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Technology Trends and Disruptions in 2012

In this video blog post I talk about technology trends and disruptions I see coming in 2012. Some key themes include — enterprise software making a comeback, how there is a true globalization of startups and VC money, how social is changing for the better and lastly how reading and education are being disrupted.

Whats funny though is that I recorded this video over the weekend and Apple’s iBooks 2.0 and iTunes University announcements came out on Jan 19th (yesterday) and focused exactly on the last point I make — about education, learning and reading needing to be disrupted.

In any case, you must watch the recorded live stream of the Apple educational event if you haven’t already. Do it for your kids if not for yourself, because it will be their new reality very soon.

In a nutshell, Apple is first in line (and likely soon to become the leader) to completely changing the face of education by allowing students to access textbooks on their iPad, textbooks that are a lot more fun, interactive and engaging. And probably more impactful, by partnerning up with more schools than ever to release even more free classes on iTunes University from leading educational institutes like Stanford, Harvard, MIT etc. These free classes while intended for students and teachers in those schools and programs, can also be accesses for free by anybody with an iTunes account.

Almost unbelievable. I mean who wouldn’t want to take a 2 hour class at Stanford, for FREE, while sitting in their living room, right?

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The Social Enterprise is here in full force! Profiling 3 Toronto startups in the space

Weaving a social context into your business is quickly becoming a prerequisite for success.

Fortune 500 companies are already investing in what is now known as the ‘Social Enterprise’, wherein employees easily collaborate with one another and use social media to connect with partners and customers like never before.

The Social Enterprise promises to connect companies with their customers and employees in a whole new way. In this post, I talk about what it means for a business to be social.

I also profile three Toronto startups – Viafoura, realSociable and Rypple – that are shaping the Social Enterprise pie, one slice at a time.

There are many aspects of a business that social enterprise technology can serve, and numerous software companies have emerged in the last few years to solve these problems.

Salesforce.com, one of the front-runners in bringing Social Enterprise technology to its clients, believes that:

85% of companies use social media to engage customers
64% of users are more likely to purchase from a company that helps them via social media
27% of companies active in social media report higher profit margins
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How Innovation In Tech Has Changed

There are so many successful tech startups around us today. In recent history the likes of Instagram, Kik, Plancast, Angry Birds, Rapportive etc have kicked butt. In not-so-recent history we had apps like Facebook, Twitter, Ning, LinkedIn, iTunes, Flickr etc …
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