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36 Hours in Cape Town


CAPE Town is South Africa’s Los Angeles to Johannesburg’s New York — the glitzy, gorgeous, self-obsessed foil to its grittier, more serious and more powerful big sister.

The New York Times has a decent mini-guide to Cape Town, but they skip out so much of what’s great about the city. I’ll add some of my favourite places soon. Watch this space.

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A great quote at the VLAB panel

Earlier this week, I participated in an MIT-Stanford VLAB event entitled “Introducing the Seventh Sense: Location Awareness”. The VLAB is a volunteer, non-profit organization promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. From my own experience helping out as a volunteer at Mobile Monday NY, I know how much effort it takes to produce these events. Congratulations to Hironmoy Paul, Gigi Wang, Celeste Cooper, Chai Geller and all the other volunteers for putting on a great one.

Sam Altman, CEO of loopt was the speaker and his presentation was a rapid fire summary of the opportunities, issues and applications around location awareness, in the style of Dick Hardt or Lawrence Lessig.

As a panelist, I was in some distinguished company, including Rick Witham from Nokia, Jodi Sherman Jahic from Voyager Capital and Russ McGuire, Head of Strategy at Sprint.

Rajeev Chand, Director of Research at Rutberg & Co was a great moderator and he mentioned a great quote in passing which has lodged itself in my mind ever since. A client of his who had spent a number of years in the LBS market once said:

We always knew we were going to get the hockey stick curve with location based services, what we didn’t know was that we’d have to ride down the handle to get there.

So true. Nielsen Mobile (ex Telephia) says that “51% of the $118m mobile downloads market consists of LBS applications”. Is this the end of the handle? I think so.

Upcoming events in October

Forrester Consumer Forum

I’m going to be speaking at a couple of events later this month – next week Thursday, I’ll be in Chicago at Forrester’s Consumer Forum 2007 on a mobile social panel with Nick Tommarello from Urban Interactive and Vidya Lakshmipathy from Forrester. Here’s how they describe the overall conference:

Fueled by cheap devices and pervasive access, individuals are increasingly taking cues from one another rather than from institutions — a phenomenon that creates chaos for traditional brands, sellers, and media outlets.

Sound fun right?

The week after, I’ll be in Palo Alto, on a panel rather aptly named “Introducing the Seventh Sense: Location Awareness“. Sam Altman from Loopt is the speaker, and there are some interesting panelists in the house and of course, it’s in Silicon Valley. Should be a lively event.

Finally – the week after that, I’ll be at the Navteq Connections event and then CTIA. Should be a fun trip. Give me a shout if you want to meet up while I’m out there.

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Israel, then Prague, then Israel again.

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