployments around the world are creating a “sizable” market for WiMAX equipment for the next 10 years. This is pretty good News for Clearwire and Sprint who has been pouring boat load of $$$ into the technology during the past couple of years. Read more of this post

More and More Texting, Browsing, Downloading

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging in May, while nearly a third used their mobile web browsers or downloaded apps, according to a new report by comScore.

All three categories rose about 2% from figures released in February. The largest increase, however, occurred among those using their mobile devices to access social networks or blogs (up 2.6% to 20.8%). All told, 49.1 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in May, up 8.1 percent from February, with Research In Motion‘s (Blackberry) platform running on nearly 42%. Apple (24.4%) and Microsoft (13.2%) followed, with Google‘s Android platform (13%) the only one among the top five gaining market share, up 4%.

The report further shows that 65.2 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device in May, up 1.4 percentage points versus the prior three month period, while browsers were used by 31.9 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 2.3 percentage points). Read more of this post

Mobile TV coming to Washington, D.C., Will anyone use it?

As I reported last month, mobile TV to be launched in Washington, D.C soon. The implementation and testing are currently underway. I’ve been also doing some research on such a service past three month or so which has made me to think whether this is something the Washingtonian want. Most of the studies I have been reviewing on Mobile TV are not really optimistic about its  value and growth.

No doubt the smartphones usage and their connection speeds have taken off since the inception of iPhone back in 2007, but mostly for communication and seek of information. At the end of 2008, the U.S. market had a smartphone penetration rate of 15%; it’s currently at 24% and The Nielsen Co. is predicting we’ll see a 49% adoption rate by the end of 2011. Read more of this post