As a technology company (though on a different planet than the one occupied by the companies found in this report ;)), we are somewhat religious about Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report. A few thoughts on the 2014 version:
- Fastest internet and smartphone growths are in “more difficult to monetize developing markets” such as India, Indonesia, Nigeria.
- Nokia should cry on slide 10 for thoughtlessly ceding Symbian’s market share to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Must be some record to go from +60% in 2005 to nothing in 2013.
- Slide 18 should make us all scared: “+95% of networks compromised in some way.” Very, very scared.
- Niche communities are growing. See the impressive stats for Houzz on Slide 57. If this is the future, what possible communities of practice (CoP) are there in technologies for social change and ICT4D? And, how do we create and nurture these communities?
- Slide 66 – 68: The proliferation of sensors gives rise to a host of creative possibilities for ICT4D apps. For instance, Samsung S5 has 10 built-in sensors (Gyro / fingerprint / barometer / hall – recognizes whether cover is open/closed / RGB ambient light / gesture / heart rate / accelerometer / proximity / compass).
- If there was to be a take-away from the deck, I would offer this one: “New Companies – With New Data from New Device Types – Doing Old Things in New Ways & Growing Super Fast” (slide 76).
- Here is a nugget on the size of big data in open government (slide 88)
- OpenGov: Government Financials; Compiles data of 37K US governments; Real-time queries across millions of rows of transactions; Adding new paying government customer every 4 days (& accelerating)
- 6 of top 10 global internet properties are “Made in USA” while more than 86% of their users are outside America (slide 131). How long can / will this last? Are slides 132 (China) and 36 (China, Japan, Korea, Israel) a trend within the trends (sorry, could not resist that :)).
- Growth is plateauing or slowing in developed countries. Big internet growth is predicted to be from India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Mexico, and Philippines (slide 156). Big smartphone market growth will be in China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, and Russia (slide 158).
It looks like the future of the internet lies outside the US, or so the trends predict.