This article via NYT “As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living” made the rounds and while it’s clearly focused on the US market.. it’s obviously a global issue. We have mentioned several times over the past few years, both in private and public, the business model deployed by Apple and Google for their App platforms was missing a key Japanese ingredient – recurring and sustainable revenue for developers. For starters; it should come as no surprise by now – despite most initial “huh” remarks when we’ve pointed out back in 2008, that the original platform model for this industry is actually imode 1999. The images below have been a standard insert on our deck and should address any initial ‘confusion’, the so-called benevolent dictator on top of the pyramid clearly need not be a DoCoMo styled telco in order to manage the value-chain. imode ecosystem Apple ecosystem That said.. there are two key differences
Well.. it’s not like we woke-up on the wrong side of the futon.. but srsly..?!? Those who have followed us over the years know we’re not generally shy to wave a pointed stick when duty calls.. and there have been a few lately. Surely Sharp has more important things to do, all considered, these days. While it’s likely geeky cool Google juice for tech sites overseas that delight in the bizarre Japan meme, and Panasonic has been spending heavy in the Smart APPliance space as well, somehow remote controlling the vacuum only appeals about as far as chasing miss kitty around the house while we’re stuck on the train in crush-hour. Also landing in our impromptu kangaroo court is none other than DoCoMo with this painfully awkward attempt to seem chick-cool, apologies to the clearly talented and energetic ‘producers’ this is not aimed at you. Choosing the trendy Harajuku location, where both KDDI and Softbank have significant investments, was logical and even
While we have many people to catch-up with in both KL and Singapore next week, and really looking forward, the annual Digital Media Asia conference is our main focus. The entire industry clearly is, and has been, going through incredible times this last decade or so and it’s always an exciting opportunity to connect with key players in this space. Even though we have presented for WAN-IFRA delegates many times, both here and abroad, over the years on Mobile in Tokyo, somehow this one just feels.. special. In fact to celebrate the occasion we even made a New Deck, while the old standard prezzi is decent, and fairly confident our latest version doesn’t suck. Perhaps, after the show, will have upload available online to share with all. As for the many meetings ontap there, lets just say that 2013 is shaping up and we are pumped as always with projects in the pipeline. If you happen to be in the region, and our schedules click, happy to hook-up for a few as possible. Sorakan!
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