Does Silicon Valley have blinders on? Did they get a technology-lobotomy? These entire conferences could be filled with *nothing* but analysis of mobile tech – their impact, their influence, the opportunities and more. What are these organizers doing? Do they not read? Do they not travel outside of the country ever?
Actually, Russ answers his own question. Most people in the Valley think New York is a foreign place and London is a capital where you go to buy a suit, and Italians make fast cars. These guys, and I mean from VCs to company executives have to get themselves over to Asia and see mobility at work. Laugh at GSM, but it rules the planet. (Voice only please!)
Read my posts on the impact of Cell Phones in India, or check out Smart Mobs for latest on the mobile culture. I think if these blinders don’t come off, it is going to be lights out. Russ, thanks for saying what really needed to be said.
You know what the mobile industry needs in the U.S.? An evangelist. We need a Mobile Guy Kawasaki. There’s no point-person right now for this stuff. The GUI had Jobs, the web had Andreeson, blogs have Winer. We need someone to explain to the masses the difference between what “wireless” means and what true “mobility” is.
Russell, you know what your next job is. And on Kawasaki, well he is someone who does not understanding the impact of IM. He is part of a Silicon Valley order, which has all the money, and hence the power, but not a clue.