Tied to this article on adexchanger regarding JiWire, I believe Millennial Media will continue to be aggressive in the acquisition field. Thus far they’ve acquired two programmatic players, MetaResolver and most recently JumpTap in the last 6 months. If JiWire isn’t on the table then companies like PlaceIQ will be. Should be very interesting to see how this plays out! Millennial really needs to bolster three more areas of their business before they can aggressively address Google and Apple globally:
What do you think? Anything I am missing that would be opportunistic?
Founding CEO – reality distortion field and comfort in chaos – leads the company
Full article by Steve Blank here: http://steveblank.com/2013/07/29/building-great-founding-teams/
After reading this article by DKR on Svbtle, an astounding point was made. Well a few actually.
Don’t be intimidated by your data
Data has a multitude of uses. However, far often than not, it is relegated to ‘data experts’ in order to mine, structure and evaluate for reporting purposes. To me that’s a great oversight in the true potential of it’s usage. When the business side of a business has requests, they are asking within the limited scope and understanding of what the data can provide.
Know Where You are Going with Your Data
Or rather, what you are looking to accomplish. Approaching both top down and bottom up views of the data you are working with will significantly bolster yield of information. Depending on your position, involvement and tasks, you may already start with one of these approaches very naturally. If you are an analyst, don’t be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone, take a step or two back and think of big picture. On the flip side, I also see executives, business leaders and managers be averse to becoming more familiar with the tools or data itself. Put this fear aside and collaborate. The opportunities are endless.
Use Data to Design Product and Deliver Extraordinary Value
Data has the potential to change the way that you look at your product and even your business. For well established businesses, great leadership is quickly recognizing the important use cases of how data can transform a business. At a high level, these are numbers that guide the ship. Financial direction, operational efficiencies throughout each department and a slew of other ‘business metrics’ have become ever-present in executive meetings. Yet I challenge to bring on more. The proliferation of tracking, incredible economics of storing data and the widespread availability of tools will only be further advantageous to those that utilize them. Data can yield insights on how a product is used. How a business is efficiently or non-efficiently servicing customers and a slew of many other historically experience based functions. In digging deeper, taking risks and learning more, we have the keys to unlock incredible gems that will transform not only product but business overall.
The Bottom Line
Use data to your advantage in designing and pioneering intuitive product experiences that yield extraordinary value-
For a number of instances now I’ve said that the next decade (2010-2020) will no longer be about the internet, computing and communication devices, but rather how technology will start to ubiquitously meld with our day to day lives through hardware (and other currently non-electronic devices).
LAS VEGAS — Automakers, hoping to get ahead of the technology curve for once, are opening their dashboards and APIs to outside developers in a bid to ramp up the number of apps you can use behind the wheel.
Ford and General Motors rolled into CES saying they want to make it easier than ever for developers to create apps that will make their infotainment systems more entertaining, more engaging and more useful.
The moves are desperately needed, because developers have been slow to code for cars.
I still don’t understand why any one would like to write apps for the car when we everybody have the iPhone, iPad or Android based devices in our pocket. If Apple and Google et al are working on good eye glass interface you don’t even have to fiddle with the device in your lap…
Google has increasingly been pressed to hand over user data and remove content by governments and courts from around the world, according to its latest transparency report.
There was a total of 20,938 user data inquiries from governments in the first half of 2012, and those requests were for information regarding 34,614 accounts.
"Government demands for user data have increased steadily since we first launched the transparency report," said Google in a blog post announcing the new statistics.
The governmental contact with the search engine doesn’t stop there.