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.


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! beta and European Interviews.

I was in Europe last week, at the DLD conference in Munich and then in London. went into beta on 21st January and I was able to do 2 interviews:

The Guardian Podcast


An Interview with

The beta launch coverage has been wonderful….

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

Guns and the USA: No Comment!

A-Ha7BpCMAEqwCZ.jpg-large 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 We previewed the Japanese version of the IOS app.

The response was nothing short of … wow!

Here are some screen shots.

Blackmagic Digital Cinema Camera Reviewed

Philip Bloom does a fantastic job of reviewing the Blackmagic Design Digital Cinema Camera on his blog.

Embedded here for your viewing pleasure.

Video review of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera from Philip Bloom on Vimeo. joins Archimedes Labs

Archimedes Labs just announced that it has invested in the team at is led by Dominik Balogh and Pavel Serbajlo.

As the piece on Archimedes web site states:’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 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.’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….