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Meet the Analyst: Kris Tuttle talks oxymorons and zombies

Each week, GigaOM Pro chats with one of our analysts to find out which technologies they read about, write about and can’t live without. This week we talk to Kris Tuttle, whose research has focused on 3D technology and virtual worlds.

1. Who are you, and what do you do?

I am a computer scientist by training and spent a career helping solve really cool problems such as making military battle decisions, pricing packages and seats in transportation, approving credit, and processing fund transfer requests. Starting in 1992, I began working in business and investment analysis and left IBM and the “pure” technology world for the wilds of Wall Street. Since then, I’ve been working simultaneously in applying new emerging and advanced technologies and understanding which markets, technologies and companies are most attractive for investments. I live just outside of Paris, France, with my family and commute to my usual “hotspots” of Boston, New York and California every month.

GigaOM Pro analyst Kris Tuttle in the great outdoors
GigaOM Pro analyst Kris Tuttle in the great outdoors

2. As a GigaOM Pro analyst, what are your areas of focus?

I started on GigaOM Pro with a comprehensive report on 3D computing technologies in computing and applications like collaboration and entertainment. Since then, with Research 2.0, the research and analysis company that I founded, have been involved in GigaOM events focused on big data and the GigaOM RoadMap conference about emerging technologies. We are looking forward to publishing much more broadly and frequently on GigaOM Pro.

3. What’s your favorite article you’ve ever written?

Very recently, I was challenged to write a report on commercial quantum computing, which is very controversial, packed with applied science and technology and full of unknowns. I was immersed with leading professors and customers, separating out fact from fiction and to write a piece that everyone from skeptics to boosters agrees is the best, most balanced report on the state of the technology and the market. It was a big challenge that pushed the boundaries of what I could do and still end up with a great result. I want more of that!

4. What was the last piece of media (music, video, book, etc.) you paid money for?

The Big One (a fun book on fishing), Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (an academic but incredibly well-written book), ongoing subscriptions to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and my new favorite series, The Walking Dead.

5. What are the first three media outlets (websites, blogs, actual physical publications) you read in the morning?

Before I dig into my day, I like to get a view on the most important things going on in the world. I start with the daily updates from GaveKal which is the best global macro/economic research organization that I know. I use briefing.com to see what happened in the financial markets while I was sleeping and what is expected for the day. The mornings are when I do most of my own writing, so I only spend about 15 to 30 minutes reading before jumping into my day. At night I enjoy services like Zite for the iPad for keeping up with media stuff.

6. You’re stranded on a desert island. What are the five gadgets/devices/services/apps you can’t live without? (Presumably, there’s electricity and Wi-Fi on this desert island.)

Come to think of it, “desert island” is a bit of a oxymoron, but here’s what I’d want on mine: 1) a water desalination/filtering machine; 2) surf casting fishing rod and tackle set up; 3) MacBook Pro; 4) Amazon; and 5) Google.

7. When you’re not writing for GigaOM Pro, what’s your favorite thing to do?

I love doing things with my kids. When I’m alone, my hobbies are woodworking, reading, thinking and exploring. For active fun, I enjoy tennis, biking, walking in nature and yoga.

8. What’s your favorite nontech blog?

It’s hard to say since like most people (at least, research analysts!), I’ve got well over 1,000 feeds into my reader. However,  I like Tennis Thoughts and The Wood Whisperer, and for general thoughts on life and business, I read Seth Godin’s blog feed via email and science blogs like KurzweilAI.