Facebook Home Design Process

TechCrunch writer Josh Constine published a wonderful article and accompanying video about the Facebook Home design process.

The reason it is so good is that it really goes to the heart of what a social smartphone needs to be thinking about.

Of course this is a problem close to my heart, and just.me as a project is addressing many of the same fundamental issues.

The key is to understand that to personalize the smartphone the address book, and the interactions with people in it, are the center of a persons real life. These interactions should also be at the center of their smartphones UI. Today this isn’t the case with either iOS or Android. As Facebook says, they are app centric. Google Now and Googles Notification Center are both promising points of integration for a very different experience. So too is Apples “Today” screen in iOS7. It is likely that the future mobile OS will look more like Home than it does like today’s UI’s. It is unlikely that Facebook will own that experience however. Owning an OS is a pre-condition.

The Video is here, for the article go to TechCrunch – http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/20/facebook-home-design/


Realtime Twitter responses to my TechCrunch article

I wrote a piece for TechCrunch over the weekend. It has been quite well received.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/18/the-future-of-mobile-social-could-spell-the-end-for-social-networks/

Here is the real time feedback from Twitter:


just.me launch at DEMO Mobile

just.me is live in the Apple app store now. We launched on stage at DEMO Mobile last Wednesday. Here is the Video.

Social, Mobile and Global – the new human race

This is my talk from the MENA – ICT event in Jordan. The event was great. Almost 1000 attendees from all over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) talking about Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The Valley of Death

Charge+of+the+Light+Brigade+Cavalry+ChargeThis poem seem particularly pertinent to the current state of Silicon Valley. Incubators on ones side of the valley. Nothing in the Valley. Growth Capital on the other side.

Most startups are dead as soon as they exit their 3 month stint. The exceptions are rare yet notable.

WHAT HAPPENED TO VENTURE CAPITAL?

The Charge of the Light Brigade

by Alfred Tennyson.


Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
"Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!" he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Forward, the Light Brigade!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder'd.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honor the charge they made!
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

 

just.me beta and European Interviews.

I was in Europe last week, at the DLD conference in Munich and then in London.

just.me went into beta on 21st January and I was able to do 2 interviews:

The Guardian Podcast

and

An Interview with xube.tv

The beta launch coverage has been wonderful….

http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/23/741025just-me-ios-beta/

http://allthingsd.com/20130123/just-me-app-wants-tobe-a-switchboard-operator-for-all-your-messaging-needs/

http://pandodaily.com/2013/01/23/just-me-launches-in-beta-is-this-what-facebook-would-have-looked-like-if-it-were-built-for-mobile/

http://blog.evernote.com/opportunitynotes/2013/01/23/just-me-holds-these-names-to-be-self-evident/

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/01/25/just-me-iphone-beta-launch/

If you have iOS6 and want to try the beta, DM me on Twitter – @kteare

just.me in Japan

I am in Japan for the first half of this week. I am doing a Keynote at Sunbridge Global Ventures Innovation Weekend, and yesterday briefed the Japanese Tech press about the soon-to-be-launched just.me. We previewed the Japanese version of the IOS app.

The response was nothing short of … wow!

Here are some screen shots.

M.dot joins Archimedes Labs

Archimedes Labs just announced that it has invested in the team at M.dot

M.dot is led by Dominik Balogh and Pavel Serbajlo.

As the piece on Archimedes web site states:

M.dot’s vision is that all businesses can be Mobile accessible and discoverable. The platform allows businesses to create, maintain and promote their mobile presence, all from a smart phone app. In many ways M.dot is similar to the web creation and hosting companies that have served individuals, small and medium businesses and other groups during the web’s growth era from the mid 1990s to today. M.dot’s difference is that it is completely mobile-first without any legacy complications and is entirely focused on providing a mobile presence and mobile specific features such as location awareness and “click-to-call” functionality to these same customer segments.

Big idea, mobile first, great engineering and UI skills in the founding team. Just the strengths Archimedes likes….

Archimedes Labs mentioned in the Wall Street Journal

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article written by Timothy Hay about the practices of Law firms here in Silicon Valley in dealing with start-ups. Archimedes Labs gets a nice mention.

Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble, Meet Heckerty!

Broomstick Productions is Archimedes Labs latest portfolio company to launch into the world. Jan Ziff and Allan Davidson have a very special person in their life – Jan’s Mom. Or, because – like myself – Jan is from Yorkshire in the North of England, I should say Jan’s Mum…..

 

Jan’s Mum had the very special privilege of telling stories to the children of Prince Charles, either the future King of England or at the very least the father of the future King of England.

During her stint at that very unusual job she developed the character of Heckerty(TM) the Witch and her trusted sidekick, Zanzibar(TM) the cat. These stories have never been published before, and certainly never been animated. As Jan herself says:

 

When Princess Diana wanted to send her sons, Princes William and Harry, to weekly musical storytelling sessions as part of their education (click the links to see rare photos of the young princes), she chose my mother, Ann Rachlin.So when my mom asked Allan and me whether we were interested in bringing one of her favorite story characters to mobile devices, we jumped at the chance!
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Bringing Heckerty’s gentle, zany adventures to life for kids around the world was just too good to pass up! I had grown up with Heckerty’s magic and we both loved my mother’s many CDs and books (iTunesAmazon).

Today, they are available on the iPad, iPhone and on the Kindle Fire.

Meet Heckerty is the first of many stories to come and we feel sure that, Hollywood will soon be knocking on the door of Broomstick Productions seeking to take these adorable characters and stories to the big screen