After five intense days of road trip with Shimmy Constante, CEO of our portfolio company mPortico, I was more than ready to return home. We left Israel on Sunday morning, and had been in San Francisco, San Mateo, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, and all over Manhattan. We spent time talking with technology gurus, multi-billion tech companies trying to figure out their next moves, premium brand content managers looking into the abyss of content chaos, and venture fund managers trying to catch a wave. Conversations swirled around mobile content, place shifting, time shifting, and the worlds of virtual lives.
All this came to brutal hard stop when we crossed over into the archaic world of air travel. If you think about it, we have just about reached every technology dream of Gene Roddenberry (the prophet otherwise known as creator of Star Trek) except for the transport of physical bodies -- we still cannot simply say "Beam me up, Scotty."
I am jotting this down between flights, and will write more tomorrow, but let me sum it up by saying that THE next area ripe or technology disruption is commercial air travel...any incremental change for the better will be a "killer application," and much more important to real world people than all the avatars in the world....
As you can guess...my return trip is not going as planned. when its all over I will vent properly.
I hope you are ready this from the comfort of wherever it is you want to be!