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31 Dec

2013 Review

As the year 2013 ends, it is time to reflect and write down some thoughts and highlights for the year.

This year I spent most of my time working on Telco stuff, specifically on a supply chain orchestration SaaS platform and private marketplace, and Intellectual Property, that helps Telcos manage, buy and sell IP services — all around the Telephone Number. During this time I learned quite a bit about all the gory details, role and life-cycle of telephone numbers, and how to help bring Telcos to the new world of Cloud Computing and Services (OTT); see The Evolving Role of the Telephone Number in the Growth of Mobile (Cloud Computing Magazine). It also was interesting to see something that many of us have been talking about for a long time – the state of “voice services and apps” — all moving to IP and the Cloud. Technologies such as WebRTC made a lot of noise in 2013 and will continue throughout 2014.

All the above triggered a number of thoughts including the ones captured on a piece that I wrote titled On Voice Apps (2013). Another related piece of interest is Enabling Voice Communication on Android Apps, which was the focus of a presentation I gave at Google I/O Austin. Related to the above I recommend that you read my friend Chetan Sharma’s book Mobile Future Forward Mobile 4th Wave.

On the prediction side of things, a number of things have materialized in 2013:

  • As predicted back in 2011, Microsoft acquired Nokia. Nokia should have gone the Android way back in 2011 but ego got in the way; enough said;
  • As predicted in 2010, Visors! as exemplified by Google Glass, Meta and companies like Austin’s Pristine.io;
  • Predicted in 2010 (and earlier), Mobile devices as the personal sensor gateway to the Internet – this has been exemplified by many; mentioning some Austin companies: MapMyFitness, Atlas Wristband;
  • The role of the Mobile Context – this has been exemplified with Google Now, and my friend’s Raj company TempoAI;
  • One thing that I have been telling folks in 2013, is that Mobile has peaked. And coincidentally today, I saw a blog from Furry titled “Christmas Continues To Set App Download Records In Spite Of Slowing Growth and Globalization of App Market” with data that shows what I have been saying. This doesn’t mean Mobile is really going down, but that we have entered a new phase of Mobile. This also means that if you are in the (crowded) space of mobile development services/consulting, you need to start thinking “Products”.
  • Being an NFC aficionado and proponent, I must include something on such topic for 2013. OK, my predictions around NFC have not fully materialized yet. NFC still has not taken off. Yes, ISIS (and Google Wallet) happened, but NFC has not really taken off, not yet. But its support on Android means that it is not totally dead in the global market — its adoption has taken forever and I am starting to lose faith it will ever happen. But let’s not forget that NFC is not only about payments but also about interactions. I do believe that once (if) Apple decides to pick it up, then it will bring new life to NFC (in the USA);
  • And being a Space aficionado (and an ex-Space Shuttle coder), it is great to see my prediction from 2008 materialize — The future of the USA space program is the private sector, as exemplified by SpaceX.

On the publishing side of things, it was cool to see my Android in Action 3rd edition book translated to Portuguese, and I recently contributed to Rudy De Waele’s shift 2020 book, together with many other like-minded global technologists. I also contributed blog content to Safari Online Books on the topic of Android. And of course, I continued writing on my/this About Mobility blog.

On my spare time, I continued my Mobile-related endeavors: Mobile Monday Austin and Android Dev Austin, and the Texas Wireless Summit. While Mobile Monday Austin was a bit slow in 2013, the plan for 2014 is to make it very active again with socials and events. I also gave advice to a number of ventures or startups, including my friend’s Ajit and his UK-based Feynlabs educational venture.

Something very cool I helped with on my spare time was Kloc Developers. Kloc Developers is a new, very cool visual-and social way for Developers to promote themselves, and discover and connect to/with like-minded people and content. Kloc answers the need for better ways for developers to tell their coding experience and story. The evolution of Kloc.me has been pretty cool, and as the year ends, the Kloc team is happy to release a new version of Kloc Developers Beta — sign up, use it, let the Kloc team know what you think.

Last but not least, 2013 reunited me with my favorite sport of all time (and with old friends): Frisbee Freestyle. After watching a local announcement on TV about the Austin Freestyle Disc Club tournament (the first one after a decade), I joined the group, which is home to a couple of world champions, made new friends and re-united with old ones, and have been enjoying jamming a whole lot, and hope to continue doing so. In 2014, we are bringing to Austin the American Freestyle Open, which will bring players from all over the world – stay tuned.

I am thankful for everything: my wife and family, my friends, Austin, what the year 2013 brought, and everyone and everything else that I left out from this blog. Love you all.

I wish you an awesome and prosperous 2014 year…

/CEO

07 Nov

Congratulations to Filament Labs, Winner of the Mobile Monday Austin App/Startup Showcase at TWS 2013

“With such convergence happening with technology and healthcare, especially right here in Austin, and especially with mobile technology, it is great to see a company like Filament Labs be recognized,” said C. Enrique Ortiz, organizer of Mobile Monday Austin.

At the recently completed Texas Wireless Summit (TWS), eight Austin-area startups presented and competed in the fourth annual Mobile Monday Austin Startup Showcase. The 2013 winner was Filament Labs, http://www.filamentlabs.co, which focuses on turnkey solutions for patient engagement. Filament is building a consumer engagement platform for the healthcare industry that helps health plans & hospitals promote healthy lifestyle changes across their member bases.

“We are so honored to win the Mobile Monday Startup Showcase, especially to be in the same category as the winners over the past three years,” said Jason Bornhorst, CEO, Filament Labs. “We are building a platform that makes mobile health easy with reusable modules that solve the complicated stuff of mHealth, like compliance, data exchange and patient engagement.”

In the Showcase, competing companies were judged on five factors: idea, market and industry potential/impact, team composition, revenue model and company stage. This year’s Showcase judges included Carlo Longino of Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP), Dai Truong of Austin Ventures and David Gill of Nielsen.

“With such convergence happening with technology and healthcare, especially right here in Austin, and especially with mobile technology, it is great to see a company like Filament Labs be recognized,” said C. Enrique Ortiz, organizer of Mobile Monday Austin.

The Showcase runner up was Fosbury, http://fosbury.co, which provides tools to drive store traffic and customer engagement using mobile wallet campaigns.

Other Showcase competing companies included:
* Beyonic – http://www.beyonic.com
* eyeQ – http://www.eyeqinsights.com
* Futureware Inc – http://www.futureware.com
* Gizmoquip LLC – http://www.Gizmoquip.com
* Kloc – http://www.kloc.me
* SnakeHead Software – http://SnakeHeadSoftware.com

The Mobile Monday Austin Startup Showcase has been an important part of the Texas Wireless Summit (TWS) for four years now. TWS is co-hosted each year by the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), in the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), and UT’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG). TWS brings together wireless industry leaders and entrepreneurs, engineers, academics and students, to discuss research, brainstorm innovation, and collectively work to move the wireless space forward in Texas and beyond.

“Austin remains at the nexus of wireless technology, both in research and commerce. TWS topped itself this year in terms of topic quality, engagement, and diversity of attendees”, stated event co-host and Director of ATI’s IT/Wireless portfolio, Kyle Cox. With a theme of Disrupting Wireless with Big Data Analytics, the 2013 TWS featured keynotes from Aster Teradata and Stanford’s GPS Laboratory, as well as other speakers from Stanford GPS Laboratory, Deutsche Bank, Huawei, Phunware, Verizon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Cambridge and UT.

About the Wireless Networking and Communications Group
The Wireless Networking & Communications Group (WNCG) is a world-leading center for research and education at the University of Texas at Austin. WNCG strives to be the most relevant academic wireless center, which is achieved in part through its vibrant industrial affiliates program. Many WNCG graduates now lead and contribute to R&D efforts at those companies as employees. WNCG is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Wireless Internet Communications and Advanced Technologies (WICAT). http://www.wncg.org
About the Austin Technology Incubator:

The Austin Technology Incubator harnesses business, government and academic resources to provide strategic counsel, operational guidance and infrastructural support for its member companies to help them transition into successful, high-growth technology businesses. The Austin Technology Incubator, in the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, has a 25-year history of successful new venture support with a focus on getting startups funded. ATI has helped more than 250 companies raise over $1 billion of investor capital. More than 85% of ATI’s 2012 graduating class received funding totaling more than $200 million. ATI has a dual mission: promote economic development in Central Texas through entrepreneurial wealth and job creation, and provide a “teaching laboratory” in applied entrepreneurship for UT-Austin students and faculty.

About Mobile Monday Austin
Since 2005, the Austin chapter of Mobile Monday has been connecting via monthly meet-ups, technology and business professionals, researchers and enthusiasts who share a common interest: mobile software and technologies. Today Mobile Monday Austin has over 495 members. For more information see http://MobileMondayAustin.com. Mobile Monday Austin is possible thanks to its sponsors and the Austin tech community.

See the press-release – http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11276133.htm.

/CEO

04 Sep

App Showcase at Texas Wireless Summit 2013 (Oct 18)

The 11th annual Texas Wireless Summit (Oct 18, 2013) continues the tradition of providing a forum for industry leaders and academics to discuss emerging technologies and business models that will shape the industry over the upcoming two to three years.

As in previous years, we are running the Mobile Monday Austin App Showcase at the TX Wireless Summit, and we are inviting Austin (startup) companies to join us and showcase their mobile apps and solutions. You will be exposed to hundreds of attendees and investors.

If you would like to showcase your mobile app/solution, please complete this online form. If having trouble, please contact me at “enrique dot ortiz at gmail.com”.

Participation is limited.

ceo

28 Jul

Black Sabbath 2013 | #ATXSabbath

Last night (July 27, 2013) Black Sabbath came to Austin Texas (Erwin Center); my 1st time ever seeing Sabbath (and Ozzy for that matter).

#atxsabbath

We enjoyed the show very much. In memory of my very good friend Alberto Rafóls; we used as kids to listen to Sabbath again and again, while Frisbee Jamming. R.I.P. my good friend, my brother!

The Sabbath’s Reunion Tour is the group’s first album to feature their original singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978 and original bassist Geezer Butler since 1994.

What they played:

  1. War Pigs
  2. Into the Void
  3. Under the Sun
  4. Snowblind
  5. Electric Funeral
  6. Black Sabbath
  7. Behind the Wall of Sleep
  8. N.I.B.
  9. End of the Beginning
  10. Fairies Wear Boots
  11. Symptom of the Universe
  12. Drum Solo
  13. Iron Man
  14. God Is Dead?
  15. Dirty Women
  16. Children of the Grave
  17. Encore: Paranoid

Not played, but I really wished they had: Wizard.

ceo

28 Apr

Tag/Word Cloud (Apr 2013)

Every so often, I like to run a “tag or word cloud” against my Weblog (and Twitter). I then capture the output for future reference. This is a great, cool way of capturing a snapshot of topics that I write about at that point in time.

For Apr 2013, my Weblog’s word cloud looks as follows:

Weblog WordCloud Apr2013

(Tag cloud source: Tagxedo)

That said, it is good to understand the limitations of word clouds and that depending on the goal, there are better ways to visualize this kind of data — see Word clouds considered harmful.

ceo

31 Dec

Bye bye 2012…

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It is the end of 2012 — I wish all of you a very super happy new year, a 2013 full of great health and prosperity.

Bye bye 2012…

2012 will be remembered as a very interesting and challenging year. But in restrospect, it was a good year — it could have been much better and much worst.

Below is my yearly recap (for 2012, mainly for documentation for myself, as I look back through out the years):

* After 4 years, left Motive (ALU) and re-entered the startup world. At Motive I helped bring to market a comprehensive customer care, and device management products and solutions for global telco operators. I am grateful for the time there, the great people that I met and work with, and what I learned, which was a lot with respect to the intersection of Products-Business-Dev-Go-to-Market and the world of Telco;

* The first part of 2012 was a bit tough, but survived it (welcome to the startup world!). What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. While not for everyone, there is no other environment that keeps you on the edge, regardless of age, as working-on and/or running a (high-tech) startup business;

* Spent a number of months working on mobile apps where I helped deliver the Starbucks app for Android and the VolunteerSpot app for iPad, and other — I met and worked with great folks and customers, including my friends and partners at Appficient – thank you all;

* I spent time teaching (to around 12 students) Android Programming at the Austin Community College using as source the Android in Action 3rd edition book that I co-authored in 2011;

* With Steve Guengerich and the Austin community, continued the effort of updating the Austin Mobile Scene mind map;

* Wrote a couple of popular tech articles including Parse cloud-based services for Android apps and Introduction to jQuery Mobile;

* Created the content on Mobile Development for Socratic Art‘s XTOL (Experiential Teaching On Line) — on line masters degree programs that will be offered by well known universities.

* Co-founded with other Austinites the Austin Awesome Foundation. This is an awesome group of people with an awesome purpose. During 2012 we gave grants to 9 awesome people or group of people from educators, to engineers and artists who are all making a difference in Austin;

* It was a good year for Mobile Monday Austin. This is an all volunteer-run organization. Today we have close to 500 registered members. Many thanks to Carlo Longino and the rest of the organizers and members-participants, and many thanks to our Sponsors! We had a great App Showcase at the Texas Wireless Summit, great socials and events. As part of our evolution, in 2012 we founded the Austin Mobile Community LLC, a legal entity to help grow, protect its Directors, and run MoMo Austin and Android Dev Austin and other. The goal remains the same: bringing together mobile practitioners, academia and aficionados and help promote mobility and related research and businesses in Austin;

* Had a couple of speaking engagements including Google I/O Extended, InnoTech, SXSW Interactive, other;

* Ended the year by joining Shango. Around 4-months ago I joined Shango and its management team. I am having a blast at Shango, helping take the Austin startup to next level; I’m very excited about the opportunity, the potential and the people I work with. At Shango, with its cloud services brokerage platform, we are changing how communication service providers buy, sell and manage IP services;

* And last but not least, the world didn’t end on my birthday Dec 21 2012, as the Mayan calendar end-of-days lunatics, I mean, interpreters, predicted.

None of the above wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my lovely wife, family and friends — thank you, I owe you all, I love you all.

Hello 2013!!!

To all, best wishes — have a wonderful 2013.

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