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Entries in All Things Digital (4)


Mary Meeker's All Things Digital Report - 2012 Internet Trends

Published May 2012 by Mary Meeker and Liang Wu

This report talks about today’s Internet growth and provides an in-depth look for the following new trends: 1) review of Internet stats and notes that Internet growth remains robust and rapid mobile adoption is still in early stages; 2) run through a number of examples of business models that are being re-imagined and re-invented thanks to mobile and social; 3) highlight mixed economic trends and 4) observe that while there’s a lot to be excited about in technology, there are things to be worried about regarding America’s financial situation.

KPCB Internet Trends 2012


The D9 Swag Bag - AKA My Soon-To-Be-Favorite Things


The Dbar is opening in Seattle!

We are entering a time in the digital landscape when most product information is already known and readily available to all potential consumers. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and other peer-to-peer communication networks have created dynamic communities of interest which inform customers about product options and influence their purchasing decisions.  The content that is created through these communities, the people that publish into them and the places where these interchanges occur are all now connected. That's why I am looking forward to this event - The Networked Consumer - How Content and Community Are Driving Commerce.

The panel brings together local digital thought leaders to discuss the conversations and innovations that are impacting consumer buying behavior and brand engagement. There will also be an interactive lab for hands-on product experiences. 

Here's the 411 for you all to come. And here is the RSVP link to the Eventbrite. Sign up now because seating is limited and it's almost 50% full already!

Where: Founders’ Co-op, South Lake Union, 511 Boren N., Seattle, WA 98109 

When: April 28th, 2011 5:30-8:00 PM

Event Moderator: Tricia Duryee, eMoney columnist,

Event Participants: James Lively, COO DIY Media, Scott Blanksteen, CEO AppStoreHQ, and Kathy Savitt, CEO Lockerz, and Jordan Williams, Digital Engagement Lead, REI.



Impressions From D8

Share my experience at All Things Digital 2010 at Terranea Resort. And see it through multiple device cameras - my iPhone, Nexus One and Canon Powershot all made contributions to this montage of images. With so many ways to point and click, it can make a huge difference which one you grab, since the quality of the zoom, the low-lighting focus and the amount of time it takes to optimize the image can make the difference in capturing a moment...or not. In addition, snaps moved to the web in different ways - through SMS, as email attachments, and through tethered import. You can guess which snap was taken with which device and which route it took. (And, yes, some of the slides are not in chronological order, because this is not meant to be a documentary!)

Thanks, Walt, Kara, and Katie for a great few days.