Monthly Archives: January 2012

Feb 21st – LAVA Mobile inaugural event

We’re quickly coalescing on the program for our first meeting to be held the evening of  Feb 21st down at the Working Village in Santa Monica.  The working plan is to introduce a trio of industry experts and prompting from an industry veteran acting as moderator to address some lessons emerging from mobile tech, businesses and social developments. 

The big questions are:  What business models are working and making money?  What models are fads and what models are truly innovative ways to create value?  How can traditional business models be augmented with mobile, and how might they be transformed?  Are there some business models that can be adapted and others that are no longer relevant?  How do mobile versions of online services such as search and social media create new contexts and opportunities?

More details, descriptions and bios of the invited speakers will be available soon.  We’re sworn to secrecy until all the moving parts are aligned.  Just mark your calendars for Feb 21st, Working Village, Santa Monica, 6:00 PM and prepare to be impressed.

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LSMFT – iVision adds MMS to its platform

What’s New: Privately owned, Chatsworth based iVision Mobile, a software and solution provider for mobile marketers has expanded its white label product offerings to include a Inbound Multimedia Messaging Service. iVision’s client list includes notables Coke, Comcast, Miami Heat and DirecTV. Their network delivers over 3.0M messages to opt-in subscribers each month.

The iVision platform enables a variety of outbound marketing efforts like text alerts, coupons, alarms, surveys, contests and payments. The new service allows subscribers to capture/create content to send a MMS messages to a short code that can be forwarded via the iVision gateway to the appropriate receiver (server, address or media library).

About: iVision Mobile provides mobile marketing and communication software for businesses. iVision empowers the nation’s leading mobile marketing companies with private label mobile marketing software, as well as brands across industries including healthcare, automotive, sporting, nightclubs/restaurants, debt collection, advertising agencies and more with innovative mobile solutions.

LSMFT – Local Significant Mobile Focus Today


Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

Happy weekend!  Now for something completely different – SYSHS last week – the sort of regular compilation of business, tech, social things mobile that are humorous, hackneyed, hortatory or historical for the week of Jan 22 – 28.  Have at it!

SMB’s head in the cloud – Fonality

Patent Nonsense – Globe & Mail

Gimmie a reward – Gamasutra

That will never fit on the album cover – ReadWriteWeb

Mozy syncs with Stash – InformationWeek

The Nerds Guide to Dating – FastCompany

Bring your iPhone to work day – ZDNet

Gift ideas for last year – Pew Research

No, Doctor, I’ve not seen your Galaxy – InformationWeek Healthcare

Nothing to see here – Google

IEEE working group punked by Bandspeed – Courthouse News

How much do you tip the iPad? – News & Observer

Synapse to it! – Scientific American

Maybe we’ll get it right this time – Fierce Wireless

There’s gold in that spectrum – GigaOM

 – RIM’s new boss

If you can’t beat ’em, file a lawsuit – Venture Beat

There’s an app for that – Greeley Tribune

Enough of this already.  Have a good week.  Mobile on out and learn something.


Small Biz Contest from Verizon

Verizon in cahoots with Google, HP & Intuit is trolling for e-mail addresses, phones numbers of your small business (LT 20 employees) by offering a couple of contests where you can win stuff.  The big prize is available to that special small biz that makes up a compelling story – in 500 words or less – about tech or business challenges they faced.  Or another version of the contest where you watch a marketing video for 3 chances to win a $500 gift card.  Registration requires setting up an account to make sure they can find you when you win!

Good luck and don’t waste this opportunity to be spammed and solicited from date of registration through the foreseeable future!


LAVA Mobile inaugural event – 21st Feb – Santa Monica

Hey all – we’re asking you to get out your iPads or Androids and noting that the inaugural event of the LAVA Mobile Strategic Interest Group is going to be down at the Working Village in Santa Monica on 6:30 PM, Feb 21st.  We’re putting the finishing touches on the program but we already know it will be a great panel with a local entrepreneur, introduction of a unique mobile business model and the contrast with mobilizing traditional business processes.  Mark you calendars.  Check back here or see the LinkedIn LAVA Mobile page for additional details.

Thanks to LAVA for hosting the event; Len Lanzi, the Executive Director of LAVA for his support; the sponsors – Ernst & Young; Mike Utvich who is organizing the program and Rich Abronson of Gumiyo for his efforts to make the inaugural program a success.


iPhone lesson for our economy

There is a lot of reaction to a recent NY Times article on Apple’s production of iPhones in China.  It is a very important article for a number of reasons.  The most significant, IMO, is the recognition that these sorts of products for mass markets are not going to be produced domestically.  We can argue as some do about whether we should be trying to retain low skilled, low wage domestic manufacturing jobs, but the salient point is that the Chinese (and soon others will follow) are basically subsidising our consumer based economy through their industrial policy. 

Under these conditions, brands and developers of consumer products are acting rationally by moving manufacturing overseas.  We will not be successful competing against manufacturing firms in countries like China that use industrial policies to stimulate their economies.

The larger lesson for the domestic brands is not to fight this inevitable trend – rather to take advantage of this trend.  We can grow our economy through innovation and commercialization of technologies in which the US leads the world.  Let the manufacturing of high volume, low value devices go to those countries who need to grow their own economies through exploiting economies of scales.  We should emphasize the start-up and creation of advanced technology products and custom services.  And we should shift our remaining industrial production to focus on high value, low volume custom engineered products. 

Amazingly enough the US still manufacturers a tremendous number of products that are consumed domestically or exported.  And Los Angeles still ranks as the leader in domestic manufacturing.  It is incumbent upon us to continue to invent and innovate for mass consumer products even though those products will be manufactured elsewhere.  And we should continue to focus on the design, engineering and production of custom products locally.


Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

This week’s installment of the the articles, blog posts and news that gives context to mobile technology, businesses and trends.  Another week of stuff that grabs, galls, gallivants and galvanizes for the week of Jan 15-21.

4G as job engine – NDN

The real 4G is IMT-Advanced –  Digital Trends

No - it's not distracting

Checking In – Hospitality Net

Checking Out – PRWeb

Checking Out 2 – Library Journal

Next Trillion Dollar Revolution – Motley Fool

Planting a seed – Corn & Soybean Digest

The Doctor will text you now – TechCrunch

Take 9 tablets and call me in the morning – Information Week

Women get it – The Register

Wireless self-powered environmental sensors – Automated Buildings

CES Trends – Venture Beat

Youtube on Youtube

Demographics are destiny – GigaOM

Waterproof your iPhone – Daily Finance

Maybe this time – PC Magazine

Shopping with Tablets – Adobe

That should be enough to play with for awhile.  With all you do, go get mobile and learn something.