By Dan Turchin, former Aeroprise CEO. Follow Dan on Twitter.
Every week is big in enterprise mobility. But this is one we’ll remember for a long time. Consider…
We mourned the passing of our icon, spiritual leader, and Zen master. A Steve Jobs story that is personal but worth sharing: my wife Julie got her PhD at Stanford in 2005. A healthy, humble Steve delivered the commencement speech that has forever made life more difficult for commencement speakers. I was mesmerized at the time and still am when I re-read it.
It’s as clichéd as it is true: when he finished speaking, a hushed silence fell over the stadium. We didn’t know whether to cry or applaud or rush the podium for a group hug. Most of us sat in awe and knew we had just become part of a special fraternity.
In other, less consequential news…
Amazon launched the remarkable Kindle Fire and Silk browser. It will do to the tablet market what every consumer tech vendor has failed to do: loosen Cupertino’s iron grip. It is elegant, marries content and distribution like no other device can, and makes innovative use of cloud storage in ways nobody outside Seattle saw coming. And most important, at $199 it’s priced based on reality. Kudos to Bezos.
…And one more thing.
A rare, under-hyped Apple product launched. The 4S is shattering Apple pre-launch sales records – and for good reason. Siri alone, Apple’s “voice assistant”, warrants all the launch euphoria and then some. It will be to human computer interaction what Atari was to video games and iPod was to digital music. There were ways to interact with computers before and there were even natural-language speech interfaces but we’ll look back on Siri as the next Apple technology to disrupt an entire industry that seemed mature and impermeable.
So what will next week bring? Who knows but it too will measure on the Richter scale. Until then…
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.