Tuesday, Facebook announced its plans to acquire Oculus VR for $2 billion. If you haven't heard of it, Oculus VR is a virtual reality startup out of Irvine, CA. Its mission? – to produce “immersive virtual reality technology that’s wearable and affordable.” Starting on Kickstarter in June 2012, Oculus quickly raised millions from backers and other tech companies. For some … [Read more...] about Facebook Bets on Virtual Reality: Purchases VR firm Oculus
With this post we are initiating coverage of zSpace, an incredible capability delivering new ways to collaborate, learn, design and create through immersive exploration. We see great potential for this firm in enterprise IT including workforce training and education, product marketing/sales, product design and executive level decision support. An overview of zSpace is … [Read more...] about zSpace: Immersive Exploration For Collaboration, Design, Training and Education
We have been tracking this since Marc Andreessen called the trend out in 2011 (see "Why Software is Eating the World") and are especially interested in how the trend will impact the world of the enterprise. We think this trend will continue, since it is being fed by growing proliferation of smart phones with increasingly powerful processors and faster/more reliable bandwidth. … [Read more...] about MegaTrend Update: Dramatic and broad shifts in models due to software ("software eats the world")
Every year Mary Meeker does the tech and business community a great service by researching, analyzing and reporting on the State of the Internet. Her latest presentation is embedded below in slideshare format and is also available at this link. KPCB Internet Trends 2013 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers This is well worth reading. Mary Meeker is awesome. Things … [Read more...] about The Mobile Internet: You won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is
On Twitter, Mike Olson of Cloudera asked me and Alex Olesker what we thought about the use of social media in the latest dustup between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. He linked me to an article taking a broader look at the role of social media in terrorism and extremism. The following is some thoughts on how to think about the relationship of social media to social movements, … [Read more...] about Social Media and Extremism: Sideshow or Center Stage?