Each year, Mary Meeker and team put together the Internet Trends report that draws together an ever growing collection of charts and analysis about the state of our Internet-driven world, from the latest companies to industry and economic impact. Over the years, the report has gone on to include analysis of markets like China and India. Being a production of the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capital firm, the focus is typically on new technologies and the corresponding business opportunities: you know, the stuff like “millennials like using their smartphones” and the proliferation of smartphones and Internet globally.These reports are good for more than just numbers-gawking, but can also give some quantitative analysis of new, technology innovations in various industries. The consumer and advertising space consumes much of this business analysis, but for example, in this year’s report, there’s an interesting analysis of health-care and transportation (bike sharing in China!). For enterprises out there, it may seem to over-index on startups and small companies, but that doesn’t detract from the value of the ideas when it comes to any organization looking to do some good, old-fashioned “digital transformation.”
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Not just for DevOps boys and girls anymore:
“Oh yeah, this is a trend that’s happening and now it’s really happening to the next level. Even Barbie has pink hair!”
“The age group is amazing,” he tells Racked. “With my clientele, you’ve got the college age students that want their hair lightened and all over with sort of ombre tones of pink, then I have a 55-year-old demographic and above, and they’re actually incorporating it into their highlights,” Rivera says. “If you do it soft, the eye accepts it with different tones of blonde.”
Source: Pink Hair Is Here to Stay
“We’re now seeing things come full circle, where the physical real-life experience is informed by the virtual-life experience,” said David Sze of Greylock Partners, which is making a number of bets in this arena, such as Nextdoor and Airbnb.
What software’s eating: meatspace
Dice reported that 3,600 jobs were created in data processing, hosting and related services in the month of July. That’s the single best month of job growth in this category since June 1998.
What Dice calls the “superstar coupling” of development and operations now has nearly 500 jobs posted on any given day. This is a marked increased from slightly less than 200 last fall. The rise of DevOps has long been predicted by industry pundits, but this is hard employment data that suggests that companies are interested.
Dice reports rise in DevOps jobs
“In the past fifteen years, we have seen Microsoft go from being an unstoppable force to being a non-factor in many important new markets, we have seen Google go from being an unstoppable force to being a non-factor in many imporant new markets, and I suspect we are going to see Facebook struggle with the same thing. RIM is dying quickly now. Yahoo! is a question mark. In technology the more things change, the more the stay the same. You cannot ever rest. Because the big change that is going to upset your nice apple cart is right around the corner. Today that is mobile. Tomorrow, who knows? I am trying like hell to figure out what that will be and jump on it. Because that’s how you play this game.”