UNTETHER.tv turns one and I turn reflective

Today marks a milestone for UNTETHER.tv – it has been a full year since I started interviewing entrepreneurs in the mobile space and sharing them with anyone willing to watch, listen and learn.

As I look back over the year that was I can’t help but feel that I need to share a few of the highlights and insights that stem from my 200+ interviews.

So here goes

The people really are rock stars

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with a huge number of people about what they do for a living and the common thread among all of them is they are gracious with their time and willing to share their experiences without hesitating. A lot of the people you’ll find on the site will be the luminaries defining the markets in the coming years if they aren’t already. Entrepreneurs like Seth Priebatsch, David Lieb, Amber MacArthur, Greg Grunberg, Pinky Gonzales, whurley, T.A. McCann, and Sam Taggart are names that you’ve heard of or will hear of in the future.

My imagination is exploding

Stepping into UNTETHER at the start of 2010 was like stepping into a twister. The difference 12 months makes in this industry has not been a gradual, winding, casual trip. It has been a jarring, inspiring and steep ride as business models have come and gone in breathtaking sweeps, adoption of this platform has amped to a fervour pitch and businesses stretch the possible. The thing is, this happens quarterly, not yearly.

The (money) market has exploded

Funding. A drought of innovation spending has disappeared as VCs and angels alike have started investing in ideas again. Some say we are witnessing the formation of a bubble:

Sign of the times: 101 is log-jammed with commuters. Yup! Its back for sure. You know it starts with a b and rhymes with rubble
44 minutes ago via @om

and I guess we won’t know until we either see value from these investments or not. There have been some questionable calls in the past weeks but maybe they see things that I don’t. The dotcom bubble really did advance how we do business and that took us 10 years to fully appreciate. What’s happening in mobile will show signs in 3 years – it is a clip that will be hard to keep up with.

We must stay above the speed of sound

Remember that movie Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock? Well mobile is the new version of that right now. The innovation that has happened in the past year is incredible but what is even more incredible is the speed with which we as humans are adopting it. It took us all a long time to feel comfortable handing over our credit card number online, banking online and even buying music files and not albums. Not with mobile. We are already using it more and more, accessing the web, coupons and now even leaving our Starbucks pay cards at home in lieu of the mobile device. Surveys even show that if we forgot our wallet or our phone at home, we would be more likely to go back home to get our phones…that is saying something isn’t it?

What took the web 10 years to ingrain in our daily lives will take mobile 3.

I want to continue to do this

I started this as a project – more of a “year in the life of mobile” sort of documentary but I quickly realized that I really really enjoy talking with entrepreneurs about their passions. It inspires me, they inspire me and I’m hoping they inspire you to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Thank you all for hanging out here!

About the author

Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of UNTETHER.tv and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

  • Rob, Congratulations for a successful first year! Look forward to seeing whats around the corner in the Ottawa mobile community.

  • Dawn Dewald

    Congratulations Rob! Your research, interviews, and passion for the industry keep me excited about the future of mobile.

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