Archive for August, 2011

Tribute to Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs (Photo Credit: SF Weekly)

Update to previous post:Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday October 5, 2011.  Farewell, and thank you.

Here is the original post from August 24:

Steve Jobs, legendary of Apple Incorporated, resigned today as CEO. The Board of Directors of Apple named him chairman, then named Tim Cook as the new CEO according to an article that appeared in Reuters today, and a letter from Jobs posted on the Apple Web Site tonight.

As a practical matter, Steve has been on medical leave since January 17, 2011, and has been seen and heard from by the general public rarely during that period. While it is unclear to what extent Steve is been influencing the operations and direction of Apple since his bout with pancreatic cancer began, stepping down as CEO and becoming chairman may not, in fact, materially change the role he has been playing at the company for over a year.

However, as someone who is focusing on the emerging Mobile Commerce industry and has been waiting for Apple to make a stand in this new arena, I am particularly sorry to see him go at this time. The reason? In a word: innovation. Continue reading

New Mobile Commerce Industry Outlook Presented at PrePaid Press Expo in Las Vegas

Overview from PrePaid Press Expo

A detailed forecast and quantitative analysis of the emerging Mobile Commerce industry was presented and discussed at the Pre Paid Press Expo in the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, and the results were remarkable.

Mobile payments and mobile commerce have become different products, applicable to different markets. One of the key differences is the use of Pre-Paid and Stored Value cards as a ‘ virtual bank’ and a new revenue source for products like the Google Wallet and Isis. Read an overview of the analysis presented yesterday by David W. Schropfer at the Expo. The presentation preceded an expert panel discussion which also included mobile commerce experts: Dennis Andrews and T. Jack Williams. Moderator Lori Breitzke expertly guided Continue reading

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